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Make Rope & Twine from Tree Bark

$10

with John Zasada

Calendar Jul 20, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, July 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event fee: $10

This is a workshop for the whole family. Students will learn how to make rope with a rope machine from various materials like yarn, jute fiber, and the inner bark from the basswood tree. They will also have an opportunity to turn basswood bark into twine and braid. Bring your curiosity!

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 years as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He learned to weave after retiring from the Forest Service. John believes in the importance of folk schools and has taught a number of classes at the North House Folk School and here in Ely.

 

Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Jul 12, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, July 12, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Aug 9, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, August 9, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$70

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, July 13, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25

This class is a beginner level pine needle basketry class with an advanced twist. Using the entire pine needle, this technique keeps the sheath of the pine needles intact and uses them as an enhancement and part of the design.Each student will be given everything necessary to complete a 4-5" basket, including a pre-drilled wooden basket center. It is a fun, low-key class. You'll leave with the skills to let your imagination run wild and create beautiful baskets using many different things as your basket center. 

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. 

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$70

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Aug 10, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, August 10, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25

This class is a beginner level pine needle basketry class with an advanced twist. Using the entire pine needle, this technique keeps the sheath of the pine needles intact and uses them as an enhancement and part of the design.Each student will be given everything necessary to complete a 4-5" basket, including a pre-drilled wooden basket center. It is a fun, low-key class. You'll leave with the skills to let your imagination run wild and create beautiful baskets using many different things as your basket center. 

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. 

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

Weaving with Basswood Bark Twine

$80

with John Zasada

Calendar Jul 21, 2019 at 8:30 am

Sunday, July 21, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $20 

If you’d like to continue the exploration, you can sign up for Sunday’s class. We will continue to make twine and braid for an hour or two and then use the braid, in particular, to make coiled small mats and hot pads. The bark will be available in natural color and dyed with RIT dye to jazz up the handmade items.

If you have ideas for creating your own project using the basswood bark you are welcome to give it a try. For those of you who are knitters, you can bring your knitting needles and knit the twined or untwined bark. A main purpose of this class is to provide beginners and folks with experience using basswood to learn more about this material and share their experience and ideas.

Using the twine and braid you have made in Saturday's class along with materials from John, you will learn how to weave it into a small mat, hot pad, or small basket, or use the whole bark layer to make a folded berry basket. John harvests all of the materials from around Grand Rapids.

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 years as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He learned to weave after retiring from the Forest Service. John believes in the importance of folk schools and has taught a number of classes at the North House Folk School and here in Ely.

 





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