A two-day workshop producing your own woodworking tools such as a chisel and draw knife. The workshop teaches basic blacksmithing, heat treating, and tool making techniques. Tools will be forged from recycled car springs, files and hay rake teeth and then heat treated and tempered. Instruction will be given on grinding and finishing tools. We will cover fitting handles students may make basic handles as time allows or take home to handle later. Safety and respect for materials and the forge environment will be emphasized. The class blends demonstration and short lecture with lots of hands on practice under the watchful eye of the instructor.
Class size is limited to 6. Students need ALL cotton clothing, gloves, and leather shoes or boots.
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March 23rd & 24th, 2019 :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- 5 pm each day :: Ages-18+ :: $220+ $130 materials fee :: Instructor Erik Newquist
Build an oven from clay, straw, and sand. Constructed for centuries using locally abundant sub soils, earthen ovens are a main attraction of any backyard (and you can't beat the pizza and chicken!) Topics include: locating suitable building soils, shaping efficient ovens, principles of thermal mass, weather protection, finish plasters, and cooking basics. Students will all build one oven together, but will leave class with enough knowledge and experience to create their own at home.
April 14th, 2019 :: 9am- 5pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $95 :: Location Chimacum WA :: Instructor Scott Brinton
For millennia, European and North American cultures have prized sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) for its heavenly scent and versatility. Its latin name translates to “fragrant holy grass,” and has historically been burned as incense or woven into braids or baskets that retain their scent even after dried. In this workshop, artist Margie Weaver will guide you through making a basket out of organically grown sweetgrass from her south Minneapolis garden. No basketry experience necessary.
Saturday April 27, 2019 :: Chimacum :: 12:30pm - 3:30pm :: Adults and 16+ with parent/guardian enrollment :: Skill level: Any :: Tuition: $55 + $20 materials fee :: Instructor Margie Weaver
Weave a beautiful hat out of bullrushes while discussing harvesting, storing, and preparation of weaving materials. This surprisingly strong and durable material makes for a hat that is breathable, insulating, and lightweight. If time allows students can learn a few additional plaiting styles and work on small projects. Taught by Maria Bullock.
April 27th and 28th : Nordland, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $185+$30 materials fee:: Instructor Maria Bullock
A two-day workshop producing a personal knife. The workshop teaches basic blacksmithing, heat treating, and tool making techniques. Using recycled car springs, a blade will be forged to the student’s suitability for shape, then heat treated and tempered. A handle will be made from wood and fitted to the blade, followed by instruction in grinding and finishing your knife. Safety and respect for materials and the forge environment will be emphasized. The class flow is a blend of demonstration and short lecture with lots of hands on practice under the watchful eye of the instructor.
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April 27th & 28th, 2019 :: Nordland, WA :: 9am- 5pm :: Ages 18+ :: $230+ $120 material fee :: Instructor Erik Newquist ::
An intro to the world of homestead beekeeping, this class covers beekeeping equipment, honeybee behavior, and gives students hands-on experience with three different hives: the Langstroth, Warre, and top bar hive. Seasoned beekeeper Gary Coyan will show students how to set up a hive for the first time, manage the hive throughout the year, and prepare the hive for winter. The focus here is on sustainable hive management for bee health and pollination, with honey production as a bonus rather than a priority. If weather allows, students will assist in adding bees to a new hive. Kids welcome if enrolled alongside a parent.
May 4th, 2019 :: Chimacum, WA :: 10:30am-2pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $65 :: Instructor Gary Coyan
Tiles have been a part of our everyday lives for millennia. They add practical durability to our dwellings, as well as a pleasing aesthetic. This class, spread over two Sundays (plus optional kiln-opening finale), will offer explorations in a variety of ceramic tile making processes. Day one will include hands-on instruction on several techniques such as slab rolling, sculpting, carving, mosaic murals, and sgraffito. Each student will create multiple clay tiles of various sizes that will be bisque fired by the instructor once air-dry. Students will return to the studio for a half-day to glaze their bisqueware, discuss basic kiln usage, and load the kiln for the glaze firing. An optional informal gathering will be offered on May 21st when the kiln will be opened to reveal the load of beautiful, glazed handmade tile. Students unable to attend the kiln opening may schedule a time to pick up their tiles or request a shipping option (not included in class cost). The tiles created in this class will be ready to hang, frame, or even install in a kitchen or bathroom backsplash! You need no art background for playing with clay, just a readiness to design, draw, doodle, and develop your own unique handmade tiles.
May 5th 9am - 4pm and May 19th 9am - Noon :: Marrowstone Island :: Ages 18+:: $200 + $20 materials fee:: Instructor Maria Logan
Mow your lawn (or harvest your backyard grain crop) the old-fashioned way. When done properly, scythes can work as efficiently as a weed wacker (watch a great video here). Scythes must be sized to the operator, and this is your chance to make your own custom-fit scythe with woodworker Steve Habersetzer. Lots of fun!
Part A - Scythe Construction. This includes making a handle (snathe) for a scythe and creating a personal scythe outfit with everything needed for scything: blade, peening jig, sharpening stone, and stone holster :: $95 + $175 materials fee
Part B - Scythe Proficiency. Steve will cover a variety sharpening, peening, mowing techniques and choosing the right scythe technique for your application. The class has ample time for hands-on mowing with feedback from someone who has mowed his orchard with scythe for over 30 years. :: $95
Part A&B- combine the two parts for greater discount :: $350
Part A- May 11th :: Part B- May 12th:: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: adult :: Instructor Steve Habersetzer
Craft a beautiful pine needle basket using pine needles from the Ponderosa pine trees that grow in the Pacific Northwest. The teacher will prepare a basket starter for each student, and instruct students in making a basic stitch using artificial sinew and a tapestry needle. Once this stitch is learned students will continue working on the basket adding more stitches to the coil and eventually making the basket larger. We will also discuss all the critical steps that take place before weaving begins— the gathering, sorting, and preparing of the pine needles. No basketry experience necessary.
May 25th :: Marrowstone Island :: 12:30 - 3:30 :: Adults and 16+ with parent/guardian enrollment :: Skill level: Any :: Tuition: $55 + $20 materials fee :: Instructor Alma Gomez
Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist, and educator David Moskowitz. David has an approach that is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting in the first moment of class— he actively engages participants in identification and interpretation of tracks and signs, and allows plenty of time for questions and discussion. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, and students may even achieve a wildlife tracking certificate through Cybertracker (www.cybertracker.org). Certificates are awarded on three levels. Even without certification, the course is a ton of fun! Class size is limited to 10 people; lodging and food not provided.
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May 25th and 26th :: Ages 18+, or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $250 :: Instructor David Moskowitz
The benefits of earthen plaster are many: non-toxic, locally sourced, breathable, durable and beautiful! It can be applied to sheetrock or other alternative building material. This class has the perfect balance of information and hands-on trowel-to-wall time. Participants will learn the secrets of creating a “perfect” batch and applying the finish coat of fine clay plaster to the interior of a light straw-clay building. We will discuss and practice using a variety of sand, clays, pigments, and finishes to gain exposure to various techniques, each good for different purposes. This class gives you the experience and confidence to apply clay plasters in the home, office, outbuilding and more.
June 9th :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: Ages 10 - Adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $95 :: Instructor Scott Brinton
Familiarize your eye and your tongue with a dozen or so edible and medicinal plants on this two hour plant amble. The focus will be common, naturalized “weeds” and a few native plants. We will discuss identifying characteristics, traditional use/s, and wildcrafting ethics of each plant, and delve into botanical nomenclature, Linnean taxonomy, identification of plant families, and plant propagation according to the group’s interests. No experience necessary, kids welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Saturday June 15th, 2019 :: 10am - Noon :: Ages 8 - Adult (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $25 :: Instructor Maude Richards
Learn the art of primitive fire making and take home a functioning bow drill kit. Students will learn how to craft a fire in even the most harsh survival conditions. We will also look at other primitive fire making tools. Each student will leave with their own bow drill kit. Great activity for parent and child!
Saturday July 20th, 2019 :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- 3 pm :: Beginner to Moderate Skill level :: Ages 12 - Adult :: $85 + $10 material fee :: Justin Lake
This fermentation course for the beginner and the advanced student is based on the traditional cider making methodologies of England, France, and Spain. We will cover some basic principles of tree fruit, fruit assessment for use in the cider house, and juice chemistry, followed by a walk-through of yeast lifecycle dynamics, yeast nutrition needs, and fermentation troubleshooting. After lunch we will continue with the fermentation process, discuss finning, refinement, and blending ideas. A final topic of the day is maturation options and stabilization, with packaging ideas for the home cider maker. Students will have an opportunity to blend fresh juice and pitch yeast into a demijohn to take home and further explore the possibilities of fermented cider. Chock-full of visual aids, numbers, application tips, and more. The day will include a brief production facility tour, exemplary ciders to taste throughout the varied steps of the fermentation process, and potential for an orchard walk as time allows.
September 28th, 2019 :: 10am - 4:30pm :: Finnriver Farm :: ages 21+ :: Skill level: Any :: Tuition: $85 + $20 materials fee :: Instructor Andrew Byers
Transform flexible willow shoots into a beautiful and functional harvest basket with local farmer and basket weaver Rachael Van Laanen. While working on our baskets, we will discuss harvest techniques, creating a personal willow "garden," curing, and preparation. No previous basketry experience necessary.
Saturday November 2nd :: Marrowstone Island :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages-Adult :: $100+ $15 material fee :: Instructor Rachael Van Laanen