“I have been making baskets for 35 years,” says Lisa Kostelak of Colville, WA.
“I made my first basket in a craft store in a mall in Florida, when I was in just the right place at the right time.
“Though I had been interested in learning for a long time, it was hard to know where to start in the old, pre-Internet days.”
Today’s technology worship aside, one of the best ways to learn a craft that employs our hands, hearts, and brain is from an actual person who learned how to do it from another actual person. And it is for this reason that Kostelak, who taught herself painstakingly through books and a tremendous amount of trial and error, passes on what she knows through teaching small, personal classes. Basket Making 101, contrary to what we’ve been told all these years, is not an easy A.