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Cordage-Making Materials and Techniques with Charlie Kennard

April 2, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Learn several techniques to make cordage with a variety of plant fibers

String and rope are made from various parts of many native and non-native plants, taking on distinctive appearances, fragrances and strengths. We will learn about the different types of fibers, process a variety of plants used by California Indians and others, and use several techniques to make cordage with them. Never be at the end of your rope again!

The class is limited to 14 students, and will take place at the beautiful Fibershed Learning Center at Black Mountain Ranch near Point Reyes Station. (Address provided upon registration.) Weather permitting, we will be sitting outdoors in a shaded area. (You are welcome to bring an outdoor folding chair or cushion, otherwise outdoor seating is on wooden stools.) In the case of rain, we will be in the garage classroom, which has plenty of ventilation and wooden folding chairs.

Participants should bring large scissors, a pocket knife, and a small water bowl; plus any personal snacks, lunch and beverages. Lunch is not included.

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Important note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, masks are required in indoor spaces for all participants, and we will maintain appropriate physical distance during the class.

Fibershed Scholarship Program
Fibershed is offering two scholarships to most workshops; one scholarship if it’s a small class. If you would not otherwise be able to attend, and would like to be considered as a scholarship recipient, please answer a few brief questions on this Google Form. Responses will be reviewed by Learning Center staff and kept strictly confidential.

Charlie KennardCharlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, the Laguna Center in Santa Rosa and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Lake County Museum, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.


April 2, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Fibershed Learning Center
14000 Point Reyes - Petaluma Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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(415) 455-3070‬
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