Weaving Birch Bark

February 17, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to prepare, handle, cut, and weave birch bark while making some lovely pieces.The flat mats make nice hot pads or placemats. The hearts are also decorative but can also serve as hot pads and include making basswood inner bark twine for hanging the ornament. John harvests all of the materials near his home in Grand Rapids. Participants can make one of each or several of one design. If you have a favorite knife, bring it along.

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 yearrs as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He learned to weave after retiring from the Forest Service. John believes in the importance of folk schools and has taught a number of classes at the North House Folk School and here in Ely.

Fees: Tuition: $60  Materials: $20 More information

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

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