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Willow Basketry

Course Overview

Willow has been a prized basketmaking material for centuries, and after this class, you'll know why. Using traditional European-style weaving techniques, students will create a sturdy, beautiful basket using nothing but willow shoots. Strong enough to haul a full load of potatoes, these baskets are made to be used while also displaying a variety of colors and weaving patterns. We will use varieties of wild willow and cultivated willow to create our baskets, and discuss harvest practices and options for acquiring material for future projects.

Willow is a resilient, abundant plant that is prized for its flexibility, strength, and ability to be sustainably harvested. Please note that moderate hand strength is needed when working with willow.


Required Tools 

  • 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:

  • Hand held pruning shears
  • Fixed blade knife
  • Awl
  • Large towel

*The instructor will bring some tools available for loan during the class

Currently Scheduled Sessions

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2024  –  Sun, Feb 4th, 2024
Day 1: 4-7 pm; Days 2-3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Derke