On the shortest day of the year, practice one of the most ancient arts of survival: building a fire with friction. Local instructor Justin Lake will teach the construction and use of a bow drill friction fire kit, and discuss other primitive fire making tools. Students will begin to learn how to craft a fire in even the most harsh survival conditions. Everyone will leave with a functioning bow drill kit.
December 21 :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 10 am- 2 pm :: Beginner to Moderate Skill level :: Ages 12 - Adult :: $75 + $10 material fee :: Justin Lake
Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski has been growing and wildcrafting herbs for over 40 years, all over the Northwest. Join him for a foray into the woods to identify, collect, and process local native plants that are prime for harvest at this time of year, and to discuss traditional ethnobotanical uses and medicine making tips. Possible herbs include Yew, Devil's Club rootbark, Cottonwood buds, Usnea, Lungwort, Oregon-grape root, and Nettle root.
Port Townsend, WA :: Saturday January 13 :: 10am- 5pm :: Adult :: $85:: Instructor Michael Pilarski
What could be better than a pair of cozy felted boots, custom made to your own feet? Our felting methods are as simple as they get, soap and water and lots of gentle rubbing! You will watch raw tufts of wool transform into a workable material under the guidance of your own hands. If time allows, students may be able to work on a second project: a felted bag, quiver, or a winter vest. Please note that this is a "village style" class, meaning that Bow Making, Leather Shoes/Boots, Leather Backpacks, and Arrow Making are being taught simultaneously in the same space. This allows participants to be exposed to several arts while focusing on one specific skill.
January 20 & 21 :: Marrowstone Island, Washington :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages 16 - Adult (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: Instructor Peter Yencken :: $165 + $30 material fee
Learn the elegant art of working with leather. Students will create their own custom shoes (low moccasin-style or taller boot style) or a backpack. Course includes design elements, use of awls and punches, sewing and "weatherproofing" your project. The completed product is incredibly durable and attractive. Please note that this class is taught in a Village style, meaning that this class, Bowmaking, Arrowaking, and Felted Boots are being taught simultaneously in the same space. This allows participants to be exposed to several arts while focusing on one specific skill.
January 20 & 21 :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- 4 pm each day:: Ages-Adult/Children over 6 years old (children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult) :: $165 + $20 material fee for shoes; $30 materials fee for shoes wither uppers (boots); $55 materials fee for backpack :: Instructor Peter Yencken
The art of building and shooting longbows have been practiced worldwide for thousands of years. Bows have been used for survival, sport, and meditation (Zen Archery). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices. During this class you will learn the skills to build a longbow, including: how to choose wood, tools needed and proper use, how to make strings, and final weatherproofing and finishing of your bow. On the second day, your bow will be ready to shoot and we will spend the afternoon learning 'instinctive' shooting techniques. Please note that this is a "village style" class, meaning that Bow Making, Leather Craft, and Arrow Making are being taught simultaneously in the same space. This allows participants to be exposed to several arts while focusing on one specific skill.
January 20 & 21 :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages-Adult/Children over 6 years old (children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult) :: $165 + $30 material fee :: Instructor Peter Yencken
Explore a variety of topics and techniques related to the crafting arrows, and come home with arrows crafted to your own drawlength. Topics include: types of points and their uses, shaft material selection, hafting, cutting self nocks, glues, finishes, fletching styles, and more. Bring your bow (if you have one) and come prepared to have fun! Please note that this is a "village style" class. Many activities (felting, bowmaking, leatherworking, and arrows) are being taught simultaneously. This allows participants to be exposed to several arts while focusing on one specific skill.
January 21 :: Marrowstone Island, Nordland, Wa. :: 9am- 5pm :: Ages 10 -adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $80 + $30 material fee :: Instructor Peter Yenkken
A two-day workshop producing a personal knife. The workshop emphasizes tool making techniques as well as basic blacksmithing. Using recycled car springs, a blade will be forged to the student’s suitability for shape, then heat treated and tempered. A handle will be made from wood/bone and fitted to the blade, followed by instruction in sharpening and care. Safety and respect for materials and the forge environment will be emphasized.
January 27 & 28 :: Nordland, WA :: 9am- 5pm :: Ages 18+ :: $230+ $120 material fee :: Instructor Erik Newquist
Steve Habersetzer, instructor at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, will share his expertise in sharpening garden tools such as pruning shears, loppers, hedge clippers, hoes, and scythes. Students should bring their own tool to be sharpened, and any stones or files they have that they plan to use. This course can be taken in conjunction with Sharpening Woodworking Tools (same day, in the afternoon), or alone.
Please sign up by Jan 22
January 27 :: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 8:30 am- 11:30 am :: Skill level: All:: Ages: Adult 18+ :: $100 :: Instructor Steve Habersetzer
Steve Habersetzer, instructor at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, will share his expertise in sharpening woodworking tools such as planes, saws, chisels, adzes, and auger bits. Students should bring their own tool to be sharpened, and any stones or tiles they have that they plan to use. This course can be taken in conjunction with Sharpening Gardening Tools (same day, in the morning), or alone.
Please sign up by Jan 22
January 27 :: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 1pm - 4:30pm :: Skill level: All:: Ages: Adult 18+ :: $100 :: Instructor Steve Habersetzer
Plant medicine can be effective and helpful allies for conditions that stem from the many stresses in life, from insomnia and anxiety to muscle tension and aches and pains to simply feeling burned out. In this class you will learn about herbs and other therapies that help your body, both physically and mentally, cope with stress and minor anxieties so you can feel more grounded and relaxed. We will go over different types of insomnia and which plants may work best for you individually, as well as herbs that will help boost your energy levels without harming your natural balance. Many of these herbs can be cultivated in your own garden or gathered ethically within our bioregion. All students will come home with a remedy of their choice (sleep elixir, energy tonic, etc), a salve, and a custom herbal tea blend.
Port Townsend, Wa. :: Saturday February 10 :: 10am- 3pm :: Ages 16 - Adult (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $65+$15 materials fee :: Instructor Nicole Larson
Steve Habersetzer, instructor at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and proprietor of Oatsplanter Seeds, will guide students in designing a root cellar for their specific site. The class will include a tour of Steve's personal root cellar, discussion of best materials use, and time to work on design of individual root cellars. Students should bring a map of their site to discuss best root cellar/food storage placement.
Please sign up by Feb 10
February 17:: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 9am - 3pm :: Skill level: All:: Ages: Adult 18+ :: $100 :: Instructor Steve Habersetzer
What to do with that tattered but valuable family cookbook? Or your favorite old copy of "The Wind in the Willows" from grandpa's library? Careful restoration of a book's binding can extend its life indefinitely-- most books can have their covers repaired, torn pages fixed, and spines strengthened for continued use. Linda Davis has years of experience with bookbinding, after originally apprenticing with Kisane and Hubert Book Bindery in Cork, Ireland, and in this course she will teach the skills needed to rebind and restore any old book. Through the restoration process, you will learn how books are constructed, which allows you to create your own books, journals, etc., as well as to maintain the treasured books in your own library. Students may bring a book of their own (good choices for rebinding would be hardcover favorites or any book needing mending) or Linda can provide one for working on.
February 24 & 25 :: Chimacum, WA:: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages 18+ or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $100+$10 material fee :: Instructor Linda Davis
Learning simple grafting techniques is a must for any home gardener or small farm owner. Grafting allows the home orchardist to inexpensively select rootstock and varieties of fruit trees that are best adapted to their local soil and climatic conditions. In this one day class, students will be introduced to woody plant propagation, grafting theory and several grafting techniques, and become proficient enough to graft 5 fruit trees to bring home.
March 10th:: Chimacum, Wa. :: 10am- 2pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $55+$25 materials fee:: Instructor John Bellows
Spindles are used all over the world, to create every kind of yarn and textile imaginable. Join Tracy Hudson for an in-depth exploration of this ancient skill. Slow down and appreciate the feel of fiber between your fingers, and discover your own favorite way of making yarn with spindles. Through hands-on practice, you will learn a wide-ranging set of spindle spinning techniques, and visual presentations will provide knowledge of how the various techniques fit into the cultural history of handspinning. The spinning tools are simple enough that students will be encouraged to try making their own - a great way to learn more about how spinning works! An informed perspective on tools and materials will enable you to choose the most suitable and enjoyable way to incorporate handspinning in your life. Each student will come home with two types of spindles.
This three day workshop consists of an introduction to metallurgy, heat treating and hardening steel, types of tool steel and forging techniques. After learning the basics, students are given the freedom to design and create tools of their choice under the watchful eye of instructor Erik Newquist. Newquist stated,"many of these tools are hard to find or are expensive. By teaching students to make their own tools they gain a creative freedom and can make specialized tools out of a dollars worth of metal."
Class size is limited to 6. Students need ALL cotton clothing, gloves, and leather shoes or boots.
April 20,21 and 22nd :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- 5 pm each day:: Ages-18+ :: $300+ $75 material fee :: Instructor Erik Newquist