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