Current Classes

If you are interested in becoming an Arbutus Folk School Instructor, see: Instructor Guidelines. Classes below are listed by date.
Registration for classes is here: Register me! 
Notes: 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 and there is no risk: Full refunds are provided if classes are canceled.  The Arbutus Folk School proudly admits students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   

 Intermediate Woodturning: Lidded Box or Bowl

Instructor:  Larry MillerKeepsake box
Date:   October 29
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 
: $125
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level:  
intermediate  

Materials provided by student: None needed, may bring turning tools and safety gear or use instructors

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

Class Description: Students taking this class should have completed the basic class in woodturning or have previous experience in woodturning. 

In this class the student will learn the techniques required to make a decorative round lidded box/bowl that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as keepsakes, candy, etc.  Techniques taught include:Lidded box with Onion finial

  1. Selection of the wood
  2. Proper layout of the project to optimize features of the wood
  3. Design and shape considerations
  4. Turning outside of the box/bowl with pre-determined shape and size
  5. Hollowing the box/bowl in preparation for the lid
  6. Turning and designing the lid
  7. Adding decorative techniques to the box/bowl, both inside and outside, which may include some of the following as examples:
    1. Contrasting wood, beads, or other medium inserts
    2. Wood burning
    3. Chatter work
    4. Other surface embellishment such as inlays or carving
  8. Adding the desired final finish

Wheel Throwing – beginner and refresher

Instructor:  Mariella Lutzwheelthrowing
Date:  Monday series: Sept. 19th – Oct. 31st (no class on 10/10) or Tue series: Sept. 27th – Nov. 1st
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: Sept 16th
No. of Students: 
min. 3 – max. 5
Skill level: 
none

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. The more time you spend in the studio, the faster you will develop your skills and control. Students are encouraged to sign up for additional studio time at the open studio on Wednesdays (for an additional fee).

Beginning Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Riggphoto 3
Date:  Sat. Sept. 24th,  Sat. Nov. 19,  Sun. Nov. 20 (each is a seperate class)
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
 
: $121
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 6 max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes, long pants

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.

Itajime Shibori Japanese Fold & Clamp Dyeing

Instructor: Laura Hunteritajime shibori class photo
Date: Sunday, Sept 25th
Time:   10 am– 4 pm
Cost: 
$102

Registration closes: Sept. 18th
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
beginning 
Itajime photo at Arbutus
Materials provided by student:  Old bath towel, paper scissors
Class Description: Itajime Shibori is the Japanese form of folding, binding and dyeing fabric to create a repeating pattern.  In this class we will explore the fold and clamp method creating several samples using silk, which will then be dyed in an acid dye bath.  Each student will take home multiple swatches and one finished scarf which they have made.

Arts & Crafts Style Embroidery – Basic

Instructor:  Roberta (Bobbi) ChaseArts & Crafts
Date: Sept. 29th & Oct. 6th
Time:  10 am – noon
Cost: 
$48 plus $20 material fee  (bring $20 to class)

Registration closes: Sept. 27th
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
beginning 

Materials provided by student: screw-type 5” embroidery hoop, small scissors to clip threads
Class Description:  The Arts & Crafts Movement (circa 1910) marked a return to natural materials and natural designs.  It had its own architecture, of which many homes in the Olympia and Seattle area reflect, and these homes were decorated with very stylistic textiles.  While working at Craftsman Farms (former home of Gustav Stickley), I was able to do in-depth studies of such textiles.  During our first meeting, we will view a number of slides and see many examples of such textiles, discussing what factors go into this particular decorative art.  We will then practice some of the very simple embroidery stitches used, and discuss the very simple designs. At our second meeting, each person will work on their own linen project.  Design, colors, techniques, and threads will be formulated and set up for each person.  You can use your own design idea or choose from those offered. The “kit fee” of $20.00 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:  Mbellish “at” aol “dot” com (interpret as a normal email address, it is written out this way to prevent phishing).

Wild Fermented Sauerkraut

Instructor:  Meghan Hintzpickles-classkraut-class-small
Date: Sun. Oct. 2nd
Time:  10 am – noon
Cost: 
$27

Registration closes: Oct. 1st
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 12
Skill level: 
beginner – if you can chop cabbage or operate food processor, this class is for you. 

Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: Learn to safely and easily make your own raw fermented sauerkraut teeming with probiotics known to improve digestion, boost immune function, and increase energy levels. This popular class includes a demonstration, recipes, and OlyKraut samples! Meghan will review the history and science of fermentation, discuss equipment options and suitable ingredients, and demonstrate how to make raw fermented sauerkraut from start to finish!

Garden Pickles

Instructor:  Meghan Hintzpickles-classpickles-class-small
Date: Tues. Oct. 4th
Time:  6-8
Cost: $27

Registration closes: Oct. 3rd
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 12
Skill level: 
beginner – if you can chop vegetables, this class is for you. 

Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: Learn to make traditional fermented pickles from your garden harvest – carrots, beans, cukes and more! These delicious pickles are easy to make and packed with live probiotics that improve digestion and boost immune function. This class includes the basics of fermentation science and safety, a demonstration, and pickle tasting. You’ll leave with instructions and recipes for making these delicious pickles on your own. **This is not a canning class**

Basic Woodturning – Wooden Bowl and Mallet

Instructor:  Larry Miller800px-Woodturning-33-Bowl-gje
Date:   October 8, November 12, December 3 – each is a separate class
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 
: $125
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

Play with Clay – October

Class Description: 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.   $40 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing.   This class is intended for adults.  Beer and wine are available for purchase.
Walk ins welcome, though registration strongly recommended.

Instructor:  Nicole Gugliotti
Date: October 7th & Oct. 21
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Cost: $40 (includes clay, glazing and firing)
No. of Students:  Min. 3 – Max. 12
Skill level: suitable for beginning students
Materials provided by student: none
October project:  Candle Holder set

Full Play with Clay Schedule through Spring 2017 here.

Arbutus Ceramics Program page: http://www.arbutusfolkschool.org/ceramics/

Nuno Felting

Instructor:  Natasha HaysNatasha sample natasha sample 2
Date:  October 9th, 2016
Time:  9 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
 
: $87
Registration closes: Oct. 2nd
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max 8
Skill level: 
Beginner and up

Materials provided by student: Bucket from home, as carrying the project to the sink can be wet and sloppy! Students may bring scraps of fairly sheer silk if you wish. Students may purchase 10 oz of wool roving in colors of their own choosing, or they purchase some from the instructor. The instructor will have a limited variety on hand to sell (bring a check or cash). Roving can be purchased at Canvas Works in Olympia for about $13 for 10 oz. ($2.75 per oz.) Check or cash to purchase roving from instructor, if student is not bringing their own roving. Students should bring a multi-needle for needle felting (Clover), though the instructor will have a few available to share if needed.

Class Description: Nuno felting is a relatively new felting process in which a loosely woven and delicate fabric (usually silk) is combined with wool roving so that the wool fibers migrate through the weave of the silk to form a new material.  The resulting fabric is lightweight and drapes well, but is also sturdier than the same amount of felted fabric alone.

We will go through the process of laying out roving for felting, hand-painting habitori silk, laying them together for several different samples, and going through a gentle process of rolling and fulling the material.  You will be very pleased with the interesting and varied results! Students will make several beautiful samples to take home.

Bruce Molsky Fiddle and Banjo Workshops

For Oct 1st workshop details, click here.
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Open Ceramics Studiobegining ceramics projects 2015

Instructor:  Pamela Davis
Dates:   October dates to be announced
Time:  
Click here for important details about Open Ceramics Studio

Beginning Needle Felting – Wool Sculpture

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Instructor:  Gerda Randolph
Date:  Sat. Oct. 15 & Sun. Oct. 16
Time:  10 am to 4 pm
Cost: 
$120 & $28 for supplies (bring $28 to class)

Registration closes: Oct. 14
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 8
Skill level: 
beginner

Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: Join this class and learn to sculpt with wool using a sharped barbed needle called a felting needle.  It is fun and there is no end to the creative possibilities.  In this class, you will learn some of the basics to get you started: the kind of wool to use, differences in felting needles, and the techniques that will allow you to work on your own special creations in class.  All materials will be provided including core wool, an assortment of colored wool, felting needles in a variety of sizes, and a foam pad.  If you have any of these items and prefer to use your own, please call me to be sure that what you have will be appropriate for this class.

Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructors:  Marjorie Erickson and Jean Van EffenOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Date:   Oct. 22nd & 23rd (Sat and Sun)
Time:  9 am to 4 pm (1/2 hour lunch)
Cost: 
$252 + $39 material fee

Registration closes: Oct. 8
No. of Students: 
min. 3 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
beginning 

Materials provided by student: Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder and note-taking supplies, cloth tape measure, small sharp scissors, cushion to sit on benches
Class Description: In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using 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, throw a shuttle, maintain an even beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects.  Students will take home a minimum of 6 completed handwoven pieces.

Foundations of Artisan Woodworking

Instructor:  Maddie MorganTool tote
Date:   Oct  25, 27 Nov 1, 3, (skip Nov 8, 10) 15, 17, 22 (skip 24: Thanksgiving) 29, Dec 1, 6, 8
Time:  6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: 
$425

Registration closes: Oct. 18
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 for the open studio option.

Bomaki Shibori Japanese Pole Wrap Dyeing

Instructor:  Laura HunterBomaki Shibori Class Photo - Laura Hunter
Date:   Sunday Oct. 30th
Time:  10 am to 4 pm 
Cost: 
$112

Registration closes: Oct. 23
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
beginning 

Materials provided by L Hunter 2student: Wear clothes appropriate for working with dye, close-toed shoes, and scissors for snipping thread. 
Class Description:  Bomaki Shibori is a Japanese form of binding and dyeing fabric on a pipe to create patterning and possibly texture. In this class we will explore variations of this method creating several samples which will then be dyed. Each student will make several items to take home.  At least one large sample or finished scarf will be an intriguing pleated texture when finished.  Don’t be intimidated!  This is a clever method which creates a result that looks much more tedious than it actually is. 

Scandinavian Knife Making

IMG_6656Instructor:  Tim Nagle
Date:  Nov 5, 2016 through Nov 11, 2016
Time:  10 am to 6 pm Saturday & Sunday, 5:30 pm to 9 pm Monday-Friday
Cost: 
$325

Registration closes: 10-15
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 8
Skill level: 
none

Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: The knife is one of the oldest human tools, and a simple blade is capable of great expression which cannot be achieved by any other means.  In the Scandinavian tradition, carving knives have become highly functional works of art. In this introductory class we will use wood, metal, leather, and other materials to design knives and sheaths.  We will discuss blade choice, materials, function and design.  Each knife will be made to fit the builder’s hand, and will reflect their personal aesthetic.  Blades, leather, and other materials will be provided.

Beginning Tatting

Instructor:  Patti Logantatting
Date(s):  Sat. Nov 5, 12, 19 & Dec. 3
Time:  10 am to noon
Cost: 
$96

Registration closes:
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max. 10
Skill level: 
beginners

Materials provided by student: Bring a Size 5 Tatting Needle & Tatting Shuttle if you like, or purchase from the instructor on the first day of class. Cost is approximately $5.
Class Description: For students with little or no previous experience with Tatting.  We will be starting with the history of Tatting and how to make the only stitch using the needle method of Tatting.  Students will make a tatted butterfly in class.  During the second session, we will review needle Tatting, learn how to read patterns, and make note cards with simple patterns. The third and fourth sessions will build on your skills.  Shuttle Tatting will be introduced and patterns will be given tailored to student’s skill level and interest.  The teacher will be there every step to encourage your success. 

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Concert and Workshop

Details for Nov 18th Concert and 19th Workshops here.
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Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Workshop

Date:  Saturday, Nov. 19th
Time:  10 am – noon
Cost: 
$30

Registration closes: Nov. 17th

Note: Workshop and concert take place at Nova Middle School – 2020 22nd Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Workshop description:  Creativity and Improvisation: learn how to vary a melody, how to compose a tune, how to make an interesting accompaniment/second voice, and build an arrangement. Get over the tyranny of the written page!

This workshop is for ideal for any level of musical background. The focus is on inclusivity…we invite all instruments, all ages, and all levels to engage at whatever their comfort zone allows. We create a safe, non-judgmental and non-competitive place to learn. Focus is on building community through music-making. All workshops are done by ear; though written music can be provided at the end on request.

To register for the workshop, click on the red “Register for Classes” button” located on the Arbutus home page.

Foghorn Stringband Concert and Workshop

Details for the Dec. 9th Concert and 10th Workshops are coming soon!

Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Miller800px-Woodturning-33-Bowl-gje
Date:    2017 dates- each is a separate class  Saturdays: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13,  July 8, August 26, October 14, November 11, December 9
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 
: $125
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

Beginning Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Riggphoto 3
Date:  2017 dates – Jan. 22nd, Feb. 26th, Mar. 12th – each is a seperate class
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
 
: $121
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 6 max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes, long pants

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.  

A New Approach to Color

Instructor:  Jane DunnewoldNew approach to color -Tue
Date: Watch for date to be announced (April 2017)
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $150

No. of Students: min. 4 – max. 20 
Skill level: 
 any level

Materials provided by student: scissors, pins, paper, pencil, pen, glue stick,tape, exacto knife, 9” x 12” watercolor pad, fine tip and flat brushes, blue painter’s tape, palette (8” x 11” approximate, plexiglass ok), plastic cup for water, ruler, cutting mat, old washcloth to clean hands

Class Description: This is the crash course version of Jane’s online color class! Exercises that explore the three attributes of color – Hue, Value, and Intensity – are fun to do, and not what you might expect in a color class! But the good news is that by understanding these three qualities of color, and becoming able to identify them, you will be able to match and mix any color, with any paint, any time. Good artists play with color. Great artists understand color.

Jane’s Website: http://www.janedunnewold.com/