Make your own bark basket through Mountain Heritage Center workshop

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will hold a bark basket-making workshop as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series Thursday, June 15, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

The workshop will take place in the museum’s gallery, located at 161 Hunter Library. Preregistration and a $30 fee are required, with all materials provided.

Jeff Gottlieb

The workshop will be led by outdoor living skills specialist Jeff Gottlieb, a Whittier resident and Nantahala Outdoor Center staff member, as well as an experienced naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor. He is widely published, including a how-to manual on building wigwams, an instructors’ manual on “Teaching Primitive Skills to Children” and a book on natural fibers and rope-making.

Attendees will learn and participate in all phases of bark basket-making, from peeling poplar bark to design and construction. All participants will complete a basket during the workshop.

For more information about the workshop and to make reservations, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129 or email