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Art and Nature: Make a Comb Basket

  • 24 Jul 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
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Joan is back to teach more basketry. This time it is a comb basket.
In early America, combs were precious; made of shell, wood or metal they were expensive,  hard to make and difficult to obtain. Combs were necessary to comb hair as well as locate and remove lice. Most people did not have a dresser or chest of drawers to safely store the combs in.  Native Americans had a basket that served the purpose to safe guard the comb and it hung on the wall.   It is an interesting and unusual basket that has many uses.
Joan Betzold, a basket weaver and weaving teacher for over 30 years, attends 40+ art, folk art, colonial, fiber and gardening shows a year. She has been honored as the Featured Artist at several nationally recognized shows. Joan designs, dyes the fibers, and weaves her original baskets using centuries old techniques without nails, glue, staples or molds. She is well-known for her award winning custom designs as well as unusual baskets incorporating vintage tools, kitchen items, antlers, or a treasured piece from a loved one. She teaches weaving at many local museums as well as privately. For several years she has been asked to serve as the basket weaving judge at the Maryland State Fair. Learn more:
TERMS and CONDITIONS: Open to adults and older teens. Because individual material kits are purchased and prepared for each student, cancellations will incur a $20 processing fee. Cancellations not accepted within a week of the course date. Every student will need to bring…a basin or bucket that will hold 2 gallons, spray bottle for water, old towel, 12 large clip type clothes pins, sharpened pencil, measuring tape, a brick or something heavy wrapped in plastic wrap. They need to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Food an drink inside the facility is prohibited. NHSM retains the right to update or change these requirements at any time.
The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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