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Oct
24
Tue
Beginning Sewing/Quilting for Teens
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Beginning Sewing/Quilting for Teens (4 session course)

Instructor: Beret Nelson

 

Calling all homeschool teens, 12-18ish!

Have you been wanting to learn more about sewing and quilting?

In this class you will learn the basics of operating and caring for a sewing machine and make several small projects. Some of the options may include pillowcases or throw pillow, quilted journal cover, tote bag, or coffee cup warmer. It will partly depend on ages and skill levels of students. I can customize it to some degree to fit who comes! We will hopefully have increasing levels in the future as well, so you can keep learning!

Dates of class: Four Tuesdays, October 24 – November 14, 2017

Time of the class: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm each session

Minimum number of students: 2

Maximum number of students: 6

Age of students: 12 – 18

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Member Price: $154; Non-Member Price: $200

Materials fee: $20

Location: Beret’s Studio on Gaffney Road

Pre-registration only:  This class requires pre-registration. Please register two days 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).


This class is no longer open for registration.


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Oct
26
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Oct 26 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Nov
2
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Nov 2 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Nov
3
Fri
Noel Wien Library First Friday!
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Folk School will be at the Noel Wien Library’s 40th Anniversary First Friday Birthday Bash!

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries are celebrating 40 years of library service and will be holding a First Friday Event at the Noel Wien Library on November 3rd at 6:30 pm.

The Folk School will be displaying items that were made from the beloved ficus trees recently removed from the library lobby. The Folk School helped remove the ficus trees and has been working with the wood from the trees in various capacities. Artisan Marianne Stolz held a class to make books from the trees and woodworkers John Manthei, Phillip Marshall and others have been creating pieces from the wood that will be displayed on Nov. 3rd. 

In addition, our partner, the Alaska Cello Intensive, will have students at the event providing cello music!

Note: For the event, the library is seeking your library memories for a memory book, which will be compiled and added to their collection.

Click here for more info on the Library’s First Friday Event and instructions on how to submit library memories.

 

 


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Nov
4
Sat
Knife Sharpening
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Knife Sharpening

Instructor:  Brian Sprague

Knife sharpening is simply a metal polishing process, and by knowing what to look, listen, and feel for, anyone can efficiently develop a razor-sharp edge, whether it be on a pocket knife, a pair of scissors, or any of the many cutting edges we find at work and home.

Subjects discussed will include:

  • basic steel metallurgy;
  • abrasives; and,
  • edge failure, geometry, and performance.

Students will learn to develop and maintain a sharp edge. In the course of the class, students will apply what they learn to sharpen at least one personally owned knife or tool sharper than when it was new, and will leave with the knowledge to sustain and expand skills developed in the class.

Students must bring their own knives with them – could be kitchen, hunting, pocket knives, even scissors (3-6 per person). Students must also bring their own sharpening implements (whatever variety you have).

Freehand sharpening technique will be stressed, but fixture-based systems are welcome.

A magnifying glass may help students to visualize the effect of their work, but is not necessary.

Date of class: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Time of the class: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Minimum number of students: 2

Maximum number of students: 10

Age of students: adults

Prerequisites: see description above

Cost of the course: Member Price: $44; Non-Member Price: $66

Location: The Folk School – downstairs

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 Registration Form - Knife Sharpening, Nov. 4, 2017

  • 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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Nov
7
Tue
Beginning Poetry Workshop
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Beginning Poetry Workshop (3 session course)

Instructor: Rachel Andrea Elmer

Have you ever had a beautiful moment in time you wished you could capture? Have you ever wished to express an intense emotion in a well thought out manner? Have you ever wanted to write a poem but didn’t know where to start?

Writing poetry is like being any other kind of artist – you need to know what tools are available to help you shape your piece. In this class we will go over the basic tools poets have developed over the years and get comfortable enough with them to put them in our toolboxes.

The class will be in three sessions. Each session will feature a discussion about the poetry tools we will be focusing on for the week and then hands-on writing section where we practice what we just learned.

For the second and final session you will bring in a poem you worked on at home over the week and we will workshop everyone’s pieces as a group. We will work on how to give helpful critiques of each other’s work, which not only gives us the benefit of a room of editors but also helps us grow as editors of our own work.

You will leave the final session with two workshopped poems and lots of practice writing different kinds of poems. Hopefully you will feel inspired to continue writing!

Please bring paper or a notebook to write in or a laptop if you are more comfortable with that.

Dates of class: Three Tuesdays, November 7, 14, & 21, 2017

Time of the class: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm each session

Minimum number of students: 4

Maximum number of students: 8

Age of students: over 18

Prerequisites: none

Cost of the course: Member Price: $83; Non-Member Price: $124

Location: The Folk School

Pre-registration only:  This class requires pre-registration. Please register two days 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 Registration Form - Beginning Poetry Workshop, Nov. 7-21, 2017

  • 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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Nov
9
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Nov 9 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Nov
12
Sun
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit (two session workshop)

Instructor: Bruce Campbell

Build your own lightweight Pack Raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit. (Or, finish a raft you have started!)

Pack rafting has become very popular. Light, easy to use, they allow one to get out on rivers and lakes not normally accessed. The expense of a pack raft is largely 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 just like the best pack raft.

Pack rafts are made out of modern lightweight polyurethane coated nylon fabric. The coating on one side is heat activated, meaning a household iron can melt the coating and bond two pieces of fabric together. A household iron is too big for the narrow seams in a pack raft, so to build your raft you must also order a Clover Heat Sealing iron through Amazon.com for about $25. Add to this a kit for $129 to $195, plus a zipper for $55, seam sealant, and other accessories you might choose, add about 30 hours of assembly by yourself, and you have an affordable pack raft.

This two session workshop will get you off and started on your pack raft. You will make your own tube froming tool from a piece of scrap 2” x 10” board about 14” long. We will reinforce your Clover iron before you use it. Then we will practice on scrap fabric until you are confident judging the heat and pressure needed with your iron. Instructor will demonstrate the simple flat seam, and the more complicated curved seams forming the raft tubes. You will lay out your raft parts, attach one half to the floor and join tubes on one side. The goal is to complete enough of the raft that you are comfortable taking it home and finishing it on your own.

Some have expressed an interest in further help finishing their raft. They are also welcome to sign up and come with their raft to continue where we last left off before Summer crashed around us. The class is an excellent way to get specific help closing the tubes. Reminder: When joining tubes please remember to leave 8” to 10” unsealed on the top portion of the tubes at each end. Or simply do not join the ends (1 to 1 and 5 to 5). We have time in the class. Students just starting will greatly benefit from watching others close the joined tube sections.

Materials needed: Participants order their own raft kit from: http://www.diypackraft.com/

Recommendations: Standard weight raft is better for rivers and general use. Add a double floor and a zipper. Order seam sealer, aquaseal, and any other parts you need. A seat is a great first practice task before class starts. The easiest colors to use are 1) Yellow, 2) Red, and 2 Solid Green (new), and then Blue. Black is OK for seams. Cammo is the hardest to see the seam as it forms.

Order your own Clover mini Iron adapter through Amazon.com.

Review the DIY website videos illustrating how to build the raft. Print out the pfd of the instructions your instructor will send you before class.

Please order your raft and iron well before the class (the rafts are shipping from Canada and can take several weeks).

Note: Classes may be delayed due to back-ordered kits from the manufacturer. Rescheduling is in progress. Prospective students are welcome to suggest times and days that best fit their schedule. The instructor will propose new classes for January and March and input would be appreciated. Students may also move to a later class if their kits are back-ordered.

Participants bring to the workshop: your raft kit, your Clover seam sealing iron, scrap 2”x10” board about 14 inches long, parchment paper, roll of tape, flashlight, and a home iron if you ordered a double floor.

Instructor will provide wooden ironing surfaces, extra scrap fabric, his finished and new partially finished raft to watch and learn from.

(Note: 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.)

Dates of the class: Sundays, November 12 & 26, 2017

Time of the class: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm each session

Maximum number of students: 8

Minimum number of students: 5

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $88 (members); $136 (non-members)

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

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 Registration Form - Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit, Nov. 12 & 26, 2017

  • 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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Nov
16
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Nov 16 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Nov
18
Sat
Introduction to Strip Canoe and Kayak Building
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Introduction to Strip Canoe and Kayak Building

Instructor: Bruce Campbell

The most gorgeous of wooden boats, building your own strip canoe or kayak involves learning a few basic skills. This class will give you hands-on experience milling bead and cove strips. We will use the strips to assemble a simple wooden tool box, chisel holder, desk pencil organizer, or other object of your choice.

Students will be given safety instructions on the table saw and router that they will use to cut strips and router bead and cove edges. We will router Spruce and Redwood strips and fashion cedar ends.

We will use the strips to fashion a simple tool box, or other object of your choosing.

We will also discuss some of the variants in strip canoe building. Students are encouraged to order and bring to class: Building a Strip Canoe, Second Edition, Nov 1, 2010, by Gil Gilpatrick; available on Amazon for about $16.50.

Date of the class: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time of the class: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 6

Minimum number of students: 4

Age range: 16 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $66 (members); $99 (non-members)

Materials cost: $25

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 Registration Form - Introduction to Strip Canoe and Kayak Building, Nov. 18, 2017

  • 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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Nov
23
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Nov 23 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Nov
24
Fri
Black Friday Local and Handmade Crafting for the Folk School!
Nov 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Black Friday Local and Handmade Crafting for the Folk School!

  birch bark ornaments felted santas

 

 

 

 

 
 

Instead of shopping, put your hands to good use to support the mission of The Folk School and go home with the knowledge to create more handmade items for your loved ones.

Free, drop-in style afternoon for participants to create holiday crafts that will be sold at booths at this season’s holiday bazaars.

Crafts will include:
felted santas,
birch bark stars,
birch bark birds,
easy stained glass,
window stars,
simple shrink pots,
and more!

Come for the afternoon or just an hour to have fun creating while supporting TFS.

If you are participating in our holiday craft class series, bring your newfound skills to pass on to others. If you don’t have time to stay and craft, we will also take donations of previously handmade items.

Hot holiday punch will be provided, and delicious snack contributions are appreciated.

*All ages are very welcome, but 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

shrink boxes

window stars

 

Date of the event: Friday, November 24, 2017

Time of the event: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost of the event: FREE – drop-in, pre-registration not required

Location: The Folk School

 


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Nov
30
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Nov 30 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Dec
2
Sat
Evergreen Party: Make a Holiday Wreath
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Evergreen Party: Make a Holiday Wreath

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Come make a wreath/wreaths to decorate your door for the holidays, or to give to a loved one for their door!

The Folk School will provide thawed fresh-cut spruce boughs, supplies, and hot holiday punch for this class.

 

Please bring:

  • Your favorite pair of needle-nosed pliers (if you don’t have a pair, we have some to use).
  • Any embellishments/extra greenery you wish to add to your wreath.
  • Please also consider crafting wreaths to donate to The Folk School to be sold at upcoming holiday bazaars.

Join us for the entire time, or just drop in for an hour.

Date of the event: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Time of the event: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Age range: All ages are very welcome, but 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost of the event: $20 per person, covers one wreath, $5 additional materials fee for each additional wreath.

*This event is FREE for volunteers to make basic wreaths to donate for sale to support the mission of The Folk School. Registration required.

Location: The Folk School

To Register: Please fill out the Event 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).


Event Reg. - Evergreen Party: Make a Holiday Wreath, Dec. 2, 2017

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

  • (Fee is $20 per person - covers one wreath, $5 additional materials fee for each additional wreath.)
    Note: Your registration will not be completed until we have received payment.
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Dec
7
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Dec 7 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Dec
14
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Dec 14 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Dec
21
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Dec 21 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Jan
11
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Jan 11 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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Jan
18
Thu
Principles of Woodworking
Jan 18 @ 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.

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 Registration Form - 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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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.

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 Registration Form - 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
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.

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 Registration Form - 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
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.

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 Registration Form - 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
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.

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 Registration Form - 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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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.

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 Registration Form - 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.

Are you interested in this class, but can’t take it? Tell us why!

 

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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.

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 Registration Form - Principles of Woodworking, Fall 2017, Spring 2018