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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 a canvas and palette for his art. 

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Current Courses Offered by Dennis Chilcote

3.5 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…
Thu, Jun 25th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 28th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
2 Days
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Birch Bark Containers: North American and Scandinavian

In this class we will create two different birch bark boxes, one based on a classic style produced throughout the birch forests of North America by native peoples, and another typical birch bark container produced throughout the Scandinavian countries. The North American style is created from a single sheet of…
Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
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 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote

Past Courses Offered by Dennis Chilcote

Black Ash Basketry: An Introduction

Handcrafting A Broom-Corn Broom

Making Wooden Rims and Handles for Baskets

Sharpening Hand Tools for Timber Framing and Beyond