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Lidded Birch Bark Basket

February 10, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lidded Birch Bark Basket

with John Zasada


Two Day Class:
February 9,2018, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
February 10, 2018, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Tuition: $140 Materials: $40

This birch bark basket is a relatively simple square or horizontal weave basket.  The weaving is done in the traditional Scandinavian and Russian style.  The material used to make the basket is split inner bark of the birch tree.  The birch bark is harvested from timber sale areas in Itasca County.

First, you will “double weave” a rectangular basket.  The rim of the basket will be reinforced with small diameter willow, alder, or thin ash splints.  Second, you will weave a flat mat for the lid of the basket.  The final step will be attaching the lid to the basket using birch bark strips and a willow stick. Several options include reenforcing the rim of the lid with small willow sticks and doing some embellishments, for example, pinwheels and woven stars.  It is a neat, simple way of creating an attached lid for the basket.  The basket will be around 8″ X 6″ X 6″ when finished.

About the Instructor: John Zasada lives in the Grand Rapids area. He worked as a research silviculturist for the U.S. Forest Service for 40+ yrs in Alaska, Oregon/Washington, northern Wisconsin/Michigan and northern Minnesota. Since retiring he has been interested in the biology of tree barks, birch bark in particular, and the harvest and use of inner and outer bark in basket weaving. He mainly weaves in the traditional Scandinavian/Russian style.

Co-teaching with Jack Sneavy

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $65.00

Fees: $180 More information

Location: Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan Street, Ely, MN, 55731

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