Fireweed Community Woodshop 

 

Craft Classes

    • 02 June 2024
    • 16 June 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Lets get into greenwood bowl turning! This is a class for newcomers and repeat students of greenwood bowl turning alike. Designed to give folks time to get to know (or reintroduce) the lathe and turning green wood, this multi week turning study will allow a focused immersion into using a lathe to turn functional bowls. Each session will include demonstrations from the instructor, as well as hands-on time for students at the lathe. We will make time for discussion around sourcing material, and finishing bowls as well. Please bring questions, books, water bottle, and lunch! Students can plan to complete several bowls during this course.

    The materials fee for this class is $25 and is included in the admission cost, additional material fees will be payable to instructor. 

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Bozena.

    • 20 June 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Fireweed Community Woodshop
    • 250
    Registration is closed

    Join your Fireweed pals, crew, board members, instructors in celebrating 7 years as a Woodshop!

    Come by any time between 5-7 pm! Registration encouraged but not required!

    This is  A PARTY with demos by instructors, a table with folks from Pivot Higher, ice cream social, games, and an excellent assortment of goods on offer.  All proceeds support the ongoing work of Fireweed.

    This is a FREE event, open to all. If you like/are able to contribute , we have some different donation levels at registration, or you can choose "FREE!" registration.  Thank you! Registration is not required to party.

    Plan to mask up indoors. Masks provided

    Accessibility: enter through the front doors, ADA bathroom on premises




    • 21 June 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Get confident with an axe through this all day axe-extravaganze. Morning will focus on ergonomics and practice cuts. The afternoon will be spent axeing out blanks for a spreader, spatula, or spoon. We will only work with the axe so do not plan on completing a finished project. Please note we will be standing all day so wear comfortable shoes and bring water. There will be a 1/2 hr lunch break.

    The materials fee for this class is $20 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch

    • 23 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Come learn how to turn your own bowl on the lathe! We will start with a freshly cut bowl blank and take it all the way to its finished shape. You will be learning parts of the lathe, how to mount your blank, and how to use bowl gouges, scrapers, and different chuck attachments. We will also cover how you will later on dry, sand, and finish the bowl. In this 4 hour class we will go at a pace at which everyone is comfortable, leaving plenty of room for demonstration, questions, and hands-on time.

    The materials fee for this class is $25 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Abbey Dickhudt

    • 24 June 2024
    • 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Join herbalist Emily Pearson Ryan and printmaking instructor Jessie Merriam  to learn about the lore and uses of roses, and carve a 4x6 woodblock of its iconic shape. A template will be provided for the block, so this class is beginner friendly. 

    The Ways of Plants series involves some combination of teas, infusions, tinctures and/or culinary preparations to sample. Emily will also have some herbal preparations for sale at the end of class. 

    Ink and paper provided, bring your own fabric if you are interested in printing a patch or printing onto clothing (with fabric ink). 

    The class is 3 hours and 15 minutes long to allow for a short break. Students are welcome to arrive 5 minutes early to settle in.

    email jessiemerriam@gmail.com with any questions.

    The materials fee for this class is $35 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Jessie Merriam (@wheelbugs) and Emily Pearson Ryan

    • 28 June 2024
    • 30 June 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0

    Shaving horses are useful tools for any woodcarver, and paired with the drawknife it is teacher Rose Holdorf’s favorite tool in their shop! With more than a dozen horses used for teaching woodworking classes, Rose has built shaving horses for a few places around (including Fireweed, ASI, and North House Folk School) and is excited to help a new group of friends make a whole herd! Throughout the long weekend, students will work together to build a shaving horse for each participant out of dimensional lumber and learn and discuss different types of horses, mules, and ponies and their diverse uses. This is a great opportunity for newer woodworkers to gain the skills and confidence to use a wide array of hand and power tools, or for more experienced woodworkers to pick up some tips and go home with a new tool of their own to make chairs, spoons, and other handmade wooden delights.

    The materials fee for this class is $85 and is included in the admission cost, additional material fees will be payable to instructor. 

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Rose Holdorf.

    • 11 July 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    It can be hard to find just the right picture frame--especially for one-of-a-kind art--and custom frames are expensive. Solve that problem by learning how to build your own! We'll use the table saw, chop saw, and drill to construct basic frames out of poplar. Students should come to class with dimensions of the piece they want to frame, and we'll take it from there!

    The materials fee for this class is $15 and is included in the class admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Kate Schiffler 


    • 14 July 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 2
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    Learn to make functional and beautiful Hawks Tail whisk broom, pot scrubber, vegetable scrubber and cake tester. This 5 hour introduction class will cover traditional shaker and modern style Hawks Tail whisk broom. Participants will learn to plait scrubber handles. You will also learn how to prep stalks for the woven handles. Leave feeling confident and inspired to explore the world of broom making.

    Please wear closed toed shoes.

    The materials fee for this class is $20 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Tina Green Krause
    • 19 July 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Get confident with an axe through this all day axe-extravaganze. Morning will focus on ergonomics and practice cuts. The afternoon will be spent axeing out blanks for a spreader, spatula, or spoon. We will only work with the axe so do not plan on completing a finished project. Please note we will be standing all day so wear comfortable shoes and bring water. There will be a 1/2 hr lunch break.

    The materials fee for this class is $20 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch

    • 20 July 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed-shoes, as we are going to make some wood chips!

    The materials fee for this class is $20 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    This class is taught by Katie Speckman.

    • 20 July 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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    Come learn how to turn your own bowl on the lathe! We will start with a freshly cut bowl blank and take it all the way to its finished shape. You will be learning parts of the lathe, how to mount your blank, and how to use bowl gouges, scrapers, and different chuck attachments. We will also cover how you will later on dry, sand, and finish the bowl. In this 4 hour class we will go at a pace at which everyone is comfortable, leaving plenty of room for demonstration, questions, and hands-on time.

    The materials fee for this class is $30 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Abbey Dickhudt

    • 27 July 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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    You'll learn the basics of making a bowl from fresh (green) wood during this single session, four hour, in person class. We will learn how to operate the wood lathe safely, explore form, and turn wood. Class will cover all steps to make a simple bowl and you will leave with our own bowl and a finishing kit to take home.

    The materials fee for this class is $30 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Laurie McGinley

    • 28 July 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 2
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    Learn about the principles of Timber Framing. Through theory, demonstrations and hands-on practice-- learn to carve the two fundamental joints in timber framing (the mortise and tenon) and familiarize yourself with square rule layout, design conventions, reading the grain, and using a variety of hand and power tools. No prior power tool experience required but some upper body strength, strong vision and tape measure familiarity will benefit you a lot! You will leave the workshop with a tenon and a mortise checker for any future timber framing projects and the knowledge of how to start a larger project, what tools are necessary, and what resources are out there for deepening your understanding.

    The materials fee for this class is $20 and is included in the admission cost.

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Alo Osberg

    • 29 July 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Learn how to keep your tools sharp! 

    Tool sharpening is an important part of any woodcraft practice. A sharp tool is a safe tool and makes for cuts that are easier on our bodies and can produce a finish-ready surface. In this class we will provide a foundation of what sharp is and how sharpening works via the three stages of grinding, honing and polishing. Several types of sharpening media will be discussed and students will leave with their own consumable (abrasive paper) sharpening kits. Instructors Jeanette and Andrew will demonstrate a few different sharpening techniques and students will have plenty of time to practice sharpening their own tools. At the end of class students will have the knowledge to continue their own tool maintenance.

    Students are required to bring two tools to sharpen: one sloyd or similar straight carving knife and one of the following: hook (spoon) knife, gouge, chisel, plane blade, spokeshave blade, drawknife or carving axe. Students may bring in a couple extra tools, just know that there might not be time to attend to more than 2 tools. No saws, serrated blades, scrapers, scissors or lathe tools please!

    The materials fee for this class is $15 and is included in the admission cost. 

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    This class is taught by Jeanette Torkelson and  Andrew Austin-Petersen.


    • 25 August 2024
    • 30 August 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Popular in 1600 and 2022, this ancient chair style is still a darling of the contemporary furniture field. Starting from a green log students will learn to split, soak, and shape their way to a finished piece of furniture. In this class we will cover the essential techniques required to build a classic Windsor side chair – we will also cover a variety of approaches to furniture design including maquettes, drafting and creating original patterns. The instructor will share plans and techniques for building a small kiln, steam box, bending forms, and a shavehorse so that students return home empowered to design and build their own chairs. Whether you are new to woodworking or an experienced maker, Windsor chair making will deepen your appreciation for the strength and versatility of wood and the power of hand tools.

    The materials cost of this class is $140 and is included in the admission cost. 

    The Chairmakers Toolbox is offering  full scholarships for 2 seats in this class. Please look out for more information on how to apply. 

    *** We do require masking indoors, whatever your vaccination status***

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    Taught by Aspen Golann and Wu Hanyen

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