Primitive Basketry Workshop Gray Bearded Green Beret

Primitive Basketry Workshop


Jake Hartner

Main Skills Taught

Primitive Basketry, Making a Pack Basket, Making Pack Straps

Event Dates

Boulder, Utah 14-16 August


Primitive Basketry Workshop (3-day)

This course provides an introduction to basketry and teaches three different weaving techniques, as well as the principles of shaping and building basket of any size. We will be making large baskets suitable for backpacks out of wild harvested Utah Willow during the course.

Students will learn:

  • Material Selection and Harvesting
  • Shaping and Building Techniques
  • Creation of a Large Pack Basket from Willow
  • How to make Pack Basket Straps

This course may be taken alone, or as the first or second of a series of consecutive courses we are calling the “GB2 Desert Skills Extravaganza”. The willow pack basket you make during this course, along with the clay containers you can choose to make during the Primitive Pottery Workshop immediately preceding this, can both be used during the 4-day Desert Skills Course.

This workshop takes place outdoors in a desert setting with a Shade Cloud Shelter. Portable toilets and water will be available. There is no electricity or running water. Students may camp on site in the shelters of their choosing once the course starts, or at another location of your choosing. You may not camp on site the night prior to the event starting, and cannot remain and camp after course completion, so make arrangements to camp nearby for those occasions. Food will not be provided for the workshop. You should arrive each day having had breakfast. We will stop for a short lunch break most days, and food is available a reasonable distance away in Boulder. Training will typically be over in the evening giving you time to eat dinner and relax until class starts the next day.

Students should expect the potential for cold, wet weather, and primitive field conditions. Cadre and staff will ensure safety at all times during the course.

There is no required packing list for this workshop. Please bring adequate clothing, shelter, food, and snacks for the duration of the course. Limited resupply may be found in Boulder or nearby Escalante in the evenings.

Please see our course cancellation policy HERE


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