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Black Ash: Weaving a Most Useful Handbag Basket

July 24 - 29, 2022

April Stone  ·  instagram.com/april.l.stone

Workshop at a glance

Learn the techniques and subtleties of working with Black Ash needed to take students from raw material to finished handbag basket.


  • How to procure and process raw material
  • Black Ash log pounding, splint splitting, scraping, and cutting
  • Basket design and layout
  • How tension helps create shape


  • Pre-harvested Black Ash splint
  • Simple tools


  • Appreciation of splint basketry and techniques
  • One completed basket to take home

Artist Bio

April Stone is a self-taught Black Ash basket weaver and a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) from Wisconsin. She is a full-time artisan who teaches classes and sells her baskets across the Midwest. Stone received recognition for her working knowledge of Black Ash basketry while being thought of as a patient, gentle educator.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will develop a deeper understanding of the methods for retrieving the raw material from a harvested tree. Participants will discover the uniqueness of Black Ash, also known as “Baapaagimaak” to the Ojibwe people around the shores of Lake Superior. Black Ash has been used for making strong baskets and is still being used today as a basket material of choice in those geographical ranges where it grows and by those same peoples that traditionally worked it. You will practice splitting, scraping, and cutting the material with simple tools and laying out the prepped material to create a useful Black Ash basket for everyday needs. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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