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

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    • 22 September 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    • 2
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    In this version of Woodblock Printmaking 101, students will learn the basics of Western-style block carving and printing with minimal tools at home, and make a set of prints/cards/stationery. We will learn about how to think in relief (carving around the lines/areas to be printed, and the mirror-image effect of printing), utilize wood grain in design, how to transfer designs to a block, the techniques and different effects of the five basic carving tools (which have parallels in other woodworking), and how to handle ink and paper and methods for printing using tools you have at home (rather than a press).

    We will print in black, but go over how to add color to your work. Resources will be available for further projects with your block and other simple materials. To maximize the time we have for carving questions, please prepare a 4x6 design (landscape or portrait orientation) for your block in advance. A design on paper can be transferred to the block so that the print will be the same orientation as the paper drawing, so any lettering in your design should be right-reading.

    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: ink tube (1 per student), printmaking quality cards and envelopes, newsprint for proofs, shina plywood block 4x6, pencil, power grip carving tool rental and brayer tool rental.

    Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at East Lake Library between September 19 through September 22.  No shipping option is available for this particular session, but contact jessiemerriam@gmail.com for tips on purchasing supplies if you are out of state and want to take the class!

    Taught by Jessie 

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $12.50

    Admin receives $9.50

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $11.25

    Website/zoom subscription $11.75


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    $5 woodblock

    $5 tube of water soluble printmaking ink

    $.50 sheets of newsprint

    $5.50 printmaking quality card stock & other acid free paper

    $4 time in assembling materials, tearing paper to size etc.


    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 $45,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option.




    • 23 September 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Powderhorn Park (south side of the pond, picnic tables up in the trees--park on 35th St and walk down the hill)
    • 23
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    Fireweed carvers Bozena and Jessie are hosting another installment of carving in the park...

    Come by any time between 4:00 & 6:30pm!

    Bring your own hand-carving project to the park for some company, autumnal recreating, and sharing tips and tricks. This is NOT A CLASS, just a community hangout.

    This is a FREE event, open to all. If you like/are able to contribute to the shop and our new physical space endeavors, we have some different donation levels at registration, or you can choose "FREE!" registration and donate in any amount that you like  on paypal at Fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, or through GiveMN  (through GiveMN you can make a tax-deductable donation). Thank you!


    What to bring:

    -a chair for sitting in a circle (optional, just easier to talk than sitting at the picnic tables)

    -your project, tools (see blockprinting exception below). Spoon carvers, sadly we DO NOT have any blanks or tools available this time due to other classes--but you can also come to hang and see others' projects!


    **woodblock printers: if you took a class with Women's Woodshop/Fireweed this year or in the past, or have some prior experience, woodblock instructor Jessie will be there with some tools and various colored inks--as well as a few blocks for sale ($5 each, available as a registration add-on or venmo/paypal/cash at the event). Bring your own paper/cards/fabric etc for printing or use Jessie's scraps (printmaking quality greeting card and envelopes available as registration add-on as well, may have more available to buy at the event too). Email jessiemerriam@gmail.com with questions.



    • 28 September 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 2
    Register

    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 (even in your own home). Set up in a sweepable area, we are going to make some wood chips!

    This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 12 people in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.

    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 $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.

    Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut proof glove rental. Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at East Lake Library in in Minneapolis. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $14.00. (covers to & from priority shipping). 

    Taught by Jess

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $10

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    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.

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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 $45,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option.




    • 07 October 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 4
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