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Making a Fruit Gathering Basket with Charlie Kennard
August 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm$150
Learn to create a small open-weave twined basket
We will create small open-weave twined baskets suitable for hanging from the shoulder or at the waist when picking fruits or nuts. Charlie will provide whole peeled sandbar willow for the warps, and split European willow for the wefts. Students can attach their own straps subsequent to the workshop.
The class is limited to 14 students, and will take place at the beautiful Fibershed Learning Center on Black Mountain Ranch near Point Reyes Station, CA. (Address provided upon registration.) Weather permitting, we will be sitting outdoors in a shaded area. (You are welcome to bring your own outdoor folding chair or cushion, otherwise outdoor seating is on wooden folding chairs.) In the unlikely event of rain, we will be in the garage studio/classroom, which has plenty of ventilation.
Participants should bring: garden clippers, a sharp pocket knife, small wire clippers and a water bowl; plus any personal snacks, lunch and beverages. Lunch is not included.
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/360061953997
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 Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques of the world. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Fibershed, the Laguna Center 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.
Photos courtesy of Charlie Kennard