Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

Open Shop Guidelines

General:

  1. The facilitator is in charge. Their job is to make sure everyone is being safe with themselves, our tools, and our shop. These folks are volunteers with many talents and can help you find things, answer questions and maybe even offer advice but they cannot be seen as instructors.
  2. Before you gear up for a project you’ll need to run your ideas by the facilitator in order to avoid a conflict.
  3. While all ages are welcome at open shop, anyone under the age of 15 must come to open shop with an adult co-learner. No more than 2 youth per 1 adult co-learner. Adults provide the coaching and guidance necessary for youth to focus on their projects and work safely. Facilitators can not provide the discipline and undivided attention often necessary to help youth carry out their plans.

Etiquette:

  1. Clean up after yourself- and do a little extra just to be nice J
  2. When you leave the building, you must take your project with you. We do not have room to accommodate storing projects.
  3. Project cannot be so large that it precludes others from using the space. Share the space with others- be considerate

Tools:

  1. If you haven’t been checked out on a tool, you can’t use it. This could be as simple as knowing where it lives.
  2. Initially we will not be allowing the use of power tools with the exception of drills and the drill press. We are particularly concerned about safty, noise and excessive dust.
  3. If you ding a tool, put $1 in the donation can.
  4. With sharp cutting tools we have a one tool out at a time rule. When a tool is supplied with a sheath, use it.
  5. If you damage a tool beyond repair, replace it.
  6. Eye and ear protection must be used when necessary. (The Folk School will have ear plugs and safety glasses available.)

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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 ...
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
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[...]