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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.



(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.  



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.

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!


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



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5:00 pm Private Event
Private Event
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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4:45 pm Adventures in Woodworking II (ag...
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4:00 pm Adventures in Woodworking I (age...
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Adventures in Woodworking I (ages 8-10) @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Adventures in Woodworking I – (ages 8-10) – (12 session class) Instructor:  John Manthei Adventures in Woodworking I is designed to expose young students to the most basic principles of working with wood and the[...]
12:00 pm Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit
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Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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10:00 am Volunteer Day – Spruce Up The Fo...
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9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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