Lee and Lindsay have operated their perennial flower nursery in NE Iowa for the past 20 years. Willow work has followed them during these years as a serious sideline and passionate pasttime. Together they grow a sizeable cultivated 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 and Lindsay are excited to share their knowledge and experiences about basket making, willow lore, history and culture with their students.
Current Courses Offered by Lindsay Lee
Coracle Boat: Build Your Own
A coracle or currach is an ancient boat of Irish and Welsh origin which was used in the rivers to net salmon. Originally covered with a single cow hide, these "modern" (built in the last 300 years) coracles will have a polyester fabric cover stretched over a woven willow frame.…
Crafting Cider: Hard and Sweet
From traditions reaching deep into American and European history, the art of making fine craft ciders is at once satisfying and simple. In this class we will start by pressing some juice, you'll also learn about blending, yeast choices, racking, bottling and we'll finnish the day with a tasting session.…
Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket
When northern European emigrants 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…