June 20th thru June 26th, 2016

A North American Conference Focused on Willow

In June 2016, willow weavers are gathering once again in Decorah, Iowa on the grounds of Luther College for a week of classes taught by renowned basket makers.  Guaranteed to expand your experiences and challenge your skills with willow, this summer’s classes focus on square work, weaving on a mold, traditional Irish weaves and bark work.  Review the course offerings (links above), check your calendar and sign up now. Class sizes are limited.

 Willow Gathering Highlights:

√   1, 2, & 3 day classes available for all skill levels

√   Tuesday evening - Joanna Schanz presentation
                "Willow Basketry Survives the Test of Time"

√   Thursday is “Explore Decorah” day

√   Thursday evening - Joe Hogan presentation
                "Willow and Baskets of Ireland"

√   Chair Massage Available

Great Food by Trout River Catering

Class day lunches & snacks are included in the class fees and will be provided by Ruth Hampton of Trout River Catering.  

Ruth prepares well-balanced regionally sourced vegetarian fare mixing both traditional and exotic flavors.  

Great Lodging at Baker Village

Luther College’s solar powered Baker Village offers townhouse style housing at a reasonable cost.  

Other housing options in Decorah include area motels, B&B’s and area campgrounds.  Check out www.visitdecorah.com for more details.


Featured Basket Makers

Loch na Fooey, Ireland

Mt Vernon, Washington

L'Anse, Michigan

West Amana, Iowa