I am grateful to be able to teach a cedar bark weaving workshop at IslandWood this upcoming February. For those of you eager to learn about this cultural art form, but you might not have signed up in time, be sure to get on the wait list in case anyone cancels.
NEXT CLASS JUNE 2016 at BARN, Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network
Also, though I don’t know the exact dates, or the cost as yet, I will also be teaching a workshop: Cedar From Tree to Pouch, in June 2016. This workshop will be taught in Rolling Bay, Washington, through the Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network. BARN has broken ground this year and is building a wonderful center that will be a resource for learning about and creating artisans works. My class is just one of many great workshops being offered by the artisans represented. Registration for the June class is administrated through the BARN website: www.bainbridgebarn.org. Please email BARN and ask to be notified as soon as the registration for my class opens. The class size is limited and it will fill quickly.
I will bring in a freshly cut cedar tree to class on the first meeting, so students can learn how to peal their own pieces of bark. The class project is a folded and formed Cedar bark pouch, which Ed Carriere, Suquamish Elder and Master Weaver, has taught me to make, and has given me his blessing to teach. This is a style of container used for gathering, that has been employed by many indigenous cultures around the world using plant materials at hand. On our second meeting, students will learn to prepare the inner bark of the Western red cedar to weave a diagonal plaited braid, for trimming the rim of the pouch. On the third meeting students will make cordage for sewing and lashing, weave a 4-strand round braid, and learn how to assemble all the elements to finish their pouch in a pleasing way.
Below is a picture of the 2015 “Cedar From Tree To Pouch” graduates!