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All classes take place at the Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501 (map) unless otherwise noted. Registering early helps us prepare and offer the highest quality experience for everyone! The Arbutus Folk School proudly welcomes students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   At this time, students must be 18 years or older for the blacksmithing classes.

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING CLASSES 

 


Introduction to Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Rigg
Date: November 17, January 12, February 9, March 16, April 13, May 4, June 8; each day is a separate workshop
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
 : $150
Registration closes: 1 week prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 6, max. 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes, long pants

Please note, students must be 18 years or older for all blacksmithing classes.

Class Description: This is an introduction to blacksmith class.  Students will make nails, decorative leaves or BBQ skewers to take home. Students will be introduced to tools and basic techniques.  This class will provide the experience needed for more advanced upcoming classes, such as Forge Building, Hand-Forged Hardware, Tool Making, Chest Hardware, Open-Project Forge, and Traditional Joinery. Students who have already taken the class are welcome and can work on previous projects or select from a few more advanced projects.

NOTE: Blacksmithing classes are now being held at Kelly’s studio.  The address is 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA 98501. Click here to open location in Google Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/zkjq9giZWgq (Yelm Highway to Rich Rd SE, 3/4 Mile (or so) on right hand side to “Arts Park” main entrance. Look for the “Studio 23” sign above the studio entrance.) Please bring a lunch or drive to food services nearby. The studio contact is kelly@olymetal.com. For enrollment questions, contact Arbutus at info@arbutusfolkschool.org.

 

 


Beginning Embroidery

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: Sundays Nov 18, Dec 2, and 9
Times: 10am – 12pm
Cost: $72
Registration Closes: November 15
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: bring 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. Kit fee (pay to instructor) is $6.00. (You may purchase a good quality 5″ embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, if you wish.)

Class Description: For those of you that have either never done embroidery (and would like to try it) OR would like a “refresher course”, this is the class for you! We will talk about threads, needles, fabrics, and designs. We will make a sampler of basic stitches for surface embroidery.  Once you are comfortable with this group of stitches, you can do simple things – or complicated things – and anything in between!

The stitches we will practice and put onto our sampler include a running stitch, double running stitch, stem (or outline) stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch, French knot, chain stitch, and detached chain stitch.  With time (and group interest) we could go into further versions of the previously mentioned stitches.  I’m there to teach and am happy to follow your interest!

Students bring $6 to first day of class for embroidery materials which include fabric, a variety of threads, needles, and written instructions. This will be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.  Instructor will also bring good quality hoops available for purchase if needed for $8.

Please note: this is not a cross-stitch class.

bringing 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors.   

Kit fee (to instructor) is $6.00.  (You may purchase a good quality 5″ embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, if you wish.) 

 

 


Old Time Music Jam Basics

Instructor: Maggie Neatherlin
Dates: Wednesday eves, Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, & 19
Times: 6-7:30 pm
Cost: $84
Registration Closes: 2 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 2, Max. 12
Materials Provided by Student: Students bring their own string instruments, notebook. Recording devices welcome.
Skill Level: See class description
Age Level: All ages welcome but those who are 14 or younger must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the class.

Class Description: Old-Time Music has a rich tradition of jamming, where people of all ages and skill levels will play music together. Ideally, this is a low-stress environment where everyone can enjoy themselves and the music, but for newcomers or those who are maybe a little more shy about Old-Time, it can be an intimidating scene to break into.  

 In this four-week-long class, local musician Maggie Neatherlin will teach you how to start tunes, how to pick up tunes by ear, how to anticipate chord movement, and more, so you have everything you need in your musical toolbox to take part in this immersive tradition as old as the music itself. While this course is open to those of all skill levels, Maggie recommends that you come into the course knowing a handful of Old-Time tunes already, since while she will provide resources for learning common Old-Time jam tunes outside of the class, she does not plan on teaching tunes within the workshop. Instead, she will be focusing on building the skills and self-confidence needed to make your jamming experience enjoyable.  

 


Handbuilding Clay Gifts

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: Saturday Mornings Dec 1 – 15
Times: 10 am to 1 pm
Cost: $141
Registration Closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8

Class Description: Learn the basics of clay handbuilding by making beautiful handmade gifts for your friends and family (or yourself)! No prior experience necessary, a short demo will include bud vases, ornaments and planters. Students will have two 3-hour sessions to build one to several projects depending on their complexity and will spend the last session glazing. Finished pieces can be picked up the following week during open studio hours. All handbuilding ideas are welcome and students can come with project ideas and work with the instructor to achieve them in the given time frame of the class.

 


Dorset Buttons

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: Saturday Dec 1
Times: 10am -12:30 pm
Cost: $35
Registration Closes: Nov 28
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Small scissors to clip threads. $7 for kit, to be paid directly to instructor.

Class Description: Dorset buttons are those that are made from fabric and thread. Before the first “button machine” was developed (to make shell buttons), buttons were made this way. In fact, it was the main industry of the town of Dorset (England) in the mid-1800’s, thus the name. They are a lot of fun and offer a lot of opportunity for creativity and personalization.

In class we will do a “death head” button (common on 18th Century men’s garments), a the straight-forward “Singleton” button, and move onto the various “Crosswheel” buttons. Finally, we will make a Victorian Flag Button, which is done on a wooden form. These buttons are particularly useful for those who knit sweaters as you can make the size and colors you wish, and they are relatively lightweight. Mostly they are a lot of fun and very amusing! 

Please bring small embroidery scissors to class and $7 kit fee to pay directly to instructor. It will include materials to make at least 6 separate buttons. 

 


Plants as Dye, Winter Medicine, & Gifts

Instructors: Marja Eloheimo
Dates: December 2
Times: 9:30-4:30
Cost: $155
Registration Closes: Nov 28
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Ages Welcome: 12 +

Class Description: In addition to learning basic dye techniques using plants, we will create samples to record our color experiments with five medicinal food plants that support our respiratory system in winter. We will also create three jars of “fire cider” and three jars of aromatic bath salts, all of which would make wonderful holiday gifts. We will learn about the plants we use –– modifying each to create a total of 15 colors on both yarn and fabric –– and discuss how food, medicine, and dye plants intersect. Participants will leave the class prepared to continue dyeing with plants as well as to explore how medicinal food plants can support our health during cold and flu season. We can share the gifts of plants, dyes, and medicine for the holidays!     

NOTE: This class is held at Marja’s studio.  The address is 1840 Bigelow Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506

 


Make a Krenov-Style Smoothing Plane and Block Plane

Instructor: Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: December 5, 6, & 7
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $256
Registration Closes: Nov 28
No. of Students: Min. 2, Max. 6
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

Class Description: In this class we will make two wooden Krenov-style hand planes and learn about (and practice!) the use of each. We will outfit our planes with new Hock blades, and cover sharpening with water stones. Students will leave with an understanding of plane and blade geometry and know how to sharpen both straight and cambered blades. We will use the jointer, planer, bandsaw, drill press, and hand-tools, to make our planes.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.

 


Play with Clay: Tiny Porcelain Animals

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: Dec 7 & 14
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: Dec 4
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

Inspired by a PWC student, we’ll be making tiny porcelain animals.  We’ll insert a piece of high fire wire making these perfect for a decoration or gift as an ornament or pendent.
On the first and fourth Friday of each month from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

 


 

Basic Woodturning

 

Instructor:  Larry Miller
Date:  December 8 –  2018 Dates
January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14 – 2019 Dates (each a separate class)
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm Full day workshop
Cost: 
 : $155
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: None needed, may bring turning tools and safety gear or use instructors
Ages Welcome: 13+

Class Description: Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing.  This is a hands on class where students will turn either a wooden carving mallet, a spurtle (wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths), or a garden dibble (helps plant bulbs, seeds, or transplants at the proper depth) in the morning and a small bowl in the afternoon, both of which they’ll take home after the class. For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide them with a catalog and go over different lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment at reduced costs .

NOTE: this class takes place at Larry’s shop, not at Arbutus.  Location: 4621 John Luhr Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516 (map: https://goo.gl/maps/PV7wC


Weaving a Rag Rug

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: December 8 & 9
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$206
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students will bring  CLEAN, freshly laundered, unwrinkled clothing to be cut into strips for weaving–please see class description for further guidance, sharp scissors, Rotary cutter and cutting mat if available, lunch/snacks/drinks, cushion to sit on loom benches

Class Description: One of the most useful and historically the most common ways of recycling used clothing is to weave rag rugs with it. Sturdy rugs to cover our floors and decorate our homes. This class is designed so that students can recycle some of the clothing they haven’t quite been able to give away. Day one will have us preparing for weaving on Day two. We’ll cut our “saved” clothing into strips, roll them into balls and get ourselves ready to weave our rag rugs. Students will bring CLEAN, freshly laundered and unwrinkled clothes, ready to be cut up. These can be blue jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, shirts, pajamas, etc. They just need to be ALL the same kind of fabric. If using jeans, it all has to be jean-type cloth. If using finer cloth (like shirt/blouse/dress fabric), it all has to be finer cloth. The same with T-shirts. It all has to be T-shirt type cloth. How much?? Pants–4-5, Shirts–7-10. Day two will be dedicated to weaving our fabulous rag rugs.

 


Natural Hand-Dyed Gifts – Global Colors

Instructors: Marja Eloheimo
Dates: December 15 & 16
Times: 9:30-4:30
Cost: $235
Registration Closes: Dec 12
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Ages Welcome: 12 +

Class Description: Would you like to hand-dye bright, colorful gifts for the holidays? In addition to learning basic dye techniques using vibrant global dye plants, we will create two eco-printed silk scarves, two mini-skeins of yarn, two small gift bags, and a set of four dyed and painted greeting cards for future personalizing. We will learn about the four classic dye plants we use, modify each as appropriate to create additional colors, and create both yarn and fabric samples to record our color experiments. Participants will leave the class with unique, hand-dyed gifts and greeting cards, along with the skills to continue natural plant dyeing with family and friends over the holidays. What fun!  

NOTE: This class is held at Marja’s studio.  The address is 1840 Bigelow Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506

 


 Embroidery Circle

Arbutus is hosting an “Embroidery Circle” for those who want to meet up with other stitchers in the community.  We meet on a Sunday each month for 2 hours, from 10:30am – 12:30pm. If you have questions, need guidance, or just want to come share – this is the group for you!  All levels of experience are welcomed!  While the group will have a knowledgeable “guide,” we will all learn from each other!  Bring in your ideas and projects: let’s talk Embroidery!!  There is a minimal charge of $5 for each session to help with Arbutus overhead. Upcoming dates:

December 16
January 20
February 17

Drop-ins are welcomed as space allows. However, we strongly recommend registering in advance: if there are no advance registrations, that month will be cancelled.  Also, space is guaranteed for those who register in advance.

 


Shaker Boxes

Instructor:  Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: December 18 & 19
Time:  6-9 pm
Cost: 
 : $99
Registration closes: 2 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 2, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: 16 and up

Class Description: In this class students will make their own bent wood Shaker box. Each  student will be provided with pre-milled material, from there we will go through the heating and bending process, riveting with copper tacks, and making and fitting the tops and bottoms with pegs. We wont apply finishes in this class, but examples of different finishes will be shown and discussed. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

 


Play with Clay: Mug & Spoon

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: Jan 4 & 18
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: Jan 2
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

Let’s create a mug, perfect for our favorite warm beverage.  We’ll make a spoon to go with it! Each month on the first & fourth Friday from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

 


Play with Yarn

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: Jan 4
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $57 (includes frame loom & yarn!)
Registration Closes: Jan 2
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Join us for a fun evening of weaving and yarn play. In this class, youll learn all the basics you need to create one of a kind woven wall hangings. Well start with the basics: warping a frame loom, starting out with weaving, and planning out your design. There will be demos for ways to accomplish interesting shapes and textures, ways of getting experimental, as well as techniques for finishing and displaying your finished piece. Yarn will be provided, and well have a discussion about different yarns and how they behave when woven. The simple frame loom is yours to keep and use again!  

On the first Friday of each month from 6 pm -9 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 3 hour Play with Yarn class. This class is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

 


Next Step: Beyond “Continuing” – Crewelwork Sewing Bag

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: Sundays, Jan 6, Feb 3
Times: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $56
Registration Closes: Jan 2
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Provided by Student: Please bring an embroidery hoop, scissors, & any necessary stitching supplies. Kit Fee (to instructor):  TBD

Class Description: You have learned a number of embroidery stitches: Now What?!! This class is designed for those students that have been through the Beginning and Continuing Embroidery classes. We will put all those stitches into use in a single design that uses much of what you have learned. This exercise will further explore the variety of uses for each stitch and give you experience interpreting a design in many different ways. Just to make it interesting, we WILL throw in a few new stitches, as well! 

 


Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday eves Jan 8 – Feb 19
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $283
Registration Closes: Jan 5
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: Make some awesome art for your favorite person! Or a stepping stone for your garden! Everyone that takes this class makes something awesome! In this class students will create an 18″ x 18″ image using their own handmade ceramic tiles. They will learn the complete process of making art tiles that I use for my large projects. We will explore how our use of line, size, texture and surface designs work to create visually interesting tile art and will learn the correct timing and organization for applying the techniques to clay. Alongside learning shape and color composition, multiple glazing & underglazing techniques, slab rolling, and grouting, students will also learn how to kiln fire tiles to achieve minimal warping. This is a great class for beginners and advanced ceramic students alike! The projects in this class make great hanging art pieces or stepping stones. If you have other ideas for using your finished piece, the instructor encourages you to come to class with those and he will work with you to achieve your idea in the given time frame of the class.

Thanks and hope to see you there! Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/600+T+St+SE,+Tumwater,+WA+98501/@46.9962712,-122.8993078,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5491738a63b7a1ed:0x1941891c48901dc0!8m2!3d46.9962712!4d-122.8971191

 


Foundations of Artisan Woodworking for Women

Instructor:  Maddie Morgan
Date: Tues and Thur Nights, Jan 8 – Feb 21 (skips Valentine’s Day)
Time:  6-9 pm
Cost: 
$472
Registration closes: 2 days before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students are encouraged to bring their own tuned and sharpened hand tools, specifically: chisels, mallets and hand planes.  If you do not have tools, the school has some available to share.

Class Description: There is something deeply satisfying to most of us about craftsman-created things that are made from wood. Whether they be as modest as a serving spoon carved from Maple or as elegant as a Queen Anne table fashioned from Mahogany, the delight we feel in them is tangible and grows immeasurably when the spoon or the table is something we have created with our own hands. This comprehensive course will provide the novice or those with only modest experience an opportunity to begin practicing the skills that generations of artisan woodworkers have employed to make beautiful and useful things. From instruction in sharpening and hand tool set-up, through project conceptualization and planning, timber selection, wood milling, joinery and fabrication, and finally to the application of a variety of wood finishes, the course will equip you with both the confidence and the fundamental skills necessary to begin shaping timber to a handsome purpose.

Completing the project on schedule will require either working from home or in the open studio time. If you do not have tools and workspace at home to work on your project, we strongly recommend taking advantage of the open studio option.

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Wednesday evenings, Jan 9 – Feb 13
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $280
Registration Closes: Jan 7
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Class Description: I believe that throwing clay on a potter’s wheel is a beautiful practical science rather than an art. I also believe that pottery is a moving meditation with creative and functional benefits.  Please join me to explore these ideas on the wheel!  In this beginner through advanced pottery class, my aim is to help each student understand and master the physics of clay on the wheel.  Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies.  Each student will develop and strengthen their ability to center and throw clay in the 1-3 pound range. We will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. I am sure you will complete this class with your best ceramic work and artistic mindset.

 


Ceramics Handbuilding: Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: Thursday nights, Jan 10 – Feb 21 (skips Valentine’s Day)
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $281
Registration Closes: 2 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8

Class Description: Learn the basics of clay handbuilding and clay sculpture by making a clay sculpture or functional pottery for your home! This class is great for people who are new to clay or anyone who wants more experience with handbuilding. Students will learn the three basic handbuilding techniques of coil, slab and pinching while making one to several pieces depending on their size and complexity. The class will include demos of basic techniques, idea development and workshopping challenges as they arise. Students are not restricted to the instructor’s project; all handbuilding ideas are welcome and students can come with project ideas and work with the instructor to achieve them in the given time frame of the class. 

 


Youth Pottery: Ages 9 – 16

Instructor: Meghan Hopkins
Dates: Friday afternoons: Jan/Feb class, Jan 11- Feb 15
or Feb/Mar class, Feb 22 – Mar 29,
or Apr/May Class, Apr 19 – May 24
Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $197
Registration Closes: 2 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 6

Class Description: This class is intended to introduce the beginner to basics of clay work and to allow the more experienced student to practice both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. With a primary focus on vessels, there is a lot of room for creativity. Mindfulness exercises will be incorporated into the instruction. Students must be able to follow complex directions and focus on their work. Ages 9 to 16 years old.

 


Make a Wooden Stool

Instructor: Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: January 12 & 13
Times: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $294
Registration Closes: January 5
No. of Students: Min. 2, Max. 4
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

Class Description: In this class we will make rustic stools using hand tools. Students will rely on the drawknife for the shaping of the seat and the legs, rounding planes to make their tenons, and drills and reamers to make their mortises. Much of the class will be spent on the shaving horse! By the end of class students will have glued up their stools and can take them home to finish, or enroll in the class: “Finishing with Milk Paint” in early March, which is offered with this stool in mind. 

 


Metalsmithing: The Classical Loop-in-Loop Chain

Instructor: Pamela Davis
Dates: January 12 & 19
Times: Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $211
Registration Closes: December 31
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Loop-in-Loop Chain making is an ancient technique that spans many cultures and countries. Considering the complexity and beauty of the product, the process is surprisingly simple. But like anything simple and handmade, time and technique come into play.
In this class you will learn basic metalsmithing techniques using fine silver. During our first session you will create jump rings and then fuse them using a mini torch. We will then cover shaping and weaving the pieces together. Between the first and second session you will take your jump rings home with the necessary tools to finish the weaving process. Depending on your ambition you will return for the second session with your bracelet or necklace. During the second session you will refine the piece by annealing it and stretching it through a drawplate. The last step is creating a clasp that will ensure you will walk away wearing a beautiful piece of art you have made! The techniques covered in this class include cold forming metal wire, fusing fine silver with a torch, silver soldering, & basic fine metal hammering techniques.  

The class fee will equip the students with the materials you need to create a fine silver chain bracelet or necklace in addition to many of the tools necessary to pursue further projects on your own. The instructor will provide you with sources for additional supplies and tools if you wish to develop your own home practice. 

 


Shaker Boxes

Instructor:  Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: January 19 & 20
Time:  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: 
 : $99
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 2, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: 16 and up

Class Description: In this class students will make their own bent wood Shaker box. Each  student will be provided with pre-milled material, from there we will go through the heating and bending process, riveting with copper tacks, and making and fitting the tops and bottoms with pegs. We wont apply finishes in this class, but examples of different finishes will be shown and discussed. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

 


Wheel Throwing: Try It – See if You Like It!

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Date: January 20
Times: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $46
Registration Closes: Wednesday before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.

 


Make a Krenov-Style Smoothing Plane and Block Plane

Instructor: Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: January 26 & 27
Times: Saturday 9 am – noon, Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $256
Registration Closes: January 19
No. of Students: Min. 2, Max. 6
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

Class Description: In this class we will make two wooden Krenov-style hand planes and learn about (and practice!) the use of each. We will outfit our planes with new Hock blades, and cover sharpening with water stones. Students will leave with an understanding of plane and blade geometry and know how to sharpen both straight and cambered blades. We will use the jointer, planer, bandsaw, drill press, and hand-tools, to make our planes.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.

 


Make a Wooden Stool

Instructor: Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: February 2 & 3
Times: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $294
Registration Closes: January 26
No. of Students: Min. 2, Max. 4
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

Class Description: In this class we will make rustic stools using hand tools. Students will rely on the drawknife for the shaping of the seat and the legs, rounding planes to make their tenons, and drills and reamers to make their mortises. Much of the class will be spent on the shaving horse! By the end of class students will have glued up their stools and can take them home to finish, or enroll in the class: “Finishing with Milk Paint” in early March, which is offered with this stool in mind. 

 


Warp a Floor Loom; Weave a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: Feb 9 & 10
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Sock yarn-Look for yarn that is around 420m/100g or 460 yds/3.5 oz. This weight yarn may also be called fingering weight or sport weight. You will need a total of 800 yards— 400 yards for the warp and slightly less than that for the weft. Choose a solid and a multi-colored or two different colored solids or all one color. This yarn is readily available at local yarn stores. ***Important–Do not bring any other type of yarn for this project. You may also want to bring along:  lunch/snacks/drinks, pillow for the loom bench, pocket folder or notebook, page protector sheets, scissors, pencil/pen, tape measure.

Class Description: In this fast-paced 2-day class, students will learn how floor looms are set up and discover the wonder of creating their own cloth. The instructor will guide students through all the basic steps of weaving from preparing a warp and dressing a loom to reading a weaving draft and finally, weaving their scarf. Students will purchase yarn as directed in the supplies list and leave class with a woven scarf. (Final finishing of the scarf will be done at home.)

This is a great opportunity to make something for your sweetie, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 


Wheel Throwing: Try It – See if You Like It!

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Date: February 17
Times: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $46
Registration Closes: Wednesday before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.

 


Intro to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: March 2 & 3
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors, and note-taking supplies, cushion to sit on benches

Class Description: In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using both stick and boat shuttles on pre-warped looms. They will also learn the parts of a loom and how they work, weaving language, how to read weaving drafts, wind a bobbin and stick shuttle, throw a shuttle, maintain an even weaving beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects. Students will take home a minimum of 4 completed handwoven pieces.

 


Weaving a Rag Rug

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: April 6 & 7
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$206
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students will bring  CLEAN, freshly laundered, unwrinkled clothing to be cut into strips for weaving–please see class description for further guidance, sharp scissors, Rotary cutter and cutting mat if available, lunch/snacks/drinks, cushion to sit on loom benches

Class Description: One of the most useful and historically the most common ways of recycling used clothing is to weave rag rugs with it. Sturdy rugs to cover our floors and decorate our homes. This class is designed so that students can recycle some of the clothing they haven’t quite been able to give away. Day one will have us preparing for weaving on Day two. We’ll cut our “saved” clothing into strips, roll them into balls and get ourselves ready to weave our rag rugs. Students will bring CLEAN, freshly laundered and unwrinkled clothes, ready to be cut up. These can be blue jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, shirts, pajamas, etc. They just need to be ALL the same kind of fabric. If using jeans, it all has to be jean-type cloth. If using finer cloth (like shirt/blouse/dress fabric), it all has to be finer cloth. The same with T-shirts. It all has to be T-shirt type cloth. How much?? Pants–4-5, Shirts–7-10. Day two will be dedicated to weaving our fabulous rag rugs.

 


Intro to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: May 4 & 5
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors, and note-taking supplies, cushion to sit on benches

Class Description: In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using both stick and boat shuttles on pre-warped looms. They will also learn the parts of a loom and how they work, weaving language, how to read weaving drafts, wind a bobbin and stick shuttle, throw a shuttle, maintain an even weaving beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects. Students will take home a minimum of 4 completed handwoven pieces.


Intro to Stonecarving

Instructor: Keith Phillips
Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25
Times: 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: $250
Registration Closes: 2 weeks before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 5
Age: 18 and older

Class Description: Tenino is the home of three sandstone quarries which have been a vital source of industry and craft for over a century. This industry centered on architectural structural stone which included artistic, carved ornamentation.  Many historically significant buildings and sculptures on the west coast, are carved of Tenino sandstone, including the Old courthouse across from the capitol as well as the old Federal building in Olympia, WA. Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition – this class is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the masters. 

For those who are interested in working with Tenino sandstone we offer a 4-day workshop that covers the basics of carving with mallet and chisel. Students are encouraged to design their own project for a 12”x8” block of Tenino sandstone and may include letter carving or decorative relief. Students, as beginners, should start with plain and simple uncomplicated bas-relief designs. This class also includes a field trip to the Hercules #1 Quarry and the Tenino Depot Museum. The workshop will take place on 4 consecutive Saturdays from 10am – 2 pm at the Shed in downtown Tenino. Bring comfortable shoes and, depending on the season, dress for possibly cold weather as the Shed is an unheated workshop with large open doors. Safety equipment is provided. Street parking and nearby restrooms are available. This class is instructed by Tenino Stone Carver Keith Phillips. 

Class takes place at the carving shed in Tenino, 12 miles south of Olympia. Address is 147 Olympia St N, Tenino, WA 98589. Link to Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/PGz7eMSa8xt  Link to information about Tenino’s stonecarving history: http://www.historylink.org/File/10991 

 


Youth Craft Class

Instructor: Hilary Morris
Dates: Thursday afternoons; Winter Sessions TBD
Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $225
Registration Closes: 4 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Ages 8-12

Class Description: Arbutus Folk School is delighted to continue offering our youth class! Hilary Morris will teach a variety of skills such as pottery, bookbinding, leather work, felting, paper crafts and more! Six-week sessions allow the opportunity to create within several mediums, with at least 5 take home projects. Students are encouraged to return for future sessions to create more! Ages 8-12 are welcome; we look forward to sharing these beautiful handcrafts with our young community!

 


Continuing Embroidery

 

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: TBD
Times: 1-3 pm
Cost: $84
Registration Closes: November 15
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Provided by Student: 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. Kit fee (to instructor) is $8.00. You may purchase a good quality 5″ embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, if you wish.

Class Description: This class is for those of you that have at least some embroidery experience and want to (a) add some new stitches to your knowledge and/or (b) brush up on the ones you know.  We will do a quick review of stem stitch, french knots, fly stitch, blanket stitch, and any you feel you would like to review. We will quickly move to additional stitches including the coral stitch, cretan stitch, herringbone, and whipped spider stitch.  In addition, we will begin discussion and practice on Satin Stitch (and Long-and-short, time allowing).  While this stitch strikes fear into many embroiderers, I have many tips and techniques that will get you on the road to success!  And there is no substitute for practice, so get started now! 

With this group of stitches, you can tackle just about embroidery project out there!  During class we will try and talk about different aspects of embroidery – threads, needles, designs, fabrics, and transfer techniques. I’m here to teach and you will be encouraged to tell me what you want to learn.  

Bring to class: 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. Kit fee (to instructor) is $8.00. You may purchase a good quality 5″ embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, if you wish.

 


Open Ceramics Studio – Handbuilding

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: Monday evenings, except every 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $18 per night
Registration: Drop-ins welcome
No. of Students: Max. 5

Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for hand building techniques only; our wheels are reserved for students currently enrolled in wheel throwing classes at Arbutus Folk School. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $10- $13 per 25 lb bag
Firing  – See chart
Glazes included in firing fee

Students currently enrolled in classes pay only for open studio time and do not need to pay additional fees for glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.