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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, Dec 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 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 branches, birch bark, cedar bark, spruce root, black ash wood, and basswood bark, students will weave three useful little projects: a…
Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Derke
1½ Days
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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…
Sat, Feb 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 9th, 2020
Day 1:9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
1.5 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 a range of birch bark weaving, from the simple bead to the 3-dimensional birch bark star. Working with colorful embellishments, students will create a small collection…
Sat, Dec 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructors: Jack Sneve, Julie Kean
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
3 Days
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Willow Ridge Herb Basket

In the Willow Basket World, there are an infinite number of basketry techniques to learn and perfect. Rib-style techniques will be the focus for this class, following the designs of many centuries-old basket styles. Learn about willow as a basket material; using wild and cultured varieties; and harvesting, sorting, and…
Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Campbell Amsler
3 Days
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Winter Bark Folded Baskets

Join featured instructor Greg Johnson of Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin in this three day course to make traditional Anishinaabe folded birch bark baskets. This style of basket is used for maple sugar storage, but is a beautiful and useful addition to any home. When birch bark is harvested at a…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Greg Johnson
4 Days
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Woven Birch Bark Backpack

This is the granddaddy of woven birch bark projects: the beautiful, functional birch bark backpack. The course will begin with an introduction to sustainable techniques for legal harvest. Students will then use hand tools to prepare the provided bark strips and then weave them into a backpack, measuring roughly 9"-10"…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Tue, Oct 29th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-1pm; Days 2-5: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus