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Week in the Woods

Instructor Profiles

 

christin anderson Christin Anderson – Christin recently graduated from UAF with a master’s in Natural Resources Management, and has helped Dr. Gary Laursen teach mushroom classes the past 3 years. Christin studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Oberlin college and taught a 1 credit mycology class to her peers. Just a few months ago she took a 2 week field course in Costa Rica to study tropical fungi. She has wanted to be a mycologist ever since she was 6 years old.
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Mary Calmes – Over the years Mary has developed an eclectic set of interests and skills. Always she has loved working with her hands making things whether it be with yarn, wood, bark, paper, fabric, or wool. Another abiding interest is gardening. Mary has lived in Alaska since 1973 and has worked at a variety of jobs not the least of which was raising her two sons with her husband Tim.

 

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Bruce Campbell – Bruce has been canoeing since 1963 and built his first canvas on wood frame kayak in 1966/67. His Lapstrake boat building classes combine classic boat designs with modern epoxy and mahogany plywood to craft stronger, lighter boats.
Bruce’s Dutch Oven cooking students rediscover baking with this early American utensil, and they apply the heat control skills they learn in class to bake scratch biscuits, bread, cake, salmon pot pie, virtually anything . . . outdoors. Bruce provides students his own Dutch Oven cookbook to help them add: “Wow,” factor meals to their outdoor adventures. (See: www.russia-alaska.com for the online version.)
Bruce also learned Letterpress printing as a trade in 7th grade using his grandfather Woodworth’s Kelsey tabletop printing press at home. Bruce has been delighted to share the “Wood Press”  with today’s fine arts crowd, as we rediscover together the “art” of hand set type and pressing ink onto paper.

 

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Susan Campbell – Susan Campbell is on the board of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild. After teaching elementary school in Fairbanks for the past 25 years, she recently retired and has turned her enthusiasm for teaching and learning toward letterpress classes.

 

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Toni Kaufman – Toni is a long time Alaskan, a potter and a yoga teacher and draws inspiration from the forest and its products in her life and work.

 

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John Manthei – John is a carpenter, furniture-maker, and teacher. John has been working with wood since he was a youngster. He teaches through UAF and also offers private classes. “After all these years I still love to build ‘forts’. I now realize everything I do with my hands is simply an extension of that first love.”

 

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Carolyn Parker – Carolyn has done botanical surveys throughout Alaska and in other far northern landscapes for over 30 years. The rest of the time she stays based at the University of Alaska Museum while gardening, hiking and ski-joring in the boreal forest around Fairbanks.”‘GO PLAY OUTSIDE!’ As four active siblings, we certainly must have driven our poor mother crazy…” continued

 

 

Tim Quintel – Tim is a tinkerer and there is nothing he loves better than to be presented with a problem to solve. He considers himself a “jack of all trades and master of none.? He enjoys working with wood, metal, and computers.

 

marianne stolz Marianne Stolz – Marianne was born and raised in Germany where she completed a wood carving apprenticeship. Her passion for mountains and ice climbing brought her to Alaska in 1985. She now works as a professional wood carver, ice carver and artist.

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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.[...]
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[...]
Mar
30
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 30 @ 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[...]
Apr
2
Sun
10:00 am Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Apr 2 @ 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[...]
Apr
3
Mon
9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Apr 3 @ 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[...]