Class #19 – Zarzo | CLASS FULL

A large round willow basket of Spanish origin with a distinctive style! The tray form was originally used by cheese makers for draining cheeses. Ten thick, long rods are set up vertically parallel in four groups. Thinner rods are used to weave horizontally to create a defined “base”, in four sets of twelve rods. Weavers from either end of the base are woven around in turn to create the distinctive style of the basket. The original stakes are brought up and across each other to create the handle. The basket is finished with two Japanese Eye rosettes.


Thursday, May 11


Bonnie Gale

Ability Level


Materials Fee



width 15” length 16” height 14” including handle

Tools needed

Sharp pruning shears, sharp knife, old large bath towels to cover a length of 6’, ruler, bodkin or awl, rapping iron or 2 spoke weights, some rubber bands, clothespins, zip ties. Optional: apron, notebook

A Note About Tools!

Tools needed for each class are noted at the end of each class description. Please make your best effort to make sure that you have what is needed. Tools are available for sharing but it can often slow down class progress.

For those flying to Vermont, Stowe Basketry Festival water buckets will be available.

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