empowering women & non-binary makers through the art of woodcraft

Upcoming events

    • 14 July 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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!

     This course will be held at our new location in the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis MN. It is limited to 12 people in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor and to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask. What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here  

    This course has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $20. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration  will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

    Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut-proof glove rental. 

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    Taught by Jess   LINK to bio. https://jesshirsch.com 


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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $40 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $10

    Tool purchases $10


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Tools upkeep $5

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

    Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has affected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $55,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option.

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 


    • 16 July 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    Registration is closed

    For this edition of our members gathering, we are building work benches for Fireweed's new space! Come learn how to use the miter saw, table saw, and circular saw while rocking impact drivers for assembly.  This event is free for our members and a great way to get to know the community IN PERSON!

    Cost: FREE

    up to 12 participants

    • 27 July 2022
    • 28 July 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    Register

    Help beautify Fireweed's new space while learning how to build a built-in cabinet! Come learn how to use the miter saw, table saw, drill press, and drills/drivers. We will cover edge banding on plywood, leveling, and trimming a cabinet that will sit in an old window rough opening. 

    The cost of class helps us buy materials and pay the instructor!

    * This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask see our covid safety protocol: here

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    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 

    • 30 July 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Learn how to carve a Dala horse using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We go over grain direction, knife holds for the  sloyd knife, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. Please note: we will not be painting these horses.

    Please wear pants and close toed shoes, as we are going to make some wood chips!

    This course will be held at our new location in the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis MN.  It is limited to 12 people in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor, and to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask. What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here   

    This course has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $20.  Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  

    Course materials include: dala horse blank

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch. LINK to bio. https://jesshirsch.com


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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $25 class:

    Instructor receives $15

    Admin receives $10



    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Tools upkeep $5

    Wood $10

    Prep time $5


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has affected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $45,  but we now have a $35 admission option and a pay it forward option.


    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 

    • 02 August 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Join us for a special BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) centered class to practice the basics of Power Tools

    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.


    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    HOSTED AT OUR *NEW SHOP SPACE!  

    (14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414)

    * This class is limited to 7 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask see our covid safety protocol: here

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    Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar (@meenanew)  Bio 1.  Bio 2.  


    This course is offered as micro-reparations pricing. Fireweed Community Woodshop believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not properly paid reparations to marginalized communities. 

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student ($31):

    Instructor receives $20

    Rent $5

    PPE and supplies $6


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    $20 goes to the instructor for materials

    Walnut and other various types of wood and prep time involved 


    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.




    • 04 August 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    HOSTED AT OUR *NEW SHOP SPACE!

    (14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414)

    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    * This class is limited to 7 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask see our covid safety protocol: here

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     Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar (@meenanew)  Bio 1.  Bio 2.   

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    Pricing Transparency for $80 fee:

    Instructor $25

    Rent   $20

    Admin $10

    Website $5



    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    $20 goes to the instructor for materials

    Walnut and other various types of wood and prep time involved 



    ​​Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $80,  but we now have a $70  admission option and a pay it forward option.


    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com




    • 13 August 2022
    • 14 August 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 7
    Register

    In this 2 day course students will use the bandsaw to create a catchall box that can be used in countless ways! Working from a solid piece of wood salvaged from lumberyard offcuts, you will learn to design, layout, cut, sand, and reassemble the pieces to form a functional box. Once you learn the basic process, the possibilities are endless!  You will learn and use the following tools during class: bandsaw, spindle sander, orbital sanders, clamps 

    A 30 minute meal slot will be set aside for all, you are invited to bring something to eat and drink each day. 

    * This class is limited to 9 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask see our covid safety protocol: here

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    Gwen Comings is a sculptor and painter with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in interdisciplinary studio and a BFA from MCAD in painting and drawing. They frequently use woodworking techniques and traditions in their art and enjoy making functional objects in their spare time.  Gwen is one of Fireweed's new board members - welcome Gwen!

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $45

    Admin receives $8

    Rent contribution $7

    Materials cost breakdown $27:

    Glue $1

    Sandpaper (hand and machine refills) $5

    Wood (6x6x2in maple)  $10

    Finishing wax $2

    Prep time $9


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.


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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $87,  but we now have a $77 admission option and a pay it forward option.
    • 20 August 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Learn the ins and outs of bowl turning. Turn a greenwood (fresh cut) bowl on the electric lathe. Learn lathe anatomy, bowl blank prep, turning with a bowl gouge and parting tool, drying, and finishing.

    The class runs 4 hours total. Please avoid dangly clothing and wear close toed shoes.  Leave with your very own bowl!!!! 


    * This class is limited to 4 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask see our covid safety protocol: here

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch   LINK to bio.  

     https://jesshirsch.com 

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for class:

    Instructor receives $50

    Admin receives $20

    Rent $20

    Tool maintenance $10



    Materials cost breakdown $25:

    Wood  $20

    Prep Time $5



    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $125,  but we now have a $110  admission option and a pay it forward option.
    • 20 August 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 9
    Register

    Join us for a special BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) centered class to practice the basics of Spoon Carving!

    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, 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!

    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    * This class is limited to 10 individuals in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor and to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask, and regularly sanitize hands and tools. What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here 

    This course is offered as micro-reparations pricing. Fireweed Woodshop believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not properly paid reparations to marginalized communities. 

    This course will be held at Fireweed's new location in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.  Address is TBA and will be sent out in a future confirmation email.

    Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut proof glove rental. 

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    Taught by Vanessa Walton

    Vanessa is one of our board members!  LINK to bios

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown per student:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin/Wedsite $5


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

    Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)

    Tool upkeep $5


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $45,  but we now have a $35 and $55 admission option.

    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.


    • 25 August 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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!

     This course will be held at Fireweed Woodshop in the Prospect Park neighborhood  in Minneapolis (address to be confirmed in follow up email). It is limited to 10 people in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor and to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask. What is Fireweed's Covid policy?  FAQ here  

    This course has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $20. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration  will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

    Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut-proof glove rental. 

    Tools are provided during class, but it is optional to buy your own set to take home after class from Jack's Hardware!

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    Taught by Jess   LINK to bio


    _____________________________

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases $10

    Website subscription $10


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Tools upkeep $5

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

    Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

    ----------

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $65,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option, and a sliding scale option.

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 



Who we are

Fireweed Community Woodshop is a fiscally sponsored org based in Minneapolis. Run by a loving board of 10 people, we strive to put tools into the hands of women and non-binary makersy. Read more


Our programs

Currently, we offer classes in three areas: furniture, home repair, and craft.

We also host club nights and the occassional party...Our parties look more like a skillshare around building outhouses in the woods.

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