Snowshoes in July? Why not! Children and parents are invited to the Harlow Gallery on Sunday, on July 11 from 1-3pm to learn about traditional Maine crafts with master craftsman Brian J. Theriault. During the two hour Brian’s topics of discussion will include, selecting the right ash tree for snow shoes and basket making and how to prepare the wood for use. Participants will get a chance to pound on the ash logs to help separate the long bands. He will also discuss selecting raw hide and how to prepare it. Brian will also bring several examples of his work for people to inspect and handle. $20 donation per family is optional.
Brian has been making snowshoes and baskets for over 35 years from rawhide and brown ash trees, and has been recognized as a Traditional Arts Master by the Maine Arts Commission. In 2005 he was invited to spend a month in France demonstrating the art of traditional snowshoe making.
For more information please call the Harlow Gallery at 622-3813, or visit us at www.harlowgallery.org, for more information about Brian Theriault and traditional crafts visit http://www.ilovesnowshoes.com/.
Brian Theriault will also be demonstrating snowshoe and basket making at the Center for Maine Craft located at the West Gardiner Service Plaza on Saturday July 10th from 10am – 1pm. For more information on the Center for Maine Craft event, call 207-588-0021.