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share information about basketry,
promote an awareness of basketry to the community-at-large,
promote the preservation of traditional Nova Scotia basketry techniques
promote the development of contemporary basketry techniques
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styles of traditional basketry in Nova Scotia
Willow, Osier, Withe, Straws
SCOTIA BASKETRY GUILD
(NSBG) was formed in 1988 in response to a growing interest in the
craft of basketry in the province. The NSBG is a
registered not-for-profit society with the Registry of Joint Stocks in
We hold workshops from September to May, on the third Saturday of the
month (usually) with occasional
weekend workshops in summer with invited instructors. We work with
Witherod, Red Osier Dogwood, Maple, Ash, Poplar, fresh and saltwater
marsh reed, paper, cardboard, telephone wire and a variety of other
flexible materials used to weave baskets, hats, bags, bird feeders,
seats, garden support structures, living willow fences and
other assorted items.
A member of the local black community has taught
our guild members the technique of making a maple splint basket -
the tree! These workshops occur over a period of several weekends. We
have also had a number of maritime Mi'kmaq teach
us the art of weaving with ash splints - starting with the tree!
Over the years our instructors have come from the local community of
traditional basketmakers - Mi'kmaq and Black - and from the wider
international basket community of Switzerland, England,
Sweden, Japan, USA, Upper Canada, and Western Canada. Often
work from a chosen pattern with one
of the NSBG members as leader of the workshop.
$15, Couple $20 (per calendar year)
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