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.
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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 CLASS FULL EMAIL FOR WAITLIST
Ferment your own sauerkraut and kimchi with award-winning local kraut-maker Marko Colby of Midori Farm. A great time to pick his brain about fermentation recipes, best practices, and which vegetables you can grow for your crock. Price includes a 2 gallon ceramic crock, which you will fill with organic cabbage, other veggies, and spices in class, then bring home to continue the fermentation.
Earlybird discount: Sign up by Oct 12th and pay $100— after that, price goes up to $110
November 4th :: 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
Broom making is one of the pinnacles of CedarRoot’s offerings, and we are honored to welcome Maria Bullock back for this 2-day class. Brooms are largely taken for granted as ubiquitous, mass-produced items, but a handmade broom is a horse of a different color— a unique piece of functional art. Not only will you bring home a beautiful broom (or two) suited to your specific needs, you’ll help to revitalize an endangered craft. Participants will construct an elegant broom out of broomcorn, with the potential of making a second as time allows. Styles include large hand brooms, small hand brooms for the fireplace or shop, and dish scrubbers. Clean your home with pride! Finished brooms make wonderful gifts as well.
November 17th & 18th:: Nordland, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $215 + $50 materials fee:: Instructor Maria Bullock
The goal of this Winter Herbal Class is to give you confidence in keeping yourself and your family healthy during the cold and flu season with herbs that grow locally or are easily cultivated. Some of the things we will go over in class are: energetics of herbs (hot, cold, damp, dry, etc.), respiratory health, colds and flu, creating a winter herbal medicine chest, utilizing local wild and cultivated herbs and basic medicine making skills (tinctures, cough syrups, tonics, teas, and salves). Everyone will take home 3 different medicines for their winter medicine chest: a tonic, a syrup, and a salve.
Port Townsend, Wa. :: Saturday Nov 17th :: 9:30am- 4pm :: Ages 16 - Adult (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $90+$20 materials fee:: Instructor Nicole Larson