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Willow Weaving: Serving Tray

North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN
June 6 2018

Simple and elegant, a handmade willow platter is a great way to serve fruits, breads and other foods. Made with locally harvested willow, these trays are held together entirely by tension and include additional woven details as a decorative element.  In this one day course, students will learn several basic weaving techniques,  gain experience working with willow shoots and acquire the new skills can be applied to future projects. The finished tray makes a great serving platter, cooling rack, or decorative wall hanging. At the end of class there will be an optional short trip to a nearby location to look at willow growing in the wild, and discuss harvest practices

Northwoods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN
June 7-8 2018

The northwoods is full of beautiful, colorful material suitable for basketry: you just have to go out there and get it! Willow shoots, birch bark, tamarack bark, and willow bark are just a few of the options. In this class we will head out to a nearby location to identify, discuss, and harvest some of the material we will weave into our baskets. Using a variety of commonly used weaving techniques, each participant will create a unique, sturdy basket that reflects the northern Minnesota landscape and gain the knowledge to continue the craft on their own.

Willow Basketry
North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN

October 26-28 2018

Willow has been a prized basket making material for centuries, and after this class, you’ll know why. Using traditional European style weaving techniques, students will create a sturdy, beautiful basket using nothing but willow shoots. Strong enough to haul a full load of potatoes, these baskets are made to be used while also displaying a variety of colors and weaving patterns. We will use varieties of wild willow and cultivated willow to create our baskets, and discuss harvest practices and options for acquiring material for future projects. Willow is a resilient, abundant plant that is prized for its flexibility, strength, and ability to be sustainably harvested. Please note that moderate hand strength is needed when working with willow.