Mountain Heritage Center hosting bark basketry workshop

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basketry workshop in the museum’s first-floor gallery at Hunter Library from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

Jeff Gottlieb

Taught by biologist Jeff Gottlieb, the workshop will engage participants in all phases of bark basket-making, from peeling poplar bark to constructing and finishing the basket. Each participant will complete a basket during the workshop.

The workshop fee is $35, which includes all materials. The class is limited to 10 participants, preregistration is required and the reservation deadline is Monday, May 21. Registration is available online.

Gottlieb has been a naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor for more than 30 years. A resident of Whittier, he is on the staff of the Nantahala Outdoor Center but also travels widely in the eastern U.S., teaching at rendezvous, gatherings and historic fairs. He has written a how-to manual on building wigwams, a manual for instructors on “Teaching Primitive Skills to Children” and a book on natural fibers and rope-making.

For more information, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129 or email lstiles@wcu.edu.