Special 1-Day Class/Workshop — Hen Basket
Workshop begins at 10:00 am
Cost: $55; supplies included
Class is limited to 8 students
If you would like to learn more about shaping and filling in baskets, then this will be a great basket to get you started. We will start at 10:00 am, so everyone will get a chance to complete the basket. And yes, believe it or not, this type of basket was originally used to carry a brood hen.
The Hen Basket Class will be taught by Mary Carty. Class size is limited to eight people, so be sure to get your registration in early. You can also register at Pinelands Folk Music & Basketry.
Small Double Wall Basket (Occasional workshop)
One all-day session
Cost: $45; supplies included
Class is limited to 8 students
If you would like to explore the world of double wall baskets here is a basket to get you started. This is not a beginners basket; you will need a little experience to do this one. The double wall is really two baskets in one. The inside basket is built first and then used as a mold to make the outer one. We will start at 9:00 am, so everyone will get a chance to complete the basket. We will do the inner basket and then break for lunch. During the afternoon, we will make the outer basket. This is a lot of fun and will answer a lot of your questions about double wall.
The Small Double Wall Basket Class will be taught by Mary Carty. Class size is limited to eight people, so be sure to get your registration in early. You can also register on Facebook.
Pine Needle Gourd Basket Workshop (Occasional workshop)
One 4 - 6 hour session
Some weaving experience is helpful, but not absolutely necessary
3 students minimum; 6 students maximum
Gourds are inedible members of the squash family that cure as hard as wood. They are supposed to be the first containers, predating baskets, and are indigenous to cultures throughout the world. Uniquely Native has combined two ancient arts — longleaf pine needle weaving and gourd art — to create a beautifully unique container you will be proud to own.
We will spend the morning cleaning and preparing the gourd you have chosen. We will discuss the process involved and techniques that will be used, which may include dying and pyro-engraving (wood burning). This session may include Native American storytelling, if desired.
After a break for lunch at the nearby Robin's Nest Restaurant (not included in the class fee), we will continue our session. North Carolina longleaf pine needles will be applied to the gourd with a special stitching technique. Embellishments, such as beadwork, shells or feathers may be added. The result is a most unique container which will certainly become a cherished heirloom.
Please contact Mary by email or phone (609-518-7600) and ask to be added to the mailing list so you will be notified when the spring/summer class schedules are available.
Antler Basket Class (Occasional workshop)
Cost: Appr. $125; supplies included
Prior weaving experience is necessary
Make your own personal creation! Mary will teach you all her secrets to weaving with antlers and driftwood. This will be a one of a kind creation. Come and share in her joy of passing on her secrets.
As you work, Mary will share with you some of her own family stories and legends of the Pinelands area and its Native American basket makers. Mary grew up with these stories and knows them well, because she is descended from the local native tribe (Lenape Indians).
This is a very unique experience. Mary’s philosophy is that she wants to create basket makers — not people who just make baskets from kits and patterns.
Class size is limited. This class is kept small so there is more time spent with each student. (This would be an all day session.)
Please contact Mary by email or phone (609-518-7600) and ask to be added to the mailing list so you will be notified when the next antler class is scheduled.