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Currently Scheduled Basketry Courses

2½ 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 stunning rib-style baskets from dyed and natural rattan reed, incorporating a deer antler as the handle or focal point of the design. The project…
Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
3 Days
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Birch Bark Berry Basket: Workshop and Field Harvest

Fully experience the craft of making a traditional birch bark basket for the gathering and storage of berries or anything you please. This course includes time focused both on basket making and on material preparation. Day one includes an extended session in the woods to harvest the birch bark in…
Fri, Jun 29th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
3 days
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Black Ash Market Basket

The market basket will take you many places: from the market to the beach, from picnics to the grocery stores. This course is an introduction to the awesome qualities of the ash tree, which we will use for both weaving the basket and making the handles. We will prepare the…
Fri, May 4th, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
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, Feb 23rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 25th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2¼ Days
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Cattail Tote Bag

Wondering what to do with all those cattails growing down by the pond? Learn how to make a handy and stylish tote bag. Students will learn how to plait with the cattail leaves and assemble a tote bag. The basic checker weave (usually done with palm fronds) will be taught…
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
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 7th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2017
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
2 days
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Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket

An abundance of easily accessed and harvested native materials very suitable for basketry grow in our northern region. In this class we will make a frame with striking red osier dogwood and then weave a basket with a handle using a mixture of cattail and iris leaves, basswood fiber, willow…
Sat, May 5th, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
2 Days
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Sweet Grass Basketry

Work with locally harvested sweet grass, cattails, and sedges during this two-day class while learning the art of coiling a sweet grass basket. We'll incorporate an elegant agate as a base for the basket. Hands-on instruction provides students with an introduction to the traditions and skills of basket weaving, and…
Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 4th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
1 day
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Tulip Basket

Start thinking spring by weaving a tulip basket (not actually recommended for tulips). Named for the shape of the basket, this form adds a twist to the traditional diagonal plaited weave by adding a unique rim. A bit more complicated than a standard basket, this course is a great next…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
1 day
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Twig & Net Hanging Basket

A hanging basket is an attractive way to create more space in the home by storing things up off of table tops and shelves. In this class we will use colorful twig stems from easy to harvest brush to make a hoop for the basket, braid a decorative hanging handle,…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
1 day
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Two Berry Basket

If you’ve been out berry picking in August, you may have encountered the problem of discovering bountiful harvests of raspberries AND blueberries at the same time: what to do?! The two berry basket with two compartments is a perfect answer-- and it also works for quarantining paper clips from binder…
Fri, May 18th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
1 1/2 days
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Weave and Bake: The Birch Bark Baking Basket

Try your hand at two crafts: basket making and bread baking! On the first day, students will use pre-processed, Minnesota harvested birch weavers to weave a loaf-sized (approximately 8”x6”) baking basket. Students will discuss the process of harvesting and preparing birch bark for weaving while weaving their double diagonal-plaited baskets.…
Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
2 Days
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Weaving Holiday Ornaments From Birch Bark

Start your holiday season off with a weekend on the North House Folk School campus weaving traditional and contemporary ornaments from birch bark. Explore the range of birch bark weaving holiday projects from the traditional Swedish woven heart to a 3-dimensional birch bark star, which are both highlighted in North…
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Dec 3rd, 2017
Instructors: Julie Kean, Jack Sneve
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…
Thu, Nov 9th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 12th, 2017
Instructor: April Stone
2 1/2 days
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Willow Basketry

Willow has been a prized basket making material for centuries, and after this class, you'll know why. Using traditional European style weaving techniques, students will create a sturdy, beautiful basket using nothing but willow shoots. Strong enough to haul a full load of potatoes, these baskets are made to be…
Fri, Oct 13th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 15th, 2017
Instructor: Emily Derke