On 9 May 2009, MAPS members cut down a Tulip Poplar tree to peel, fold and stitch bark baskets under the tutelage of Jeff Gottlieb.
Participants learned to select a tree for bark basket materials, cut it, peel high quality sheets of bark, and construct useful and beautiful containers made from the tree's bark. The Tulip Poplar tree was donated by Mark Seaver.
Jeff Gottleib Biography: Jeff has been a naturalist since he was a little boy. After earning a BS in Zoology from SUNY at Oswego, NY, he turned pro. After earning an MS in Biology from St Bonaventure University and taking classes at the Tracker School, at Errett Callahan's Cliffside Workshops and attending programs ans ceremony with Herbalist and Ethnobotanist David Winston, he began to specialize in teaching Primitive Skills and crafting replicas of wigwams, baskets and primitive tools. Now he teaches at gatherings such as the Earthskills Rendezvous events, the MAPS Meet, and the Maine Primitive Gathering; as well as for schools, camps, nature centers and scout troops.
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