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Make your Own Balsam Fir Wreath


with Lauren Kircheis

Calendar Next session starts Dec 16, 2023 at 10 am
1 additional session on Dec 16, 2023

Learn to make your own double-sided fir wreath for the holidays! Wreath making has long been an important tradition and cottage industry in the state of Maine. These gorgeous wreaths make a great addition to your home holiday decor, or use it as a gift with a personal touch! A small selection of ribbon, bows, fruit and other decorative items will be available. Feel free to bring any decorative items you may already have to decorate your wreath!

The price reflects the cost per-wreath kit. Families or groups are welcome to buy and work on a single wreath kit. A few extra kits may be available to purchase at the event on a first-come-first-serve basis. The class is hosted outdoors in our timber-frame barn, while the space is equipped with a pellet stove, we recommend bringing layers. This class is appropriate for most age groups. 

Full Course

Soups on Me - Spoon Carving and Gourd Bowl Crafting


with Woodthrush Wilderness

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 18, 2024 at 1 pm

Make your own dining set with Jessica Steele of Wood Thrush Wilderness! In this class students will craft their own practical wooden spoon and gourd bowl. If desired, participants will have the opportunity to decorate their creations with paint, or try their hand at woodburning. 

At the end of the class we will enjoy a group meal of soup and bread with our new spoons and bowls - soups on me!

This class will be held in our Viles Room, a heated indoor space. The meal at the end of the class will be provided by the instructor. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. 

Guide Pack Basket


with Woodthrush Wilderness

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 24, 2024 at 9 am

In this course, we will weave a 17” tall basket with premium reed. We will go over the history of pack baskets and what materials have been used. The instructor will go through the process of making the basket step-by-step ensuring all will walk away with a finished basket. The baskets will have a base and feet along with pack straps. We will bring a variety of color straps and even color reeds to add a little color to your basket.

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