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Week in the Woods

Instructor Profiles

 

christin anderson Christin Anderson – Christin recently graduated from UAF with a master’s in Natural Resources Management, and has helped Dr. Gary Laursen teach mushroom classes the past 3 years. Christin studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Oberlin college and taught a 1 credit mycology class to her peers. Just a few months ago she took a 2 week field course in Costa Rica to study tropical fungi. She has wanted to be a mycologist ever since she was 6 years old.
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Mary Calmes – Over the years Mary has developed an eclectic set of interests and skills. Always she has loved working with her hands making things whether it be with yarn, wood, bark, paper, fabric, or wool. Another abiding interest is gardening. Mary has lived in Alaska since 1973 and has worked at a variety of jobs not the least of which was raising her two sons with her husband Tim.

 

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Bruce Campbell – Bruce has been canoeing since 1963 and built his first canvas on wood frame kayak in 1966/67. His Lapstrake boat building classes combine classic boat designs with modern epoxy and mahogany plywood to craft stronger, lighter boats.
Bruce’s Dutch Oven cooking students rediscover baking with this early American utensil, and they apply the heat control skills they learn in class to bake scratch biscuits, bread, cake, salmon pot pie, virtually anything . . . outdoors. Bruce provides students his own Dutch Oven cookbook to help them add: “Wow,” factor meals to their outdoor adventures. (See: www.russia-alaska.com for the online version.)
Bruce also learned Letterpress printing as a trade in 7th grade using his grandfather Woodworth’s Kelsey tabletop printing press at home. Bruce has been delighted to share the “Wood Press”  with today’s fine arts crowd, as we rediscover together the “art” of hand set type and pressing ink onto paper.

 

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Susan Campbell – Susan Campbell is on the board of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild. After teaching elementary school in Fairbanks for the past 25 years, she recently retired and has turned her enthusiasm for teaching and learning toward letterpress classes.

 

Jesse Hensel  

Jesse Hensel – Jesse Hensel was born and raised in Alaska. In sixth grade Cathleen Carlo had an artist residency in his classroom and he was instantly hooked on mask making. Jesse studied art in Alaska, Italy, New York and San Francisco, before returning to Alaska to be an artist and educator. He currently teaches Kindergarten and First Grade at Arctic Light Elementary.

 

Sara Hensel  

Sara Hensel – Sara recently moved to Fairbanks from Portland, Oregon. Though she is concentrating on ceramics in the BFA program at UAF, her passions span across most media. She can usually be found prototyping design concepts for willow baskets, playing guitar, or doodling on any scrap of paper that she comes across.

 

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Toni Kaufman – Toni is a long time Alaskan, a potter and a yoga teacher and draws inspiration from the forest and its products in her life and work.

 

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John Manthei – John is a carpenter, furniture-maker, and teacher. John has been working with wood since he was a youngster. He teaches through UAF and also offers private classes. “After all these years I still love to build ‘forts’. I now realize everything I do with my hands is simply an extension of that first love.”

 

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Carolyn Parker – Carolyn has done botanical surveys throughout Alaska and in other far northern landscapes for over 30 years. The rest of the time she stays based at the University of Alaska Museum while gardening, hiking and ski-joring in the boreal forest around Fairbanks.”‘GO PLAY OUTSIDE!’ As four active siblings, we certainly must have driven our poor mother crazy…” continued

 

 

Tim Quintel – Tim is a tinkerer and there is nothing he loves better than to be presented with a problem to solve. He considers himself a “jack of all trades and master of none.? He enjoys working with wood, metal, and computers.

 

marianne stolz Marianne Stolz – Marianne was born and raised in Germany where she completed a wood carving apprenticeship. Her passion for mountains and ice climbing brought her to Alaska in 1985. She now works as a professional wood carver, ice carver and artist.

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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.[...]