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 with 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
Many indigenous peoples, on nearly all continents, developed some form of backstrap loom weaving. World traveller and textile artist Tracy Hudson will share images and diverse cloth examples from her personal research on the subject, and guide students through warping and weaving their own backstrap weaving band. Students will come home with all parts and pieces needed to weave their next project.
With backstrap weaving, the weaver is the loom, creating and controlling the warp through body movement. The first day of this introductory weekend will cover the mechanics of warp management and optional pick-up pattern making. Students will begin in the manner of young weavers in the Andes, training their bodies and hands on a pre-warped narrow band. On the second day, we will warp for a wider, plain-weave band, which can be used as a handwoven backstrap. By winding a warp, making string heddles, and learning to use a stick shuttle, students will acquire the basic skills needed to continue weaving on their own. The class will include cultural information and samples of backstrap-woven cloth from different parts of the world. We will talk about tool making and alternatives for acquiring the necessary materials for backstrap weaving. No previous weaving experience is necessary for this 2-day workshop.
Earlybird discount: Sign up by Sept 8th and pay $195, after Sept 9th price goes up to $205
Have you ever wanted to split your own firewood using a maul? Or are you wondering if your wood-splitting technique could use a little tune up? This time-proven, meditative practice can be great as an exercise while also helping load your woodpile. Come learn how to set the wood prior to a strike, maximize the power of your stroke, and get the best for your effort. This course is designed to help beginners get into the swing of splitting wood with a maul. We will spend some time talking about techniques that may improve your chances of getting wood to split, and a few hours – depending on your stamina – will be spent practicing those techniques. Bring your own maul and a tough attitude. Splitting wood can be hard work but lots of fun.
October 5th :: 9am - Noon :: Adults and 16+ with parent/guardian enrollment:: Skill level: Students should be physically fit enough to swing a heavy maul and coordinated enough to keep their balance through a powerful rotation ending in a blow to the wood :: Tuition: $35, students bring their own maul, safety glasses, and gloves :: Instructor Dave Rugh
A two-day workshop producing a personal knife. The workshop teaches basic blacksmithing, heat treating, and tool making techniques. 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 and fitted to the blade, followed by instruction in grinding and finishing your knife. Safety and respect for materials and the forge environment will be emphasized. The class flow is a blend of demonstration and short lecture with lots of hands on practice under the watchful eye of the instructor.
*Earlybird discount: Sign up before Sept 20th and pay $350— after Sept 21st, price goes up to $365
October 13th & 14th :: Nordland, WA :: 9am- 5pm :: Ages 18+ :: $230+ $120 material fee :: Instructor Erik Newquist ::
Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist, and educator David Moskowitz. David has an approach that is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting in the first moment of class— he actively engages participants in identification and interpretation of tracks and signs, and allows plenty of time for questions and discussion. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, and students may even achieve a wildlife tracking certificate through Cybertracker (www.cybertracker.org). Certificates are awarded on three levels. Even without certification, the course is a ton of fun! Class size is limited to 10 people; lodging and food not provided.
Earlybird discount: Sign up by Oct 5th for $250, after Oct 6th price goes up to $260
October 27th & 28th :: Ages 18+, or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $250 :: Instructor David Moskowitz
Have an abundance of vegetables from the garden? In this class students will learn the art of fermenting foods into sauerkraut and kimchi. All students will receive a 2 gallon crock with a personally made batch of sauerkraut or kimchi to take home. Taught by local farmer and kraut-maker Marko Colby of Midori Farm.
Earlybird discount: Sign up by Oct 12th and pay $100— after that, price goes up to $110
November 4th:: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 9 am- 1 pm :: Ages-Adult :: $65+$35 material fee :: Instructor Marko Colby
Come learn the ancient technique of turning flexible willow shoots into a functioning work of art. While working on our baskets, we will discuss harvest techniques, creating a personal willow "garden," curing, and preparation.
Earlybird discount: Sign up by Oct 19th and pay $110, after Oct 20th price goes up to $120
Saturday November 10th :: Marrowstone Island, Wa. :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages-Adult :: $95 + $15 material fee :: Instructor Rachael Van Laanen