8, 9, 10 May 2019
Back by popular demand, this is a very special and unique course giving you a full experience of working with the generous delights of red cedar. Spend 3 days in the forest, submerging yourself in the whole process of harvesting tree bark, roots and creating woven utensils.
The first day will involve harvesting the bark from the tree source, discussing traditional methods and modern restraints and choosing the best material. Time will also be spent harvesting the cedar roots with digging sticks and then stripping the bark off the roots and splitting for later use. Once we have harvested and processed the bark and roots we will make a simple canoe bailer using folding techniques
The second day we will prepare the bark by cutting it into strips and then move onto the weaving. Choice of basket design will either be a traditional Native American square based design with a bias weave and a folded woven border technique or a round bottomed vessel with a split spoke giving an odd number of weavers so that you could use a single weaver to rand around.
Also covered will be the essential skill of cordage making, using the fibres of the bark to make rope and string.
£295 per person
Please bring a packed lunch. Delicious cakes and biscuits together with hot and cold drinks will be available throughout the day to keep you fuelled up!