This is a great beginner and intermediate cedar bark class that teaches basic weaving techniques including checker weave plaiting, overlay and basic “S” twining, and a traditional folded rim. You will also learn how to gather and prepare cedar and materials used in this basket. You will have all the materials provided to complete the basket in class.
Completed basket size: 3” wide X 6” long X 2” tall.
Materials used: western red cedar bark, bear grass or chebup and raffia.
Jo Ann Hart, a hunter gatherer by heart, grew up in rural central Kentucky during the 50’s and 60’s. Because there were no children her age to play with, she began learning about and manipulating natural materials in her environment into crude baskets and vessels.
As an adult, her family life brought her to the Pacific NW. After taking a structured Basketry class with instructor Melinda West in the mid-‘80s, she has since studied with many contemporary and Native American Basket Weavers. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Basketry Guild, the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, and The National Basketry Organization. Jo Ann has taught Basketry for almost 30 years from coast to coast, and she shows her work locally and throughout the US. She says gathering, preparing, and weaving with natural materials has given her great pleasure, and she is happy to share her knowledge of plants and basketry.
“A basket in not really a basket, but a vessel created of beauty, joy, and happiness from a window in the soul, a reflection of love and a creative outlet to our ancestors of the past” Jo Ann Hart
George Arthur Hart grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He is a wildlife biologist by trade and has devoted many years to the gathering, harvesting, and preparation of natural materials. He has studied with Native American and local artists. He excels in traditional black ash Cherokee baskets, and coiled baskets using natural materials.
Other interests includes making bent wood boxes, wood lathe bowls, and working with baleen. George and his wife, Jo Ann, run Wilderness Basketry and offer a variety of classes by local artists as well as themselves. They gather and prepare their own materials and choose to work in natural materials.