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Dennis Chilcote

Minneapolis, MN
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Dennis has a great appreciation for historical crafts and a long-standing fascination with the way our ancestors expressed art through craft. In that vein, he uses baskets, brooms and traditional woodwork as both canvas and palette for his art. 

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Current Courses Offered by Dennis Chilcote

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
1 day
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Making Wooden Rims and Handles for Baskets

Rims and handles add functionality and structural stability to a basket.  Basket handles are typically made from wood.  Many modern basketmakers use either heavy splint or half-round reed for basket rims. These rim materials work reasonably well and are easy to bend to the rim shape desired.  However, they lack…
1 day
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Sharpening Hand Tools for Timber Framing and Beyond

The goal for this course is to have the students develop a practical approach to sharpening hand tools (chisels, planes, gouges, knives, axes, drawknives, etc.).  We will examine general approaches to achieving the final goal of a sharp edge for any tool under consideration, and discuss specific steps relative to…
Fri, Apr 27th, 2018
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
2 Days
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Sharpening Tutorial

"Get the Edge" might be another appropriate title for this course. Chisels, planes, gouges, knives, scissors, spokeshaves and more--these tools of the trade function at their best when the cutting edge is truly prepared for business. Ready to slice butter? This comprehensive overview of sharpening will help you understand the…
Sat, Mar 24th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 25th, 2018
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote

Past Courses Offered by Dennis Chilcote

Black Ash Basketry: An Introduction

Handcrafting A Broom-Corn Broom