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Clyde Estey

Naytahwaush, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Clyde Estey

Clyde was born in White Earth, MN in September 1951. He grew up in the Naytahwaush area, attending grade school there, and on to high school in Mahnomen. He also attended college in Kansas. His father, whom he learned basketry from is his biggest influence. His father learned from Clyde’s grandmother. His main concern is to do the best job to create an artwork that he can be proud of and to pass this on the next generation. Clyde is a third generation basketmaker and loves to teach the skills of basketry. His artwork is unique because of his original design and color placements. Creating beautiful artwork from a tree is what inspires and motivates him. Through the years he’s learned patience and newfound creativity.

Current Courses Offered by Clyde Estey

3 Days
Teaser image for Decorative Ash Basketry

Decorative Ash Basketry

Clyde is a third generation basketmaker from White Earth, Minnesota, who learned to weave black ash from his father, who had 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