In this 2.5 day course, each student will build a post-and-rung stool out of sustainably harvested Oregon White Oak. Throughout the weekend, students take a crash course on natural dyes and dye their cotton webbing for their stools, learn about splitting logs for stool pieces, and shape already split stool parts using a shaving horse, drawknife, and spokeshave. But that’s not all! Students will also use mortise and tenon joinery to assemble their shaped parts into furniture, and explore different weaving patterns with traditional shaker tape (aka cotton webbing) to weave a beautiful pattern for their seat. And of course, we'll sit. As any good chairmaker says, a seat is never finished until you sit on it. While students can expect to finish their stool during the class, it is an ambitious project! Prepare to work hard, work with your hands, and have plenty of fun too.
HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT
* This class is limited to 8 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 regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here. What is Fireweed's Covid policy? FAQ here
Taught by Rose Holdorf (@rozerita). roseholdorf.com
Rose grew up between a fir forest and an oak savanna in a house her parents built outside Corvallis, Oregon. A Macalester College alumna with a background in educational nonprofits, she attended North House Folk School in Minnesota to study traditional northern crafts, including timber framing, chair making, greenwood carving, blacksmithing, basket weaving, fibers, and natural dyeing. In 2018, she returned to the land where she was raised to revive her Dad’s wood shop and continue to carve, weave, sew, dye, and build.
Cost breakdown per student:
Instructor receives $110 (17 hour teaching time over 2.5 days)
Admin receives $5
Space rental fee $55
Tool rental/upkeep $10
Materials fee, set by the instructor: $60
Including: 6/4 and 5/4 ash wood, wood glue, 1" cotton webbing (aka shaker tape), cotton pillow
Rentals: shaving horse, drawknife, spokeshave, carving knife, drill press, mallet
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 $240, but we now have a sliding scale admission option and a pay it forward option.