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 2015 - 2016 Meeting Dates: third Thursday of the month Oct - May 

   2015:  October 15 , November 19, December 17

   2016:  January 21, February 11, March 17, April 21, May 19             

The May 19th meeting will be a picnic at Golden Beach at 6:00 p.m.  Bring your picnic basket with paper and plastic products, your beverage of choice and a dish to share.  There will not be any cooking this year. 

Directions to Golden Beach:

       From N. Business 41 or By Pass 41:  West on Venice Avenue, turn left on Harbor Drive, turn right on Spadaro Drive
       From S. Business 41:   West on San Marco Drive, turn left on Harbor Drive, turn right on Spardo Drive 

Extra parking, if needed, will be available at Ali Hick's home at 448 Baynard Drive.

Workshop with Billy Owens ~ White Oak Baskets ~ Nov. 20-21, 2015
Billy Owens taught a class on 4 white oak baskets for the VSBW on November 20 and 21, 2015.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  Working with the white oak that he harvested and prepared for the class was amazing.  He even brought his Ozark Oven to dry the baskets (big cardboard box with a blow dryer).  

Not only is he an excellent instructor, he has a great sense of humor and had everyone laughing!  The two day workshop was fabulous.

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 Jack at work


Venetian Society of Basket Weavers is a group of friendly people with talents from beginner to expert.  Here is a place where each member has access to presentations, classes and a vast library of books related to all aspects of basket weaving. 

Both the wild and tame areas surrounding the city of Venice FL contain many natural materials that have been used in basket weaving for centuries.  Palm inflourescence, philodendron sheaths, vines, palm fronds, pine needles and many other sources are abundant and renew themselves continually in the lush growing season. 

In the Venetian Society of Basket Weavers there are many styles used by the different members.  From the strict standards of the Nantucket baskets to the wild abandon of naturals there is a style for everyone.  And most of us are willing to try them all. 




Elaine in Linda Sura's Class


Come back from time to time and see what has been added.  We will be featuring our baskets, weavers and some award winners.




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