Enjoy a delightful day full of hands-on learning in Heron Hall and around the peaceful Laguna Environmental Center grounds with master weaver, Charlie Kennard. We will use fine peeled sticks of the native coyote willow to make small, bowl-shaped, open-weave twined baskets. Participants already experienced with willow may choose to make baskets with flat- or recurved-bottom baskets. Open to adults and teens, this class takes manual dexterity and previous weaving experience is very beneficial (not recommended for complete beginners or those with hand movement difficulties). All basket-making materials are included in the registration fee. Participants bring a sharp pocket knife, small diagonal clippers, a water bowl, small towel, and their own lunch. Hot drinks and snacks are provided.
Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for MAPOM, Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, the Oakland Museum, and the one in Heron Hall! You can also visit a basketry plant garden he created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, where he and four friends recently wove a basket 13 feet in diameter. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.