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Private tuition is only open to one or two individuals at a time and must be scheduled in advance. $200 per day (cost is split if there are two people), materials and homegrown lunch included.
Spend a couple of days learning the ins and outs of basketry here at our farm. Folks seeking private tuition will work directly with me to weave any basket of their choosing, within their (and my!) skill level. Most baskets will take at least two days to learn, larger or more complicated baskets may even take three. Obelisks or small trays may only take a half day. The farm is lovely almost any time of the year and you’ll meet our chickens, dog and cats. Do remember that willow can be challenging to weave and that these tutorials will be taking place on a working farm. Please contact me to schedule a private tutorial.
December 14th & 15th, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Organized by me! Hosted by Anne Bernstein and Tosso Hettinger in Stanfordville, NY. $230 per student, meals and materials included.
During this weekend course we will work on creating beautiful round baskets from willow. Learn to construct a beginners basket with a circular base, rounded or sharp angled upsett, a choice of side weaves and a woven border. If we have time you can choose and weave a complimentary handle. For those that have taken a previous class with me, we can either revisit that same basket style or you can explore a different type of basket. Participants will finish the class with a sturdy and useful vessel. Willow can be challenging to work with. Someone with hand issues or weak hands may find this class difficult. Includes an amazing home-cooked vegetarian lunch prepared by our hosts, Anne and Tosso. Register Here
February 29th, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Organized through New York Botanical Garden
More info and registration here. $239 for non-members, $215 for members of NYBG.
A staple of English gardens, a willow obelisk serves as a graceful plant support or a decorative focal point in your garden. Jesica Clark, owner of the Hudson Valley's Willow Vale Farm, will teach you traditional willow weaving techniques, including randing and pairing. You'll have time to experiment before you create an eco-friendly obelisk, which will include an Irish mouth wale base and a Japanese eye knot top. Strong hands are a must! Register here.
SOLD OUT! April 25th & 26th, 2020, 8:00am - 5:00pm Sat., 8:00am-noon Sun.
Organized through Northeast Basketmakers Guild. Registration here. More info about the Spring Gathering here. $90 Registration, $55 materials.
You do not need to be a member of NBG to attend! Registration is FREE if you are a non-member first-timer and you only take one class (hopefully mine!) If you are only interested in our class, please do not chose 2nd or 3rd options when registering, and be sure to register for both Saturday and Sunday.
In this course we will make an organically-shaped asymmetrical basket that is perfect for harvesting in the garden, foraging in the woods or bringing a snack to a party. We will go over how to make a perfect round base with a 3X3 slath and pairing, followed by a rounded upsett method with 3 rod waling. There will be a choice of weaving patterns to make up the sides, a modified 4 rod wale to strengthen the top and a woven border to finish. A driftwood or greenwood handle will be incorporated across the top and students may want to bring in their own pieces of driftwood for a special touch (if bringing your own, it should be at least 15 inches long and thick enough to make a sturdy handle). While making your basket, we encourage creativity in exploring shape and color. This class will be team taught to ensure each student will get plenty of attention and instruction. Students in this course should have some experience in weaving baskets with willow. Register here.