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Advanced Willow Basketry: Rectangles and Fitching

Course Overview

For students who are confident with the basic stake and strand form and ready to move on, we welcome Steen Madsen of Denmark to teach two challenging willow techniques: the rectangular basket and an ’open work’ technique called fitching. Students will choose which project they prefer to focus on, but will benefit from learning about both techniques. The rectangular basket has options of a handle and/or lid. The fitched project can be round, oval, or rectangular, but all shapes produce a strong, lightweight weave. As time and interest allow, students can also choose to experiment with some smaller projects using willow without the bark, a material that reaches back into ancient Rome. A materials fee of approximately $85, depending on project choices, will be due at the conclusion of class.

Required Tools

  • Sloyd knife (Mora 120, 6 cm blade preferred), must be sharp
  • Clipper (Felco no 6 or no 9 is best)

Optional Tools

  • Awl
  • Bodkin
  • Rapping iron
  • Grease horn
  • Shell bodkin
  • Bonsai side-cutter

Materials Fee

A materials fee of approximately $85, depending on project choices, will be due at the conclusion of class. Please bring cash or a check for paying for materials fee directly to the instructor. 

Session Information

This course is part of the 2022 Basket Week! Plan to attend the Basket Gathering Day on Friday, October 7, a day-long conference that features speakers, demonstrations, field trips and community gatherings for anyone interested in baskets! Full schedule online late summer 2022.


Tue, Oct 4th, 2022  –  Thu, Oct 6th, 2022

Course Details

Skill Levels: Beginner
Hours: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $300.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Steen Madsen
Steen Madsen
Ringsted, Denmark

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Advanced Willow Basketry: Rectangles and Fitching