My first black ash tree was harvested to make a better shooting lane for deer hunting, and there was no turning back after that. Also no deer that year.
I still have a basket my dad made from that tree.
In 2007, I took a basketry class at the North House Folk School from Dennis Chilcote. I learned more refined techniques, and it’s his basic basket that I continue to use as template for my class.
I have taught at The North Shore Basket Guild, Minneapolis Basket Guild, and Duluth Community Education classes. I have taught informal classes (one that met at Hugo’s Bar!), and several as silent auction items conducted in my home. I have taught more extensive classes at Wolf Ridge to the staff, and I have taught an in depth seminar at a fall retreat at Wilderness Canoe Base on the Gunflint Trail.
By day, I also teach family medicine residents as a part of my work in Geriatrics.