Crafts Classes

Overview of our private crafts classes

We offer a variety of classes that teach you the traditional way of making brooms, baskets, visors, and more using materials harvested in nature.

 

Broom Making

Tie your own beautiful and functional homemade broom. We will use cured saplings of hickory, moosewood, witch hazel and yellow birch for the handles and broom corn.

Length: half-day

Baskets, Baskets and More Baskets

Tulip Poplar Berry Buckets

Make a traditional “berry bucket” using Tulip Poplar bark that you harvest, deer rawhide, and hickory bark. Learn tree selection for the benefit of the surrounding forest, safe tree harvesting with hand tools, bark peeling, bark processing, uses for various barks, and much more.

Length: This class is best done as two half-day classes to give the bark time to mellow.

Timing: May or June

Tulip Poplar Woven Baskets

Weave strips of bark into a basket.

Length: half-day

Willow and Rawhide Burden Baskets

Weave a traditional burden basket out of traditional materials.

Length: 2 days

Basketry from Nature

Create baskets from an assortment of natural materials found in our area.

Length: 1 or 2 days

Other Classes!

Scrap Wool Mittens and Boots

Use felted sweaters and blankets to make toasty coverings for your hands or feet.

Length: 1 day

Cattail Visors

Keep the sun out of your eyes with this easy-to-make weaving project.

Length: 2 hours

Cattail Hats

Weave a wearable work of art. Learn the basketry techniques of twining and plaiting.

Length: 2 days

Rivercane Needle Cases

Create a handy little storage container while learning about our native Bamboo.

Length: 2 hours

Bone Working and Decorating

Make needles, awls and other useful tools out of bone, and decorate them with scrimshaw.

Length: 2 hours to a weekend

Generally our rates are $50-$75 an hour, depending on the length, location and material needs of the class.  Classes that are materials intensive, or which last  4 hours or less, are generally held at Wild Abundance.  Other classes can be at other locations, though instructors charge their regular rate for one way of travel. Please contact Natalie Bogwalker with specific details about who you are and what you would like to learn by emailing WildAbundanceNC@gmail.com.