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    • 29 January 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 150 West 60th Street, Minneapolis MN 55419
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    It can be hard to find just the right picture frame--especially for one-of-a-kind art--and custom frames are expensive. Solve that problem by learning how to build your own! We'll use the table saw, chop saw, and drill to construct basic frames out of poplar. Students should come to class with dimensions of the piece they want to frame, and we'll take it from there!

    Students will pre-pay for materials- although if you'd like to make more than one, the cost difference can be paid the day of class to Kate.


    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

    * This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here.  What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here

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    Taught by Kate Schiffler (@bbfurnituremn)

    Hey there, I'm Kate! I have been a woodworker for over 17 years and I recently transitioned from running my small wood framing company to taking over Butcher Block Furniture Inc. where I build custom wood countertops and furniture. I am a skill collector in all types of materials and dabble in many different media. In my spare time I enjoy all the outdoor stuff, making things, reading, and hanging out with my daughter as much as possible.

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Space rental fee $15

    Website $10


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    Wood $15


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $50,  but we now have a sliding scale admission option and a pay it forward option.

    • 29 January 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • East Lake Library
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Join us for a special BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) centered class to practice the basics of Spoon Carving!

    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed shoes as we are going to make some wood chips!

    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    * This class is limited to 10 individuals in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor and to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask, and regularly sanitize hands and tools. What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 

    This course is offered as micro-reparations pricing. Fireweed Woodshop believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not properly paid reparations to marginalized communities. 

    This course will be held at East Lake Library in the Front Conference Room.  LINK to library.

    Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut proof glove rental. 


    Taught by Vanessa Walton

    Vanessa is one of our board members!  LINK to bios


    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $20


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

    Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)

    Tool upkeep $5


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $40,  but we now have a $20 admission option.

    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.





    • 29 January 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • 150 W 60th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar (@meenanew)  Bio 1.  Bio 2. 

    * This class is limited to 7 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: hereWhat is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 


    Pricing Transparency for $75 fee:

    Instructor $25

    Studio rental $16

    Admin $14

    Website $10


    Materials $15


    ​​Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $75,  but we now have a $65  admission option and a pay it forward option.


    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com




    • 05 February 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • 150 W 60th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT


    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.


    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    * This class is limited to 7 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask, and regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here

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    Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar (@meenanew)  Bio 1.  Bio 2.  


    This course is offered as micro-reparations pricing. Women's Woodshop believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not properly paid reparations to marginalized communities. 

    Pricing Transparency:

    Admission: $46 (Class + Materials)

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $20

    Space Rental $11


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    $15 goes to the instructor for materials

    Walnut and other various types of wood and prep time involved 


    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.




    • 11 February 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 12
    Register


    Learn the basics of block carving and relief printing from anywhere, and make prints and cards to send love. This is a great class if you're interested in woodblock printing/carving in the future, and a fun one to take with long distance friends or to stay cozy on a winter night. You'll end up with your own set of affordable tools to keep using. (You can also use linoleum to stamp on fabric! Make patches! Tshirts!). This class is suitable for beginners. Teens accompanied by a parent could also participate. Any questions or concerns about material sourcing? email jessiemerriam@gmail.com

    You purchase a 4x6 block of soft linoleum to carve (see links below). You can either design the whole block or cut it with scissors into smaller shapes to have multiple designs. Your designs can be layered and interact when you print (hearts, kisses, skulls, geometric designs, etc. can be repeatedly stamped as a pattern, or work with each other for a design).

    A zoom link will be sent out to participants in advance of class, as well as a flyer with design guidance.

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    Here are some things you will need to do in advance of the workshop:

    1.To maximize our time together in this shorter zoom format, please prepare a 4x6" design (landscape or portrait) for your block in advance, or multiple smaller sketches. This way we can start carving together sooner. We can adapt your designs as needed before carving to suit the medium. You can transfer the drawing at the beginning of class, or use it as inspiration to draw on the block. Also patterns are cool. Your design on paper will be in the same orientation as the final print due to the image transfer technique; so all lettering can be standard orientation. Attention: These blocks are soft and do not lend themselves to superfine detail). 

    2. Because of the remote nature of the course, each student is responsible for sourcing their materials in advance of the class--some to purchase, some from around your home. This way you will also be equipped to print into the future! Linoleum blocks, tools, paper and ink are available at most local art supply stores (Wet Paint, MCAD Art Cellar, Art Materials in the Twin Cities). Give them a call! We also have links for affordable kits and materials from dickblick.com. Please email jessiemerriam@gmail.com with any questions about supplies! I want to help make this affordable

    3. You must have: at least one 4x6 soft linoleum block, one set of linoleum carving tools, an ink roller (brayer), ink, and paper.

     WHAT YOU WILL NEED FROM HOME:

    • Wooden spoon or other firm item for rubbing your paper to print the image (a"baren" is the traditional tool, so anything that would work like this will do)

    • Washable flat surface for rolling ink out (a piece of plexiglass, or glass from a picture frame, a glass cutting board, a pyrex pan, a dinner plate)

    • Pencil and your drawing(s) (also in pencil. You will scribble on the back to transfer, so make a copy if precious).

    • Scissors if cutting the block into smaller pieces
    • any stamp pads you already have, to try out (not required).
    • Any non-glossy paper or cardstock you want to try out (see below for recommendations if you want printmaking specific papers).

    RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES to reference when shopping locally, ordering from your local store, or if you want to order from Dick Blick):

      • Paper: If you need to buy some, there are several options below of paper and cardstock,or you can source your own as long as it fits a 4x6" image and is not glossy or overly textured. Decent sketchbook paper works well! Or construction paper! We will likely print a couple of proofs on scrap paper, then students usually print 3-6 prints during the class. You can keep printing your block many times though, and carve and print the other side, so having extra paper is nice!

      • EXTRA blocks, if you like (can be cut to stamp shapes or kept as rectangles)

      • If you want color you can use colored paper, collage, add glitter and gel pen to your print, but if you are interested in colored inks too you can check these out now or in the future…

       Any questions on materials or need help? email jessiemerriam@gmail.com

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      Hosted by Jessie Merriam, Fireweed Woodblock instructor.  (@wheelbugs) Read her BIO

      Taught by Kerri Mulcare of Carbon Copy Press (@carbon_copy_co)

      Kerri (Mulcare) Sandve is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from St. Paul, MN working under the imprint Carbon Copy Co. Press. She creates printed matter in the form of artist books, zines, and screenprints, as well as sculptural paper works and collage.

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      Pricing Transparency:

      Cost breakdown for class:

      Instructor receives $10

      Admin receives $9

      Website/zoom subscription $10

      • 16 February 2022
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Zoom
      • 16
      Register

      * Note this is an interactive demo.  The intent is to make sure you have all the knowledge to continue in the long term with broom making.  It will be a quick moving class, but the recording will be sent out after for personal rewatching!

      Come learn to design and make functional and sculptural brooms! Students will learn how to tie three classical handbrooms including the turkey wing, hawks tail and potscrubber. These traditional whisk brooms are an excellent introduction to the craft as well as the perfect jumping off point for a deeper dive. We will cover materials choices & sourcing, broom construction, specialty tools, hand grips & techniques. The instructor will also cover many of the technical and design principles you’ll need to design your own broom forms. We will also survey a variety of contemporary and historical brooms to inspire your design ideas. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new way to apply a lifetime of craft experience, broom making is an exciting and accessible craft. 

      All levels welcome.

      This course will be held over zoom with a maximum of 30 participants.

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      Class taught by Aspen Golann (@aspen_golann)

      Aspen Golann is an artist and studio furniture maker, currently living in Penland, NC where she builds custom furniture and sculptural homegoods. She specializes in 17th & 18th century style furniture which she blends with a background in fine art, sculpture and textiles. She writes for Fine Woodworking, serves on the board of A Workshop of Our Own, and founded The Chairmaker’s Toolbox: a project designed to increase equity and access in the field of chairmaking. 

      Course materials include: utility knife, 1lb. of broom corn, tying twine, 2x4 wood section, utility knife and blades, woven handle.   All students will be shipped their kit  for an additional $22. (covers priority shipping).  


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      Cost breakdown per student:

      Instructor receives $5

      Admin receives $10

      Website/zoom subscription $8


      Materials cost breakdown $35:

      utility knife $10

      1lb. of broom corn $9

      tying twine $2.50

      2x4 wood section $1.50

      stem $2.50

      Prep time $5


      Kit available for Free Local Pickup in the Standish/Powderhorn neighborhood or choice of Shipping for $22 (optional).  Pickup location and dates will be sent in a follow-up email.


      Students keep their kit!


      What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.


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      This course has 7 sponsored seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee. Women's Woodshop believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration and shipping fee will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.


      Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 



      • 21 February 2022
      • 28 February 2022
      • 2 sessions
      • Zoom
      • 4
      Register

      The earliest bamboo weaving goods were discovered amidst the ruins of Hemudu culture in southeast China 7000 years ago. This technique had evolved substantially during the Warring States period around 450 BC, and ever since. Due to its strong fiber content, flexibility, and affordability, bamboo has been widely applied in architecture, furniture, appliances, as well as art.

      This 5 hour class is spread out over 2 sessions.  It gives an introduction to bamboo, and teaches the hex style of bamboo weaving.  Based upon our teaching experiences, a small basket weaving for beginners need two class sessions. This way, students can have a good learning experience without being rushed.  It is hands-on, but it doesn’t limit the techniques. Lu uses this small project to pry open the wonderland of bamboo weaving, a long and yet evolving tradition in various parts of the world.

      What’s special about bamboo? Do you know that the bamboo fiber can in some cases be stronger than steel? Have you seen bamboo houses before?

      After the class, students have a beautiful bamboo weaving project home of their very own and also widened perspectives of a miracle material.

      This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 15 people in order to offer  more interaction with peers and instructors. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.  A recording of class will be available for 1 week after class for participants. (you will be getting a little bit of 'homework' to work on your basket in between class sessions - be prepared!)

      This course has 4 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $42. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration  will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

      Course materials include: Bamboo Strips. Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at the East Lake Library Location  in Minneapolis starting 1 week before class. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping  for an additional $9.50. (covers priority shipping). 


      Meet the Instructor, Lu Xu

      Lu Xu is an artist and curator based in Guizhou, China and Greensboro, NC, USA. She grew up in the Yungui Plateau area in Southwest China and has always been intrigued by the indigenous ethnic cultures in this region. She has exhibited at Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, NC, Elsewhere Museum, NC, and was a fellow artist at Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, in 2016 and Salem2Salem at Bodenseekreis, Salem, Germany and Salem Art Works, NY, in 2018-19.  Lu Xu worked as the Curator of Gatewood Gallery and Director of Art Truck at School of Art, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 2015-17.

       

      Through performative and participatory works, Lu situates herself in everyday life scenes, unfamiliar geographic locations, or in interactions with other people. Her works challenge the standard language and efficiencies in the mundane by being physically tiring, time consuming, absurd, obscure, unpredictable, and impractical, such as such as walking 72 miles in the suburbs in the San Francisco Bay area, dragging a five-foot long boat for 2.5 miles for a routine grocery shopping trip, incorporating origami to tell two coincidental stories in a circular subway line in Beijing, or asking people to assign me 15-second tasks through an online portal.  She uses her body in neutral and low-key means as tools to reveal alternative, unfamiliar possibilities. She puts herself under challenging conditions in the context of the mundane in order explore unproductivity’s richness, aliveness, and poetry.

       

      Due to her international experiences and ties to indigenous ethnic cultures in Guizhou, she has been conducting field research in Yao and Dong ethnic villages in the last four years to accomplish a series of artwork. She learned bamboo weaving as a kid and in 2018 from a local bamboo weaver, an 83-year-old man who has been weaving bamboo for 60 years. She is currently working on a 6-feet long, 3-feet wide bamboo sculpture, and will share during the class. She is fascinated by this material and hopes to share her passion with more makers.


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      Materials note** The bamboo stripes were prepared by hand by a Chinese bamboo craftsman in Sichuan, China. They were already bleached to avoid bugs and mold. Lu wrapped the strips and gives each person 6 extra. The material bags are bit more expensive than usual because they were sent from China through air and the shipping is very expensive.


      Pricing Transparency:

      Class cost breakdown per student:

      Instructor receives $30

      Admin receives $5

      Website/zoom subscription $10


      Materials cost breakdown of $42

      Bamboo Strips $31

       Alligator clips. $3

      Wood Glue: $2

      Shipping from Lu: $6

      **Note: Students should have a spray bottle of water (preferred)  or a bowl of water handy during class

      • 26 February 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • FriedliArts Studio, 943 7th St W, St Paul, MN
      • 0
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      Plating: the interlacing of strands: Braiding

      Working with locally harvested and hand processed blackash splint, join up for an afternoon of learning, sharing, and stories as we weave baskets measuring approx. 9" x 5" x 7" to take home.

      All tools and materials will be provided

      This course will be held at FriedliArts Studio in St Paul.  It is limited to 8 people in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor. All students are required to wear a mask, and regularly sanitize hands.  What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 

      Students will pre-pay for materials- although if you'd like to make more than one, the cost difference can be paid the day of class to April.  

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      Taught by April Stone (@april.l.stone)

      April Stone is an Ojibwe artist/maker from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and has established an intimate working relationship with Black Ash since 1998.

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      Pricing Transparency:

      Cost breakdown per student:

      Instructor receives $45

      Space rental fee $13

      Admin receives $7

      Tool rental/upkeep  $10


      Materials cost breakdown $30:

      Black Ash: $18

      Prep time $12 ( have to get fresh wood for this, and process it)


      What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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      Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has affected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $105,  but we now have a $90 admission option and a $125 pay it forward option.

      This course has 2 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $30. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration  will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

      • 05 March 2022
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
      • Zoom
      • 4
      Register

      Decorative Carving adds magic to any piece of furniture! Join Ouida Vincent on ZOOM to learn about her process of applying 17th century decorative carving to panels used in furniture. Ouida will teach you the braid, egg & dart, and s-pattern using one gouge and mallet on practice boards!  

      Each kit will include one gouge rental, one mallet rental, one nail punch rental, practice boards, a small clamp and carving station to hold your wood in place (also rented).

      Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at East Lake Library between March 1-5th.  LINK to library. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $30. (covers to & from priority shipping).  Students will return tools rented within 7 days of class completion.

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      About Ouida: 

      "I took my first woodworking and small engine repair class in Jr High and was one of only two women on the class. When I moved to Gallup, my realtor gently suggested that I take a class when she saw an example of my work. An adult education class was available at my local University of New Mexico branch and I enrolled. I tend to make things for myself. Square (or not so square) boxy things. Because I am a hobby wood worker, I am free to pursue other interests like 17th century carving, which for some reason, has taken hold of me and won’t let go. "

      follow @ouidavincent

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      Pricing Transparency:

      Cost breakdown per student:

      Instructor receives $18.75

      Admin receives $9.50

      Tool purchases/upkeep  $15

      Website/zoom subscription $11.75


      Materials cost breakdown $15:

      $5 wood

      $10 prepping kits (cutting wood, making clamp kits)

      *What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.


      This course has 2 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $15. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.


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      Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 




      • 06 March 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • 150 West 60th Street, Minneapolis MN 55419
      • 8
      Register

      It can be hard to find just the right picture frame--especially for one-of-a-kind art--and custom frames are expensive. Solve that problem by learning how to build your own! We'll use the table saw, chop saw, and drill to construct basic frames out of poplar. Students should come to class with dimensions of the piece they want to frame, and we'll take it from there!

      Students will pre-pay for materials- although if you'd like to make more than one, the cost difference can be paid the day of class to Kate.


      HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

      * This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here   What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 

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      Taught by Kate Schiffler (@bbfurnituremn)

      Hey there, I'm Kate! I have been a woodworker for over 17 years and I recently transitioned from running my small wood framing company to taking over Butcher Block Furniture Inc. where I build custom wood countertops and furniture. I am a skill collector in all types of materials and dabble in many different media. In my spare time I enjoy all the outdoor stuff, making things, reading, and hanging out with my daughter as much as possible.

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      Pricing Transparency:

      Cost breakdown for $50 class:

      Instructor receives $20

      Admin receives $5

      Space rental fee $15

      Website $10


      Materials cost breakdown $15:

      Wood $15


      What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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      Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $50,  but we now have a sliding scale admission option and a pay it forward option.

      • 08 March 2022
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
      • Jack's Hardware and Farm Supply, 2201 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
      • 7
      Register

      Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. There will also be an Axe Demo to show how to rough out a spoon blank.  This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed shoes as we are going to make some wood chips!

      * This class is limited to 10 individuals in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor and to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask, and regularly sanitize hands and tools.   What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 

       

      This course will be held at Jack's Hardware and Farm Supply.  LINK

      Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut proof glove rental. 

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      Taught by Rose Holdorf (@rozerita).    roseholdorf.com

      Rose grew up between a fir forest and an oak savanna in a house her parents built outside Corvallis, Oregon. A Macalester College alumna with a background in educational nonprofits, she attended North House Folk School in Minnesota to study traditional northern crafts, including timber framing, chair making, greenwood carving, blacksmithing, basket weaving, fibers, and natural dyeing. In 2018, she returned to the land where she was raised to revive her Dad’s wood shop and continue to carve, weave, sew, dye, and build.

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      Pricing Transparency:

      Cost breakdown per student:

      Instructor receives $20

      Admin fee: $10

      Website: $10


      Materials cost breakdown $20:

      Sandpaper $1.00

      Oil $1.50

      Jars $1.00

      Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)

      Tool upkeep $5.50


      What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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      Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $35,  but we now have a $15 admission option.

      If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.





      • 11 March 2022
      • 14 March 2022
      • 3 sessions
      • 150 West 60th Street, Minneapolis MN 55419
      • 0
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      In this 2.5 day course, each student will build a post-and-rung stool out of sustainably harvested Oregon White Oak. Throughout the weekend, students take a crash course on natural dyes and dye their cotton webbing for their stools, learn about splitting logs for stool pieces, and shape already split stool parts using a shaving horse, drawknife, and spokeshave. But that’s not all! Students will also use mortise and tenon joinery to assemble their shaped parts into furniture, and explore different weaving patterns with traditional shaker tape (aka cotton webbing) to weave a beautiful pattern for their seat. And of course, we'll sit. As any good chairmaker says, a seat is never finished until you sit on it. While students can expect to finish their stool during the class, it is an ambitious project! Prepare to work hard, work with your hands, and have plenty of fun too. 


      HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

      * This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here.  What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 

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      Taught by Rose Holdorf (@rozerita).    roseholdorf.com

      Rose grew up between a fir forest and an oak savanna in a house her parents built outside Corvallis, Oregon. A Macalester College alumna with a background in educational nonprofits, she attended North House Folk School in Minnesota to study traditional northern crafts, including timber framing, chair making, greenwood carving, blacksmithing, basket weaving, fibers, and natural dyeing. In 2018, she returned to the land where she was raised to revive her Dad’s wood shop and continue to carve, weave, sew, dye, and build.



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      Pricing Transparency:

      Cost breakdown per student:

      Instructor receives $110     (17 hour teaching time over 2.5 days)

      Admin receives $5

      Space rental fee $55

      Tool rental/upkeep $10


      Materials fee, set by the instructor: $60

      Including: 6/4 and 5/4 ash wood, wood glue, 1" cotton webbing (aka shaker tape), cotton pillow

      Rentals: shaving horse, drawknife, spokeshave, carving knife, drill press, mallet 

      What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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      Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $240,  but we now have a sliding scale admission option and a pay it forward option.


    Who we are

    Fireweed Community Woodshop is a fiscally sponsored org based in Minneapolis. Run by a loving board of 10 people, we strive to put tools into the hands of women and non-binary makersy. Read more


    Our programs

    Currently, we offer classes in three areas: furniture, home repair, and craft.

    We also host club nights and the occassional party...Our parties look more like a skillshare around building outhouses in the woods.

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