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Invasive Bittersweet Baskets

$65

with Zack Rouda

Calendar Nov 14, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

So-called "Oriental" or round-leafed bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is considered invasive in North A.m.erica. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, and not readily favored by birds, bittersweet is a largely useless bane on wild land. We can use traditional harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild: harvesting material for baskets while controlling and suppressing future da.m.aging growth. We will cover identification, responsible collection, materials processing and storage, and creation, including the basics of stake-and-strand twining and weaving. We will shoot for a basket about 8-inches wide and 4-inches deep. Price includes all required tools and materials. No discounts.

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Leather Bound Journals

$52

with Anna Low

Calendar Nov 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Make a beautiful, rustic, leather covered sketchbook with Anna Low of Purplebean Bindery. You will work with reclaimed leather and some heavy-weight paper to bind your very own blank book, perfect for a travel journal sketchbook, or just to doodle in. We'll cover some basic bookbinding techniques (no previous experience required) and you will design your own book. We will bind it all together with the decorative and functional long stitch. You will leave class with instructions and a few tools to continue making books at home. $10 material fee included. No discounts.

Full Course

Silver Jewelry

$55

with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Nov 22, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Working with Silver Clay is an exciting process where the inexperienced can explore their artistic abilities and create unique one of a kind items. Come join this exciting class where beginners can easily learn to create earrings, pendants, charms, beads, bracelets, and rings. Experience a new creative adventure and learn how easy and fun it is to make beautiful items from Precious Metal Clay (PMC) or Art Clay Silver (ACS). Materials fee of $70 is payable to the instructor.

Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

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Introduction to Wood Carving

$75

with Ken Wise

Calendar Dec 1, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Introduction to tools and techniques of carving wood. Learn to safely shape wood with hand tools to create projects such as tool handles, folk art, wildlife carvings, and decorative spoons. No experience needed, all tools and materials provided. $15 material fee included in course cost.

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