At a meeting of the Wolf River Basketry Guild, there is a lot of activity. Supplies are in front of each participant while that meeting’s teacher walks around to help each member.
“Each month, one of the members will teach a class,” said Laurie Heimann, the club’s vice president.
Heimann has been a member of the guild for four years after getting to know one of the members and wanting to participate.
Each month’s pattern comes from a member or might be someone else’s that can be used with their approval. At the end of the meeting, each member has a completed basket. Some members sell them, and others give them away.
Mark Hendrickson joined the club to be with his wife, Joanne. He said it fits his art background.
“For me, it’s relaxing,” Hendrickson said. “I can spend a whole day weaving.”
The nearly 40 members come from all over Wisconsin, including Oshkosh, Green Bay, New Franken and Wausau.