DATE: February 10, 2019
TIME: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
LOCATION: MAGC Grounds
We will use a roadside grass, or rush, to begin a bowl-shaped basket, using a skep (bee-hive)-making technique. Skeps also make excellent swarm-catchers. In the lunch break, we will have the opportunity to visit Charlie’s apiary in the garden.
Participants should bring a water bowl (a 9” round cake pan is ideal for many basket projects), a pocket knife, large scissors, and small wire clippers (optional). Also bring a lunch. If the weather is fine, we may be outside, so bring suitable clothing.
Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, the Laguna Center in Santa Rosa and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center, where he and friends have woven a basket 13 feet across. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.