Throughout history, baskets have carried everything precious from berries to babies. There are countless varieties of baskets in the world. The materials to make them could be splints of wood, folded bark, willow shoots and even grass. The styles of baskets can be as varied as the Nations that used them; from the Siberian Evenk, to the Anishnaabeg (aka the Ojibway).
This June, join traditional craftsman, Nick Dillingham from Black Thunder Studios, as he spends three days teaching methods of Anishnaabeg basketry. Each day, students will focus on making two baskets, resulting with upwards of six baskets to take home on Sunday. All tools will be provided, and all materials will be harvested on site.
About Nick Dillingham:
Nick Dillingham, who grew up in southwestern Michigan, has spent hours in the woods learning and utilizing traditional skills.
Nick is considered one of the top traditional basket weavers of his generation, and has distinguished himself by recreating baskets that haven’t been made since the mid-1800s. His work has been featured in magazines, cultural museums, and the news media and he has taught widely. Nick has worked alongside and taught with tribal elders and master craftsmen.
Nick learned basketry from tenth generation Anishnaabeg weavers in Michigan, as well as weavers from Canada to North Carolina. His goal is to teach, promote and preserve traditional heritage arts and skills before they are lost.
Course cost: $300.00
Course Minimum: 8
Course Maximum: 12