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Birch Bark Tutorial

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This class runs for six Tuesdays, October 3–November 7, 6–8 pm each session.

The paper birch is an icon of Northern forests in both the Upper Midwest and the Nordic Region, providing creative craftspeople with endless projects from the bark and wood. Join Beth Homa Kraus, to learn, read, and work with Minnesota birch bark over six weeks. Students will begin by learning how to process the bark, using handmade tools along the way. Starting with simple rings, students will move on to learn diagonal plaited weave by working on a simple knife or scissors sheath. By the end of the class, students will complete a medium-sized basket or a couple of smaller projects.

Both novice makers and more experienced basket weavers will find space for growth over this multi-week course. Throughout the six sessions, the class will take time to discuss the cultural uses of birch, the bark harvesting process, and birch bark’s role in the boreal forest. This class is an excellent opportunity for anyone with an interest in birch bark basketry to explore new skills in a supportive setting.

A materials fee is paid to the instructor in class depending on projects selected, totaling between $40–$100 over the six-week course. All tools are provided, although students are welcome to bring their favorite basket weaving tools (heavy scissors, sloyd knife, clothes pins, etc.). Suitable for ages 16+.