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

Jul
31
Mon
1:30 pm Bouquets! Exploring Cut Flower V...
Bouquets! Exploring Cut Flower V...
Jul 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Bouquets! Exploring Cut Flower Varieties  and Floral Design @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Bouquets! Exploring Cut Flower Varieties and Floral Design –  A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Are you an aspiring farmer or avid home gardener? Gain the skills you need[...]
9:00 am Introduction to Primitive Skills...
Introduction to Primitive Skills...
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Primitive Skills in the Boreal Forest @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Introduction to Primitive Skills in the Boreal Forest Instructor:  Jeff Yacevich This workshop will introduce students to the tools and skills needed to interact with their boreal forest home. Participants will learn how to use[...]
12:00 pm FUNdamentals of Art (for Kids)
FUNdamentals of Art (for Kids)
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
FUNdamentals of Art (for Kids) @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
FUNdamentals of Art (for Kids) – 5 individual class sessions Primary Instructor:  Carly Garay    Come learn art FUNdamentals in a creative and encouraging space. We will cover the topics of inspiration, color mixing, self[...]
Aug
2
Wed
10:30 am Biodiversity in the Garden
Biodiversity in the Garden
Aug 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Biodiversity in the Garden @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Biodiversity in the Garden –  A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Are you an aspiring farmer or avid home gardener? Gain the skills you need through summer farming classes at[...]
Aug
7
Mon
1:30 pm Permaculture Overview (2 parts)
Permaculture Overview (2 parts)
Aug 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Permaculture Overview (2 parts) @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Permaculture Overview (2 parts) –  A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Are you an aspiring farmer or avid home gardener? Gain the skills you need through summer farming classes at[...]
Aug
12
Sat
9:00 am Sourdough Bread Making (and othe...
Sourdough Bread Making (and othe...
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sourdough Bread Making (and other baked goods) @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Sourdough Bread Making (and other baked goods) Instructor: Tomas Vrba No matter where in the world you go, wherever you find people, you will find bread. Made well, bread is nutritious with high amounts of carbohydrates,[...]