June 11 Saturday, 1 session (CLASS FULL)
July 16 Saturday, 1 session (CLASS FULL)
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Jo Kilmer
Class Fee: $40 non-member+ $25 supply fee
$36 *BRMAA Member* + $25 supply fee
Each student will create their own unique basket by cutting their own patterns from the River Birch supplied. After building a base, students will bend small trees to create the body, handles, and to insert aesthetic design. Great beginner workshop for rustic building! Perfect for the coffee table, or for potted plants in your garden! Students must bring a hammer, a drill with varying drill bits, a tape measure, small or large pruners, and a bag lunch to the class. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
June 11 - Class Full!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Jo Kilmer got her start as a rustic artist in Missouri in 1995, where she first learned the art of bentwood furniture construction, using locally gathered willow. She progressed to working with willow bark in baskets, cabinets and jewelry.
Jo and her business, Spirit Tall, relocated to Murphy, NC in 2006. Adapting her craft to include materials found in the Appalachian mountains of WNC, she added a line of whimsical twig dragonfly pieces using native mountain laurel, and incorporates other local wood in her current work.
Jo has received many awards and recognition for her art, including acceptance in the well regarded Rustic Furniture Fair of the Adirondack mountains. She travels extensively, sharing her skills, and has taught at Daniel Mack’s annual Woodlanders Gathering in Mineral Point, WI. Jo is a featured artist in Making Willow Furniture: Three Women Share Their Art, by Bim Willow.