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Making an English Willow Basket with Charlie Kennard
December 3 @ 10:00 am - December 4 @ 3:00 pm$300
Learn to weave a large traditional English willow basket in this 2-day workshop
In this hands-on workshop, each participant will weave a large, peeled willow, flaring basket, using willow that Charlie grows near Muir Beach. Work will be quite strenuous, and participants should be comfortable sitting at floor level.
Prerequisite: Enrollees must have attended Charlie’s willow basketry demonstration on November 5th, or have had previous experience with willow.
The workshop is limited to 8 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. In the event of rain, we will be in the garage studio/classroom, which has plenty of ventilation. We will be working in a cool environment, so attendees should dress warmly.
Please bring: garden clippers, a pocket knife that can be locked open, water bowl, and cushion. Also bring any personal snacks, lunch and beverages. Lunch is not included.
Get notified when enrollment opens on November 5th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/360119917367
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