Lazy Mill Treecraft

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Hi,

My name is Penny Hewitt. I am a craftsperson, teacher, homesteader, and homeschooling mom. I live with my family on a diversified farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Through the curiosity of my sons, I became fascinated with and then passionate about preserving and passing on traditional skills, particularly in the forms of black ash and birch bark basketry. Working with responsibly harvested and hand-processed materials from the forest surrounding my home, I seek to create objects of beauty that are useful in everyday life. I am inspired by traditions of other cultures, and grateful for the opportunities of connection to people, place, nature, and self that my craft cultivates. My experience with weaving includes teaching workshops, leading homeschool groups and crafting for income.

 

Basketry workshops

Make your own basket and in the process learn one of the oldest crafts in human history.  For thousands of years baskets served as indispensable objects in every culture. Carry on the tradition and take home a beautiful, durable and useful basket crafted from local and responsibly harvested, birch bark or hand pounded black ash logs.

 

~Black Ash Berry Basket ~ Weave a round basket, approximately 6”x 6” with optional strap in a five hour class that  includes a discussion on how the material is harvested and processed.  This is a great class for ages 10 to adult.

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~Black Ash Pack Basket ~ Weave an approximately 18” tall traditional Adirondack pack basket with cedar runners and base and adjustable harness. This basket is made to last and be used. The class is two full days and will include a discussion on how the material is harvested and processed. This is a great class for teens and adults.

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~Birch Bark Basket ~ Weave a small diagonal plaited birch bark basket in a four hour class that includes a discussion on how the material is sustainably harvested and processed. This class is for teens and adults.

~Birch Bark Pouch~ Weave a diagonal plaited birch bark pouch, approximately  6″x 8″x 2″  with a leather flap and strap; great as a small purse or tool pouch.  This is a two-day class that includes a discussion on how birch bark is sustainably harvested and processed. This class is for teens and adults.P1040195

~Birch Bark Wallet~ Weave a diagonal plaited birch bark wallet with a leather flap. This is a full day class that includes a discussion of how birch bark is sustainably harvested and processed. This class is for teens and adults.

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~Birch Bark Ornaments ~ Enjoy the simple pleasure of creating a decoration or gift from materials responsibly harvested on my Northeast Kingdom farm.  Utilizing techniques common to the Scandinavian and Russian style of basketry, you will craft birds and stars using strips of inner bark from the paper birch in this three hour workshop.  You will also learn how these materials are harvested and prepared. This class is for teens, adults and younger children/adult pairs.

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If you are interested in scheduling or hosting a workshop, please email me.

Scheduled Public Workshops

December 1st ~ Birch Bark Ornaments at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT

December 9th~ Birch Bark Ornaments at River Arts in Morrisville, VT

Coming in the New Year

Ash Pack Baskets

Birch Bark Wallets

Birch Bark Pouches

Ash Berry Baskets

For Sale~

Please ask about custom orders.   Shipping is in addition to the prices given.

Birch Bark Wallets

P1040219 $55  P1030324  $45

P1030360 $55

Pack Baskets

18″ high, leather harness $300

webbing harness $250

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Birch Bark Ornaments

Stars $15

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Birds $15

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Birch Bark Pouches

P1030536 $90                             P1030535 $120

 

Birch Bark Card Holder/Wallet

$22 each

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