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Beth Homa Kraus

St.Paul, MN
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Beth Homa is a full time basket weaver in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After studying painting in college and working as a caseworker for the homeless, she interned at the North House Folk School where she learned many traditional crafts including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. This sparked her obsession with birch bark, which is now her main medium. She locally and sustainably harvests and processes her own materials by hand. Beth is always trying to figure out what she can make out of birch bark next and how to share this durable and beautiful material with people.

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Current Courses Offered by Beth Homa Kraus

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 by learning about sustainable techniques for legal harvest. Students will then use hand tools to prepare their bark strips and then weave them into a backpack, measuring roughly 9"-10" x 11"-12",…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Tue, Oct 29th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-1pm; Days 2-5: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus

Past Courses Offered by Beth Homa Kraus

Birch Bark Birds

Birch Bark Harvest Service Learning Project

Birch Bark Mason Jar Basket

Birch Bark Necklace

Birch Bark Pouch

Birch Bark Tutorial

Tulip Basket

Two Berry Basket

Weave and Bake: The Birch Bark Baking Basket

Woven Birch Bark Basketry