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Workshops

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2023 is my eighth 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!  If you've done some basketry and have some willow planted, I will be opening a few apprenticeship spots in 2023, please reach out!

2023 Workshop Schedule

Stake and Strand Weekend workshop - FULL

February 18-19, 10am-4pm

Turner's Falls, MA at Mary's workshop space, 22 3rd Street

To register email marylaurenfraser@gmail.com 

Cost: Sliding scale $150-$225.  Additional material fee $50

Deposit of $50 due and last sign-ups by February 12

*Class limited to 4 students

Stake and Strand Weekend workshop - FULL

March 25-26, 10am-4pm

Turner's Falls, MA at Mary's workshop space, 22 3rd Street

To register email marylaurenfraser@gmail.com 

Cost: Sliding scale $150-$225.  Additional material fee $50

Deposit of $50 due and last sign-ups by March 19

*Class limited to 4 students

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

April 15-16, 10am-4pm

Gettysburg, PA

To register email Julie Abell at inchbyinchwillows@gmail.com

Cost: $250. Additional material fee $50. There are two scholarship spots offered on a first come first serve basis at $150.

Deposit of $50 due by April 6th.

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

May 13-14, 10am-4pm

Hubbard Park, Montpelier, VT

Cost: Sliding scale $175-$250. Additional material fee $50.

Deposit $50 due with registration. Ends May 3rd.

Frame Basket One-day Course

June 3rd, 11am-5pm

Osamequin Farm, Seekonk, MA

To register go to:

https://osamequinfarm.org/events-calendar/willowbasketry

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

August 5-6, 9am-3pm

Maine Primitive Skills School, Augusta, ME

To register visit https://www.primitiveskills.com/courses/list/

*CANCELLED

Frame Basketry One Day Workshop

August 3rd, 9am-4pm

Way of the Earth School, Blue Hill, ME

To register visit https://www.wayoftheearth.com/ancestralskillsworkshops

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

September 2-3, 10am-4pm

Cloudwater Farm, Warren, VT

Cost: $250 with additional material fee of $50. Two scholarship spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis for $125.

Register at https://www.cloudwaterfarm.com/product-page/willow-weaving-workshop

Stake and Strand Weekend Workshop

September 9-10, 10am-4pm

Gloucester, MA at private artist's residence

Cost: Sliding scale $175 - $250 with additional materials fee of $50.

To register email Sarah Wonson at swonson1908@gmail.com

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2022 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

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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.

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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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