Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

Open Shop Guidelines

General:

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

Etiquette:

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

Tools:

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

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Upcoming Events

May
1
Mon
9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]
May
2
Tue
5:30 pm Carpentry Basics
Carpentry Basics
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carpentry Basics @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Carpentry Basics (8 session course) Instructors: John Manthei & David Costello Almost everyone, at some point in their life, needs to build a small building of some kind. It is a fun, practical and rewarding[...]
May
4
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]
May
6
Sat
10:00 am Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance Instructor: Brian Sprague This 2 hour session will provide a brief introduction to the essential anatomy and mechanical relationships of a chainsaw and quickly move into a discussion of the high[...]
11:00 am Introduction to Natural Soap Making
Introduction to Natural Soap Making
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Introduction to Natural Soap Making @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Introduction to Natural Soap Making Instructor: Lidiia Olszowy                       Learn to make soap from scratch with us! This class will give you a simple introduction[...]
2:00 pm Tree Felling and Firewood
Tree Felling and Firewood
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tree Felling and Firewood @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Tree Felling and Firewood (2 session course) Instructor: Brian Sprague This is a two session class with the first, classroom-based, session at The Folk School. The second session will be held at a field location[...]