Basket weaving is as ancient and ubiquitous as human civilization, predating stone carving and pottery. With an impressive record of intricate designs from thousands of cultures across history, the craft of weaving baskets can seem daunting; but in this class, we’ll take baskets back to their utilitarian roots.
Using willow branches sourced from the Horn Farm’s winter willow coppice, this class will focus on what we call “field-expedient” baskets, or baskets that can be woven “in the moment” for basic functions like carrying foraged foods, fish traps, forest tools, and other land-based necessities. We’ll practice warp and weft techniques that transform plant rods into simple receptacles, highlighting the versatility of locally-available fibers while exploring the building blocks of more complex forms of basket-weaving and fiber crafts. Join us in rekindling connection to nature by learning how to build a functional basket from scratch!
This class is part of the Horn Farm Center's new Windows to Wild Lands series, taking place from 1 to 3pm on the first Sunday of every month. Each class, we'll offer an entry-level, hands-on lesson in an age-old primitive skill that reconnects with the land while giving us a glimpse into the nature-based lives of our human ancestry.
About the Instructor: Wilson Alvarez
Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, inventor, gardener, skilled tracker, bowyer, nature-awareness instructor, and writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Since 2004, he has taught classes and workshops on bio-intensive agriculture, regenerative technology, foraging, hunting, trapping, tracking, and wilderness survival. Wilson studied at the Wilderness Awareness School via the Kamana program, and he received his Permaculture Design Certificate through Susquehanna Permaculture.
Space is limited to 12 participants due to the hands-on nature of this class. Not recommended for children under 15. Children accompanying a parent or guardian who is taking the class may attend without charge.
This class will take place outdoors. Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and potentially snowy and/or muddy conditions.
All programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email in the days preceding the program for any changes or cancellations. You can review our current Cancellation and Refund Policy here.
Parking takes place in the field above the farmhouse.
The cost for this program is $25/person. Not recommended for young children. Children 15 and under accompanying an adult may attend without charge.
York, PA 17406