White Oak Basket Making Class

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Friday, August 19 2022 9:00 AM 4:00 PM CST

Total cost of class $117, included materials. Registration fee $22, payable when you sign up. Remaining $95 due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Mr. Owens takes cash or check.

Learn to make this perennial favorite Ozark traditional style Large Williamsburg-style white oak basket. 

All materials come from White Oak trees selected, cut and prepared by instructor Billy Owens, using a homemade tool (split knife) made and used by his father, Dale Owens.  

You will weave your basket over a mold, which is provided for use in the class. Everyone will finish making and take home a White Oak basket that should last a lifetime.

The Large Williamsburg you will make is made from White Oak trees I select and prepare my hand using homemade tools my Dad made and used. It has a woven Oak 10" square herringbone bottom and a 14" diameter Roundtop, approx 9" deep excluding the solid Oak handle.

The class cost includes materials and is $95.00 per person, due directly to Billy Owens at the beginning of class. The registration fee of $22 is due when you register for this class.

Total cost of class $112

Looking for lodging? The Cabins at Dry Creek are located in the park just down the hill from your classroom. These comfortable climate-controlled duplex rooms are newly remodeled and offer a private bathroom, queen-sized beds, microwave and refrigerator. We offer discounts for students staying 3 or more nights. Call 870-269-3872 to book your room.

Meet your teacher -

Billy Owens was taught by his father the Owens' traditional way of making baskets and he now carries on the family business and shares his skills with students around the nation. Owens Oak Baskets is located in the Ozark Hills of Southwest Missouri near Branson, MO. It is family owned & operated solely by the Owens family for generations. Dale Owens, was the founder of Owens Oak Baskets. He made baskets many years ago for "Mutton Hallow","Silver Dollar City", & "Shepard of the Hills" in Branson, Missouri.

Billy personally harvests, cuts, and splits, all by hand, the White Oak that is used in all the Kits, Supplies & Baskets. All of the work is done by him & the many Owens family members. Being a large and blessed family, consisting of Billy & Theresa, their daughters, Stacie, Jamie, Bo, Frankie, Dena, and their son Kase, their Sons-in-Law, and their twelve grandchildren. The Owens family all want to say thank you to their many patrons and students for making it possible for them to be able to share their family tradition of white oak basket making.

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You must be at least 16-years-old to take this class.