Frank and Karen Sherwood have been teaching ancestral living skills for over 35 years. We have learned – and we teach – that the earth always provides for our needs. Our programs emphasize our connections to the earth and a respect and appreciation for her many gifts.
Thank you to everyone who made our first pack basket class such a success! Even though it was a (rare) sweltering weekend in August, everyone did a great job with their baskets. Both the August and upcoming September class sold out. We will look at the upcoming 2017 schedule to fit in some additional dates for this popular class!
In the meantime, some pictures from our August class:
Thank goodness there was a tent in the yard for some much-needed shade!
Here are students closing in on the final product…
…and with their beautiful finished pack baskets. Congratulations on a job well-done!
Thanks to a very enthusiastic response from prospective weavers, we are excited to announce that Karen’s new 7-month Basketry Intensive program begins November 4, 2016!
Earlier this summer master weaver Karen Sherwood floated the idea of a new Basketry Intensive program where students would learn not only how to weave with different natural plant materials, but also how to identify, harvest, and prepare their own materials for basketry use. She has since crafted an in-depth program that familiarizes students with the plants they use, in addition to teaching a variety of weaving, stitching, and dying techniques.
This class gives students the unique opportunity to learn basketry “from the ground up.” Classroom instruction is supplemented by field trips (including one overnight) to gather plant materials. Except for the overnight field trip, classes are held at the Earthwalk Northwest classroom in Bellevue, WA. More information about the program can be found here, and the schedule and curriculum overview are listed below.
Applications are already rolling in and class size is limited to 10 students. If you are interested in committing to this new seven-month program, please call or email us soon!
Schedule and Curriculum Overview Regular classes are held from 9 am – 5 pm. Follow-up classes are held from 6 am – 9 pm.
Cedar Plaited Tool Pouch (follow up) November 17 (Thu); 6 pm – 9 pm
Flat Twined Bag
December 9 – 11 (Fri – Sun)
Flat Twined Bag (follow up)
January 5 (Thu); 6 pm – 9 pm
Techniques of Birch Bark
January 27 – 29 (Fri – Sun)
Our unique Path of the Hunter Mentoring program starts September 7, 2016! We are excited about two additions this year: Frank has explored and will be sharing new hunting areas just for this year’s program, and this year’s students will be among the first to use Frank’s recently-published Hunting Journal to record outing details.