empowering women & non-binary makers through the art of woodcraft

Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 3949 21st Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 10
    Register

    BYOE (Bring your own... everything!). Come join us as Fireweed makers Leah and Brianna host an outdoor gathering for carving and broom making...

    Come by anytime between 5:30 and 8:00 pm!

    Bring your own hand-carving project to Leah's backyard for some company, spring leisure time, and sharing tips and tricks. This is NOT A CLASS, just a community hangout. If it's raining, we will circle up in the garage with the doors open so dress for the weather.

    This craft hang is intended to bring Fireweed students from past classes together.  We have different donation levels at registration, choose the option that is right for you.  All are welcome. Thank you!


    What to bring:

    -a chair for sitting in a circle

    -your project, tools.


    **Spoon carvers: Spoon blanks will be available for purchase ($10) during the hang. If you want to get your hands on our recommended carving knives, pick one up at our local hardware store: Jack's Hardware and Farm Supply MAP

    **Broom makers: If you need more broom corn or twine, we have it available!  (1 lb broomcorn for a suggested donation of $10)  (34 full arm winding lengths of rope for $3) purchase/payment during the hang via PayPal 

    **woodblock printers: Leah's garage/backyard does not have work tables so woodblock carving and printing don't seem possible this time- we hope to be hosting more co-op hangouts this summer!  

    • 04 June 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • 2201 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (Jack's Hardware and Farm Supply)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Learn how to carve a Dala horse using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We grain direction, knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. Please note: we will not be painting these horses.

    Please wear pants and close toed shoes, as we are going to make some wood chips!

    This course will be held at Jack's Hardware and Farm Supply. It is limited to 10 people in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor. 

    This course has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $20.  Tools will be provided during class, but if you'd like to  purchase your own tools it's $37. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  

    Course materials include: dala horse blank

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch. LINK to bio. https://jesshirsch.com


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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $35 class:

    Instructor receives $12.50

    Admin receives $10



    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Tools upkeep $5

    Wood $10

    Prep time $5


    Tools are provided during class, but it is optional to order your own set to take home after class!

    Tool break down:

    Sloyd knife: $25

    Gloves: $13


    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 $55,  but we now have a $45 admission option and a pay it forward option.


    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. 


    • 05 June 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Join us for the first hour of our board meeting! During this time we do committee updates and an overview of whats new and upcoming in the shop! Each committee gets 5 minutes and you are more than welcome to voice your opinion on the topics at hand! 

    The second hour of the meeting is closed to the general public as it is more discussion based and could get chaotic with too many participants. These discussions will be illuminated at the follow up board meeting for full transparency. We hope  to see you there.


    The zoom link will be emailed to you when you register. When you join the meeting please mute yourself and as always cameras are optional.

    • 10 June 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Studio 221 @ Casket Arts Building: 6681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis MN 55413
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This course is a pilot course combining woodblock carving with clay work. Join printmaker and ceramic artist Anika Hsiung Schneider (graduate of MCAD and employee of Minnesota Center for Book Arts)  to carve patterns, shapes, and/or images into small woodblocks using traditional woodblock carving tools (familiar to you if you have taken any of Fireweed's Woodblock Printing 101 classes) and proofed on paper with ink before finalizing the design. Anika will assist students in using these blocks to stamp into clay. The clay can be formed into a variety of flatter forms including trivets or wall hangings.

    Clay will be fired after the class by the instructors, and available for pick up at an announced time approximately 2 weeks after the class date. Woodblocks may be kept for future stamping and fabric/paper printing. 

    The class will run 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm with a 30/45 minute dinner in the middle. This is an in-person multimedia class (see COVID policy below). 

    There is one free seat for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $26. Fireweed  believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.


    The class will take place at the casket Art building in Northeast Minneapolis. GOOGLE MAP*USE THE SIDE DOOR ON 17th AVE . Use the black door labeled 681 in large white letters (on the 17th Ave side), go up two flights of stairs to the second floor, down the hall to the right (go to the end, studio 221 is on the left). 

    Please note that unfortunately,  Casket Arts building is not ADA compliant as the building has an elevator but the entrance requires climbing stairs to the first floor to get to the elevator.

    This class is limited to 7 individuals in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

    COVID policy for indoor classes: 

    • everyone wears masks, regardless of vaccination status

    • students must be vaccinated OR have received negative COVID test results within 72 hours of class.

    If you are unable to come to class you are registered for because you are unwell/showing symptoms, get in touch and we'll work something out together.

    *If you have any questions or clarifications, let us know :)     fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com

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    Facilitated by Anika Schneider (@anika.h.schneider)


    Anika Hsiung Schneider is a narrative artist who draws on lived experiences, memory, and family history. With an Asian Mixed female identity, she resides in a highly racialized body that also exists in a liminal state. This connection to a liminal state of being closely connects her work to themes of loss, transitional spaces, and visualizing the intangible.


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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student for class:

    Instructor receive $33

    Admin receives $9

    Website/studio rental $8 


    Materials cost breakdown $26:

    woodblock $3

    clay $5

    underglaze $5

    ink/paper for proofing $2

    time in assembling materials, firing clay $10

    PPE $1



    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 $86,  but we now have a $76 sliding scale admission option and a pay it forward option.

    • 18 June 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • East Lake Library: 2727 E. Lake St. Minneapolis , MN
    • 10
    Register

    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 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. 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 the  library.

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

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    Taught by Nia  Fireweed Video

    Nia is one of our board members!  LINK to bios

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin/Website $5


    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 affected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $45,  but we now have a $35 and $55 admission option.

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





    • 23 June 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 809 Carleton St #1 Saint Paul MN 55114
    • 0

    Make a handmade toy for your little one or a little one in your life! Design your own, or use one of the patterns available. This class will teach a few basic woodworking skills, and you will leave with a finished toy. You will be using a bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, laminate router (optional), hammer, and sandpaper.

    Class will take place at Kate's Woodworking Studio in St. Paul MN.     LINK

    * This class is limited to 5 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.   What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 

    There is one free seat for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $20. Fireweed  believes in wealth redistribution 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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    Class taught by Kate Shiffler (@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 breakdown pers student 

    Instructor Fee $20 

    Admin Fee $5

    Website $10


    Materials $20

    Tool upkeep, safety gear, and wood $20


    We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

    _______________ 

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has affected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $55,  but we now have a sliding scale admission option and a pay it forward option.


    • 23 June 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 2201 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis 55404
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), 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 course will be held at Jack's Hardware and Farm Supply in Minneapolis. It is limited to 10 people in order to offer 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. What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here  

    This course has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $20. 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: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut-proof glove rental. 

    Tools are provided during class, but it is optional to buy your own set to take home after class from Jack's Hardware!

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    Taught by Jess   LINK to bio. https://jesshirsch.com 


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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $35 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases $10


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Tools upkeep $5

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

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


    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.

    ----------

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $55,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option.

    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. 


    • 02 August 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Fireweed's New Shop! TBA (Minneapolis - Prospect Park Neighborhood 55415)
    • 7
    Register

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

    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.

    HOSTED AT OUR *NEW SHOP SPACE!  (Minneapolis: Prospect Park Neighborhood 55415)

    * 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 see our 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 $20:

    $20 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.




    • 04 August 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Fireweed's New Shop! TBA (Minneapolis - Prospect Park Neighborhood 55415)
    • 2
    Register

    HOSTED AT OUR *NEW SHOP SPACE!  TBA (Minneapolis: Prospect Park Neighborhood 55415)

    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 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 see our covid safety protocol: here

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

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    Pricing Transparency for $75 fee:

    Instructor $25

    Shop fee  $16

    Materials $20

    Admin $14

    Website $10


    ​​Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $80,  but we now have a $70  admission option and a pay it forward option.


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




    • 20 August 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Fireweed's New Shop! TBA (Minneapolis - Prospect Park Neighborhood 55415)
    • 7
    Register

    Learn the ins and outs of bowl turning. Turn a greenwood (fresh cut) bowl on the electric lathe. Learn lathe anatomy, bowl blank prep, turning with a bowl gouge and parting tool, drying, and finishing.

    The class runs 4 hours total. Please avoid dangly clothing and wear close toed shoes.  Leave with your very own bowl!!!! 


    * This class is limited to 4 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 see our covid safety protocol: here

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch   LINK to bio.  

     https://jesshirsch.com 

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $100 class:

    Instructor receives $50

    Admin receives $20

    Rent $20

    Tool maintenance $10



    Materials cost breakdown $25:

    Wood  $20

    Prep Time $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 $125,  but we now have a $110  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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