In this class you will make a traditional bark berry-picking basket in the same style that local native people would have created. Made mostly from a single slab of elm bark, it is scored and folded back upon itself, then pierced and decoratively laced up. You will twine your own cord from elm or basswood inner-bark strips to make a strong carrying handle. When finished, the handle goes around the back of your neck so that the basket hangs at the perfect picking height upon your chest. You will use both traditional stone tools as well as modern tools to speed along the basket-making process. Learn about bark-peeling season, as well as the secrets to locating and safely harvesting bark from trees!
Tuition $95. Member Tuition $85. Materials Fee $12.