Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

Open Shop

 

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

Open Shop at The Folk School is during hours when the shop is not in use for regular Folk School activities. The open shop option is made available to Folk School members who have:

  • completed at least one 5-session unit of Principles of Woodworking or equivalent,
  • 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, for any reason.

The rate for this privilege is $12 per hour, and an 8 hour punch card for $96 must be purchased ahead of time.

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

 

We have developed guidelines for use of the Shop during Open Shop time that must be agreed to and followed by all participants. Click on the link below to view the guidelines:

Open Shop Guidelines

 

If you have approval from a shop instructor to utilize the shop during open shop time, you may then use the registration and payment process below:

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


Open Shop Registration Form

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

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Upcoming Events

Jan
25
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei   This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try[...]
Jan
27
Sat
1:00 pm Magic for Kids
Magic for Kids
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Magic for Kids @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Magic for Kids (2 session class) Instructor: Robert Prince Magic is the process of making the impossible and incredible happen right in front of peoples’ eyes. Do you dream of wowing your family and friends[...]
2:00 pm Orchids for Beginners
Orchids for Beginners
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Orchids for Beginners @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Orchids for Beginners Instructor: Elizabeth Eero Irving  Frustrated by your attempts to keep orchids alive, happy and blooming? Or, do you want to learn better care and keeping of your orchids? This is the class[...]
Jan
30
Tue
7:00 pm Storyteller Workshop
Storyteller Workshop
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Storyteller Workshop (7 session course) Instructor: Robert Prince Are you boring at parties? Have you noticed people nodding off as you spin an epic yarn? We have the cure for your boring stories! The producers[...]
Feb
1
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei   This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try[...]
Feb
3
Sat
8:30 am Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid
Feb 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wilderness First Aid @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Wilderness First Aid (2 day course) Instructor:  Deb Ajango One of the major benefits of living in Interior Alaska is being able to explore the vast wilderness on foot, skis, bike, snow machine, and 4-wheeler.[...]