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Lee Zieke

Decorah, IA
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Lee Zieke

Born in the Celtic tree calendar month of Willow, Lee seemed fated to share her life with the genus ‘Salix’. Trained as an interpretive naturalist, she loves to share the natural world with others. She planted her first willow cuttings at her perennial flower nursery in NE Iowa in 1989. Together with her husband Lindsay, they have grown a sizeable willow patch, offering their willow to craftspeople across the country. Their own willow work combines functional and beautiful baskets with garden and fencing projects. Lee is excited to share her knowledge and experiences about basket making, willow lore, history and culture with her students.

Current Courses Offered by Lee Zieke

2.5 Days
Teaser image for Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket

Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket

When northern European immigrants came to North America they brought with them a host of crafts and skills necessary for survival in their new world. The basketry tradition known as ‘stake & strand’ was one such craft, as baskets were used to store nearly everything around the homestead. Learning to…
Tue, Sep 22nd, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 24th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8 pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructors: Lee Zieke, Lindsay Lee