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Jan
25
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
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Jan
27
Sat
Magic for Kids
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Magic for Kids (2 session class)

Instructor: Robert Prince

Magic is the process of making the impossible and incredible happen right in front of peoples’ eyes.

Do you dream of wowing your family and friends with impossible feats of illusion? Do you like blowing people’s minds with your mad crazy magic stills? Have you wondered how magic feats are performed? Then “Amazing Magic Tricks for Kids!” is for you!

Students will learn how the magic tricks are performed, tips for successfully doing the tricks, as well as tools for performing them effectively, such as misdirection.

Students will learn magic tricks with cards, coins, props, and every day items. They will learn both specialized tricks and basic magic skills that can be used in many different illusions. They will also learn some basic cardistry skills—doing fancy moves with decks of cards.

Students will use decks of cards, every day items, and specialized magic props as well as general magic methods that can be used in a variety of tricks.

At the end of the course, students who want to show off their new skills will give a short magic show at the folk school for family and friends.

First I will demonstrate the performance of the trick, then we will go over how it’s done, and finally we will practice performing it ourselves.

Students will be provided with leads for helpful (and appropriate) YouTube magic channels to further their learning.

Dates of the class: Two Saturdays: January 27 & February 3, 2018

Time of the class: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm each session

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 5

Age range: 9 to 14

Prerequisites: none

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $66 (members); $75 (non-members)

Materials fee: $10- $20 fee payable directly to instructor. Please bring cash or check to the class.

To Register:  Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Magic for Kids, Jan. 27 & Feb. 3, 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's PAYMENT, CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
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Orchids for Beginners
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Orchids for Beginners

Instructor: Elizabeth Eero Irving 

Frustrated by your attempts to keep orchids alive, happy and blooming? Or, do you want to learn better care and keeping of your orchids? This is the class for you!

Growing these beautiful, tropical plants is easier than you may have been led to believe. In this class, we’ll cover all aspects of orchid care: watering, fertilizing, lights, temperatures, potting mediums, and common pests. We’ll also discuss the easy orchid species to get started with and challenges unique to our climate (i.e., winter!) in making these plants thrive. There will be an informative handout, slide show, repotting demonstration and trouble-shooting conversation–so bring your questions!

Date of the class: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Time of the class: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 20

Minimum number of students: 10

Age range: 12 to 112

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School (main floor)

Cost: $22 (members); $33 (non-members)

Materials fee: $10

Pre-Registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by two days before the class begins. Registration will be closed after this time.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Orchids for Beginners, January 27, 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's PAYMENT, CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Jan
30
Tue
Storyteller Workshop
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Storyteller Workshop (7 session course)

Instructor: Robert Prince

Are you boring at parties? Have you noticed people nodding off as you spin an epic yarn? We have the cure for your boring stories! The producers of the popular Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska will share the lessons they have learned about telling better true stories in this Folk School-exclusive storytelling course.

Part of being human is the desire to share experiences through story telling.

Many of us have the desire to tell stories, but not everyone has the experience and knowledge to engage the audience in an entertaining manner.

During this 7-session class, students will gain an in-depth understanding about:

  • Determining what an audience wants in a story
  • Designing and structuring of good stories
  • Delivering/Performing of a good story

Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills and receive immediate feedback during each session.

As a celebration of the learning, students will have the opportunity to participate in a final live performance (optional) the week of February 20th.

Dates of the class: Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 30  – February 20

Time of the class: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm each session

Maximum number of students: 20

Minimum number of students: 8

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites: none

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $150 (members); $225 (non-members)

To Register:  Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Storyteller Workshop, Jan. 30 - Feb. 20, 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's PAYMENT, CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Feb
1
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Feb
3
Sat
Wilderness First Aid
Feb 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Wilderness First Aid (2 day course)

Instructor:  Deb Ajango

One of the major benefits of living in Interior Alaska is being able to explore the vast wilderness on foot, skis, bike, snow machine, and 4-wheeler. But while we’re out there, stuff happens. If someone gets injured, help of any kind can be days away. So to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, we need to be prepared for a variety of injuries.

The Folk School is pleased to present a wilderness first aid course to help students enjoy the Interior safely and responsibly. The two-day course will be taught by Deb Ajango, an award-winning wilderness medicine instructor who has taught wilderness first aid around the world. She lives in Alaska and has extensive experience in remote parts of the state. She understands the unique injuries that can happen here.

The course will introduce the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with accidents and injuries when 911 is not readily available. It will cover assessment and management of the scene, assessment and management of life-threatening conditions, assessment and management/treatment of traumatic injuries, and the appropriate patient care for each. You’ll learn decision-making as it relates to delayed transport.

Here is the overall course schedule:

DAY ONE

1. Basic Anatomy and Physiology
2. Assessing and managing the critical systems:

-Assessing/managing threats to the nervous system
-Assessing/managing threats to the circulatory system (includes bleeding, cardiac, and anaphylaxis)
-Assessing/managing threats to the respiratory system

3. Using the Patient Assessment System
4. Case study

DAY TWO

4. Review of case study and discussion on initiating a field evacuation
5. Assessing and Managing Musculoskeletal (extremity) Injuries:

-Splinting and immobilization practice
-Treating stable extremity injuries

6. Wound Care; Bleeding, Abrasions, Burns, etc.:

-Wounds lab
-Preventing and treating infection

7. Assessment drills
8. Thermoregulation: Cold Weather Injuries

*The class does not included CPR training, since that is so widely available, letting us spend class time on wilderness-specific first aid.

**On Sunday, we’ll spend a little time outdoors, so please come prepared for that.

***The class will not lead to certification, since the course is targeted to recreational users rather than those needing training and certification for employment. The class will cover most of the same material taught in a certification class. If you would be interested in TFS offering a version of the class with certification, which would cost about $75 to $100 more, please let us know!

Dates of the class: Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2018

Time of the class: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm both days

Maximum number of students: 18

Minimum number of students: 12

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $250 (members); $375 (non-members)

Pre-registration only:  This class requires pre-registration. Please register three weeks before the class begins. Registration will be closed after this time.

Cancellation Policy: Because of the nature of the preparations needed for this class, the cancellation period is a little longer than usual, and overrides our normal 14-day policy. Students who cancel their registration for this class more than 21 days prior to the first day of the class will receive a refund less a $25 administrative fee. Students cancelling their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund. If the Folk School Fairbanks cancels the course, students will receive a full refund.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Wilderness First Aid, Feb. 3 & 4

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's PAYMENT, CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Feb
8
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Feb
10
Sat
Mardi Gras Coffee Shop at The Folk School!
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mardi Gras Coffee Shop at The Folk School!


Come to The Folk School on Saturday, February 10th for a morning coffee shop in honor of Mardi Gras season! All proceeds will go to the support and running of the Folk School.

Mardi Gras Coffee Shop

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is February 13 this year, and we are celebrating the season a few days early by offering traditional New Orleans treats to our community: BEIGNETS and CHICORY CAFÉ AU LAIT!

What are beignets? A delicious yeast-raised sweet dough that is deep fried and drenched in powdered sugar. They are prepared just before consumption. Beignets were brought to New Orleans by French colonists and became a tradition in home-style Creole cooking. They are the official state doughnut of Louisiana. The famous Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, open 24 hours a day and seven days a week since 1862 (closed only for Christmas and hurricanes) serves beignets as its sole food item on the menu.

What is café au lait? What is chicory? The French brought coffee with them as they began to settle along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River, circa 1700. During the American Civil War, the New Orleans Creoles developed the chicory-blended coffee (as there was a coffee shortage) — which has continued to be served at Café du Monde and other New Orleans restaurants. Chicory adds a chocolate-like flavor to café au lait. (“Au lait” means “with milk,” and this type of coffee is typically prepared by pouring equal portions of hot coffee and heated milk together.)

Minimum donation of $10 per person for a generous plate of beignets and bottomless café au lait. Black chicory coffee will also be available. For the younger set (or non-coffee drinkers), we will have cocoa and orange juice available (just like at the real Café du Monde!). Please consider helping The Folk School out and reducing waste by bringing your own small plate and mug!

The proceeds will all go to support the mission of The Folk School Fairbanks. We will have a cozy fire going and tables set up for visiting!

Cajun, creole, and brass band music will be provided (digitally). If you or anyone you know is a musician specializing in these types of music, PLEASE bring your instrument and play some live local music for us! (There is a tuned piano on-site.)

Date of the event: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time of the event: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Age range: all ages welcome

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $10 minimum donation per person ($25 for families of 3 or more)

No registration required!


 

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Build Your Own Pack Raft from a DIY Kit
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Build Your Own Pack Raft from a DIY Kit

Instructor: Bruce Campbell

Build your own Pack Raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit.

Pack rafting has become very popular. Light and easy to use, they allow one to get out on rivers and lakes not normally accessed. They are easy to take anywhere you travel, be it hiking, biking, car, or flying to Europe! They are fast and simple to inflate. The expense of a pack raft is largely due to the cost of labor to hand assemble the craft. Fortunately, if you can use an iron, you can order a kit and assemble your own from material much like the best pack raft. This workshop is intended to get you off and started making your own.

You will need to order your own pack raft kit from www.DIYPackraft.com. I recommend a V3. My Tandem V3 weighs 8 lbs. Yes, you want a zipper! And be sure to order a small tube of seam sealant, valves and other accessories you might choose, add about 30+ hours of assembly by yourself, more time for outfitting as desired, and you have an affordable pack raft. A seat kit is a quick and easy way to get started, and really needed to use the raft.

Pack rafts are made out of modern polyurethane coated nylon fabric. The coating on one side is heat activated. A household iron can melt the coating and bond two pieces of fabric together. However, a household iron is too big for the narrow seams in a pack raft, so to build your raft you must also order a Heat Sealing iron. There are several choices. Most of our early rafts were built with Clover Mini-Irons available through Amazon for about $25. I am now recommending an Adjustable Leather Iron through Aliexpress for about $30. The Aliexpress iron is a 220 volt unit, but it works just fine on 110 volts with a simple plug adaptor, and it is a much more durable iron that will require shaping with a metal file to work best. Please note that Aliexpress free shipping takes longer than Amazon. Several online stores carry them. I got mine here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/220V-150W-50-350C-degree-adjustable-mini-electric-iron-for-leather-clothes-87mmX27mm/32705305023.html?spm=a2g0s.13010208.99999999.288.2C5OLO

A better price and much better cloth cord is available here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Electric-Iron-Temperature-control-Iron-RC-Aircraft-Covering-Tools-Iron-with-LED-Display-Screen/32685639507.html?spm=a2g0s.13010208.99999999.370.jcNyhW

If you choose an iron from Aliexpress, I also recommend ordering an inexpensive plug adaptor, like this one: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Universal-3-Pin-US-Plug-Travel-Adapter-Electrical-Wall-Socket-EU-AU-UK-Brazil-Italy-Jack/32822050823.html?spm=a2g0s.13010208.99999999.262.jcNyhW

This one day workshop will get you off and started on your pack raft. We will practice on scrap fabric until you are confident judging the heat and pressure needed with your iron. We will practice both simple flat seams and the curved seams forming the raft tubes. Once you are ready, you will lay out your raft parts, and begin construction. The goal is to complete enough of the raft that you are comfortable taking it home and finishing it on your own. Instructor should have extra tube forms you can borrow to finish your raft at home.

Materials needed: Participants order their own raft kit from: http://www.diypackraft.com/. Plus an iron of your choice. Please order your raft and iron well before the class.

Recommendations: The easiest colors to use are Yellow and Red. Solid Green, Blue and Black are less transparent and more difficult to visually observe the completeness of each seam weld. Cammo is really hard to use. Instructor will provide a small variety of irons you can try, and a tube a form. If you chose a Clover Mini Iron, we will reinforce it before you use it to minimize breakage.

Please be sure to review the DIY website videos illustrating how to build the raft, they are really well done. Print out the pfd of the instructions your instructor will send you and read them before class.

Participants bring to the workshop: your raft kit, your seam sealing iron (instructor has several model aircraft irons you can try), fabric scraps, parchment paper, 1 ½ and ¾” wide rolls of masking tape, flashlight, gloves.

Instructor will provide wooden ironing surfaces, extra scrap fabric, finished raft(s) to learn from, extra attachment patches, etc.

(Note: Outfitting, including spray skirts and thigh braces are beyond the time available in this introductory workshop. Discuss them with Fairbanks Paddlers, including John Schauer, at the Hamme Pool paddling sessions. See Luc Mel’s outfitting descriptions: www.thingstolucat.com / pimp my packraft; and Google Mark Oates, The packraft liberation front.)

Date of the class: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time of the class: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 5

Minimum number of students: 2

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School Kitchen area

Cost: $55 (members); $83 (non-members)

Materials cost: Participants must order their own raft kit from: www.diypackraft.com (along with seam sealer – aquaseal – valves, and any other parts you need), as well as a heat sealing iron (see recommendations above).

Pre-registration only:  This class requires pre-registration. Please register at least two days before the course begins. Registration will be closed after this time.

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Class Reg. - Build Your Own Pack Raft from a DIY Kit, Feb. 10, 2018

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Feb
13
Tue
Wood Carving Studio
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Wood Carving Studio (ongoing class)

Instructor: Marianne Stolz

This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of traditional woodcarving from the most elementary to extremely complex.

Projects can range from spoons and bowls to architectural carvings, reliefs, and sculptures. The idea is to try out different tools, woods, and carving techniques and styles and begin to develop proficiency in many of these.

Each project will involve design and planning, carving and finishing. Proficiency in carving tool sharpening is also a goal. We will work mostly with hand tools. Power tools will be used as necessary. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our design and projects.

There are some carving tools available, but depending on student numbers and projects, students will have to provide their own carving tools.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop (these options are subject to change as the need arises):

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in the Wood Carving Workshop and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Wood Carving or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at ralfundmarianne@hotmail.com with any questions.

Dates of class: Tuesdays, Feb. 13th – April 24, 2018

*Note: There will not be class on March 13 as that is spring break and the shop will be occupied by our spring break programming.

Time of the class: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm each session

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students buy 5 sessions at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price), in advance of starting the program.

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Wood Carving Studio, Spring 2018

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Feb
15
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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Feb
17
Sat
Making Alaskan Style Snowshoes
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Making Alaskan Style Snowshoes (3 day course)

Instructor: Maureen Chambrone

10 X 56 Alaskan style snowshoes have been a very popular and traditional style with both the Athabaskan and white trappers and explorers. They are excellent snowshoes for breaking trail through the deepest snow, a world that would be unreachable otherwise. There is a peaceful beauty in walking through the Alaskan winter on silent wooden snowshoes and all your senses are truly awakened. Now you can explore this world with snowshoes you have finished yourself.

In this class we will start with bare Alaskan birch frames already bent to shape. Using mallets and chisels you will make mortises and cut and carve the cross members that hold the shape of the shoe. Using small drawknives and spokeshaves you’ll round the frames and then smooth them down with scrapers. You may sand them if you wish. You will drill holes around the frame and lace twine for the snowshoe lacing to go through. Tails will be lashed with twine. At least one day will be spent lacing the snowshoes with a nylon lacing.

I will give a short presentation on gathering the birch and bending it so you can see the process it took to get the raw snowshoe you will begin with. In the end I will discuss binding options and will bring a couple types for sale. I will also discuss the process of varnishing, something you will do at home to finish your shoes.

You will go home with your very own pair of snowshoes that will just need to be varnished. And then your deep snowy backyard is yours to make trails through and explore. Not to mention the vast wilderness beyond…

*Previous experience is not necessary.

Dates of the class: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, February 17-19, 2018

Time of the class: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day

Maximum number of students: 5

Minimum number of students: 3

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School Shop

Cost: $230 (members); $345 (non-members)

Materials Fee: $100

Pre-registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by 3 days before the class begins to reserve your place. The class will be closed after that time.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Making Alaskan Style Snowshoes, Feb. 17-19, 2018

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Feb
22
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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Feb
24
Sat
Wok’n Roll!
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wok’n Roll!

Instructor:  Jennifer Nu

Join Alaskan food writer and cooking instructor Jennifer Nu in the kitchen and learn to make homemade eggrolls! Jennifer has been making eggrolls with her mother and aunt since she was a young child. After over a decade of living in Alaska, cooking up eggrolls with friends and family has been a fun way to bring back old memories, make new ones, and enjoy a tasty Chinese-American snack that uses local meat/fish and vegetables.

Workshop participants will learn basic knife skills for preparing vegetables to use in an eggroll filling. Participants will cook and prepare eggroll filling and learn how to roll their own eggrolls.

As a class, we will fry the eggrolls and make enough eggrolls for participants to eat during the class and take home to share with their families.

For vegetarian participants, please make a note on your registration and we can prepare vegetarian eggrolls to be fried separately from the meat eggrolls.

Date of class: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time of the class: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Minimum number of students: 8

Maximum number of students: 10

Age of students: 14 and up (any child under 18 should be accompanied by a parent).

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Member Price: $45; Non-Member Price: $65

Location: The Folk School – main floor

Pre-registration only:  This class requires pre-registration. Please register 48 hours before the class begins. Registration will be closed after this time.

To Register: Please fill out the Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Wok’n Roll!, Feb. 24, 2018

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Introduction to Skin-on-Frame Boat Building
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Skin-on-Frame Boat Building (2 session course)

Instructor: Bruce Campbell

Skin on Frame (SOF) is not only one of the oldest methods for building a boat, it is also one of the easiest. To build a boat, one covers a frame with fabric. The simplest SOF craft are made from plywood frames and wooden stringers. More complex designs use steamed ribs to hold stringers. This class will use a Dave Gentry design to build his Shenandoah Whitehall 14’ rowboat. http://www.gentrycustomboats.com/

During the first class we will lash the frame together from parts that have been cut out and prepared by the instructor. During the second class we will cover the frame with 16 oz. polyester fabric from George Dyson (Baidarka) and varnish it. This completes the two key tasks in making a Skin on Frame craft.

We will follow Dave Gentry’s design and materials, except for the substitution of more durable ribs on the keel and chine. Having the instructor cut out and prepare materials ahead of class will allow us to focus on the more fun assembly and covering steps.

The class is a precursor to steamed/sawn rib kayak building. The idea being to follow Robert Morris’ 9-foot Alaska Recovery Kayak, an ideal first kayak. See: “Building Skin-On-Frame Boats,” unfortunately, now out-of-print. Lashing steam formed ribs to stringers provides flexible strength. That class would be longer and it would be much more fun to build several boats, not just one.

Recommended references:

http://gentrycustomboats.com/NewHomebuilderplans.html
http://gaboats.com/
http://capefalconkayak.com/The%20modern%20skin%20on%20frame%20kayak.html
https://www.skinboats.org/
http://www.berkshireboatbuildingschool.org/home/default.aspx

There are several good books including:
“Fuselage Frame Boats”, and “More Fuselage Frame Boats”, by S. Jeff Horton
“Building Skin-on=Frame Double Paddle Canoes”, by Hillary Russell

Dates of the class: Two Saturdays, February 24 & March 10, 2018

Time of the class: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm each session

Maximum number of students: 8

Minimum number of students: 4

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School Shop

Cost: $88 (members); $132 (non-members)

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Introduction to Skin-on-Frame Boat Building, Feb. 24 & Mar. 10, 2018

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Feb
25
Sun
Fish Skin Tanning
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Fish Skin Tanning

Instructor: Jennifer Lent

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In this class you will learn how to skin a fish and clean and prepare the skin for tanning. Several tanning methods will be discussed and a brief historical overview of the use of tanned fishskin will be presented. By the conclusion of the class, students will have their fish skin soaking in a tanning solution.

Students in this class will need to provide a fish for skinning. A whole fish is preferred, but larger fillets can also be used. The skin can come from fresh, frozen, or smoked fish. However, we cannot use the skin of cooked or canned fish. Students should also bring 2 gallon sized ziploc baggies, a few plastic grocery bags, a container or a bag for the skinned fish if they will be bringing it home, several rags or a roll of paper towels, a small knife, a pair of scissors, and a spoon. And plastic gloves, if so desired.

Date of the Class: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Time of the class: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Age range: 18 and up

Student prerequisites: none

Maximum number of students: 10

Cost of the course: $28 (members); $41 (non-members)

Location: The Folk School – main level

To Register:  Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Fish Skin Tanning, Feb. 25, 2018

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  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
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Mar
1
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
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Mar
8
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
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Mar
15
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Mar
22
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
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Mar
29
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

Become a Folk School Member! (Just $35 for an individual, $50 for an entire family.)

Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
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Mar
31
Sat
Handbuilt Vessels – Large and Small
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Handbuilt Vessels – Large and Small (2 session class)

Instructors: Toni Kaufman

Join us for a weekend at The Folk School building cup and glass forms with clay. Many shapes and sizes are possible with handbuilding techniques. We will be using the slab construction technique. Decoration can be varied: impressing objects into the clay, adding objects to the clay and carving into the clay.

We will spend two weekend afternoons building our vessels and a weekend afternoon glazing two weeks after the building class (date to be determined). All materials, tools and firing of pots will be included in the Materials Fee.

Wear clothes appropriate for working with clay and come with inspiration and nimble hands! The class will take place on the lower floor at The Folk School.

Dates of the Class: Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, 2018

Times of the class: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days

Age range: 18 and up (16-17 okay with parent also enrolled)

Student prerequisites: none

Maximum number of students: 10

Minimum number of students: 6

Cost of the course: $96 (members); $144 (non-members)

Materials fee: $15

Location: The Folk School basement

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration 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).


Class Reg. - Handbuilt Vessels - Large and Small, Mar. 31 & April 1, 2018

  • Click here to read the The Folk School's PAYMENT, CLASS REFUND, 40 BELOW CANCELLATION POLICY, PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE, AND LIABILITY POLICIES.

  • *Folk School members are eligible for Member pricing (a significant discount!). Folk School memberships last for one year. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please click here.
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
  • Don't know what "Folk Bucks" are? Click here to learn more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Apr
5
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8 – May 4, 2018

Times of the class: Mondays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 4

Age of students: 16 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Students are required to purchase 5 sessions (sessions are 3 hours each) at a time for $225 (member price); $338 (non-member price).

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Materials: Students will be responsible for purchasing materials for their individual projects. Materials used in skill building exercises will be provided by the school.

*Note: Students must provide their own ear protection.

Location: The Folk School Shop

Pre-registration only:  You may join this class at any time. However, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum.

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Apr
12
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Principles of Woodworking
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 tools and techniques of all kinds and begin to develop proficiency in many of these. Each project will involve design, planning and layout. We will work with both hand and power tools and cover all kinds of joinery. We will study the physical properties of wood and begin to intuit how these properties relate to our projects and tool use. We will also cover many of the manufactured products used in furniture and cabinet making such as plys and composites, hardware, glues and finishes.

This program is designed around the individual and students can join in at any time. The student and instructor jointly develop a unique curriculum. Projects will be chosen that push the limits of our experience while building confidence. The nature and complexity of these projects will depend on prior experience and personal goals for the course.

In addition to instructional time/guided work we are offering two opportunities to work on your own in the school shop.

Option 1: Open shop during regular class time. This option is available to any Folk School member enrolled in Principles of Woodworking and it provides an opportunity to work independently on projects or skill building at half the regular class cost. Students receiving instruction will have priority for space and equipment so open shop folks will have to be flexible.

Option 2: Open shop during hours when the shop is not in use. This option is made available to Folk School members that have completed at least one 5 session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent, have undergone a complete operation and safety check for all equipment, and have the approval of the instructor. This option carries a heavier burden of responsibility for the facility and the privilege can be revoked by The Folk School at any time. The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time. Visit our Open Shop page for details.

*Note: Though you may join this class at any time, please register at least one week before you would like to begin. This will give the instructor a chance to contact you and begin the process of developing your individualized curriculum. Please contact the instructor at john@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org with any questions.

We started this program in January of 2015 exploring physical characteristics of wood, learning terms that allow us to talk about wood as it pertains to woodworking and design, and discussing joinery and how that relates to wood morphology. We then moved into the Shop and this is what we’ve been up to:

  • First we made marking gauges which exposed us to layout challenges, simple mortise, tapered mortise and tusk tennon.
  • We then used our marking gauges to help layout simple dovetails – learning to both saw and chisel to a line was a big part of this exercise.
  • At this point we tackled a simple dovetailed box with floating bottom which brought into play hand planes, grooves, rabbits and assembly.
  • Next we built a simple joiners bench complete with vise and tool well. The bench project exposed us to mortise and wedged tennons, bigger dovetails, splines and biscuit joinery, grooves and floating panels, edge gluing and assembly, continuing to refine flattening, dimensioning and squaring stock.
  • We even visited a commercial custom cabinet shop to see how the “Big Guys” do it.
  • Since that beginning we have done some steam bending, bent laminations, turning, made furniture, restored old furniture, made cabinets, a door for a boat, learned to make threads on wood, did some chip carving, made some rustic furniture and began to experience the challenges of joinery with unusual shapes, made new friends and had a lot of fun.

Dates of class: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2 – December 22, 2017 and January 8