May 29, 2021
10:00am – 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.

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

$75; suggested donation (*free for ages 12 and under)

What to bring:

  • A good sharp and sturdy knife (there will be a few available for use)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle

Instructor Luke Bauer is a basket maker, forager, woods-wanderer, and permaculturist interested in connecting people with their landscape. He leads workshops on basketmaking, plant identification, primitive skills and wilderness awareness.

For more information please contact Luke at

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