Introduction to Hide Tanning with Maggie Oickle
Join experienced tanner, Maggie Oickle, for a full day of hands-on, step by step instructions for turning hides into usable material. Participants will be working alongside Maggie to turn deerskin hides into buckskin. Instruction will include: opportunity to practice every step, 2 tanning methods: brain & egg, tips & tricks to make the process easier, how to process different types of hides. You will also receive
a finished piece of hide to take home! No experience neccessary!
$200 per person
October 28 & 29
Introduction to Willow Basketry with Sian Turner
Sponsored by Culture Exchange
Over two days we will cover all the basics of making a stake and strand round basket out of willow. Designed for the beginner weaver, the language of willow will be revealed from growing and harvesting willow, to tools, material preparation and methods of weaving from bases to borders. You will learn to pair, rand, wale and turn a border and finally fill your basket with fresh bread or locally picked fruit or any manner of things. Your first practice base will become a decorative wall flower, the second will be your ‘keeper’ basket. A willow basket with good care will last 100 years. No time like now to learn!
Professional basket maker Sian Gwynne Turner has been making baskets for most of her adult life. She has trained with some of the best European makers and as a willow farmer and basket maker she is determined to spread the word and the knowledge of willow basket making so that we have a cultural shift towards more sustainable materials and containers for use in daily life.
$25 material fee