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

Upcoming events

    • 13 August 2022
    • 14 August 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    In this 2 day course students will use the bandsaw to create a catchall box that can be used in countless ways! Working from a solid piece of wood salvaged from lumberyard offcuts, you will learn to design, layout, cut, sand, and reassemble the pieces to form a functional box. Once you learn the basic process, the possibilities are endless!  You will learn and use the following tools during class: bandsaw, spindle sander, orbital sanders, clamps 

    A 30 minute meal slot will be set aside for all, you are invited to bring something to eat and drink each day. 

    * This class is limited to 9 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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    Gwen Comings is a sculptor and painter with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in interdisciplinary studio and a BFA from MCAD in painting and drawing. They frequently use woodworking techniques and traditions in their art and enjoy making functional objects in their spare time.  Gwen is one of Fireweed's new board members - welcome Gwen!

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $45

    Admin receives $8

    Rent contribution $7

    Materials cost breakdown $27:

    Glue $1

    Sandpaper (hand and machine refills) $5

    Wood (6x6x2in maple)  $10

    Finishing wax $2

    Prep time $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 $87,  but we now have a $77 admission option and a pay it forward option.
    • 20 August 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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 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.
    • 20 August 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 3
    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 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 Fireweed's new location in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.  

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

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    Taught by Vanessa Walton

    Vanessa is one of our board members!  LINK to bios

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin/Wedsite $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 effected 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.


    • 25 August 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    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 Fireweed Woodshop in the Prospect Park neighborhood  in Minneapolis . It is limited to 12 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. 

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    Taught by Jess   LINK to bio

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases $10

    Website subscription $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.

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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 $65,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option, and a sliding scale 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. 


    • 31 August 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Tamales Y Bicycletas - 2820 15th Ave S, Minneapolis MN
    • 19
    Register

    Fireweed carver Jessie is hosting another installment of carving...

    Come by any time between 5:00 & 7:30pm!

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

    **Bathroom availability note:  unfortunately, the garden does NOT have a bathroom available on site.  There is one available about a block away at a church for community use. 

    This is a FREE event, open to all. If you like/are able to contribute to the shop and our new physical space , we have some different donation levels at registration, or you can choose "FREE!" registration.  Thank you!

    We are extremely happy to partner with Tamales y Bicicletas!  Tamales y Bicicletas (TyB) is a nonprofit that focuses on developing healthy Latino immigrant, and BIPOC communities through bikes, cultural empowerment, and environmental justice. The solar greenhouse project at our community garden is designed to promote food security while educating our communities on how to localize our food system in all seasons. 

    Keep an eye on what they're up to:  https://www.facebook.com/tamalesybicicletas/  

     or@tamalesybicis_farm

    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). 


    **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.

    **broom makers:  if you would like to purchase broomcorn, we have 1 pound bundles available for sale at $10 each.  Remember to bring your own twine, knife and foot winder.  

    **Spoon carvers:  if you took a class with Women's Woodshop/Fireweed this year or in the past, or have some prior experience, we will welcome you!  Happily, we DO  have a few blanks available this time -- we would ask for  $10 per blank.  Please be prepared to bring other tools to finish (locally, you can purchase knives and gloves at Jack's Hardware and Farm Supply)