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Birch Bark Containers: North American and Scandinavian

Course Overview

In this class we will create two different birch bark boxes, one based on a classic style produced throughout the birch forests of North America by native peoples, and another typical birch bark container produced throughout the Scandinavian countries. The North American style is created from a single sheet of birch bark, which is folded and stitched to create the open-top container. The Scandinavian style is created by forming a cylinder of birch bark and fastening a round wooden base into the bottom along with a removal top. Differences in form and fabrication given the environment that existed when these containers were commonly produced will be discussed.

Session Information

This course is part of Basket Week 2019! Plan to stay an extra day for the Basket Gathering on Friday, October 25 for demonstrations, talks and community gatherings.

See Basket Week details here


Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Tuition: $235.00
Materials fee: $35.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Dennis Chilcote
Dennis Chilcote
Minneapolis, MN

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Birch Bark Containers: North American and Scandinavian - 10/23/2019