Current Classes

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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    – $9 – $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.


Fall Youth Craft Class

Instructors: Hilary Morris
Dates: Nov 2, (skip 9th due to Arbutus event), 16, (skip 23 for Thanksgiving) 30, Dec 7, 14
Times: 3:30-5:30 pm
Cost: $165
Registration Closes: Sat. Oct 28
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 10
Age Group: 8 – 12

Class Description: Arbutus Folk School is excited to offer a new fall youth class! Hilary Morris and Diane Murphy will teach a variety of skills including leather work, felting, weaving, ceramics, bookbinding and more! Six-week sessions allow students 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 to 12 are welcome; we look forward to sharing these beautiful handcrafts with a younger community!

NOTE: THIS CLASS TAKES PLACE MOST THURSDAYS BUT WILL MISS 11/9 DUE TO AN EVENT AT ARBUTUS, AS WELL AS 11/23 FOR THANKSGIVING. THIS IS A SHORTER SESSION THAT WILL MEET 5 TIMES INSTEAD OF 6 AND THEREFORE HAS A LOWER FEE.

 


Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Millerlarry-miller
Date:    2017 dates- each is a separate class Saturdays:   December 9
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 a wooden carving mallet and a small bowl, 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 .The morning will be devoted to spindle turning during which students will make a wooden carving mallet.  Late morning and the afternoon will be devoted to making a small bowl.  All students should have completed both a mallet and bowl for them to take home.
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

 


 Intro to Blacksmithing

 

Instructor:  Kelly Rigg
Date:  Nov 18, Jan 13 (2018), Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 19, or June 23 (each a separate class)
Time:  10 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$150
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: 
Min. 6, Max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes and long pants

This is an introduction to blacksmithing 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.

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

Students must wear durable, close-toed shoes and long pants.  The class will have a 30 minute lunch break.  Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 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.

 


Zen and the Art of Sharpening

Instructor:  Joshua Cramer
Date:  November 19
Time:  12 – 4 pm
Cost: 
$53
Registration closes: Three days before class
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max. 12
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students may bring their own chisels and plane irons to sharpen, however, it is not required.


Class Description: 
The foundation of any good woodworking practice is having sharp tools and a sharp mind. In this introduction level class, artisan woodworker, Joshua Cramer, demonstrates how to rehabilitate old edged tools and fine-tune new ones to be razor sharp, using the traditional Japanese method of hand-sharpening with a waterstone. This immersive, tactile experience will not only ready your tools for the project ahead, but will hone your mind and body for the task at hand.

Topics covered will include various methods of sharpening, sharpening with power tools versus hand-sharpening, basic metallurgy, bevel angles (which angle is the right one for the job?), and Japanese philosophy and meditation in the act of sharpening. We will even be using a microscope to explore how sharpening methods affect out tools!

Chisels and plane irons will be covered in this four-hour class; students are encouraged to bring their own, but tools will be provided to those who need them.

 


Play with Clay – Tiny Porcelain Animals

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: December 1 & 15
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $40
Registration Closes: Nov. 30
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Join us for our December Play with Clay to create tiny porcelain animals! Your little animals are easily modified to become ornaments or pendants.
The first Friday of each month from 6-8 PM, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project but experienced students may design their own projects (working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline.) Students will glaze and fire their projects at a second meeting typically on the 3rd Friday of the month 6-8 PM. $40 class fee includes both meetings, clay, glaze and firing. Play with Clay is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase!

 


Wood Finishes

Instructor:  Maddie Morgan
Date:  December 2 & 3
Time:  1 – 5 pm
Cost: 
$111
Registration closes: November 29
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max 8
Skill level: 
Beginner

Class Description: 
A woodworking project isn’t finished until it’s finished, a simple truth but one that many woodworkers ignore.  Whether through fear or haste, the finish is often an afterthought.  But the application of a carefully chosen and skillfully applied finish is what can mean the difference between a piece that is merely pleasant and one that is elegant and beautiful.

This class is designed to remove some of the apparent mystery surrounding the application of wood finishes. Students will be introduced to a variety of both clear and colored finishes along with the tools and techniques for their proper application. The skills you learn are ones that have served artisan woodworkers for generations and they will truly take your work to another level of refinement.

 


Ceramic Art Tiles – The Quick Class!

 

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: December 6, 13, & 20
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $129
Registration Closes: Dec. 1
No. of Students: min. 4, max 10
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Materials Provided by Student: 
8.5″ x 11″ drawing for tile design

Class Description: Make some awesome art for your favorite person! The intention of this class is to create a 3-week class where students can learn the basics of tile making and complete the class with their own art pieces. 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. We will also prepare our tiles for a bisque fire in the kiln. The second week, we will organize our tiles for the glazing process. We will use underglaze to achieve the colors we want to see. We will prepare our tiles for the final firing in the kiln. The third week, we will complete our tile artwork by adhering it on a board and using 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

 


 Body Butters, Candles, and Bath Bombs

 

Instructor: Andrea Fender
Dates: Sun. December 10
Times: 12 – 4 pm
Cost: $73
Registration Closes: 5 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 20
Materials provided by student: Please bring a glass jar with a tight fitting lid if you’d like to make the scrubs, a 3”x3” container or tin to carry your body butter, and something to carry your goodies home.
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Join us as we learn to make beeswax candles, bath bombs, salt and sugar scrubs, body butters and lip balm. Your instructor will provide all ingredients and tools. This 4 hour class will give you enough time to make all 5.
Enjoy a group class on each project method, then you’ll be welcome to work on each project at your own speed. The instructor will be available during the entire workshop to answer questions and provide ideas. You’ll be able to select your own color and scent for each project, and you’ll make everything from scratch yourself. A wide variety of molds will be available for body butters, so you’ll be able to personalize to your heart’s content!
At the end of the class, you’ll learn how to:
– Formulate a body butter using a wide variety of oils and butters, including cocoa butter, illipe butter, kokum butter, shea butter, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, and raw beeswax
– Formulate a lip balm with the above ingredients
– Set up and pour beeswax candles, including a selection of pillar and votive shapes
– Create bath bombs
– Learn how salt and sugar scrubs work, and make your own personalized batches

All of the above will include your choice of a wide variety of essential and fragrance oils. Students will be given the option to purchase gift wrapping supplies from the instructor at the class, including jars, tissue paper, gift boxes, sealing wax, tins, and metallic twine. Flat rate USPS mailing boxes will also be available free of charge, if students wish to wrap a gift and mail it themselves later.
If you don’t want to purchase gift wrapping supplies during class, no problem! Please bring a glass jar with a tight fitting lid if you’d like to make the scrubs, a 3”x3” container or tin to carry your body butter, and something to carry your goodies home.

 


Warping a Floor Loom – Weaving a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: December 9 & 10
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost: 
$194
Registration closes: December 1
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.)

 

 


Wheel Throwing in Three Days

 

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: December 12, 14, & 21
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $130
Registration Closes: Dec 11
No. of Students: min. 4, 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.


Play with Clay – Flower Power Flower Bricks

 

 
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: January 5 & 19
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $40
Registration Closes: January 4
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Description: There is nothing nicer than some flowers to brighten up these winter days! The guided project for January is flower bricks. We will create simple flower bricks that will brighten up your dinner table or office, adding a homemade touch to your flower arrangements.
The first Friday of each month from 6-8 PM, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project but experienced students may design their own projects (working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline.) Students will glaze and fire their projects at a second meeting typically on the 3rd Friday of the month 6-8 PM. $40 class fee includes both meetings, clay, glaze and firing. Play with Clay is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase!

 

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher

Instructor: Ryan Lee
Dates: Wednesday nights, January 10 through February 21 (skips Valentine’s Day)
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $245
Registration Closes: January 8
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Students will get their hands dirty while learning the basics of wheel thrown pottery. This class will focus on centering, throwing cylinders and bowls, trimming, and glazing pots. Students can expect to take home several small projects and a technical base for further exploration.More experienced students will build on the fundamentals and find support for special projects. The Instructor will demonstrate throwing plates, pulling handles, and making lidded vessels.

 


Taming the Hand Plane

 

Instructor:  Terry Liberty
Date: January 13
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $30
Registration Closes: January 9
No. of Students: min. 1, max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students may bring their own hand planes for evaluation. Arbutus will have enough for each student as well.

Class Description: For those of you who have been curious about or have struggled with the use of hand planes in your woodworking, this is the course for you. In “Taming The Handplane”, woodworker Terry Liberty will cover the basics of plane construction, function and technique, followed by demonstrations of their use. After that there will be plenty of time for coached, hands-on practice with the school’s sharp, well-tuned planes. Bench planes and block planes will be the primary focus with some discussion and brief practice using other types of planes.
Terry’s objective is to demystify these often misunderstood tools and improve comfort and familiarity with the use, setup and troubleshooting of hand planes so the student is ready to use a plane when the task requires it.

Students may bring their own tools for discussion although we prefer you use the school’s planes during the class in order to make the most of our time together.

We highly recommend students take this class before enrolling in Maddie Morgan’s 6-week class, Foundations of Artisan Woodworking.

 


 

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

 

Instructor:  Mariella Luz
Date: Saturday, January 13
Time: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $40
Registration closes: January 10
No. of Students:
min. 5, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

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.

 

 


Foundations of Artisan Woodworking for Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates: Jan 16 – Feb 22, Tues. & Thur. eves with open shop on Wednesday eves.
Times: 6 – 9 pm
Cost: $496
Registration Closes: 
No. of Students: Min. 5, max 8
Skill level: No prior experience needed
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 ourselves 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 in order 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 on Wed evenings 6-9pm. The fee for studio time is included for current students.

 


Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: Jan 20/21 (2018)
Time:  9 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$198
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.  Experienced students are welcome too!

 


 

Creating a Commemorative Cloth

Instructor:  Faith Hagenhoffer
Date:  January 20 & 21
Time:  10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
$169
Registration closes: January 13
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: APRON, pencil, sketch paper, gloves (optional hair blow dryer)                              
Class Description: 
The Commemorative Cloth: The gifting of a square scarf can mark a special place or occasion; in my collection I have those that accompanied a ribbon cutting, a wedding, a graduation, and a visit to a National Park. IN this workshop we will start with blank with squares of cotton and then design, dye, and print a set of four commemorative bandana-sized cloths suitable as scarves, table napkins or decorations. They can all be the same, related, or entirely unique – participant’s choice! The design work will include learning about patterns paisley, tessellation and creating block print plates. Dyeing will involve the season’s available plant dyes.

 


Beginning Embroidery

 

Instructor:  Bobbi Chase
Date:  January 28, February 4, 18
Time:  1 – 3 pm
Cost: 
$60
Registration closes: January 25
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: 5” screw-type embroidery hoop (or purchase from the instructor for $8), small scissors. Students bring $5 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

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, backstitch, 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!

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

 

 


 

Continuing Embroidery

Instructor:  Bobbi Chase
Date:  January 28, February 4, 18
Time:  10 am – 12 pm
Cost: 
$60
Registration closes: January 24
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Intermediate
Materials provided by student: screw-type 5” embroidery hoop, small scissors, threads, & needles

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.

The “kit fee” of $3.00 is to be paid to the instructor the first day of class.  If you would also like to purchase a good quality 5” embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, please contact the instructor 7 days before class at:  Bibbi123 “at” aol “dot” com (interpret as a normal email address, it is written out this way to prevent phishing.)

 


Native American Flute Making

Instructor:  Peter Ali
Date:  February 3, 2018
Time:  9 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
$124
Registration closes: January 27
No. of Students: 
min. 6, max. 15
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Fine point sharpies; Optional: Dremel tool, wood burning tool                              
Class Description: 
You will take a pre-bored, pre-tuned square piece of local Red Cedar and shape it using simple tools and sandpaper and bring it to life with your creative hands and your choice to carve, wood burn or paint a design that comes from your ancestors or from something that speaks to you that day. I will teach you how to make it sing (no musical experience is required) using your sacred breath and what comes from your Heart.

 

 


Basic Ribbon Embroidery

Instructor:  Bobbi Chase
Date: February 11
Time:  1:30 – 4:00 pm
Cost: 
$30
Registration closes: February 8
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: screw-type 5” embroidery hoop, small scissors to clip threads, & $12 to pay to instructor for materials.

Class Description: I have always considered ribbon embroidery as “dessert” embroidery!  It is fairly easy, quick, and you get a lot of results for your efforts!  Done with a variety of widths of silk ribbon (4mm, 7mm) in gorgeous colors, it is just delicious!  You do not need previous experience to “learn” this type of embroidery, but I would hope you have some level of comfort with a needle in hand. While learning how to handle the silk ribbon, we will tackle a variety of types of flowers, buds, and leaves.  First we will try these out on a practice piece of linen, and then make a small floral motif on a piece of silk fabric.  Beautiful, and no calories!!

*The instructor will supply the ground fabric, silk ribbons, needles, and written instructions for an additional fee of $12.00 to be paid to the instructor at the beginning of class.  If you would also like to purchase a good quality 5” embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00 please contact the instructor 5 days before class at:  Mbellish (at) aol (dot) com (interpret this as a normal email address, please).


Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Wednesday Evenings

 

Instructor:  Mariella Luz
Dates: Feb 28 – April 4, Wednesday eves
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $245
Registration closes: February 27
No. of Students:
min. 4, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

Class Description: This class will focus on the primary skills of wheel thrown pottery. We will work on the basic forms of cylinders and bowls. We will also cover other basics such as trimming and glazing. New students can expect to complete several small projects. More experienced students will be able to explore these basic forms further, and expand their scale with greater control to larger and more complex forms.


Intro to Stonecarving

This is a $99 Road Trip story for Travel cover. Stone cutter Keith Phillips of Tenino carves a celtic cross in his studio for a fundraiser for Christian Youth in Puyallup. When he cuts stone, he wears a tie, which is the traditional outfit for stone cutters. Shoppers, shopkeepers, diners, servers, artists, visitors and locals in and around Olympia and rural Thurston County. Story follows the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a 60-mile agritourism route pointing visitors to craft distillers, winemakers, farmers and family-owned businesses showcasing locally-sourced and produced culinary treats.Instructors:  Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno
Dates: TBD
Time: 10 am-2 pm, with the possibility of staying for open studio until 4:00 pm
Cost: $296
Registration Closes: Two weeks prior to start of class
Skill level: No carving experience is required, however students should be able to lift up to 30 lbs
Materials provided by student: Sketch pad and pencils, gloves (garden gloves are fine) and dress for the weather. Class will visit the stone quarry the carving shed is unheated
Class Description: For this class, students will be provided with a prepared 12”x4”x8” stone, about the size of a shoe box and weighing around 30 lb. Students will design their own projects, however the instructor will guide project designs to ensure they are feasible for beginners, given the skill and time required. This is a beginning class offered by Tenino’s living stonecarving legends. 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

Tenino is the home of four 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.  Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition and this class is a unique opportunity to learn from the masters.  The instructors will supply the stone, eye protection, dust masks and all necessary tools.


Spinning from the Beginning

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: TBD
Times: 6-8 pm
Cost: $111
Registration Closes: 
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Whether you’re interested in learning 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 you’d like to purchase a spindle prior to class, we recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here).  Arbutus also has spindles available for check-out for the duration of the class.  If you’d like to continue spinning after the class, we recommend purchasing your own spindle. In addition to spinning, we will explore types of fiber and preparations, and welcome guests from the greater Olympia fiber community to present on various topics.  Participants will take home fiber and their spindles each week to practice between classes.  By the finish of this interactive class, participants will have spun and plied their own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber resources in our area, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals.