Fine Twined Basket Making Workshop with Charlie Kennard

May 14, 2022 9:30 am

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


Practice basket making skills using wetland plant material.

About this event

Twining is a basketry construction technique in which two weaving elements cross over each other between warps (or spokes). In this workshop we will use the twining method to begin small, fine baskets made with a relative of the wetland plant tule with the botanical name Schoenoplectus americanus, commonly called three-square bulrush or three-cornered sedge. It grows in both freshwater and saline marshes from Alaska to South America and in the east from Nova Scotia to the Gulf Coast, and even in the US Southwest. As well as being fragrant, it is strong and soft, and lends itself to a variety of weaving strokes.

Please note: This workshop is suitable for adults and teenagers. All participants must wear a mask indoors and this workshop will follow all current Sonoma County COVID-19 safety guidelines. All basket-making materials are included in the registration fee. Participants should bring garden clippers and large pliers. Please bring snacks and a lunch to be eaten outside. Hot water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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.