Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

Open Shop

 

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Have you ever dreamed of having a community shop full of hand and power tools where you can pursue your own project or bring your family and work together on a project? The Folk School shares this dream and invites you to become a member of our community.

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Open Shop at The Folk School is a time in which individuals may take advantage of a cheery space and supervision to work on his/her own projects.  These projects might be related to a class they are taking or have taken with The Folk School, or one of their own design in which they have the skills and knowledge to proceed, but simply need space, tools or companionship for success.

Our shop provides a safe environment with benches, hand tools and power tools in a number of configurations.  We have vises, shaving horses, chopping blocks, work tables and an ever growing selection of hand tools. We, also, have specialized tools for working bark and leather, as well as other cool treasures you can rummage around for.  Although it is usually best to bring in your own materials, we do have a selection of supplies such as fasteners, adhesives, abrasives, bone, antler, bark, leather, wire, cord and thread which can be purchased.

During Open Shop, The Folk School supervisor will ensure safety through oversight and determining which power tools a student is skilled to use independently.  The staff supervisor will, also, be able to help find the tools/materials wanted by students and answer general questions while he/she works on their own projects.  As this is open shop time and not class time, the Folk School supervisor is not present to teach new skills or crafts.

We have developed some guidelines for use of the Shop and tools and how it can work for everyone. Click on the link below to view the guidelines:

Folk School Open Shop Guidelines

*PLEASE NOTE: Open Shop time is currently only available to Folk School members with approval from instructors. Open Shop is $12 per session (usually around 3 hours).

If interested, first plan a specific Open Shop time with your instructor and then use the registration and payment process below:

To Register: After planning an Open Shop time with your instructor, please fill out the form below and click on the “Submit” button. This will take you to the Payment page, where you can complete your registration through PayPal (or you may send a check by mail).


Open Shop Registration Form

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Upcoming Events

Mar
23
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]
Mar
24
Fri
6:00 pm Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife (2 day course) – A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Instructor: Tom Zimmer This 2 day class will introduce you to the world[...]
Mar
25
Sat
10:00 am Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
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Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit - CLASS FULL @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit – CLASS FULL Instructor: Bruce Campbell Build your own lightweight pack raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit! Pack rafting has become very popular.[...]
10:00 am Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian E...
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian E...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) Instructor: Lidiia Olszowy For many people it is an Easter egg decorated using a method similar to batik, but for Ukrainians it’s more than just a pretty egg. The Ukrainian[...]
Mar
26
Sun
10:00 am Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Forging On – Open Shop Project Time @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Forging On: Open Shop Project Time –  A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Instructor: Tom Zimmer This is a NEW class style based on the Open Shop idea.  Registration[...]
Mar
27
Mon
9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]