Mountain Heritage Center to host bark basket workshop May 26

The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University will host a bark basket workshop with biologist Jeff Gottlieb as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series on Tuesday, May 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The workshop will engage participants in all phases of creating bark baskets, from peeling poplar bark to constructing and finishing the basket. Each participant will complete a basket during the workshop.

Gottlieb has been a naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor for more than 30 years. He works with school groups, nature centers, museums, scout troops and summer camps, builds full-sized wigwams and longhouses, and replicates primitive tools and artifacts for display. His areas of special interest include fiber arts, flintknapping, basketry, edible and utilitarian plants, and nature awareness.

A resident of Whittier, Gottlieb is on the staff of the Nantahala Outdoor Center but also travels widely in the eastern U.S., teaching at gatherings and historic fairs. He has written a how-to manual on building wigwams, an instructors’ manual “Teaching Primitive Skills to Children,” and a book on natural fibers and rope making.

The fee for the workshop is $25, and includes the cost of all materials. Space is limited, and reservations must be made on or before Monday, May 23.

The workshop will take place in the Mountain Heritage Center’s gallery at Hunter Library 161. For more information about the workshop and to make reservations, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129 or email