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Shaker Cat Head Basket

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

The Shaker Community, founded in New York, is known for its design aesthetic, combining form and function in simply elegant ways. This class introduces students to the Cathead base, a Shaker classic. In this form, a small, square base grows into a round basket, at the diameter and height of the student's choosing. This particular technique of weaving corners produces four "feet" upon which the basket rests. This creates a raised base on the inside of the basket, allowing its contents to first fill the perimeter of the basket, and then the center. Disbursing the weight of the basket contents, first to the perimeter, serves to prevent produce from becoming bruised and protects the center of the basket from wearing out. Students will weave a two-by-two twill pattern for both the base and the sides of the basket.

Birch Bark Picture Frames and Mirrors

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

Birch bark picture frames and mirrors have adorned Adirondack camps and cabins for centuries and were a favorite winter project for the guides to make. This is a great class for beginners with limited experience with woodworking and tools. You will select a frame and learn how to cut and fasten the Birch bark, twigs and other natural objects to create your own 'masterpiece'. Come see why this is one of our most popular classes. You'll be proud to hang this in your home!

The Beekman Pie Carrier Basket

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

This basket was designed exclusively for the Beekman Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY. It features a large 12" x 7" solid bottom Shaker Cathead that, when inverted, forms the cover for this pie carrier. The base is a 13" breadboard that will be provided. The instructor designed the component parts of the carrier to be used on a daily basis. The basket is for bread and fruit and the bread board is for cutting and/or serving. You need only store the handle (provided) and strap until ready to use as a pie or cake carrier. Students will weave the solid bottom base using a Shaker technique. The basket will then be pinned to a mold (provided) for weaving using a chase weave technique. Students will also learn to rivet leather to assemble the straps. The handle assembly will be provided. The finished size of the basket is 13" x 8" (without handle).

Make a Native American Feather Fan

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

Feather fans are quite significant to Native Americans and have a long history of being used in Pow Wows and in the Native American Church. They are also used in spiritual "smudging" ceremonies with sage or cedar. Our instructor will share Native American legends and stories with you as you make your own feather fan using a piece of corrugated cardboard covered in leather with feathers added and shaped to fit your hand. Children who are 10 years of age and older are welcome.

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