Black Ash Basketmaking

Date and Time:

November 16, 2019 - 9:00am to November 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Learn every step of traditional black ash basketry in this forest-to-basket class! Black ash trees are uniquely suited for basketmaking, and members of Vermont’s Abenaki community and many others have made baskets from this tree for centuries. Black ash is threatened by emerald ash borer (EAB), and basketmakers have been on the front lines of EAB research and response from the beginning. Abenaki basketmakers Kerry and Aaron Wood will teach each step of the basketmaking process beginning with a walk through an ash stand, assessing living trees for basket quality, processing ash splints, weaving a basket, and exploring indigenous cultural values of ash trees. Participants will go home with their own foraging basket and lid in this day-and-a-half class.

Co-hosted by North Branch Nature Center and Vermont Land Trust.


November 16 - 17, 2019

Class runs 9 AM - 5 PM on November 16, and 9 AM - 1 PM on November 17


NBNC and VLT Members: $185 (Become a NBNC or VLT member)

Non-members: $205


Register for this class!