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Workshops

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2024 is my ninth year teaching basketry classes.  Workshop schedule and information is listed below.

In a one day workshop:  

We will make a frame basket, traditional to the Roma peoples of Europe.  Learn to make hoops, work with the willow, add ribs, make a God's-eye fasten, and shape your frame basket.  All students make and take home their own willow frame basket.

In a two-day workshop:

We make a round-base basket, otherwise known as stake-and-strand, like the one in the picture on the left of this page.  Learn to make the slath, two-rod twining, staking up, 3-rod waling, French randing, a waled border, and handles of your choice.  Take home a round-base basket to use for the rest of your life and the skills to make more.

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A note on coffin weaving:  I've had many requests for an apprenticeship program to teach coffin weaving.  Here is the info in short:  try making a basket first and see if you like working with willow.   If you have land, or access to a long-term agreement on someone else's land, look into starting a big patch of willow, to supply your work.  Then please reach out and we can chat about weaving some coffins together.  I also love hearing from people who are excited about learning this craft and so always feel free to reach out and share your excitement and how you first heard about this skill!  At the end of 2024, I will be offering two burial tray weaving classes. The details are below in the list of workshops.

2024 Workshop Schedule

February 10-11, The Permaculture Place at the Mill, Shelburne Falls, MA.  CLASS FULL. Waiting list and information at https://www.permacultureseries.org/

 

March 10, Phinehas S Newton Library, Royalston, MA. 

This is an introductory 2 hour workshop making small conicular baskets. Workshop is FREE, and will be posted at the library and go out in their newsletter.  https://www.royalstonlibrary.org/

 

April 20-21, Gettysburg, PA.

Stake and strand workshop, 12 participants limit.

$250 plus $50 material fee. To register email Julia Abell at inchbyinchwillows@gmail.com

 

April 27, Wild Earth, High Falls, NY. 

A one-day, ribbed or frame basketry class. Info will be posted at https://wildearth.org/programs

 

June 8, Wendell Public Library, Wendell MA.  2-5pm.

*DATE CHANGED TO AUGUST 24th. 

Another introductory workshop making small conicular baskets. Workshop is FREE.  Will be posted on the library website and newsletter. https://www.wendellmass.us/departments/library/

June 15-16, East Hill Tree Farm, Plainfield, VT

Stake and strand workshop. 10am-4pm both days.

$200 plus $50 material fee. To register email Hannah Biliian at Hbillian@gmail.com

August 31/September 1, Cloudwater Farm, Warren, VT

Stake and strand workshop. 10am-4pm both days. 

$250 plus $50 material fee. Delicious lunches included.

To register email Racheal Ouellette at rachealmouellette@gmail.com

*Class is full and waitlist has started.

 

October 5-6, Maine Local Living School, Temple ME.

Stake and Strand class. Accomodation and meals included!!

Register at https://www.mainelocalliving.org/

October 12-13, Private residence, Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA

*DATE CHANGED: New dates TBA. 

Stake and Strand workshop. 10am-4pm both days. 

$250 plus $50 material fee.

To register, email Elspeth Hay at elspeth.hay@gmail.com

Two November Burial Tray Weaving Courses.  A new course!!

November 14-17, Thursday through Sunday, 10am-4pm all days.

November 21-24. Thursday through Sunday, 10am-4pm all days.

Class size limit of 6 students.  Previous willow experience much preferred.  Classes will both be at my workshop in Turner's Falls, MA.

 

 We will be weaving 3 adult-size burial trays all together, rotating       through the weaving.  For those who have not seen one - the burial   trays are like a half coffin, do not have lids, and the body of the   deceased is wrapped in a shroud and placed on the tray, often filled   with flowers or tree boughs, and carried to and lowered in the grave. 

 

  To make this class more affordable, I will be keeping the trays we       make.  If you want to take one of these trays home with you, please   specify this when you register and we can make an arrangement so   you can buy one.

 Full tuition: $500. A deposit of $250 due with registration.  Refundable   cancellations only before Nov 1st. 

  *Email me to register. 

 

 

Stake and Strand Workshop

December 7-8, 10am-4pm both days. 

Turner's Falls, MA. Class limited to 6 students.

Tuition: $250 plus $50 material fee. Deposit of $50 due with registration. Refundable cancellations only before Nov 23rd.  Full tuition due at class.

*Email me to register. 

 

 

Stake and Strand Workshop

December 14-15, 10am-4pm both days. 

Turner's Falls, MA.  Class limited to 6 students.

Tuition: $250 plus $50 material fee. Deposit of $50 due with registration. Refundable cancellations only before Nov 30th.  Full tuition due at class.

*Email me to register. 

 

The descriptions for the stake and strand workshops are on my website, on the page titled "Learning", and described under "two-day workshops".  This is my most commonly taught course.

 

And another NEW course:

Willow Pack Baskets!

January 3-5, 10am-4pm all days. 

Turner's Falls, MA. Class limited to 6 students.

Tuition: $350 plus material fee of $100.

We will be doing oval bases, which are quite hard, and so I am requiring previous willow working experience for this class.  We will be working on the bases Friday, weaving the sides on Saturday and Sunday morning, and then working on straps Sunday afternoon. If you have your own leather strapping that you'd like to use, the material fee will be less as that adds $50 to the cost.

Deposit of $100 due with registration. Refundable cancellations only before December 20th. Full tuition due at the class. 

*Email me to register.

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2022 Workshop Schedule

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Stake and Strand Weekend workshop - FULL

February 18-19, 10am-4pm

Turner's Falls, MA

Stake and Strand Weekend workshop - FULL

March 25-26, 10am-4pm

Turner's Falls, MA

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

April 15-16, 10am-4pm

Gettysburg, PA

To register email Julie Abell at inchbyinchwillows@gmail.com

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

May 13-14, 10am-4pm

Hubbard Park, Montpelier, VT

Frame Basket One-day Course

June 3rd, 11am-5pm

Osamequin Farm, Seekonk, MA

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

August 5-6, 9am-3pm

Maine Primitive Skills School, Augusta, ME

Frame Basketry One Day Workshop

August 3rd, 9am-4pm

Way of the Earth School, Blue Hill, ME

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

September 2-3, 10am-4pm

Cloudwater Farm, Warren, VT

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

September 9-10, 10am-4pm

Gloucester, MA at private artist's residence

2023 Workshop Schedule

Round-base workshop

July 23-24

Warner Public Market, Warner, NH

https://www.warnerpublicmarket.com/event-details/round-base-willow-basketry

**CANCELLED

Round-base workshop

July 30-31

Maine Primitive Skills School, Augusta, ME

https://www.primitiveskills.com/course/basket-making-weekend/

**CANCELLED

Green Burial Talk

August 26, Lichen Center, Blue Hill, ME

https://www.lichen.center/calendar/2022-what-is-green-burial

**CANCELLED

Round-base Workshop

August 27-28

Lichen Center, Blue Hill, ME

https://www.lichen.center/calendar/2022-willow-basket-workshop

**CANCELLED

Round-base Workshop

September 10-11

Gloucester, MA

Email Sarah Wonson to sign up:  swonson1908@gmail.com

**CANCELLED

Short cone basket workshop

Groundnut Gathering, Montgomery, MA

October 9, 10am

*this is a two-hour class as part of a larger weekend learning

  and community event!

**CANCELLED

2021 Workshops

July 23, "What is Green Burial?" talk by Mary Lauren Fraser at the

Lichen Center, Blue Hill, Maine.  

July 24-25, 2021, 10am-4pm

Round base workshop at the Lichen Center, Blue Hill, ME.

July 31-August 1, 2021, 10am-4pm

Frame basketry workshop at the

Maine Primitive Skills School, Augusta, ME.

August 21-22, 10am-4pm

Round-base workshop.

Please email me to sign up.

September 4-5, 10am-4pm

Round-base workshop

Please email me to sign up.

2020 Workshops

July 15-16, 10am-4pm

Frame basketry class, Maine Primitive Skills School, Augusta, ME

 

August 9, 10am-4pm

Frame basketry class, West Townshend, VT

MARY LAUREN FRASER

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