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Double Walled Birch Bark Strip Basket Workshop

  • Cox Lake Camp 1160 W Porters Lake Rd, West Porters Lake Road West Porters Lake, NS, B3E 1L1 Canada (map)

Double Walled Birch Bark Strip Basket

In this workshop we will work with sustainably harvested local Birch Bark making a small doubled walled strip basket with embellishments. We will also make a small 8 pointed double star suitable for decoration and jewelry. After a presentation on harvesting Birch Bark and a demonstration on how to prepare Birch Bark layers and strips we will weave the larger of the pictured baskets. We will be using techniques developed in Northern Europe (Finland, Sweden and Russia). The basket is based on a diagonal weave common in many cultures and fibres. Kits will be provided for a 8 X 8 woven base. A variety of natural colours will be available including strips to make a braided border (not pictured).

Instructor:  Guild Member Sian Turner

Sian has been making baskets for over 40 years. After apprenticing in traditional woodworking and white oak splint basket making from Drew and Louise Langsner in North Carolina she moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Through the NS Basketry Guild she has developed the techniques of willow work, reed work and been introduced to Birch Bark. She has studied extensively on her own and has a willow plantation. Now retired she can focus on local materials and refining and teaching her craft. She has run a number of workshops through Loonsong Retreat in Country Harbour, NS and at various venues in Northern Nova Scotia.

Time –  Saturday June 20, 9:30-3:30pm

Place – Cox Lake Camp (map on request)

Number of students – 10 max

Tools – small scissors and a small flat screwdriver (the smaller the better), your lunch and your swimsuit

Fee - $25.00 for the kit prepared by Sian Turner,  your Guild dues will help pay all other costs

Register: with Anita Price Contact us

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