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Sat, Jul 27


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Wild Willow Baskets

Learn to weave with wild willows. We'll cover identification, regenerative gathering, storage and processing, and several basic weaves to make the basket.

Wild Willow Baskets
Wild Willow Baskets

Time & Location

Jul 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Share Den, 111 Sheridan St, Portland, ME 04101, USA

About the event

Since the earliest stone tools date to over 2.6 million years ago, we can assume humans have been weaving baskets for at least hundreds of thousands of years, if not longer.  Willows, also called sallows or osiers, account for over 400 species within the genus Salix, and, when appropriately managed, produced a fine material for weaving. Willows have ancient, global cross-cultural significance. Willow bark contains salicin, which has been used by humans for thousands of years to ease pain from stomach pain and headaches.

Learn to weave a strong, round basket made of willows! We'll cover identification, regenerative gathering, storage, processing, and several basic techniques required to make an heirloom basket that you may cherish for years to come.

Space in this class is limited to 6 participants. 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 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 always available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. If you need financial assistance, please contact us. All donations are tax-deductible.


  • Round Willow Baskets




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