Birch bark has been used since ancient times in northern countries such as Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia, the Northern islands of Japan and more locally, by Native Americans. Students in this class, will learn to prepare birch bark properly for craftwork, use a carving knife safely & with confidence, layout a traditional ‘finger type joint,’ and fit bottoms and lids to their box. Come and be amazed by the birch. The instructor will supply all necessary tools and materials.
This introductory class provides students the opportunity to work with birch bark and Fred Livesay, a craft and folk school instructor of 45 years as your guide. Fred will share insights regarding the historical use of birch bark and how bark is harvested so as not to damage the tree. You must have enough hand strength to open a slightly tight jar to succeed in this class.
Class includes a 1-hour lunch break.
General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!