She incorporates many aspects of Northeast Woodland Life-Ways in her daily life. Jennifer is a re-enactor portraying an Algonkian woman of the 1750 era; a singer; a historical story teller, and a fancy shawl dancer. Jennifer’s work goal is to dispel old stereotypes and increase awareness of present day Native Americans.
Trees used in these exquisite baskets are often shading a garden. Since they are going to be taken down, they are debarked in spring before felling. After being debarked, the wood is used for lumber or firewood.
All baskets are made from a single piece of bark, folded to create the desired shape. The bark is sewn with spruce root and rimmed with Arrowwood or Red Osier Dogwood. All of the materials are self-harvested in the Northern Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.
You will be able to have a choice of either a pine bark or ash bark basket for the days she is teaching at MHW. She will discuss the harvesting of white pine bark as she teaches the techniques of hand stitching with spruce root and then rimmed with Arrowwood or Dogwood.
Be sure to take this rare opportunity to work with Jennifer. Let her teach you a few techniques of Native American basketry and also learn more about the respectful way to harvest bark.
Jennifer has expanded on her teaching tours and now is a member of North Carolina Basket Association where she will be teaching classes in March.
Payment is due immediately. Make checks payable to Jennifer Lee and mail to Jean Reed, Murray Hill Weaving, 685 Murray Hill Road, Hill, NH 03243
A brown bag lunch is recommended. Wear work clothes and plan to get your hands dirty. Aprons and hats are recommended.
Due to the high cost of materials, extensive hours of preparation, and travel expense, we appreciate that every effort is made to attend class and be on time.