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Basket classes start Monday

Jun 05, 2014

Four basketmaking classes are planned in June at the Jefferson County Park Nature Center.

According to Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey, space is limited for each class so preregistration is required. Preregistration can be made by emailing Cummiskey at therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com or calling 472-4421.

A beginner basket class, in which participants will learn to make an interwoven base basket, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Cummiskey said the little basket will give beginners a feel for working with the reed and practice in shaping.

The basket can be made in a short time, so participants can stop by the nature center anytime between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; no baskets should be started later than 5:30 p.m.

The class is for fifth-graders through adults, although third- and fourth-graders are welcome if assisted by an adult.

The fee for the beginner basket class is $7.

A plant basket class is set from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

A plant basket has heavier reeds for the spokes and builds on the skills learned in the beginner basket class. Participants will learn new techniques, such as three-rod waling and three-row rolled border.

Cummiskey said it takes at least three hours to make the plant basket, so participants can stop by the nature center anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; no baskets should be started later than 5 p.m.

The class is for middle school students through adults, and the fee is $15.

A twilled simplicity basketmaking class is set from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The class is for experienced basketmakers only.

Participants can start their baskets anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cummiskey said it takes at least four hours to make the basket, but is advising participants to allow up to six hours.

The fee for the twilled simplicity basket class is $20.

A scrap basket class is planned from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 12.

Cummiskey said participants can finish up their baskets from previous classes or make a scrap basket using leftover supplies from the classes.

The class is for fifth-graders through adults, although third- and fourth-graders are welcome if assisted by an adult.

The fee for the scrap basket class is $5.

NOTE: Incorrect dates for some of the basketmaking classes were printed in the “Jefferson County Conservation Board — Special Summer Park Edition” on page 5 of the Tuesday Ledger and in the Spring 2014 edition of the Jefferson County Conservation Board’s Naturally Speaking newsletter.

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