Saturday December 3
Net Making Workshop with Barry Keegan. #932-1203. 1 Day, 10am-4pm. Tuition $105. Member Tuition $85. Materials Fee $5.
Netting is a tradition that goes back over 5,000 years. Notched stone net sinkers are not uncommon artifacts found in New York, and around large bodies of water in the Adirondacks. There are numerous historical references to seasonal fishing camps of Native Americans in the Adirondacks. Typically, before Europeans arrived, nets were made mostly from one plant, Dogbane, chosen for its strength and high resistance to decay. This plant is still common today in the Adirondacks. Though we will make our nets from supplied twine of natural fiber, we will also learn how to process Dogbane fibers to make some twine from it to include in our nets. Students can choose to either make a small section of a net (as much as one can make in a day), and attach traditional but miniature stone net sinkers and wooden floats-as was done over thousands of years, or with a small adjustment, make their net into a net bag with a draw string closure. All materials supplied.
Tuition $105. Member Tuition $85. Materials Fee $5.