Make your own basket and in the process learn one of the oldest crafts in human history. For thousands of years baskets served as indispensable objects in every culture. Carry on the tradition and take home a beautiful, durable and useful basket crafted from local and responsibly harvested, birch bark or hand pounded black ash logs. Take a scheduled workshop or contact me to host your own.
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~November 11th Birch Bark Ornaments at Shelburne Craft School in Shelburne VT
~November 12th Birch Bark Ornaments at Catamount Arts in St Johnsbury VT
~November 18th Birch Bark Ornaments at Day Breaks Glass Studio in Bethel VT
~November 25th Birch Bark Ornaments at Kroka Expeditions in Marlow NH
~November 26th Birch Bark Ornaments at Mudita in Keene NH
~December 2nd Winter Market at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro VT
~December 10th Birch Bark Ornaments at Craft Studies in White River Junction VT
~December 16th Birch Bark Ornaments at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro VT
2024 WORKSHOPS MORE COMING, PLEASE CHECK BACK!
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Some places have not put up their 2024 schedule, so you may have to call to sign up now.
~January 6th and 7th Kroka Expeditions (not open to the public)
~January 13th and 14th Birch Bark Possibles Pouch at Roots School in Corinth VT
~January 27th and 28th Black Ash Day Packs at Craft Studies in White River Junction VT
~February 3rd and 4th Black Ash Pack Baskets in Hillsboro VA email me to reg
~February 10th and 11th Black Ash Pack Baskets in Berea KY email me to reg
~February 17th and 18th Black Ashh Pack Baskets in Greensboro NC email me to reg
~March 2nd Black Ash Berry Baskets at Day Breaks Glass in Bethel VT
~March 3rd Black Ash Berry Baskets at Craft Studies in White River Junction VT
~March 12th-15th Black Ash Pack Baskets at Hanover High School (not open to the public)
~March 23rd and 24th Black Ash Pack Baskets at Mudita in Keene NH
~March 30th Birch Bark Wallets at Craft Studies in White River Junction VT
~April 6th and 7th Birch Bark Possible Pouches at Day Breaks Glass in Bethel VT
~April 13th Black Ash Berry Baskets at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro VT
~May 11th and 12th Black Ash Workshorse Totes at Roots School in Corinth VT
~May 20th and 21st Black Ash Pack Baskets at Proctor Academy (not open to the public)
~June 1st Black Ash Berry Baskets at Roots School in Corinth VT
~June 2nd Black Ash Berry Baskets at White River Craft Center in Randolph VT
~June 28th-30th SLOYD SKILLS GATHERING in Stannard VT
There is an optional half day of pounding a log for your weaving material for the same
~August 11th-17th Traditional Ways Gathering in WI
~August 31st- September 2nd Roots Rendezvous in Corinth VT
~September 6th-8th Black Ash Pack Baskets in Stannard VT (email email@example.com to register)
This workshop includes a half day of pounding a log for your weaving material.
~September 26th-29th Black Ash Pack Baskets at Eric Cannizzaro's in Charlotte VT
This workshop starts with a half day of pounding a log for your weaving material, then includes one day of carving a handle and rim with Eric, followed by two days of weaving the basket.
~October 18th- 20th Black Ash Pack Baskets at Roots School in Corinth VT
There is an optional half day of pounding a log for your weaving material for the same cost.
~November and December Birch Bark Ornament Workshops to come.
~Black Ash Berry Basket ~ This is a great introduction to the extraordinary qualities of the black ash tree. Weave a square to round basket, approximately 6”x 6” with optional leather strap in a six hour class that includes a discussion on how the material is harvested and processed. This workshop is great for adults and teens but can be adapted for a children's class.
~Mixed Bark Black Ash Basket~ Start with a black ash base and use a variety of native barks; including willow, cedar and birch to create your own unique design. One day workshop for adults and teens.
~Black Ash Pack Basket ~ Weave an approximately 18” tall traditional Adirondack pack basket with cedar runners and base and adjustable webbing harness. This basket is made to last and be used. The workshop is two full days and will include a discussion and demo on how the material is harvested and processed. There is also the option of adding a half day to this workshop, so students can have the opportunity to pound a black ash log to acquire their own material. This is a great workshop for teens and adults.
~Birch Bark Basket ~ Create a double woven diagonal plaited basket and experience the amazing qualities of the inner bark of the white birch tree. Students will have some choices in the shape and rim design. Included is a discussion on how the material is sustainably harvested and processed. This workshop is for teens and adults.
~Birch Bark Pouch~ Weave a diagonal plaited birch bark pouch, approximately 6″x 8″x 2″ with a leather flap and strap; great as a small purse or tool pouch. This is a two-day class that includes a discussion on how birch bark is sustainably harvested and processed. This workshop is for teens and adults.
~Birch Bark Wallet~ Weave a diagonal plaited birch bark wallet with a leather flap. This is a one day class that includes a discussion of how birch bark is sustainably harvested and processed. This class is for teens and adults.
~Birch Bark Ornaments ~ Enjoy the simple pleasure of creating a decoration or gift from materials responsibly harvested on my Northeast Kingdom farm. Utilizing techniques common to the Scandinavian and Russian style of basketry, you will craft birds and stars using strips of inner bark from the paper birch in this four hour workshop. You will also learn how these materials are harvested and prepared. This workshops is for teens and adults.
~Workhorse Tote~ Mostly black ash, with the option to add some willow or birch bark to the design. Leather straps and a filled bottom with protective runners, make this basket a super sturdy one for toting tools, farmer’s market finds, picnic lunches or anything else you can think of.
Learn all the basics of black ash basketry plus some additional skills. In this two day workshop, students will experience all the steps in the process, from a demonstration of pounding the log, to weaving their own unique basket.
~Diagonal Plaited Willow Bark Baskets~ Learn the technique of diagonal plaiting while creating a beautiful and useful vessel of willow bark. Included is a discussion on how to harvest and peel willow poles to obtain the leathery bark. For teens and adults.