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Crafting the Knutkorg

This class runs Saturday and Sunday, September 9–10 from 9 am–5 pm and Mondays, September 11–October 16 from 6–9 pm.

Unravel the knutkorg or Scandinavian knot basket in this multi-week course! Most commonly appearing in the Telemark region and west coast of Norway and in Hedesunda, Sweden near Gävle, these baskets use a bent willow frame with carved “knot” corners and woven splint sides to create an attractive square basket. Students will start by examining baskets made or collected by instructors Fred Livesay and Phil Moody before starting to make their own 8” x 8″ x 6” basket. Over the first weekend, students will layout and construct their willow frame. Students will return over six following Monday evening sessions to prepare the corner, upright and weaver sections and assemble their basket.

This project is suitable for wood carvers with some previous green wood carving experience who want to explore making a basket using common wood carving techniques; good hand strength and dexterity are required to complete this project (e.g. opening a sealed jar). Students should bring a Mora 106 or 120 carving knife (or similar) and any note taking materials.

An $80 materials fee is due to the instructors and covers all other tools and materials. Students may bring a light dinner or snacks to the Monday evening sessions if needed and can eat during class. Suitable for ages 18+.