BELFAST (May 26): Artist and weaving instructor Susan Perrine of Brunswick recently joined Troy Howard Middle School students to build a twig house at the edge of the school gardens.
|The model (Photo by Lynn Karlin)|
|Dakota Bears hauls alder poles to the hut to build the frame. (Photo by Lynn Karlin)|
Using only materials found on the property, 85 students and their teachers spent the day building support warp and then weaving twigs, sticks and branches into the 12-foot in diameter house.
|The uprights are cut and ready for sorting so they can be placed in holes along the perimeter wall. (Photo by Lynn Karlin)|
|Green Team teacher, Loretta Winslow demonstrates to Neil Kirby how to move twigs in and out of the warp. (Photo by Lynn Karlin)|
Student Ashlie Staples decided to take the project one step further and continued working on the sculpture for her project for the educational fair, which was held Friday, May 22.
|Garden student Grace Davis helps Susan Perrine bend a roof rib to tie into the wall. (Photo by Lynn Karlin)|
|Devin Richards makes sure the weft or twig is secured for the next weaver. (Lynn Karlin)|
Fellow student Hendrik Andrews will use the hut as a support for his gourd project that will continue into the fall of 2009.
All are invited to visit the gardens, see the house for themselves and weave a bit of the walls.
|The structure is half-complete. (Photo by Lynn Karlin)|
For more information contact Steve Tanguay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-207-338-3320, ext. 119.