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2.5 Days
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Antler Basketry

The graceful curve of the deer antler provides a creative springboard for the emerging folk-art form of antler basketry. In this course students learn to weave a stunning rib-style basket from dyed and natural rattan reed, incorporating a deer antler as the handle or focal point of the design. The…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 28th, 2019
Days 1/2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
2 Days
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Birch Bark Baskets with Woven Lids or Handles

Join John and Julie for birch bark basket weaving. Students may choose one of two designs: a lidded square basket or a handled basket made with diagonal weave. The lidded basket is made using a willow stick that is attached to birch bark loops added to the basket and lid.…
Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: John Zasada, Julie Kean
3 Days
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Birch Bark Baskets: Athabaskan Influences

Learn to weave a basic wide Bias weave Birch Bark basket based on Native Alaskan Athabaskan style work. The piece may then be taken to the extreme and sewn with teacher prepared and dyed spruce roots, or kept a bit more basic with user friendly waxed threads (or a combination…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Karen Tembreull
2 Days
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Birch Bark Containers: North American and Scandinavian

In this class we will create two different birch bark boxes, one based on a classic style produced throughout the birch forests of North America by native peoples, and another typical birch bark container produced throughout the Scandinavian countries. The North American style is created from a single sheet of…
Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
2 Days
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Birch Bark Tutorial

No patterns to choose from here - we simply offer the personal experience of seasoned weavers willing to pass along their knowledge. Join Julie Kean and Jack Sneve as they tailor the birch bark weaving experience to meet your desired outcome - a simple finger ring, wall baskets and bread…
Wed, Sep 11th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 12th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Julie Kean, Jack Sneve
3 Days
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Black Ash Pack Baskets

The black ash pack basket: it's beautiful, highly functional and can be made using simple materials. The first part of the class will be spent preparing black ash splint for your basket by pounding a locally harvested log. Next, you'll weave the basket and finish it with a rim, handle,…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2¼ Days
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Cattail Weaving: The Northern Fedora

Traditional northern craft meets Don Draper? Fedoras are definitely back in fashion, DIY is all the rage, and in this fun course you can combine them both. Put a northern twist on a southern hat weaving tradition and make a woven cattail hat to protect yourself from the sun during…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Day 1: 5-7pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
2.5 Days
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Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket

When northern European emigrants came to North America they brought with them a host of crafts and skills necessary for survival in their new world. The basketry tradition known as ‘stake & strand’ was one such craft, as baskets were used to store nearly everything around the homestead. Learning to…
Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm, Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructors: Lindsay Lee, Lee Zieke
3 Days
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Decorative Ash Basketry

Clyde Estey is a third generation basketmaker from White Earth, Minnesota who learned to weave black ash from his father, who realized that the tradition was being lost and learned the craft from his mother-in-law. The intricate baskets have been made and sold for generations in his community. In this…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Clyde Estey
2½ Days
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Kitchen Basket and Beyond: Black Ash Hex Weave

The hex weave basket is commonly called a "cheese basket" because it can be used for processing cheese. However, this holey design is perfect for holding produce or other displayed storage needs. This project will be made from Black Ash splints, which the students will help cut and prepare. The…
Sat, Aug 24th, 2019  –  Mon, Aug 26th, 2019
Days 1 and 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: April Stone
2 Days
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Pine Needle Basketry

Create a traditional coiled basket from locally harvested red pine needles. Starting with either a pliable birch bark base or an elegant agate base, you will work with a variation of the spiral stitch to form a basket with a distinct spiral pattern inside and out. Samples of pine needles…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 27th, 2019
9am-4pm
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
2 Days
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Sweetgrass Basketry

Work with locally-harvested sweet grass, cattails, and sedges during this two-day class while learning the art of coiling a sweetgrass basket. We'll incorporate an elegant agate as a base for the basket and make a small birch bark ornament wrapped in sweetgrass. Hands-on instruction provides students with an introduction to…
Sat, Aug 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 25th, 2019
9am-4pm
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
2 Days
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Three Baskets in Two Days

Whether you’re curious about using local materials, looking to add handmade items to your daily life or just can’t get enough baskets, this course has it all. Using willow, birch bark, cedar bark, spruce root, black ash, and basswood bark, students will weave three useful little projects: a sturdy willow…
Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Derke
4 Days
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Weaving the Black Ash Hand Bag Basket

This basket, made with black ash splint, is highly functional for everyday needs. It can appear rustic or refined. It can be filled with veggies from the market, groceries from the store, or binders and paperwork for meetings.  It can also be a perfect fit for in-between the bucket seats…
Mon, Oct 21st, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: April Stone
2 Days
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Willow Frame Basketry

Learn the basics of traditional Roma frame basketry. The travelling people of Europe would harvest willow, hazelnut and hawthorne whips from the hedgerows along the road and weave these ribbed baskets. There are endless opportunities to play with shape and size and students will get all the basic techniques needed…
Sat, Sep 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mary Lauren Fraser