Basket-making Classes
In New England, baskets were made by the Native American tribes who used a variety of local materials including birch bark and the split wood of ash trees. Because the wood is soft and splits easily, it was not much use for furniture-making or building but was uniquely suited for basket making. 

When European settlers came to New England in the mid-1600s and 1700s, they brought basketry traditions to places like the Puddle Dock neighborhood of Strawbery Banke. Like coopering, basket-making skills were valuable in an era when everything was transported in barrels and baskets. The Basket-making Workshop at Strawbery Banke takes its style from intermingled traditions, using the traditional “over and under” weave. 

Basket-makers should wear “crafting clothes” and/or bring an apron as clothes can get damp and need to withstand some abrasion. Each class is limited to 10 participants. 

Strawbery Banke Members $45; Non-members $55.