Mow your lawn (or harvest your backyard grain crop) the old-fashioned way. When done properly, scythes can work as efficiently as a weed wacker (watch a great video here). Scythes must be sized to the operator, and this is your chance to make your own custom-fit scythe with woodworker Steve Habersetzer. Lots of fun!
Part A - Scythe Construction. This includes making a handle (snathe) for a scythe and creating a personal scythe outfit with everything needed for scything: blade, peening jig, sharpening stone, and stone holster :: $95 + $175 materials fee
Part B - Scythe Proficiency. Steve will cover a variety sharpening, peening, mowing techniques and choosing the right scythe technique for your application. The class has ample time for hands-on mowing with feedback from someone who has mowed his orchard with scythe for over 30 years. :: $95
Part A&B- combine the two parts for greater discount :: $350
Part A- June 9 :: Part B- June 10:: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: adult :: Instructor Steve Habersetzer
Learn the ins and outs of blacksmithing with local blacksmith Erik Newquist-- no experience necessary. Safety and respect for materials and the forge environment will be emphasized. Class size is limited to 6. Students need ALL cotton clothing, gloves, and leather shoes or boots.
Registration Deadline May 25
June 9-10 :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- 4 pm each day:: Ages-18+ :: $230 + $120 material fee :: Instructor Erik Newquist
In this 3 hour class, participants will make delicious ricotta and soft, creamy mozzarella cheese and use the mozzarella to bake a pizza. Julie Kamin-Martin, owner of Oly-Cultures, will discuss which milk is best, which temperatures to use, and which containers work best. She will also cover acidification of the milk proteins, proper methods for kneading, how to store freshly made cheese, and give suggestions for serving your homemade cheeses. The final stage of class will be cooking (and eating!) a pizza with the mozzarella & ricotta. This is a great class for couples or parent/child duos (please register each participant).
July 14th :: Port Townsend, WA :: Ages 12+ with parent enrollment :: $40 + $5 materials fee :: 10 am - 1pm :: Instructor Julie Martin
This workshop covers the basic tenants of Agroecology and Permaculture. Participants will tour a highly functioning edible landscape, and then create drawings and designs for their own property. Topics will include: species selection, mimicry of natural ecosystems, microclimates, plant guilds, pest control, irrigation, year round harvest, propagation techniques, weed suppression, plant succession, and much more.
July 15th :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- Noon :: Ages-Adult :: $45 :: Instructor Scott Brinton
Solar hot water is one of the most cost-effective techniques for putting the sun’s energy to work while minimizing your monthly electricity bill. This workshop is perfect for those interested in creating their own system or who simply want an introduction to heating water with the sun. We will be looking at an established solar hot water installation, and discussing design and layout of fittings, necessary equipment, freeze protection, circulation pumps, passive designs, tips and tricks for installation, pros and cons of different systems, and creating solar hot tubs. At the end of class, students can get some hands-on practice with soldering.
July 22nd :: 10am- noon :: Ages 10 - Adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $95 :: Instructor Scott Brinton
From branch to breakfast table-- carve your own spoon from local materials with spooncarver Josh Sasser. A large soup spoon, tiny spice spoon, a two-headed spoon, a "spoonchula"? The possibilities are endless! We will be each selecting our personal piece of wood from the forest to carve with, or students may bring a special piece of wood they wish to use. All necessary tools for carving will be provided for use during class: knives, chisels, machetes, axes, etc., but students are welcome to bring any of their own tools to use as well. Recommendations available on what tools to buy if students would like to purchase some before class. No experience necessary.
Take your spinning wheel skills to the next level. Local fiber artist Leslie Hoex offers this one day workshop on spinning art yarn around a core thread. Students will be use a mixture of fibers and embellishments, and learn several ways to ply the core yarns to get some extremely textured yarns. The class will also cover the best way to set the twist in the different styles of yarns, and discuss different ways you can use your beautiful art yarn! Materials fee covers all necessary fiber, core & ply threads, an instructional handout, and a pattern. Students must know how to spin and bring their own wheel.
August 18th :: Marrowstone :: 10 am- 3:30 pm :: Ages 18+ or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $60 + $25 materials fee :: Instructor Leslie Hoex
Carve a knife-handle that fits your hand perfectly, and is ideally suited to the purpose of the knife. Craftsman Peter Yencken will guide students through shaping, finishing, and attaching to a blade-- blades provided, or bring your own. 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.
September 8th:: Marrowstone Island, Nordland, Wa. :: 9am- 5pm :: Ages 10 - Adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $80 + $20 material fee :: Instructor Peter Yenkken
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.
September 8th & 9th :: 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.
September 9th :: 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
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.
September 8th & 9th :: 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.
September 8th & 9th :: 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
This fermentation course for the beginner and the advanced student is based on the traditional cider making methodologies of England, France, and Spain. We will cover some basic principles of tree fruit, fruit assessment for use in the cider house, and juice chemistry, followed by a walk-through of yeast lifecycle dynamics, yeast nutrition needs, and fermentation troubleshooting. After lunch we will continue with the fermentation process, discuss finning, refinement, and blending ideas. A final topic of the day is maturation options and stabilization, with packaging ideas for the home cider maker. Students will have an opportunity to blend fresh juice and pitch yeast into a demijohn to take home and further explore the possibilities of fermented cider. Chock-full of visual aids, numbers, application tips, and more. The day will include a brief production facility tour (sign up for the next day's "Cider-Making Equipment Extravaganza" class for an in-depth exploration of the production equipment!), exemplary ciders to taste throughout the varied steps of the fermentation process, and potential for an orchard walk as time allows.
September 15th :: 10am - 4:30pm :: Finnriver Farm :: ages 21+ :: Skill level: Any :: Tuition: $80 + $20 materials fee :: Instructor Andrew Byers
A four-hour detailed exploration of equipment needs for producing cider from the homestead scale to the small production facility. Tanks, pumps, hoses, filtration options, pasteurization, bottle choices, temperature control and more, taught by Finnriver Farm and Cider's Andrew Byers. Students are greatly encouraged to take the all-day "Cider-Making for Home and Home Farm" course offered the previous day, though not a requirement.
September 16th :: 9am - 1pm :: Finnriver Farm :: ages 21+ :: Skill level: Any :: Tuition: $55 :: Instructor Andrew Byers
For millennia, European and North American cultures have prized sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) for its heavenly scent and versatility. It’s latin name translates to “fragrant holy grass,” and has historically been burned as incense or woven into braids or baskets that retain their scent even after dried. In this workshop, artist Margie Weaver will guide you through making a basket out of organically grown sweetgrass from her south Minneapolis garden. No basketry experience necessary.
September 22nd :: Marrowstone Island :: 9am - Noon :: Adults and 16+ with parent/guardian enrollment :: Skill level: Any :: Tuition: $45 + $10 materials fee :: Instructor Margie Weaver