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Weave a Black Ash Shaker Cheese Basket

June 1, 2023


Come spend a day in the gazebo in the woods at the Center for Belonging learning from a master basket maker! By the end of the day you’ll have a finished basket. Free camping on site at Fern Hollow Wednesday night!

This basket is traditionally used to strain cheese but its uses know no bounds! Black ash splints are pounded out of a very straight branchless trunk. We will be cutting the pre-pounded splints into smaller lengths and widths. Then this hexagonal/plaited basket starts with a six-pointed star, turns up with a five-pointed star, and continues with our over-one, under-one pattern. We finish with a classic bound rim.

This one day workshop takes place just north of Decorah, in an open-sided gazebo at the Center for Belonging Folk School. There will be a half hour break for lunch.

  • Participants can bring crafting knife and scissors if they have them, though these are not required.
  • Please pack your own lunch.
  • Materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

Learn more about Zac and see his baskets on his Instagram account.

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