Join Pennsylvanian timber framers Alex Desko and Ethan Jones-Walker of Confluence Fabrication for this hands-on, 40 hour Timber Framing Intensive. Students will take part in constructing a small, open timber frame structure over the course of two weeks, learning the basics of timber frame layout & construction in the process.
The building is roughly 25'x25' and stands just under 17' to the roof peak. A three post pavilion supports an unconventional roof system that includes two gable trusses connected with a hip and valley system to help negotiate the structure's triangular base. A "lecture-demonstration-actualization" format will allow students to actively contribute to each stage of this process. These components will include basic timber grading/grain reading, joinery layout and mathematics, safe and effective power tool usage, hand tool joint paring, test fitting and troubleshooting, and basic rigging and raising techniques.
Historically, timber framing has had deep roots as a community endeavor. Prior to the industrial revolution, many hands were required to fabricate and raise heavy timbers for what were typically agrarian structures. This course will conclude with a community-supported frame raising event to display the fruits of learning, fellowship, and good ol’ honest labor for generations to come.
The material fee of $35 will cover the purchase of primarily lay out tools, all of which attendees may take home and use for their own projects, timber frame or otherwise.
The raising on 9/14 is a FREE COMMUNITY EVENT, Noon to 4 at the field on Haines & 26th St. See you there!
Join herbalist Nicole Larson in her home apothecary and learn the basic skills needed to create natural medicines for yourself and loved ones. Nicole will demonstrate and discuss the basics of herbal medicine making (infusions, decoctions, tinctures, oxymels, elixirs and salves), including what supplies and tools you’ll need for your apothecary and where to purchase them. She will also lead students on a plant walk to discuss how to properly ID plants for safe use, and to look at some locally growing plants and non-native medicinal plants that you can easily grow yourself. Over the course of the day, Nicole will cover the 20+ top herbs to keep in your apothecary, uses and contraindications of those herbs, the best way to harvest, store and dry herbs that you gather, the best companies to source your dried herbs or medicinal plants to grow in your own garden. There will be an introduction to understanding the energetics and actions of herbs, and how that applies to an individual’s constitution. At the conclusion of class the students will make their own salve to take home and have the option to keep one product from Nicole’s home apothecary (you can read more about her herbal business, Rosehip Botanicals, here).
September 14th :: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 9am - 4pm :: Ages— adult, but inquire about youth participation with parent enrollment :: Skill level: Beginning to Intermediate :: $95 + $20 materials fee:: Instructor Nicole Larson
Familiarize your eye and your tongue with a dozen or so edible and medicinal plants on this 4 hour plant amble, which includes a stop for lunch. Our focus will include common, naturalized “weeds” and native plants. We will discuss identifying characteristics, traditional use/s, and wildcrafting ethics, 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, see our ticket discount for signing up as a pair. Prior plant walk students welcome— this will be in a different location than June’s walk.
Class currently full— email firstname.lastname@example.org for waitlist.
Saturday September 21st, 2019 :: 10am - 2pm :: Ages 8 - Adult (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $40 for individual, $70 for pair, $65 for adult + child :: Instructor Maude Richards
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
Many indigenous peoples, on nearly all continents, developed some form of backstrap loom weaving. World traveller and textile artist Tracy Hudson will share images and diverse cloth examples from her personal research on the subject, and guide students through warping and weaving their own backstrap weaving band. Students will come home with all parts and pieces needed to weave their next project.
Tracy's teaching method sources from years spent living in Asia, and from her enthusiasm for conveying craft knowledge hand-to-hand. This class is an opportunity to experience a different way of learning, as you acquire backstrap weaving skills. Open yourself up to not knowing the answers and to immersing in the worldwide culture of traditional backstrap weaving, so that you can start from the beginning with this ancient skill. With backstrap weaving, the weaver is the loom, creating and controlling the warp through body movement. The first day will introduce the mechanics of warp management and optional pick-up pattern making. Students will begin in the manner of young weavers in the Andes, training their bodies and hands on a pre-warped narrow band. Through demonstration and interaction with the instructor, students will be guided in accordance with their ability: some may continue with plain weave while others learn to pick up a pattern. On the second day, we will warp for a wider, plain-weave band, which will eventually become a handwoven backstrap. By winding a warp, making string heddles, and learning to use a stick shuttle, students will acquire the basic skills needed to continue weaving on their own. The class will include cultural information and samples of backstrap woven cloth from different parts of the world. We will talk about tool making and alternatives for acquiring the necessary materials for backstrap weaving. See more photos of Tracy’s international backstrap weaving research and her own fiber projects on her website: www.einesaite.com
This class is now full— please email for waitlist: email@example.com
Spend two days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist, and educator David Moskowitz in this Cybertracker certification course (www.cybertracker.org).. 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, whether or not you answer enough questions correctly to attain a certificate. Certificates are awarded on three levels. Class size is limited to 10 people; lodging and food not provided. This class fills quickly— early registration recommended.
Note: No experience is necessary to take this course, but some understanding of tracking is helpful— if you are looking for a class to explain the fundamentals, our Animal Tracking Intro on Oct 26-27 may be a good alternative.
This class is now full, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waitlist.
October 5th & 6th :: Ages 18+, or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $250 :: Instructor David Moskowitz
Ever want to know what the invisible animals around us are doing? Imagine reading nocturnal events like a newspaper the next morning written upon the ground. Explore the fundamentals of animal tracking in this two-day, in-the-field, workshop with wildlife tracker and naturalist Sarah Spaeth. This class will cover track shapes, gait patterns, rubs, chews, scrapes, beds, sent marks, territorial and other sign for animals in our area. We will also explore where to look for tracks, considerations of tracking on a variety of substrates, tricks for telling how old tracks are and how to make a plaster of paris mold of a track in the field.
October 26-27 :: Ages 18+, or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $195 :: Instructor Sarah Spaeth
Broom making is one of the pinnacles of CedarRoot’s offerings, and we are honored to welcome Maria Bullock back for this 2-day class. Brooms are largely taken for granted as ubiquitous, mass-produced items, but a handmade broom is a horse of a different color— a unique piece of functional art. Not only will you bring home a beautiful broom (or two) suited to your specific needs, you’ll help to revitalize an endangered craft. Participants will construct an elegant broom out of broomcorn, with the potential of making a second as time allows. Styles include large hand brooms, small hand brooms for the fireplace or shop, and dish scrubbers. Clean your home with pride! Finished brooms make wonderful gifts as well. Previous students welcomed to return and refine their skills.
Earlybird special: $255. Price goes up Sept 1st to $265
October 12th and 13th :: Nordland, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $205 + $50 materials fee:: Instructor Maria Bullock
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
Ferment your own sauerkraut and kimchi with award-winning kraut-maker Marko Colby of Midori Farm, and bring home a 2 gallon ceramic crock filled with organic cabbage, other veggies, and spices to continue the fermentation at home. This is great time to pick Marko’s brain about kraut recipes, best fermentation practices, and which vegetables you can grow for your crock. Materials fee covers the 2-gallon ceramic crock and organic veggies.
Early-bird special: register by Oct 1 for $105, afterward price goes up to $115
Sunday November 9th, 2019 :: 9 am- 1 pm :: Port Townsend :: Ages-Adult :: $70 + $35 material fee :: Instructor Marko Colby
Washington’s semi arid summers make wise water usage an imperative. Spend a morning exploring water storage and conservation irrigation systems through theory and demonstrations on a working farm. Topics include: HDPE tanks and fittings, pond building, rainwater catchment, rain gardens, low flow irrigation, swales, pumps, and ferro-cement cisterns.
:: 10am- Noon :: Ages 10 - Adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $35 :: Instructor Scott Brinton