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

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
Storyteller Workshop @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
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.[...]