By Joy Scism
On Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center will offer a class in making white pine baskets.
Instructor Jennifer Lee will teach participants how to make a white pine bark basket.
Only 300 years ago, these baskets, which are both beautiful and durable, were as common as a paper or plastic bag.
Baskets are approximately 6-by-6 inches.
Pine bark is meticulously chosen for readiness. Baskets are sewn with spruce root and rimmed with red osier dogwood or wild rose.
Participants should bring a utility knife and old scissors and wear clothes that could get dirty.
The $35 fee includes materials. The class is appropriate for those 8 years of age and older.
Register in advance by calling 872-1237.
Editor’s note: Joy Scism works at John Boyd Thacher State Park.