Sat, May 16|
Cool Waters Farm
Ash Splint Pack Baskets
Learn to weave a strong and beautiful brown ash pack basket that will last a lifetime! We'll cover the basics of identification, ethical gathering, processing and storage, and horizontal plaited basketry.
Time & Location
May 16, 2020, 9:00 AM – May 17, 2020, 5:00 PM
Cool Waters Farm, 809 Depot St, Union, ME 04862, USA
About the event
Ash trees, like oaks, elms, hickories, and more, are ring-porous: the spring growth or "earlywood" (the area between the true growth rings of the tree) is full of pores. This unique characteristic allows for the rings of these trees to be separated individually, along the length of the log, so they maintain their full integrity and strength. This makes them ideal for weaving into baskets. Using a knife, growth rings may be further split and shaved into splints for weaving.
Learn to process brown ash logs into splints for weaving, and weave a brown ash pack basket. We'll cover the basics of identification, ethical gathering, processing and storage, and horizontal plaited basketry. These strong baskets will, if properly cared for, last a lifetime or more. $195 includes all required tools, materials, and tuition. You should bring a lunch, water bottle and whatever else you may want for the weekend. Camping options are available.
Work-trade opportunities are available, and encouraged, especially for this class. A 30% discount is available for those who'd like to come a day early to help process materials for the class. Please note that this materials-processing day will be a day of mostly working. To inquire about work-trade please call or email.
Space in this class is limited. Preregistration, along with a paid deposit, is required to reserve a spot in the class. Deposits may be fully refunded in the event of a cancellation a week or more before the class, if the space is filled. Refunds for last-minute cancellations are unfortunately not available. Please plan accordingly. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. All donations are tax-deductible.
Pack Baskets 2020
$50 Deposit + Remainder
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