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

Upcoming events

    • 30 October 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • East Lake Library
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    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. 

    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. 

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

    Taught by Vanessa


    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $20 class:

    Instructor receives $20


    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 $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 November 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
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    Are you wondering about the trades? Ready to change that hobby into a career? Join us for a panel discussion with 4 woodworkers' journeys in the trades moderated by Gladys Walker, who is just entering the field! We have an awesome crew with varied experience:

    Erin Melzer- Union Carpenter

    Emily Chhen- Cabinet Maker and recent grad from St. Paul Tech

    Jacqueline Zepeda - Owner of Pine & Poplar Carpentry & Founder of Cempazuchitl Collective - a QTIBIPOC organization that provides skill shares from power tools, to direct action, to medicine making.

    Jo Manu- Founder of Manu Carpentry- working in carpentry for 20 years.

    Gladys Walker - Gladys is a woodworking enthusiast with an interest in furniture making and upholstery. 

    This discussion will be held on Zoom so that we can take your questions live and connect with these awesome craftspeople!

    Pricing Transparency:

    Each instructor is paid $75 ($375) We are hoping we can get 25 people to sign up and pay $15 to cover paying these talented people. We want to keep this accessible, so sliding scale is set to $0.  Please come if you want to hear this talk. No one will be turned away.

    • 16 November 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 6
    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 $50 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $15

    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.


    • 21 November 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 1
    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!

    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. "

    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 $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.

    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 November 16th - 20th. 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.

    Taught by Ouida Vincent

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $65 class:

    Instructor receives $18.75

    Admin receives $9.50

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $25

    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.

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    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. 




    • 30 November 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    No space for a lathe? No problem! Sit back and watch Daej Hamilton show us how she creates bowls and expressive pieces through the art of power carving.  Bring a notebook, as she will be sharing the tips, tricks, dos, and don’ts of power carving.


    About Daej in her own words: "I started woodworking in the 6th grade. Growing up in Toronto, I didn’t know

    any woodworkers who looked like me. I’m really grateful for the teachers and my mom who pushed me to keep going. As I continued woodworking throughout the years, I understood how important representation was. This caused me to build up the courage to start my own studio practice and evolve so much so that I’m able to share my skills with others."


    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $5-$50 demo:

    Instructor receives $150

    Admin receives $75

    Website/zoom subscription $45

    goal=$270



Past events

16 October 2021 BIPOC Power Tools 101 (for women + marginalized genders that feel comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
16 October 2021 Dala Horse Carving (All Gender/No Gender)
16 October 2021 Power Tools 101 (for women + marginalized genders that feel comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
07 October 2021 VIRTUAL Hex bamboo basket weaving 101 (For women and non-binary folks that are comfortable with a femme centered space)
28 September 2021 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (For women and marginalized genders: non-binary folk & trans men)
23 September 2021 Powderhorn Park Carving Hangout! (BYO tools/projects, except for printmaking)
22 September 2021 VIRTUAL Woodblock Printmaking 101 (For women and non-binary folks that are comfortable with a femme centered space)
13 September 2021 VIRTUAL Wooden Earrings WORKSHOP (For Women & Non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered space)
11 September 2021 Woodblock Printmaking 101 at the Park (For women and non-binary folks that are comfortable with a femme centered space)
29 August 2021 Member's Gathering: Medic Bus Build Out
08 August 2021 August Board Meeting
04 August 2021 Block and Spoon Carving Club
27 July 2021 Block and Spoon Carving Club
20 May 2021 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (For women and marginalized genders: non-binary folk & trans men)
13 May 2021 VIRTUAL woodblock printmaking 101 (For women and non-binary folks that are comfortable with a femme centered space)
12 May 2021 RESCHEDULED Virtual Handcut Dovetails Demo (For women and marginalized genders, non-binary folks and trans men)
11 May 2021 Virtual Seminar: Building Codes & Standards of Construction (For women and marginalized genders comfortable with a femme approach)
27 April 2021 Getting into Furniture- A panel discussion (all gender/no gender)
24 April 2021 VIRTUAL Decorative Carving Workshop (For women and non-binary folks who are comfortable in femme oriented spaces)
22 April 2021 CANCELLED VIRTUAL Green (fresh cut) Bowl Turning Demo (For All Gender/No Gender)
13 April 2021 VIRTUAL woodblock printmaking 101 (For all genders/no genders)
30 March 2021 Virtual Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Makers that are comfortable with a femme centered space
27 March 2021 BIPOC Woodworking Retreat- Build a Side Table in Grand Marais (for women & non-binary makers)
13 March 2021 VIRTUAL Wooden Earrings WORKSHOP (For Women & Non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered space)
23 February 2021 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (All gender/no gender)
16 February 2021 VIRTUAL Dala Horse Carving (All Gender/No Gender)
09 February 2021 VIRTUAL woodblock printmaking 101 (carving and home printing) (For women and non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered setting)
02 February 2021 VIRTUAL Bowl Power Carving Demo (For Women & Non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered space)
17 December 2020 Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Makers that are comfortable with a femme centered space
12 December 2020 VIRTUAL Wooden Earrings Demo (For Women & Non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered space)
10 December 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + marginalized genders that are comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
05 December 2020 Shrink Box Class (for women + marginalized genders that are comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
19 November 2020 Getting into the Trades- A panel discussion
15 November 2020 VIRTUAL Decorative Carving Demo with Ouida Vincent (For women and marginalized genders who are comfortable in femme oriented spaces)
07 November 2020 BIPOC Power Tools 101 (for women + marginalized genders that feel comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
07 November 2020 Power Tools 101 (for women + marginalized genders that feel comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
21 October 2020 Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Carvers
07 June 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning 201 (for women + non-binary makers)
20 May 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers)
16 May 2020 CANCELLED BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
15 May 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers)
13 May 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
13 May 2020 Virtual Spoon Carving
10 May 2020 CANCELLED Virtual Wood Block Carving - Mother' Day Edition (for women + non-binary makers)
09 May 2020 CANCELLED Picture Frames (For Women & Non-binary Makers)
09 May 2020 CANCELLED Bandsaw Hair Pins & Hair Sticks (for Women & Non-binary Makers)
07 May 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
21 April 2020 VIRTUAL Advanced Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
17 April 2020 CANCELLED Build A Viking Era Loom (all genders/no genders)
14 April 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
11 April 2020 CANCELLED Be Your Own Handyperson: Kitchen Renovation
08 April 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
07 April 2020 CANCELLED- Birch Bark Bangle (for women & non-binary makers)
04 April 2020 VIRTUAL-Garden Cold Frame
03 April 2020 VIRTUAL- Garden Cold Frame
02 April 2020 CANCELLED Build A Side Table (for women + non-binary makers)
01 April 2020 CANCELLED-BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
25 March 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
21 March 2020 Postponed Kolrosing: Next Level! (all gender/no gender)
21 March 2020 POSTPONED Kolrosing Basics (All gender/no gender)
14 March 2020 Be Your Own Handyperson: TRIM 101 (for women and non-binary makers)
13 March 2020 Make A Date with the Table Saw (women + non-binary folks)
11 March 2020 Hook Knife Sheath for Spoon Carvers (all gender/no gender)
29 February 2020 Bandsaw Hair Pins & Hair Sticks (for Women & Non-binary Makers)
22 February 2020 Butterfly Joint Tea Tray (all gender/no gender)
16 February 2020 Dala Horse Carving (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
15 February 2020 BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
14 February 2020 Who Cares about Valentine's Day Craft Hang (for women + non-binary makers)
13 February 2020 Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
12 February 2020 Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
08 February 2020 Dala Horse Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
06 February 2020 Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
05 February 2020 Post and Rung Stool (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
03 February 2020 Valentine-Palentine Print Making Class (For Women + Non-binary Makers)

About the shop

Fireweed Community Woodshop (formerly Women's Woodshop) empowers women and non-binary makers through the art of woodcraft.   We offer classes, community events, and more.

Contacts

fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com

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