birch bark container

The strong, yet supple, bark of paper birch has been used for centuries to craft beautiful bowls, pails, baskets and other useful vessels.  In this class, students learn the wonderful qualities that birch holds while shaping a bark sheet into a traditional Athabascan style bowl. Cedar or spruce roots are used to sew the “corners” of the bowl.  Finally, the rim is reinforced with locally harvested willow secured in place with one of several traditional lashing styles shown in class.

Finished baskets measure about 11” long x 7” wide x 3” tall.


Length: 1 day

Location: Issaquah, WA

Cost: $85, including all materials