Coiled Willow Basket with Charlie Kennard

Oct 16, 2022 9:30 am

Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation 900 Sanford Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401


We will learn how to split and trim willow to prepare weaving threads, and then begin a trinket basket, with a foundation of whole willow. Participants can choose whether to use a gap stitch or close weaving. Charlie will supply us with his own grey and purple willows, grown in Marin. Grey willow is also found in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and other parts of Sonoma County.

Participants should bring a sharp pocket knife, small wire clippers and a water bowl. Please bring a lunch to the workshop.

Please note: This workshop is suitable for adults and teenagers. Participants should bring a spray bottle, and, if they wish, a camera to record the steps in weaving. Please bring a lunch to the workshop. All basket-making materials are included in the registration fee.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques of the world, and believes that through knowledge of, and love for localized ecology and cultures, we will safeguard all. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Fibershed in Point Reyes Station, and for continuing private groups. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Lake County Museum, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in wildlife habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.