Willow Basketry; Weaving a Round Harvest Basket
Saturday June 1 & Sunday June 2 (9:00am – 5:00pm both days) *1 spot left*
Instructor: Johnny Suderman
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Johnny is back with another two day willow basketry class!
This time we will be making a round harvest basket. This project is an adaptation on Zoe’s favourite harvest basket. This will be an appropriate class for enthusiastic beginners and those with some experience working with willow.
In this two day intensive class we will be learning round slath bases, twining, three wod wale, french rand fill techniques, trac border, handles (as pictured) and foot borders (time permitting). We will also be learning about material selection, and proper hand positioning while weaving.
Expect long days of focused intensive handwork in order to go home with your very own one of a kind harvest basket.
In this class we will be using cultivated basketry willows grown in Ontario, however the techniques can also be used with wild willow, dogwood, and other found woody materials that have the same long, flexible characteristics.
DISCLAIMER: Weaving willow is essentially braiding with wood. Willow is a tough material, and although basketry can be a very peaceful and meditative practice, it takes some time to learn. Please consider how two days of repetitive twisting of your wrists, and pointed pressure with your fingers will leave you feeling at the end of each day. If you have difficulty working with your hands for long periods of time, this class may not be right for you.
This course is suitable for ages 16+
$360.00 + HST
$50.00 – $60.00 material fee to be paid to Johnny on the weekend of the course