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

Upcoming events

    • 30 November 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    No space for a lathe? No problem! Sit back and watch Daej Hamilton (@daejdesigns) 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."

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    Pricing Transparency:


    Cost breakdown for demo:

    Instructor receives $150

    Admin receives $75

    Website/zoom subscription upkeep  $45


    goal is $270



    • 04 December 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 2
    Registration is closed


    Carve your own wall hooks in this intro to green woodcarving class.  Students will learn how to efficiently and safely create wall hooks using traditional Scandinavian knife carving techniques.  Hooks will be made of freshly cut wood, aka "green" wood, drying, finishing, and tool sharpening will be discussed.  All levels welcome.

     The class fee includes tool rental, materials, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and closed 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 10 people in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.

    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 $24. 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: hook blank, straight knife rental, drill bit, and cut proof glove rental. Materials can be picked up AND dropped off for local students at East Lake Library in in Minneapolis: GOOGLE MAP   Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $20.00. (covers to & from priority shipping). 

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    Taught by Angela (@robins.angela) (www.angelarobins.com)

    Angela Robins is a woodworker and educator, inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese wooden crafts, particularly  the boat and the bowl.  From axe carving to wood turning on the lathe, she works primarily with freshly cut wood and seeks to create forms with satisfying curves.  She has taught boatbuilding at the youth empowerment organisation, Urban Boatbuilders, and bowl turning and woodcarving at the North House Folk School. She first got inspired to start teaching woodworking after working at and all-girls trade exploration camp called Rosie's Girls in Vermont.  She is excited to be part of the community at Fireweed Woodshop. 

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    Pricing Transparency:

    $50 class + $24 materials = $74 total

    Cost breakdown for $50 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $15

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Materials cost breakdown $24:

    Sandpaper $1

    Jars $1

    walnut oil $2

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

    Shipping of hooks to MN $9



    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.

    View our FAQs here

    • 10 December 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Casket Arts Building Minneapolis MN
    • 0
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    * This class time has been extended to allow for more design and printing time (original listing was 2 hours, our zoom class length, rather than 3 hours, our in-person class length).  Any students needing to arrive late/leave early (the original listing was 6:30-8:30) will be accommodated--just be sure to bring a design ready to transfer, and you will get instructions for printing more at home. An email will be sent with design information, studio access, and contact information.

    In this version of Woodblock Printmaking 101, students will practice 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 one color (black is traditional, but some other colors will be available). Follow-up materials lists and resources will be sent to students looking to print more at home (including on fabric, like tea towels! Pillow cases! Tshirts!). 

    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. Simple designs with bold image areas/texture that works with grain (think fur, bark, a cloudy sky, or water...rather than curly-cues) without lettering are recommended. You will receive an email from your instructor, jessiemerriam@gmail.com, with more guidance around block design in advance of class.

    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, printmaking quality paper and cards, newsprint for proofs, shina plywood block 4x6, pencil, power grip carving tool rental and brayer tool rental. Use of other printing implements as well.

    The class will take place at the casket Art building in Northeast Minneapolis. GOOGLE MAP

    This class is limited to 8 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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    Taught by Jessie Merriam

    follow @wheelbugs

    Jessie is one of our Board members!  Read her bio in our 'Meet the Board' page

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    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.




    • 11 December 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Join us for an evening  with Sheilla Actis, a jewelry maker from Brazil! In this workshop, Sheilla will show you marquetry veneer techniques that can be applied in small objects or jewelry. You will learn how to cut veneer with a saw and V-bench, then  glue the veneers to create an illustration technique for your pendant. She also share and talk about wood finishes and which ones she works with.   Finishes will be discussed but not done with the class due to wide variety of options.  The process is quite simple and it can be made at home with small pieces of wood veneers and basic hand tools. You keep the kit!

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    (@she.her.br)

    About Sheilla in her own words:

    My name is Sheilla, I am a Brazilian woodworker who fell in love with wood at a violin making workshop in Cambridge, 2010.  Later I got very interested in marquetry so I took every course I could find in Brazil. 

    There are so many types, styles and techniques in marquetry. They can bring different possibilities to woodworking. 

    For the past years I have  been teaching how to apply these techniques in jewelry and I also have started a small business to sell my work and create new projects from wood wastes that combine marquetry techniques and my creative process. 

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    Cost break down for kits $36:

    Jewellers Saw $10

    Saw Blade $2

    V-bench  with clamp $8

    1mm MDF $1

    glue $2

    Sand paper $1

    Veneers $5

    Prep Time: $5


    Students provide their own: pencil, ruler, packing tape,  cord for pendant, drill bit and drill for making the hole.

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $40 class fee:

    Instructor receives $50/hour

    Admin receives $10/student

    Website/zoom subscription $6/student

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    Kits will be available for pick up 1 week before class at a location in South Minneapolis to be shared upon registration.

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    THIS CLASS WILL BE RECORDED AND EMAILED TO YOU AFTERWARDS FOR FUTURE VIEWING:)

    If you would like reparations pricing, class fee waived/just pay materials fee please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com

    If you need financial assistance for the class please email us what you can pay and we will cover the rest fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com





    • 16 December 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 0
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    The stunning white paper bark from the birch tree can create many wonderful things, including an ornamental star.  Careful folding, a bit of string and lots of patience will be rewarded with a unique north woods adornment. Explore the joys of working with birch bark while learning about the harvest and process of the materials; each student will have materials for 2 ornaments, one will be made during class. This easy project can be made with lots of non-birch materials as well. Students should have a pair of scissors handy.

    ***walnut oil used in the process


    This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 10 people in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.

    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.

    Course materials include: freshly harvested birch bark strips. Materials can be picked up AND dropped off for local students at East Lake Library in in Minneapolis: GOOGLE MAP   Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $9. (covers priority shipping). 

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    Taught by Beth (@birchbarkbeth)   (http://birchbarkbeth.squarespace.com)

    Beth Homa Kraus is a basket weaver, artist and teacher working with sustainable harvested and hand-processed bark from the white paper birch tree.

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $55 class:

    Instructor receives $50/hr

    Admin receives $5

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Cost of materials: $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.

    ----------

    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 $30 admission option and a pay it forward option.

    Read our FAQs here


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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