Willow Harvest and Weaving Workshop
This January, our partners EartHand Gleaners will be hosting two opportunities to learn about tending and working with the extraordinary SALIX (willow) family at the Means of Production Garden in Mount Pleasant:
WOVEN ARCH WORKPARTY
Saturday January 14 10am-2pm
Means of Production Garden- corner of East 6th and St Catherines, Vancouver
Help bring in the Willow crop at MOP. Learn about coppicing methods for annual harvests, rose twist knots for bundling, and try your hand at willow splitting. Dress for the weather, rain or shine! Participants can leave with a small bundle of willow for personal projects. All are Welcome! Bring a snack to share and a cup for tea.
2-DAY WORKING WILLOW WORKSHOP
From Harvest to Fence and Woven Form: A Workshop
Instructor: Sharon Kallis
Max 12 participants
Willow is an extraordinary weaving material traditionally used anywhere it grows; and with numerous varieties cultivated for many different applications This two-day intensive begins with the harvesting process, touches on weaving with living willow, and culminates in making a Catalan-style tension tray. This workshop is outdoors rain or shine: dress for the weather. Tea is served.
DAY 1: Saturday 21 January – at Means of Production Garden 10-am-1pm
On Day 1, we’ll harvest willow in the garden. Learn about stewardship and sustainable harvest methods of pollarding and coppicing. Demonstration of planting clipped willow whips for creating woven fences and other living structures. Participants leave with a small bundle of willow for personal use.
DAY 2: Sunday 22 January- at Trillium North Park- 10am-1.30pm (under shelter, outdoors)
Day two involves weaving a tension tray from our local willow. Weaving experience is helpful, but not required, some hand strength is an asset. The small woven trays are beautiful and useful objects, and the method taught is based on the traditional Catalan form.
For more information and to register for the work party or workshop, visit EartHand Gleaners website: https://earthand.com/2016/12/09/january-winter-willows/