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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 


 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.

 


Cooking Color and Shades of Summer

 
Instructor: Marja Eloheimo
Dates: July 5 & 19
Times: 5-9 pm
Cost: $120
Registration Closes: June 30
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: In this two-part series, we will learn basic dye techniques and create color on wool yarn using foods we find in our kitchens (first session) and summer flowers, both wild and cultivated (second session). We will learn about the plants we use – a total of 10 – and take home a descriptive profile for each, along with samples of the yarn we have both dyed and modified to create a total of 30 unique, hand-made color samples. We will also explore options for creating an individualized dye sample book. Participants will leave the series prepared to continue developing their dye practice at home.Ages 8 and up welcome.

Please note class takes place at instructor’s home studio: 1840 Bigelow Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506

 


Play with Clay – Salt & Pepper Cellars and Olive Dish

 
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: July 6 & 20
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: May 31
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Description: Based on Nicole’s Tavola Di Mama line, we’ll create a set of individual salt and pepper cellars and olive dishes.

The first and third Friday evenings 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.

 


Wheel Throwing in Three Days

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: July 10, 17, & 24
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $162
Registration Closes: July 8
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: This quick 3-day class offers those new to wheel throwing the opportunity to experience centering and throwing on a wheel, trimming their thrown pots, and glazing techniques. Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies. Each student will center and throw clay, 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. Experienced students are also welcome to register but instruction will focus on basic beginner techniques.

 


Exploring Kiln Fired Glass

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: July 11, 18, & 25, Wednesday eves
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $145
Registration Closes: July 8
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 10
What to Bring: Several empty glass bottles
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Glass is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile human created materials. It surrounds us, protects us and we use for nearly everything in our daily lives.
But what is it? A solid? A liquid? Is it melting? What is it made out of?
This class will work on discovering some of those things as we use it creatively.
In this class we will:

-Make glass from sand.
-Cut and melt glass bottles.
-Cut and work with Bullseye sheet glass to create colorful artwork.

Please bring several empty bottles on the first day and get ready to explore.

 


Ceramic Handbuilding – Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: July 12 to August 16, Thursday eves
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $271
Registration Closes: 3 days before class starts
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Materials Provided by Student: None

Class Description: Learn the basics of clay handbuilding and clay sculpture by making a life like “trompe d’oeil’ sculpture! 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.

 


Basic Woodturning

 

Instructor:  Larry Miller
Date: July 14, October 13, November 10, December 8
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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

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


Wool Fiber Preparation Workshop

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: July 14 or September 2 (each a separate workshop)
Times: 12:30-3:30 pm
Cost: $55
Registration Closes: 4 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Curiosity!

Class Description: Join us for an afternoon of wool.  Come learn how to use hand cards, a drum carder, and wool combs — and learn how each preparation can create a different kind of yarn!  We’ll start by visiting with a local sheep shearer, talk a little bit about the washing process, and then work with different tools for carding, combing, and blending fiber.  We’ll also talk about different animal fibers and breeds, and what to look for in a good fleece.

Whether you’re a budding spinner trying your hand at your own fleece preparation, or a knitter curious about how that sheep’s coat becomes the yarn you’re used to, you’ll have the opportunity for hands on learning in this workshop.  At the end of the class, you’ll be able to take home prepared fiber that you can use for spinning or needle felting, or simply admiring.  Bring your curiosity and your fiber knowledge — my goal is to cultivate a community where we can all learn from each other!


Kurinuki Cup Carving

Instructor: Melissa Weiss
Dates: July 22 & August 5
Times: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm & 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $114
Registration Closes: July 18
No. of Students: Min. 10, Max 20
Skill Level: All levels
Materials Provided by Student: None

Class Description: Interested in carving a cup out of a solid shape of clay? Participants can expect a relaxed and collaborative environment with one on one instruction and support. Perfect for first time potters and suited for professionals looking to reconnect with their craft. Students will carve 2 cups out of a solid shape of clay. This is strictly a handbuilding class and participants can expect to get dirty and have fun. You will walk away with 2 finished and functional handmade cups.

Ages 13 and up.

 


 

 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:

July 22
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 11
December 16

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.


Youth Ceramics with Sarah

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: Each date is a separate class, pick one:
Friday 7/27 6-8 pm
Saturday 7/28 10-12 pm
Friday 8/17 1-3 pm -or-
Saturday 8/18 10-12 pm
Cost: $53 (includes clay, firing and glazes for all attendees)
Registration Closes: One day before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max 6
Skill Level: All levels
Materials Provided by Student: None
Class Description:  This class is designed for 1-2 children with an adult (perhaps a grandparent?) to explore handbuilding with clay together.  In this session children and their adult can play with clay after a short demo of suggested projects.  Pieces will be glazed by the instructor and available for pick up about 2 weeks later during open studio or office hours and when classes are in session. Children can expect to make 1-3 projects within the 2 hour session. The instructor will demo an ornament, pinch pot or tray, however, original ideas are welcome. Participants can work with the instructor to choose an appropriate sized project. Space is limited, please register all attendees. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 


Build a Small Wooden Row Boat

Instructor:  Benjamin Kahn
Dates: July 28 through Aug 5
Time: 9am-5pm daily for 9 days (72 hrs of class time)
Cost: $864
Registration closes: July 14
No. of Students:
min. 4, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

Class Description: Wooden boats have been created throughout human history and have made possible the migration of humans and the transport of goods throughout the world.  There are time tested techniques used to create boats that have been passed down through the ages.  In modern times these skills are lost in a world that has sadly moved on to other mediums for boat construction but wood is the only boatbuilding material that is a renewable resource.

This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of wooden boatbuilding while constructing a small traditionally planked rowboat.  Students will take information from the lofting (full sized plans) and start making parts of the boat.  Throughout the course there will be a variety of demonstrations helping the students prepare for the next step. Working together as a team will ensure the boat’s quality and completion by the last day of the course.

Skills acquired will also include basic hand tool use/maintenance, pattern making, understanding boat plans and contemplating design.  No experience is necessary but students must be prepared to work diligently to improve hand skills and develop an eye for craftsmanship.

The class will collaborate to build one small rowboat.  The boat may be purchased in advance for the cost of materials, estimated at $950, or it will be for sale to the public after the class for $3,500.

 


Play with Clay – Indoor Planters

 
Instructor: Joelle Montez
Dates: August 3 & 17
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: August 1
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Description: As the weather cools down, bring your favorite plant inside with a handmade planter and glazed saucer to catch water.

The first and third Friday evenings 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.

 


Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday evenings, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $199
Registration Closes: August 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! The intention of this class is to create a 4-week class where students can learn the basics of tile making and complete the class with their own art piece. Please bring an 8.5 by 11 drawing of what you would like to make. The first week, we will work on design elements and details, image transfer and cutting wet clay. The second week we will smooth, texture and prepare our tiles for a bisque fire in the kiln. The third week, we will organize our tiles for the glazing process where we will use underglaze to achieve the colors we want to see. We will also prepare our tiles for the final firing in the kiln. The fourth week, we will complete our tile artwork by adhering the tile image on a board or concrete and use grout to complete our process.

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

 


Wheel Throwing in Three Days

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: August 8, 15, 22 (Wednesday eves)
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $162
Registration Closes: August 6
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: This quick 3-day class offers those new to wheel throwing the opportunity to experience centering and throwing on a wheel, trimming their thrown pots, and glazing techniques. Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies. Each student will center and throw clay, 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. Experienced students are also welcome to register but instruction will focus on basic beginner techniques.


Spinning from the Beginning

 

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Wednesday eves, August 8, 15, 22, 29
Cost: $130
Registration Closes: August 5
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Drop Spindle

Class Description: Whether you’d like to learn spinning basics for that wheel you found, or you’d like to spin on the go with a portable spindle, Spinning from the Beginning will introduce you to the basic techniques of spinning fiber.  We will learn on drop spindles; the skills you develop will carry you from spindle to wheel and back again.  If you already have a spindle, bring it!  If not, please purchase a spindle prior to class.  We recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  A good beginning spindle needn’t cost more than $15 – $20.

In addition to spinning, we will explore types of fiber and preparations, and welcome guests from the Olympia fiber community.  As a participant, you will take home fiber each week to practice between classes.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber resources in our area, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals.

*Please note: Spinning from the Beginning is a prerequisite for The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel.


Local and Global Color

Instructor:  Marja Eloheimo
Date:  August 9 & 23
Time:  5-9 pm
Cost: 
$130
Registration closes: one week before class
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max 10
Skill level: 
Beginner

Class Description: In this two-part series, we will learn basic dye techniques and create color on wool yarn using local native and wild plants (first session) and classic dye materials from around world (second session). In the first session, our specific dye plants will be determined by harvest conditions. In the second session, will create brilliant colors using logwood from Central America to create dark blue/purple; Brazilwood from SE Asia to create pink/purple; Osage orange from the south-central US to create golden yellow; and cochineal – an insect from Mexico – to create brilliant magenta. We will learn about the dye sources -– about 10 altogether – and take home a descriptive profile for each, along with samples of the yarn we have both dyed and modified to create a total of more than 25 unique, hand-made color samples. We will also explore options for developing an individualized dye sample book. Participants will leave the series prepared to continue their dye practice at home.

Ages 8 and up welcome.

Please note class takes place at instructor’s home studio: 1840 Bigelow Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506

 


Plants as Dye and Medicine

Instructor:  Marja Eloheimo
Date:  August 11
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
$130
Registration closes: one week before class
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max 10
Skill
level:  Beginner

Class Description: In this full-day workshop, we will learn basic dye techniques using medicinal plants as well as begin to explore simple, kitchen-based medicine-making. Specifically, we will create color on multiple fibers as well as make a simple medicinal application. We will learn about the plants themselves, take home a descriptive profile for each; and explore options for creating a medicinal dye sample book as well as for continuing to learn about plants as medicine. Participants will leave the workshop prepared to continue developing their dye and medicine-making practices at home.

Ages 12 and up welcome.

 


Metalsmithing: The Classical Loop-in-Loop Chain

Instructor: Pamela Davis
Dates: August 12 & 19
Times: 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: $184
Registration Closes: August 2
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max 7
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: None

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 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 you with the materials you need to create a fine silver chain bracelet or necklace in addition to a few 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.

 


From Design to Print: Letterpress Posters to Get Out the Vote

 
Instructor: Jami Heinricher
Dates: August 14, 21, 28, & Sept 4
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $234
Registration Closes: August 7
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 4
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: Democracy thrives when more people vote. Let’s come together and use our creativity to inspire people to the polls!
We’ll use the tried and true tools of persuasion: great ideas and design, good old-fashioned printing presses, paper and ink! Come join us for a four-week class to use the methods and materials of letterpress printing to create unique GET-OUT-THE-VOTE POSTERS.
We will begin with a discussion of audience, message, and effective tactics for spreading ideas with impact. We will talk about how to break down political barriers with messages that cross the divide and reawaken a belief in voting and citizenship. We will ask ourselves if shaming and ‘othering’ are effective in progressive and right-wing movements. We’ll then be set free to act upon our personal instincts to create the posters we want to see in the world.
Then we will move on to the practical matters behind creating those posters. We will use hand-set metal and wood type, linoleum blocks, photopolymer plates, or a hybrid of all of these. You will be guided through the process of creating the layouts which you will print on one of our two poster-worthy presses: our new Vandercook 4 proof press, or our huge Reynolds Print-a-Sign press.
Each student will leave this class with a stack of 25 or more posters with the agreement to spread them around. An open studio will be offered each week to help students complete their posters or make more of them.

NOTE: this class takes place at The Sherwood Press on Olympia’s westside – 1014 6th Avenue SW

Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/1014+6th+Ave+SW,+Olympia,+WA+98502

About the Sherwood Press and Wind Eye Handmade Paper: https://thesherwoodpress.wordpress.com/

 


Foundations of Artisan Woodworking

Instructor:  Maddie Morgan
Dates:  Tuesday & Thursday eves with open shop Wednesday eves, Sept 11 – Oct 18
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$592
Registration closes: 3 days before 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 handtools, specifically: chisels, mallets and handplanes.  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.

 


Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday evenings, Sept 11 through Oct 16
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $283
Registration Closes: September 9
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

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Thursday eves Sept 13 – Oct 18
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $280
Registration Closes: Sept 11
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.

 


Wool Felt Boots

Instructors: Peter Yencken
Dates: September 14, 15, & 16
Times: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-3pm
Cost: $210 plus $35 to give to instructor on 1st day of class
Registration Closes: Sept 1
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Class Description: Wool is the most amazing fiber!  Using only water and soap processing, it can be spun into yarn for knitting or the roving can be used for felting. In this class we will use roving and hot soapy water and add friction to create felt boots. This the wet felting method using a resist. These boots are made to fit perfectly to your own feet. We will put a sole on them if you want to use them outside. They are great for winter use inside and outside.

Please bring $35 at the start of class to pay the instructor for materials.

 


Bow Making

Instructors: Peter Yencken
Dates: September 15, & 16
Times: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm
Cost: $168 plus $30 to give to instructor on 1st day of class
Registration Closes: Sept 1
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Class Description: Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices. You will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. By Sunday, the bow will be ready to shoot. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method. You will leave the class with a finished bow, one arrow, and enough understanding to be able to build a bow on your own.

Please bring $30 at the start of class to pay the instructor for materials.

 


Arrow Making

Instructors: Peter Yencken
Dates: September 16
Times: 9am-5pm
Cost: $105 plus $20 to give to instructor on 1st day of class
Registration Closes: Sept 1
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Class Description: In this class, students will make arrows in the traditional British method using hand-tied feathers and a variety of shaft materials ranging from a $1 dollar poplar dowel from Lowe’s to $4 Port Orford cedar shaft.  We will use both purchased archery feathers which students will cut by hand and full turkey feathers which students will strip and cut. Students can make up to 5 arrows in the day.

Please bring $20 to pay to instructor at beginning of class.

 


Warp a Floor Loom; Weave a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: September 22 & 23
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.)

 


Spinning from the Beginning

 

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Tuesday evenings, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: 5:30-7:30
Cost: $130
Registration Closes: September 31
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Drop Spindle

Class Description: Whether you’d like to learn spinning basics for that wheel you found, or you’d like to spin on the go with a portable spindle, Spinning from the Beginning will introduce you to the basic techniques of spinning fiber.  We will learn on drop spindles; the skills you develop will carry you from spindle to wheel and back again.  If you already have a spindle, bring it!  If not, please purchase a spindle prior to class.  We recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  A good beginning spindle needn’t cost more than $15 – $20.

In addition to spinning, we will explore types of fiber and preparations, and welcome guests from the Olympia fiber community.  As a participant, you will take home fiber each week to practice between classes.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber resources in our area, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals.

*Please note: Spinning from the Beginning is a prerequisite for The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel.

 


COMING SOON!

 

Small Wooden Boxes

 

Instructor: Maddie Morgan & Eric Cannizzaro
Registration Closes: May 13
No. of Students: Min. 4, max 8
Skill level: Some woodworking experience helpful but not required
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. Bring $10 – $50 to first class depending on lumber choice.

Class Description: Most of us can easily imagine both the challenge and reward that comes from making sophisticated, large-scale pieces of furniture. But the series of steps involved in the design, fabrication, and finishing, not to mention the considerable commitment of time required, makes the prospect very daunting indeed. Even professional furniture makers aren’t immune to an occasional reluctance to engage in projects like that. Which is precisely why we so often enjoy setting those things aside for a bit just to have some fun making things that are small and simple and quick.
This hands-on, 5 week/10 session class, will give students an opportunity to do exactly that. You’ll learn to make precisely fitted and imaginatively finished small boxes that, despite their size and relative simplicity, will be as elegant and sophisticated as any larger piece of furniture. Students can expect to finish 1 to 2 boxes. They will choose between layered milk paints, or shellac for their final finish.
Finishing materials are covered by the cost of class but students will pay instructor on the first day of class for lumber. There will be a selection to choose from; the less expensive option being poplar for $10 and a higher end option of either mahogany or cherry ranging from $35 to $50. Please be prepared to pay by check or credit card. Students who wish to make a second box can pay for additional material during class.