Thunder Bay Basket Guild recently took part in a two-day Rain Stick Class held at the Presque Isle Harbor Club Association.
The instructor was Nancy Anderson of Dream Weavers Basketry from Iron Mountain which is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She has been weaving since the early 1990s and provides a weekly class in her workshop for $5. Her workshop is attached to her home.
Anderson had 3x 30-inch cardboard rolls prepared complete with approximately 120 2 5/8-inch nails in each. Duct tape completely covered the sides and one end ready for weaving. The outside woven and covered with various natural materials such as reed, bark and fur.
Thunder Bay Basket Guild members recently participated in a Rain Stick Class. Pictured back row, from left, are Kaye Tufts, Connie Conn, Carolyn Anderson, Diane Ward, Jo Baarlaer, Jo’s sister Terry, Denise Tobias and Monica Strieter. Kneeling are Midge Connon, class instructor Nancy Anderson, Marie Witt, Marge Zajkowski and Renee Eddy.
When the outside is nearly finished, a mixture of small dried beans, peas, small dry pasta and rice are added to make the rain sound. Then the top cap is put on and covered with masking tape. The ends of the spokes are tucked in and twining the top completes the rain stick.
Once completely finished and stained many types of embellishments can be added the possibilities are endless from beads to feathers.
Thunder Bay Basket Guild is located in Alpena. The group meet the second Tuesday and last Thursday of the month from September to June. Meetings are held from 6-9 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 167 S. Ripley. For more information contact Denise Tobias at 884-2880.