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Etched Birch Bark Maple Sugar Cones

Course Overview

At their most elemental, baskets are for carrying and storing useful, valuable things. It follows then that the baskets made in a given place say a lot about the culture, people, and landscape of that particular spot in the world. Join Greg Biskakone Johnson to make a simple type of storage container that speaks profoundly of the Anishinaabe people indigenous to the Great Lakes region: the etched birch bark maple sugar cone. These useful items store maple sugar in a way that can be safely transported and easily gifted, as was commonly done to send visitors with a sweet remembrance of a shared experience. Learn to etch birch bark, stitch the cones with basswood fiber and of course, make maple sugar, and bring home a few finished sugar cones to share with your own guests.

Session Information

This course is part of Basket Week; plan to stay on Friday October 4 to be part of the Basket Gathering day, which features free talks, demonstrations, and community gatherings.


Wed, Oct 2nd, 2024  –  Thu, Oct 3rd, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $230.00
Materials fee: $110.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Greg Biskakone Johnson
Greg Biskakone Johnson
Lac du Flambeau, WI

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Etched Birch Bark Maple Sugar Cones