with John Zasada & Jack Sneavy
This birch bark basket is a relatively simple square or horizontal weave basket. The weaving is done in the traditional Scandinavian and Russian style. The material used to make the basket is split inner bark of the birch tree. The birch bark is harvested from timber sale areas in Itasca county. The basket will be around 8″ X 6″ X 6″ when finished.
About the Instructor: John Zasada lives in the Grand Rapids area. He worked as a research silviculturist for the U.S. Forest Service for 40+ yrs in Alaska, Oregon/Washington, northern Wisconsin/Michigan and northern Minnesota. since retiring he has been interested in the biology of tree barks, birch bark in particular, and the harvest and use of inner and outer bark in basket weaving. He mainly weaves in the traditional Scandinavian/Russian style.
Co-teaching with Jack Sneavy