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.
It is time to sow seeds for this upcoming growing season! Come spend a day learning how to build a cheap and aesthetically pleasing greenhouse with Steve Habersetzer, instructor at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. This class will use easily obtainable recycled glass panes to create a work of garden art. Participants will learn how to create a practical design, prepare the building site, use light joinery, and incorporate sufficient ventilation.
Registration Deadline: March 30
April 15th:: Port Townsend, Wa. :: 9am - 4pm :: Skill level: All:: Ages: Adult 18+ :: $95 :: Instructor Steve Habersetzer
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 will be 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 dollar's 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 CLASS IS FULL-- EMAIL INFO@CEDARROOTSCHOOL.ORG TO BE ON WAITLIST
Weave a beautiful hat out of bull rushes, while discussing harvesting, storing, and preparation of weaving materials. Bull rush is a surprisingly strong and durable material, making for a hat that is not only insulating but breathable and lightweight. If time allows we will also learn a few plaiting styles and work on additional projects.
May 5th:: Nordland, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $95+$20 materials fee:: Instructor Maria Bullock
The almost-extinct art of broom making is one of the pinnacles of CedarRoot offerings as it is an endangered skill that is largely taken for granted, and is currently in the hands of a very industrialized process. In this class, participants will craft 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.
May 6th:: Nordland, Wa. :: 9am- 4pm :: Ages 10-adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) :: $95+$35 materials fee:: Instructor Maria Bullock
Learn how to make your own oven from clay, straw, and sand. Constructed for centuries using locally abundant sub soils, earthen ovens are a main attraction of any backyard (and you can't beat the pizza and chicken!) Topics include: locating suitable building soils, shaping efficient ovens, principles of thermal mass, weather protection, finish plasters, and cooking basics.
What did you pay for the last bottle of kombucha you bought? Well no more! Start making your own at home. In this popular class you will learn which teas, sugars and water work best for making kombucha, and how to be creative in flavoring your kombucha using herbs, fruits, vegetables and spices such as beets/sage or cranberry/cinnamon/clove (the flavors you can create are endless!). The class will cover the ideal temperatures for your 1st & 2nd fermentations, proper fermenting locations, and how to care for your live cultures when away from home or taking a break from fermenting. We will be sampling kombucha, as well as other great items that have incorporated kombucha or kombucha vinegar in them. Don't miss out on this class, bring a friend or gift a class to a loved one-- a gift of health.
May 19th :: Port Townsend, WA :: Ages-Adult :: $35 :: 10 am - Noon :: Instructor Julie Martin
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.
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