WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center hosting bark basket workshop July 19

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basket workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

The workshop will be held at the museum’s new temporary location at WCU’s Hunter Library. The workshop fee of $25 includes all materials, and the reservation deadline is Thursday, July 16.

The July 19 workshop was scheduled due to the popularity of a first bark basket workshop offered by the Mountain Heritage Center on July 7.

Taught by biologist Jeff Gottlieb, the workshop involves participants in all phases of bark basket-making, from peeling poplar bark to constructing and finishing a basket. Each participant will leave the event with a finished basket.

A Whittier resident and staff member at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Gottlieb has been a naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor for more than 30 years. His areas of particular interest include fiber arts, flint-knapping, basketry, edible and utilitarian plants, and nature awareness.

For more information about the workshop or to make reservations, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129 or email pameister@wcu.edu.