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Birch Bark Birds (all gender/no gender)

  • 15 December 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
  • 14 27th Ave SE
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The stunning white paper bark from the birch tree can create many wonderful things, including a charming bird. Careful folding, a bit of string, and lots of patience will be rewarded with a beautiful birch bark ornament. You will learn about the process of harvesting and preparing birch bark, as well as trying your hand at weaving. Come, acquaint yourself with birch, make a birch bark bird ornament and be inspired for the many possibilities of future birch bark projects.

***warning some birds might be dinos

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Taught by Beth Homa Kraus

Beth Homa is a weaver, woodworker, and artist in south Minneapolis. After studying painting in college and working as a caseworker for people experiencing homelessness, they interned at North House Folk School in 2012 where Beth learned many traditional crafts including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. Beth says they contracted "weaver fever" and couldnt stop; this sparked an obsession with birch bark, which is now their main medium. Beth sustainably harvests and processes materials by hand and is always trying to figure out what they can make out of birch bark next and how to share this durable and beautiful material with people.

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*** This class is limited to 10 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $45,  but we have a $40 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $50. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials fee of $15. 

Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

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