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adventures in birch bark

Nordic Craft Workshop: Adventures in Birch Bark 10 week course

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This class meets on Thursdays from February 21 through April 25, at 7-9 p.m.

The paper birch is an icon of Northern forests in both Minnesota and Scandinavia, providing creative craftspeople with endless projects made from the bark and wood. Join two seasoned instructors, Fred Livesay and Beth Homa Kraus, to learn to read and work with Minnesota birch bark over ten weeks. Students will begin by learning how to process the bark, using handmade tools along the way. Starting with simple rings, students will move on to learn the diagonal plaited weave by working on a simple sheath. By the end of the class, students will complete both a small box and a four-pointed basket, along with more advanced projects from the instructors’ repertoires.

Both novice makers and more experienced basket weavers will find plenty of support and space for growth working with the course’s two instructors. Throughout the course, the class will take time to discuss the cultural uses of birch, the bark harvesting process, and Scandinavia’s long history of using birch bark. Historical examples from the instructors’ personal collections and from the American Swedish Institute’s archival collections will complement discussions throughout the course. This class is an excellent opportunity for anyone with an interest in birch bark basketry to explore new skills with the help of master instructors.

Additional materials fees for individual projects will be collected by the instructors throughout the class, totaling about $100 over the 10-week course.

$240 ASI members / $270 non-members


For information, call 612-871-4907

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