June 6, 2020
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat (near Harpers Ferry, WV)

Bark baskets have an ancient history in forested landscapes all over the world.  There is a short window between May and June in this region when Tulip Poplar bark can be “slipped” from the tree and fashioned into a basket.  These baskets are easily assembled given a knowledge of the materials and a patient hand.  Learn how to identify, select and transform a Tulip Poplar tree into your own berry basket.  Each student will leave the class having made their own basket from pre-cut logs.  If time allows the teacher may also demonstrate how to turn Tulip Poplar inner bark into basket weavers for woven baskets.

Cost: $75 per person

*Children are welcome to participate but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

What to bring:

  • A good sharp and sturdy knife (there will be a few available for use)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle
Luke Bauer is a basket maker, forager, woods-wanderer, and permaculturist interested in connecting people with their landscape. He has been engaged in learning all that he can from his landscape for the past decade.  He leads workshops on basketmaking, plant identification, primitive skills and wilderness awareness.


For more information, please email Luke at community.rollingridge@gmail.com

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