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!
We have been humbled and overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to our Adirondack-style pack baskets! Woven pack baskets have been around for centuries, but they were a new addition to our Ancestral Living Skills program this year. So many people asked about making the baskets that we have added TWO two-day classes in 2016!
Dates: August 13-14 | September 24-25, 2016
Time: 9-4 on Saturday, 9-2 on Sunday
Location: Issaquah, WA
Description: Traditionally used by the early trappers, pack baskets were woven out of black ash or white oak. Most baskets today use high-quality reed to create these strong and light vessels.
Join us to weave your own pack basket in this two-day class. Learn how to weave the “belly” into your basket for the roomy pack basket shape. You’ll finish by lashing a hardwood handle into the rim. The final touches are a protective coat of stain or oil finish and custom strapping for ease of carry.
These baskets are perfect for your next trip to the market or upcoming summer picnic. All materials and tools provided. Finished size: Approximately 11” W x 10” D x 17” H.