Basket Workshop: Twining with Rush and Tule
with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, February 14, 12:00-4:00PM
Grange at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg, 707-431-7433
Create a useful piece that will last a lifetime in this class taught by master weaver Charlie Kennard. Each participant will make a container with rush (Juncus) warps and tule wefts using California Indian techniques. Participants will practice various twining stitches to make a patterned exterior, finished with a decorative rim and cordage handle. Tule baskets were very commonly made in many parts of California, Oregon and Nevada, with varying “starts,” weaves, and rim finishes. These kinds of baskets can be used for gathering small fruits and vegetables, and chickens’ eggs.
Participants should bring:
Large scissors, water bowl, old bath towel; awls and small diagonal wire clippers if you have them.
The workshop will be taught by Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo, a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM), Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, 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 he has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.