Focus on willow baskets, from harvesting materials, to creating and constructing them. You and fellow students will harvest from the Sievers willow patch, learn how to strip leaves, sort, storage methods, and make cuttings for a home willow patch. The gathered material will then be used to construct a variety of frames. You’ll practice several lashing types and learn basic rib-style techniques. Expect to make 1 or 2 baskets in class. Experienced willow weavers may contact Jo ahead of time for special projects they’d like to work on.
Jo Campbell-Amsler has used willow in her basketry since 1981. Her work is featured in magazines, books, and seen in exhibits across the U. S., including “A Measure of the Earth” at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. She has served on the National Basketry Organization Board. Teaching nationally, Jo also co-organizes retreats, The Willow Gathering and Willow Weekend, and has hosted basketry tours to Ireland, Scotland, Spain, France, Denmark, Wales, England and Italy, visiting with fellow basketmakers and learning new skills. http://www.willowridgebaskets.com
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