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QUOTE FROM AN ANONYMOUS DONOR:

How I enjoy receiving your newsletters and notices of upcoming classes. Such a broad list of life-enriching adventures to choose from; fantastic! I have taken the spoon carving class twice because of the instructor, John. A wonderful positive teacher. I want to give you my support and pray that my health will allow me to take yet another class. Continue in the good works for our community.


 

EMAIL FROM THE MOTHER OF A YOUNG LADY TAKING FOLK SCHOOL WOODWORKING CLASSES:

(To John Manthei, Instructor)

I wanted to tell you how great your class is for Scout.  I can see the influence in her math skills.  She has struggled with mental math, but since taking your classes it has some how ‘clicked’ for her and it is so great to see the enthusiasm she has for doing math now.  It is a direct result  of you, Susan and The Folk School’s efforts to give real experiences that will last them a lifetime.  It has been very cool to watch Scout grow out of her discomfort with math.  I am so grateful for The Folk School, so happy that my kids have access to an amazing community of all kinds of folk.  


 

LETTER FROM TWO FOLK SCHOOL MEMBERS:

Dear Fairbanks Folk School Board and Staff,

Fairbanks is a land of extremes and the folks that call Fairbanks home come from all walks of life and often live unique lifestyles. This incredible diversity is one of the reasons we love the Fairbanks community.

The Fairbanks Folk School is filling an extremely important niche in our diverse community by offering many new and unique classes and learning experiences for people of all ages. We don’t know of any other organization in Fairbanks that offers such a diversity of opportunities for such a diversity of community members. Through these activities, the Fairbanks Folk School is helping community members build stronger connections with each other and with their environment – connections that are vital to the future of our community.

We support the Fairbanks Folk School because it is exciting to be part of a creative and positive community organization. As long-time community members, we firmly believe that the Fairbanks Folk School makes Fairbanks an even better place to call home.

Sincerely,
Carol McIntyre and Ray Hander
Fairbanks Folk School members, 18 March 2014


 

LETTER TO INSTRUCTOR JOHN PEIRCE FROM STUDENT JEFF ROSE: Classes with the Folk School can lead to lifelong loves!

John,

I decided to make a Ladle after our Kuksa class.  Here are some pics.  I carved it with no power tools, just my hatchet and the knives I bought from the class.  It is from a large birch branch I found on my property laying on the ground from a wind storm with a natural 90 in it.  It has a pretty cool grain I did not expect when I selected the wood.  If you look closely I also tried my hand at bending the handle.  I was a little over cautious so I did not get as big of bend as I wanted.  If you see the black spot in the bowl it is from a hidden branch that went through the bowl.  It has a hole in it and I was wondering what you recommend to fix it.  It is not a big hole but it is a slow leaker.  Not a big deal for a ladle but thought I would ask in case I ran into a similar issue on a bowl.  I am starting another Kuksa next week I think.  The wood piece is selected but hasn’t told me what it wants to look like yet.  I can’t thank you enough for the class.  I have found a new love.  I am planning on getting a set of Del Stubb knives and an adze in the next couple weeks.  I have a 50 lb. burl I need to turn into a bowl soon too.

Jeff Rose

ladle


 

If you have a comment or statement about The Folk School and would like to share it with the community, please contact us at 907-451-0445 or info@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org. Thank you!

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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[...]