Willow Harvest Basket Making


Heather Sanft
Saturdays, October 24, 2020 – October 25, 2020
10:00am – 4:00pm

**This course is now full. Registration requests will be added to our waitlist.

In this two days workshop students will learn how to make a Willow Harvest Basket using traditional construction techniques: round with a solid bottom, French randed sides, and a single central handle or two side handles. Willow Harvest Baskets are simple, strong, and made to be used. Willow will be provided.

$150.00 + $30.00 for materials

Students should bring:

  • bypass pruning shears (Not duck bill)
  • awl or bodbin
  • locking penknife style knife
  • 5-6 inch round beach/river rock (weight)


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Heather Sanft

Born in Halifax Nova Scotia, Heather is a seventh generation Nova Scotian and proud Canadian. Trained in Anthropology and Museum Studies at the University of British Columbia, her fieldwork apprenticeships were in Canada, France and the United Kingdom in traditional basketry. This is Heather’s second basketry workshop at the Lunenburg School of the Arts.

Sanft makes traditional willow baskets and historical reproductions for historic collections including 17th century lobsterpots for the Fortress Louisburg, and eel pots for the feature film, A Scarlett Letter.

Heather and her family farm high-bush blueberries, raspberries, grapes and other soft fruits commercially and operate Lunenburg County Winery.

“I thrill to contemporary challenges, I also make wattles and panels for gardens and living fences, teach classes in basketry”. Heather Sanft



Registrations for this workshop are now closed.