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All classes take place at the Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501 (map) unless otherwise noted. Registering early helps us prepare and offer the highest quality experience for everyone! The Arbutus Folk School proudly welcomes students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   At this time, students must be 18 years or older for the blacksmithing classes.

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING CLASSES 


Woodshop Open Studio

Instructor:  Fran Fong
Dates:  Most Wed evenings:  May 1, 8, 15, 22.  Each day is a separate workshop
Time:  6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $15 for drop-in on May 1. Following classes are $15 for advance registration or $20 five or less days prior. Note that registration for Open Studio will not open until May 1st.
No. of Students: Min. 0, Max 8
Skill level:  Beginner
Materials: Students may bring their own materials or purchase wood in our shop

Description: This is both uninstructed shop time for independent project work using hand tools, and an opportunity for beginners interested in practicing basic hand tool techniques.  An experienced woodworking instructor will be on hand to ensure the safe use of tools and equipment.   Note: Arbutus is developing plans for community accesses to woodworking machines during open shop. Updates shared via our newsletter.

Intro to Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Rigg
Dates:  2019 –  May 4, Jun 8;
each day is a separate workshop
Time:  10 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: $150
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 6, Max 6
Skill level:  Beginner
Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes and long pants

Class Description: This is an introduction to blacksmithing class.  Students will make nails, decorative leaves or BBQ skewers to take home. Students will be introduced to tools and basic techniques.  This class will provide the experience needed for more advanced upcoming classes, such as Forge Building, Hand-Forged Hardware, Tool Making, Chest Hardware, Open-Project Forge, and Traditional Joinery. Students who have already taken the class are welcome and can work on previous projects or select from a few more advanced projects.

Please note, students must be 18 years or older for all blacksmithing classes.

Students must wear durable, close-toed shoes and long pants.  The class will have a 30 minute lunch break.  Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

Blacksmithing classes are now being held at Kelly’s studio.  The address is 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA 98501. 


Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Miller
Date: May 11, June 8, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14 – 2019 Dates (each a separate class)
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm Full day workshop
Cost: 
$155
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: None needed, may bring turning tools and safety gear or use instructors
Ages Welcome: 13+

Class Description: Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing.  This is a hands on class where students will turn either a wooden carving mallet, a spurtle (wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths), or a garden dibble (helps plant bulbs, seeds, or transplants at the proper depth) in the morning and a small bowl in the afternoon, both of which they’ll take home after the class. For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide them with a catalog and go over different lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment at reduced costs .

NOTE: this class takes place at Larry’s shop, not at Arbutus.  Location: 4621 John Luhr Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516 (map: https://goo.gl/maps/PV7wC


Youth Pottery: Ages 9 – 16

Instructor: Meghan Hopkins
Dates: Friday afternoons: May 3 – June 7
Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $197
Registration Closes: 2 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 6

Class Description: This class is intended to introduce the beginner to basics of clay work and to allow the more experienced student to practice both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. With a primary focus on vessels, there is a lot of room for creativity. Mindfulness exercises will be incorporated into the instruction. Students must be able to follow complex directions and focus on their work. Ages 9 to 16 years old.


Play with Yarn

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: May 3
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $57 (includes frame loom & yarn!)
Registration Closes: February 27
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Join us for a fun evening of weaving and yarn play. In this class, youll learn all the basics you need to create one of a kind woven wall hangings. Well start with the basics: warping a frame loom, starting out with weaving, and planning out your design. There will be demos for ways to accomplish interesting shapes and textures, ways of getting experimental, as well as techniques for finishing and displaying your finished piece. Yarn will be provided, and well have a discussion about different yarns and how they behave when woven. The simple frame loom is yours to keep and use again!  

On the first Friday of each month from 6 pm -9 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 3 hour Play with Yarn class. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Play with Clay: Garden Creatures

Instructor: Andritta Bernstein
Dates: May 3 & 17
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: May 2
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

May Play with Clay participants will create garden creatures to look over their gardens. Will your creature be cute or creepy?

Each month on the first & fourth Friday from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Warp a Floor Loom; Weave a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: May 4 & 5
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Sock yarn-Look for yarn that is around 420m/100g or 460 yds/3.5 oz. This weight yarn may also be called fingering weight or sport weight. You will need a total of 800 yards— 400 yards for the warp and slightly less than that for the weft. Choose a solid and a multi-colored or two different colored solids or all one color. This yarn is readily available at local yarn stores.

***Important–Do not bring any other type of yarn for this project. You may also want to bring along:  lunch/snacks/drinks, pillow for the loom bench, pocket folder or notebook, page protector sheets, scissors, pencil/pen, tape measure.

Class Description: In this fast-paced 2-day class, students will learn how floor looms are set up and discover the wonder of creating their own cloth. The instructor will guide students through all the basic steps of weaving from preparing a warp and dressing a loom to reading a weaving draft and finally, weaving their scarf. Students will purchase yarn as directed in the supplies list and leave class with a woven scarf. (Final finishing of the scarf will be done at home.)


Intro to Stonecarving

Instructor: Keith Phillips
Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25
Times: 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: $250
Registration Closes: 2 weeks before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 5
Age: 18 and older

Class Description: Tenino is the home of three sandstone quarries which have been a vital source of industry and craft for over a century. This industry centered on architectural structural stone which included artistic, carved ornamentation.  Many historically significant buildings and sculptures on the west coast, are carved of Tenino sandstone, including the Old courthouse across from the capitol as well as the old Federal building in Olympia, WA. Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition – this class is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the masters. 

For those who are interested in working with Tenino sandstone we offer a 4-day workshop that covers the basics of carving with mallet and chisel. Students are encouraged to design their own project for a 12”x8” block of Tenino sandstone and may include letter carving or decorative relief. Students, as beginners, should start with plain and simple uncomplicated bas-relief designs. This class also includes a field trip to the Hercules #1 Quarry and the Tenino Depot Museum. The workshop will take place on 4 consecutive Saturdays from 10am – 2 pm at the Shed in downtown Tenino. Bring comfortable shoes and, depending on the season, dress for possibly cold weather as the Shed is an unheated workshop with large open doors. Safety equipment is provided. Street parking and nearby restrooms are available. This class is instructed by Tenino Stone Carver Keith Phillips. 

Class takes place at the carving shed in Tenino, 12 miles south of Olympia. Address is 147 Olympia St N, Tenino, WA 98589. Link to Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/PGz7eMSa8xt  Link to information about Tenino’s stonecarving history: http://www.historylink.org/File/10991 


 Embroidery Circle

Arbutus is hosting an “Embroidery Circle” for those who want to meet up with other stitchers in the community.  We meet on a Sunday each month for 2 hours, from 10:30am – 12:30pm. If you have questions, need guidance, or just want to come share – this is the group for you!  All levels of experience are welcomed!  While the group will have a knowledgeable “guide,” we will all learn from each other!  Bring in your ideas and projects: let’s talk Embroidery!!  There is a minimal charge of $5 for each session to help with Arbutus overhead. Upcoming 2019 dates:

May 12
June 9
July 14
August 11
September 15
October 13
November 10
December 15

Drop-ins are welcomed as space allows. However, we strongly recommend registering in advance: if there are no advance registrations, that month will be cancelled.  Also, space is guaranteed for those who register in advance.


All About Spinning

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Tuesday eves May 7 – June 11
Times: 6-8 pm
Cost: $200
Registration Closes: May 5
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 6
Skill Level: All levels
Age Group: Ages 14+

Class Description: All About Spinning will offer you the opportunity to learn just that. For the first three weeks we’ll learn about fiber, twist, and drafting on drop spindles, and for the second three weeks we’ll move to the spinning wheel to understand mechanization, ratios, and drive systems. In this fun, supportive, interactive class, students will spin and ply their own yarns, build community with other class members, and learn about fiber resources in our area. If you’ve ever wondered about how fiber becomes yarn, join us for this six-week exploration.  

Spinning wheels will be provided by Arbutus for the duration of the class; drop spindles may be purchased for $15 from the instructor at the first class. If you wish to buy a spindle prior to class, we recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  If you have your own spindle and/or wheel, feel free to bring it. 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday eves May 14 – June 18
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $281
Registration Closes: March 12
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 9
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: I believe that throwing clay on a potter’s wheel is a beautiful practical science rather than an art. I also believe that pottery is a moving meditation with creative and functional benefits.  Please join me to explore these ideas on the wheel!  In this beginner through advanced pottery class, my aim is to help each student understand and master the physics of clay on the wheel.  Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies.  Each student will develop and strengthen their ability to center and throw clay in the 1-3 pound range. We will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. I am sure you will complete this class with your best ceramic work and artistic mindset.


Four-Week Wheel Throwing: Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Thursday eves May 16 – June 6
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $196
Registration Closes: May 14
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: I believe that throwing clay on a potter’s wheel is a beautiful practical science rather than an art. I also believe that pottery is a moving meditation with creative and functional benefits.  Please join me to explore these ideas on the wheel!  In this intermediate through advanced pottery class, my aim is to help each student understand and master the physics of clay on the wheel.  Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies.  Each student will develop and strengthen their ability to center and throw clay in the 1-3 pound range. We will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. I am sure you will complete this class with your best ceramic work and artistic mindset. 


Play with Ukulele

Instructor: Scuff
Dates: May 17
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $32
Registration Closes: May 15
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

I’ll bring the ukes, you bring yourself! The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for folks interested in learning music, it’s got some very easy chords to get you started, but can also be something you can spend a lifetime enjoying and learning. We’ll spend some time listening to ukulele music in multiple genres, talking about it’s history, and learning how to play. We’ll get into the tuning, some chords, a scale, and some songs. By the end of class, you’ll have the skills to get started on your musical journey, all you’ll need is a uke and to get strumming.  Come experience the joys of music with me in this two-hour class!

On the third Friday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm Arbutus offers an informal two-hour play with ukulele class. This class is for folks who haven’t played an instrument before, are coming back to music after a long absence, or want to try a totally new instrument, but if you’re willing to go with the pace of the group anyone is welcome! This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Shaker Box

Instructor:  Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: May 21 & 23
Time:  6-9 pm
Cost:
$104
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: 16 and up

Class Description: In this class students will each make a bent wood Shaker box – a size #2 – with cherry bands and a birds eye maple top. Each student will be provided with pre-milled material, from there we will go through the heating and bending process, riveting with copper tacks, and making and fitting the tops and bottoms with pegs. We wont apply finishes in the class, but examples of different finishes will be shown and discussed. All materials will be provided by the instructor.


Metalsmithing: The Classical Double Loop-in-Loop Chain

Instructor:  Pamela Davis
Dates: May 25 & June 1
Time:  10 am – 3 pm
Cost: 
$222
Registration closes: 2 weeks before class
No. of Students: 
min. 5, max. 7
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: 16 and up

Class Description: Loop-in-Loop Chain making is an ancient technique that spans many cultures and countries. Considering the complexity and beauty of the product, the process is surprisingly simple. But like anything simple and handmade, time and technique come into play.
In this class you will learn basic metalsmithing techniques using fine silver. During our first session you will create jump rings and then fuse them using a torch. We will then cover shaping and weaving the pieces together. Between the first and second session you will take your jump rings home with the necessary tools to finish the weaving process. Depending on your ambition you will return for the second session with your bracelet or necklace. During the second session you will refine the piece by annealing it and stretching it through a drawplate. The last step is creating a clasp that will ensure you will walk away wearing a beautiful piece of art you have made!
The techniques covered in this class include cold forming metal wire, fusing fine silver with a torch, silver soldering, & basic fine metal hammering techniques.
The class fee will equip you with the materials you need to create a fine silver chain bracelet or necklace in addition to a few of the tools necessary to pursue further projects on your own. The instructor will provide you with sources for additional supplies and tools if you wish to develop your own home practice.


Tools of the Trade

Instructor:  Maddie Morgan
Dates: May 28, 29, 30, 31, & June 3
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$225
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students can bring their own hand tools to restore if they have them

Class Description: For generations artisan craftsmen and craftswomen, or those who aspire to be, have relied on fine hand tools to construct useful and beautiful things from wood.  We admire these tools for their charm, for the ingenuity of their design, and for the creative potential they represent. But without careful maintenance, tuning, set-up, and an investment of time in acquiring the skills to use them, these tools will never be anything more than curiosities.

The aim of this course is to take these great old tools out of the display case and put them back to work. You’ll learn to how restore those rusty things you found in grandpa’s basement, how to produce a surgically sharp cutting edge, and how to set up your planes, saws, and chisels so that they sing. Finally, we’ll begin honing the skills necessary for using these tools. There are few things in woodworking more enjoyable than using a freshly sharpened chisel and mallet to shape a complex joint or a well-tuned hand plane to produce a shimmering, perfectly smooth surface on a piece of timber.  And by the end of this class, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.


Garden Mosaics – Birdbath

Instructor: Jennifer Kuhns
Dates: June 1 & 2
Times: Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $241
Registration Closes: May 29
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 18
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Create vibrant, colorful mosaic art for the garden! This class will cover the basics for exterior and garden mosaics. Lecture will include info on substrates appropriate for exterior use and their preparation, fixatives, setting, grouting and sealing.
This class is great for the beginner as we will be covering tools, cutting techniques, and mosaic design, and is also appropriate for the student who has already experimented with interior or craft mosaics and would like to expand their knowledge to include exterior, garden or permanent installations.
Students will create a mosaic garden ornament using recycled glass tile on terra cotta to create a charming garden birdbath.


Synchronized Studios: Ceramic and Wood Exploration

Instructors: Joelle Montez & Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: June 2, 5, and 9
Times: June 2, 11 am – 3 pm, June 5, 6-9 pm, June 9, 11 am – 3 pm.
Cost: $256
Registration Closes: May 29
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description:  This class utilizes both the wood and ceramics studios – join us for our collaborative class designing and making handcrafted wooden spoons and ceramic vessels. The first day, students will design a vessel and spoon pair. We’ll explore how to create a cohesive design between the two objects, resulting in functional as well as finely crafted work. Students will learn clay slab building techniques, working from two-dimensional designs to three-dimensional vessels. The second day students will glaze their ceramic pieces and bend wooden spoon blanks. Spoon carving will make up the majority of the third class, and the finished ceramic vessels will be out of the kiln to join the spoons in perfect harmony! Ages 16 and up welcome.


Shaker Box Set

Instructor:  Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: June 6 & 8
Time: June 6, 6-9 pm and June 8, 10 am – 2 pm
Cost:
$104
Registration closes: 4 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max. 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: 16 and up

Class Description: In this class students will each make a nesting set of 3 bent wood shaker boxes – sizes #3, #2, #1 –  with cherry bands and birds eye maple tops. Each student will be provided with pre-milled material, from there we will go through the heating and bending process, riveting with copper tacks, and making and fitting the tops and bottoms with pegs. We wont apply finishes in the class, but examples of different finishes will be shown and discussed. All materials will be provided by the instructor.


Play with Yarn

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: June 7
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $57 (includes frame loom & yarn!)
Registration Closes: February 27
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Join us for a fun evening of weaving and yarn play. In this class, youll learn all the basics you need to create one of a kind woven wall hangings. Well start with the basics: warping a frame loom, starting out with weaving, and planning out your design. There will be demos for ways to accomplish interesting shapes and textures, ways of getting experimental, as well as techniques for finishing and displaying your finished piece. Yarn will be provided, and well have a discussion about different yarns and how they behave when woven. The simple frame loom is yours to keep and use again!  

On the first Friday of each month from 6 pm -9 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 3 hour Play with Yarn class. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Play with Clay: Weed Pots

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: June 7 & 12
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: June 5
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

Put all those beautiful flowery weeds in your very own weed pot!  Another PWC project inspired by a wonderful student. 

Each month on the first & fourth Friday from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Shipwright Workshop

Instructor: Ben Kahn
Dates: June 15 – 18
Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $392
Registration Closes: June 7
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Age Group: 16+

This class is a unique opportunity for the artist or craftsperson who wants to develop woodworking skills that are used daily by boatbuilders. Students in this class will steam bend wood, draw and cut fair curves, make patterns, and make round items. The primary emphasis of this class is skills based, but students will also have some time to be creative and make pieces that utilize boatbuilding techniques. Wood will be provided by the instructor and can be purchased for projects. This class is hand tool intensive and is open to people of any skill level.

Students will need to bring approx. $40 for materials, to be purchased directly from instructor. 


Wood Finishes

Instructor:  Maddie Morgan
Dates: June 21, 22, & 23
Time:  Friday, 6 – 9 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
$220
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing

Class Description: A woodworking project isn’t finished until it’s finished, a simple truth but one that many woodworkers ignore.  Whether through fear or haste, the finish is often an afterthought.  But the application of a carefully chosen and skillfully applied finish is what can mean the difference between a piece that is merely pleasant and one that is elegant and beautiful.

This class is designed to remove some of the apparent mystery surrounding the application of wood finishes. Students will be introduced to a variety of both clear and colored finishes along with the tools and techniques for their proper application. The skills you learn are ones that have served artisan woodworkers for generations and they will truly take your work to another level of refinement.

 


Contemporary Tapestry Weaving

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: June 22 & 23
Times: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost: $180
Registration Closes: 
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Weaving images by hand is an ancient art form that has continued to inspire contemporary artists worldwide. In this class, we will cover all of the basic building blocks of beginning a personal tapestry weaving practice: warping a tapestry frame loom, creating and using designs suitable for weaving, building shapes, color blending, and some of the many techniques for finishing and display of your piece.  

All yarn and tools will be provided, and the looms we use in class* will be yours to keep. We will also discuss different kinds of yarn and looms, their suitability for tapestry, and what to look for when shopping for supplies. 

 *If you have taken a weaving class with Annette and already have a copper pipe loom, there is variable pricing available.* 


Warp a Floor Loom; Weave a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: June 22 & 23
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Sock yarn-Look for yarn that is around 420m/100g or 460 yds/3.5 oz. This weight yarn may also be called fingering weight or sport weight. You will need a total of 800 yards— 400 yards for the warp and slightly less than that for the weft. Choose a solid and a multi-colored or two different colored solids or all one color. This yarn is readily available at local yarn stores.

***Important–Do not bring any other type of yarn for this project. You may also want to bring along:  lunch/snacks/drinks, pillow for the loom bench, pocket folder or notebook, page protector sheets, scissors, pencil/pen, tape measure.

Class Description: In this fast-paced 2-day class, students will learn how floor looms are set up and discover the wonder of creating their own cloth. The instructor will guide students through all the basic steps of weaving from preparing a warp and dressing a loom to reading a weaving draft and finally, weaving their scarf. Students will purchase yarn as directed in the supplies list and leave class with a woven scarf. (Final finishing of the scarf will be done at home.)


Wooden Spoon Carving

Instructor:  Joe Tougas
Dates: June 25 & 27
Time:  6-9 pm
Cost:
$89
Registration closes: 2 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 5, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: Adult

Class Description: There’s nothing like the feel of a really sharp knife slicing through wood, safely and efficiently. Students in this class will learn to use a variety of carving and sculpture tools (knives, gouges, saws, etc.), and how to approach various kinds of wood.  An introductory project–carving a spoon–will introduce basic skills.  A sharpening workshop will teach care and feeding of knives and gouges. The spoons students carve can be complex or simple, depending on the imagination and dedication of the individual. At the end of the class each student should have the knowledge and skill to complete their carving on their own.


Spinning from the Beginning for Youth! 

Instructor:  Emily Gray
Date:  Saturdays July 6, 13, 20
Time:  1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Cost: 
$100
Registration closes: July 3, 2019
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 10
Skill level: 
Beginner

Class Description:*This class is for youth 10-16 years old.  No fiber experience is necessary. 

Are you curious about how yarn is made?  Do you love the idea of playing with wool? Spinning from the Beginning is for you!  The class will introduce you to the basic techniques of spinning fiber using drop spindles.  If you already have a spindle, bring it.  If not, you may purchase one for $15 from the instructor at the first class.  If you’d prefer to purchase a spindle prior to class, we recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  A good beginning spindle needn’t cost more than $15 – $20.    

In addition to spinning, we will explore fiber types, preparations, and resources in our area.  As a participant, you will take home fiber each week to practice between classes.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber community, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals. 


Wooden Sign Carving

Instructor:  Joe Tougas
Dates: July 16 & 23
Time:  6-9 pm
Cost:
$144
Registration closes: 2 weeks prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 5, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: Adult

Class Description: Hand-carved wood signs can be very expensive, but with some expert guidance, a few good tools, and practice, you should be able to carve a beautiful sign yourself. Whether it’s a name sign to hang above your mailbox or a sign for your small business, a carved sign can project a sense of craftsmanship. The basic skills students learn in this class will provide a foundation for many other creative projects.  The class fee will cover the wood for a 5 ½ “ x 24” cedar sign. In the first class meeting students will learn and practice the basic carving skills. Before the second meeting, students will be drawing a pattern for their sign, so they can dive into the carving process, learning what they will need to complete the sign on their own.

Each student will go home with two essential carving tools (gouge, detail knife), included in the cost of the class. (Students who already have comparable tools will be refunded $45 of the total class cost.)


Weaving a Rag Rug

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: August 3 & 4
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$206
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students will bring  CLEAN, freshly laundered, unwrinkled clothing to be cut into strips for weaving–please see class description for further guidance, sharp scissors, Rotary cutter and cutting mat if available, lunch/snacks/drinks, cushion to sit on loom benches

Class Description: One of the most useful and historically the most common ways of recycling used clothing is to weave rag rugs with it. Sturdy rugs to cover our floors and decorate our homes. This class is designed so that students can recycle some of the clothing they haven’t quite been able to give away. Day one will have us preparing for weaving on Day two. We’ll cut our “saved” clothing into strips, roll them into balls and get ourselves ready to weave our rag rugs. Students will bring CLEAN, freshly laundered and unwrinkled clothes, ready to be cut up. These can be blue jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, shirts, pajamas, etc. They just need to be ALL the same kind of fabric. If using jeans, it all has to be jean-type cloth. If using finer cloth (like shirt/blouse/dress fabric), it all has to be finer cloth. The same with T-shirts. It all has to be T-shirt type cloth. How much?? Pants–4-5, Shirts–7-10. Day two will be dedicated to weaving our fabulous rag rugs.


Handle Replacement for Hammers & Hachets

Instructor:  Francis Fong
Dates: August 4
Time:  10 am to 2:30 pm
Cost:
$64
Registration closes: 10 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Hammer or hatchet head, with or without old handle.
Age Group: Adult

Class Description: In this class students will bring in an old hammer or hatchet in need of a new handle. Each student will be provided with a new hard wood handle blank, with which they will outline their new handle shape, cut it out roughly on the band saw, and refine the shape and fit with hand tools. This course does not include restoration of the tool head, but options will be discussed.


Wooden Boatbuilding 

Instructor: Ben Kahn
Dates: August 21 – August 28
Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $784
Registration Closes: August 15
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 9
Skill Level: Beginner
Age Group: 16+

This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of wooden boatbuilding by constructing a small wooden rowboat (no plywood or glue).  I believe the skills learned in this class are useful to anyone who has an interest in woodworking, art, or construction.  Throughout the course there will be a variety of demonstrations helping the students prepare for the next step. Working together as a team, the boat will be assembled with near perfect joinery to keep it afloat. Skills acquired will also include basic hand tool use/maintenance, bending wood, making oars, and pattern making. No experience is necessary, but students must be prepared to work diligently to improve hand skills and develop an eye for craftsmanship. 

The class will collaborate to build one small rowboat retained by the Folk School.


Small Dovetail Box

Instructor:  Francis Fong
Dates: September 6, 7, & 8
Time:  Friday 6-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 10 am to 3:30 pm
Cost:
$194
Registration closes: 14 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 6
Skill level: 
Experience helpful but not required
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: Adult

Class Description: In this class students will learn some fundamental skills of hand tool woodworking through constructing a small dovetail box. On the first day students will learn how to use basic layout tool and will cut a practice dovetail joint. The following days will be committed to cutting joinery, making a simple lid, and applying a finish. Students will become familiar with hand saws, chisels, marking tools, and simple maneuvers on a router table.


Wooden Tool Tote

Instructor:  Francis Fong
Dates: September 20-22 & 27-29
Time:  Fridays 6-9 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 10 am – 3:30 pm
Cost:
$389
Registration closes: September 10
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 6
Skill level: 
Experience helpful but not required
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: Adult

Class Description: In this class students will learn the fundamentals of hand tool woodworking through constructing a hardwood tool tote. On the first day students will learn how to use basic layout tools and will cut a practice dovetail joint. The following days will be committed to constructing the tote body and handle. Tools learned will include hand saws, chisels, layout tools, hand planes, and some limited machine work. Joinery techniques will include dovetails and wedged, through mortise and tenons. If students finish their tote early, they can make a small tray to accompany the tote. We may not apply finishes in this course but finish options will be discussed. All materials will be provided by the instructor.


Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: September 28 & 29
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors, and note-taking supplies, cushion to sit on benches

Class Description: In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using both stick and boat shuttles on pre-warped looms. They will also learn the parts of a loom and how they work, weaving language, how to read weaving drafts, wind a bobbin and stick shuttle, throw a shuttle, maintain an even weaving beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects. Students will take home a minimum of 4 completed handwoven pieces. 


Spinning from the Beginning

Instructor:  Emily Gray
Date:  Saturdays October 12, 19, 26, 2019
Time:  1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Cost: 
$93
Registration closes: October 9, 2019
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 10
Skill level: 
Beginner

Materials provided by student: Whether you’d like to learn spinning basics for that wheel you found, or you’d like to spin on the go with a portable spindle, Spinning from the Beginning will introduce you to the basic techniques of spinning fiber.  We will learn on drop spindles; the skills you develop will carry you from spindle to wheel and back again.  If you already have a spindle, bring it!  If not, you may purchase one for $15 from the instructor at the first class.  If you’d prefer to purchase a spindle prior to class, we recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  A good beginning spindle needn’t cost more than $15 – $20.    

In addition to spinning, we will explore fiber types, preparations, and resources in our area.  As a participant, you will take home fiber each week to practice between classes.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber community, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals. 

*Please note: Spinning from the Beginning is a prerequisite for The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel. 


Open Ceramics Studio – Handbuilding

Instructor: Dritta Bernstein
Dates: Monday evenings, except every 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $18 per night
Registration: Drop-ins welcome
No. of Students: Max. 5

Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for hand building techniques only; our wheels are reserved for students currently enrolled in wheel throwing classes at Arbutus Folk School. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $10- $13 per 25 lb bag
Firing  – See chart
Glazes included in firing fee

Students currently enrolled in classes pay only for open studio time and do not need to pay additional fees for glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.


Continuing Embroidery

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: Spring dates TBD
Times: TBD
Cost: $84
Registration Closes: TBD
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Provided by Student: 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. Kit fee (to instructor) is $8.00.  (You may purchase a good quality 5″ embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, if you wish.) 

Class Description: This class is for those of you that have at least some embroidery experience and want to (a) add some new stitches to your knowledge and/or (b) brush up on the ones you know.  We will do a quick review of stem stitch, french knots, fly stitch, blanket stitch, and any you feel you would like to review.
We will quickly move to additional stitches including the coral stitch, cretan stitch, herringbone, and whipped spider stitch.  In addition, we will begin discussion and practice on Satin Stitch (and Long-and-short, time allowing).  While this stitch strikes fear into many embroiderers, I have many tips and techniques that will get you on the road to success!  And there is no substitute for practice, so get started now! With this group of stitches, you can tackle just about embroidery project out there!  During class we will try and talk about different aspects of embroidery – threads, needles, designs, fabrics, and transfer techniques. I’m here to teach and you will be encouraged to tell me what you want to learn.  


Play with Ukulele

Instructor: Scuff
Dates: April 19
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $32
Registration Closes: April 17
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

I’ll bring the ukes, you bring yourself! The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for folks interested in learning music, it’s got some very easy chords to get you started, but can also be something you can spend a lifetime enjoying and learning. We’ll spend some time listening to ukulele music in multiple genres, talking about it’s history, and learning how to play. We’ll get into the tuning, some chords, a scale, and some songs. By the end of class, you’ll have the skills to get started on your musical journey, all you’ll need is a uke and to get strumming.  Come experience the joys of music with me in this two-hour class!

On the third Friday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm Arbutus offers an informal two-hour play with ukulele class. This class is for folks who haven’t played an instrument before, are coming back to music after a long absence, or want to try a totally new instrument, but if you’re willing to go with the pace of the group anyone is welcome! This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.