Make a bark basket

Date(s) - Saturday, May 17, 2014
1:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


A Bark Basket Workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Living historian Chris Collins will demonstrate the harvesting of bark from a diseased elm tree and discuss the historic use of bark and basketry.  A walk of about one mile will be required to access the tree.

Participants will then return to the Nature Center and be introduced to working with bark by making their own five-inch basket using faux birch bark.  The faux birch is easier to work with for beginning basket makers.

Chris Collins is a Master Naturalist through Cornell Cooperative Extension. He is interested in living history and native material culture and has been making bark baskets for several years.

Class size is limited to 15 people, and participants are reminded to dress for the weather.

The fee is $46 for the public or $36 for Friends of the Nature Center and includes all materials.

Reservations with payment are required by Monday, May 12. Call (716) 569-2345, stop by, or use the on-line form by clicking through the Program Listing on the website.