Thursday, April 2, 2015

Birch bark harvesting and basketry class offered in Palmer

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will hold a birch bark harvesting, preparation and basketry class Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 S. Georgeson Road, Palmer.
An example of the type of basket that will be created in the workshop.

Students will learn how to sustainably harvest birch bark and weave baskets. The $20 fee includes lunch and snacks. Participants should dress for the outdoors for the harvesting part and should bring a box knife and small paint spatula. The class is limited to 12 people. UAF Assistant Professor Valerie Barber will teach the workshop. She can be reached at 907-746-9466 or

Registration is available here.

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