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Berry Basket Weaving with Charlie Kennard

Weave a small fruit gathering basket from willow with instructor Charlie Kennard in this hands-on workshop at HomeFarm. Working with peeled native sandbar willow, you will make traditional open-weave globular baskets to hang around your neck or attach to your belt so you can pick fruits with two hands. Charlie will bring a variety of twined willow baskets for participants to work from, and will provide personal instruction to each participant in this small class. This workshop includes a picnic lunch packed by the SHED kitchen.

Please note that this workshop will take place offsite at SHED’s HomeFarm in Dry Creek Valley. Directions will be emailed to all workshop participants ahead of the event. This workshop will take place outdoors in a shaded area. Please wear layered clothing and bring sun protection.

There will be some tools to share, but please bring your own pocket knife and diagonal wire clippers if you have them.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for MAPOM, Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden he 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.

 

 

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