Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

WORKSHOP: Pack Basket Making with Jeff Gottlieb (a 2-day class)

June 3, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


A unique opportunity to make a large pack basket with basket maker Jeff Gottlieb. This sturdy, functional basket is strong enough for foraging, a trip to the farmers’ market, or to haul your gear along. First time weavers, don’t be daunted by this project! This 2-day class is open to all levels and offers beginners an introduction to basketry. Saturday, students will form the shape of their pack and begin weaving the basket. Sunday will focus on finishing the rim of the pack and attaching the straps (including learning to rivet). Each student will leave with a finished pack basket, ready for seasonal adventures! All participants will make a one-of-a-kind basket. This program is intended for adults and teens 15+.

Guest Instructor: Jeff Gottlieb, Naturalist, Craftsman, and Homesteader
Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Cost: $175/participant (Includes $60 for materials)
Member discounts apply to the class portion only, not the materials. Limited space – MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 1

Irvine is honored to host Jeff Gottlieb for this workshop: a naturalist, craftsman and homesteader from the hills of North Carolina.  As a Craftsman, Jeff is drawn to the fascinating and satisfying pastime of making useful and beautiful objects from natural materials, including daily implements, natural buildings (he has built more than 60 including those at Irvine), art projects and artifact replicas. Jeff loves wood carving, drawing, sculpture, knots, rope making and leather work. It is important to Jeff to connect these to any cultural, practical, historical and ceremonial uses of these items by Indigenous peoples. Not only will this workshop allow you to learn the process of pack making, you also get to spend time listening to his stories and soaking in his deep knowledge of the natural world.