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BIPOC Woodworking Retreat- Build a Side Table in Grand Marais (for women & non-binary makers)

  • 27 March 2021
  • 28 March 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • 27 March 2021, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CST)
  • 28 March 2021, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CST)
  • North House Folk School, 500 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
  • 0


  • Materials fee only

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Join us for a special BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) centered weekend in Grand Marais to learn the ins and outs of power tools! In this workshop you will spend two days building a SMALL SIDE TABLE using the trestle frame design.

The first part of class will focus on getting you comfortable with the heavy hitters in the Woodshop: table saw, miter saw, planer and jointer! The second part of class will cover basic joinery and sanding your table to its finished state. The final finish will be discussed but not executed in class so that you can take home a dry table and wrap up at home. Sunday is an optional half day if you want to hit the road early, but you may stay until 5:00 if you wish.

This workshop is in partnership with North House Folk School in order to share the beautiful landscape of Lake Superior with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fireweed Community. 

Grand Marais is 5 hours north of the Twin Cities. With the help of North House Staff we will provide FREE guest apartments for groups of 2+kids to accommodate 3 groups of 2 students, ideally traveling with your pod to minimize covid risk. We hope friends, partners, family members will sign up together. If traveling solo, we will pair you with other solo folks if you want the free lodging otherwise there are many options in Grand Marais. Child care will be provided to families through a craft activity led by Nia Zekan, North House Intern and Fireweed Board Member.

Once you register you will be given the details on rentals (air bnb style private apartments) and make sure you have a sleeping situation that works well for you and your pod partner and if you bringing kiddos. We will email you as soon as we can but it should be within 1 week of registration.

In case of a snow emergency, we will cancel class and you will be refunded your materials fee. You will be notified via email as soon as we know.

Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar

Pricing Transparency:
Instructor fee $700 (we will fundraise for this), $0 cost to students
Admin time $75- donated by Fireweed Staff
Shop Rental- Donated by North House Folk School
Materials Fee$50 to cover lumber, glue, & screws

If this cost is prohibitive please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com

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