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Bark basket workshop to be offered at WCU
The Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basket workshop as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.
The workshop, taught by biologist Jeff Gottlieb, will engage participants in all phases of bark basket making, from peeling poplar bark to constructing and finishing the basket. Each participant will complete a basket during the workshop.
Gottlieb has been a naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor for more than 30 years. He works with school groups, nature centers, museums, scout troops and summer camps, builds full-sized wigwams and longhouses, and replicates primitive tools and artifacts for display.
A resident of Whittier, Gottlieb is on the staff of the Nantahala Outdoor Center but also travels widely in the eastern U.S., teaching at rendezvous, gatherings and historic fairs. He has written a how-to manual on building wigwams, an instructor’s manual titled “Teaching Primitive Skills to Children” and a book on natural fibers and rope making.
The fee for the workshop is $25, which includes all materials. Space is limited, and the reservation deadline is Monday, June 27.
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