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

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    • 25 November 2022
    • (CST)
    • 27 November 2022
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE
    • 0
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    Hexagonal baskets make for a fun and fast weave.


    In this class you’ll be working in threes — with three elements and weaving in three different directions, focusing on one triangle at a time. This type of weaving comes together in a beautiful way, creating baskets that are both ornamental and functional. Shakers once used this style of basket in cheese making, using the basket like a colander to separate the curds from the whey. 


    Class will begin Friday evening with a log pounding demonstration, where you will have the opportunity to try your hand at log pounding. To get the excitement and inspiration going, students will be able to check out the plethora of resource materials and handle the variety of baskets that will be on display. This is a great time for Q&A and introductions.  

    Saturday morning is the official start of the basket making, where students will receive their choice, pre-harvested and pre-shrunk Black Ash splint.  Layout and weaving will take up most of the day. You will be using slitting gauges, scissors and knives to prep the splint into the desired widths and lengths for the basket.

    Sunday will continue with finishing up weaving, followed by lashing the rim system into place and basket clean-up. 

    Finished baskets will measure approximately 8” in diameter and 4” in height (or thereabouts).


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    Taught by April Stone

    April Stone is an Ojibwe artist/maker from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in northern WI.  Working with Black Ash since 1998, April has established an intimate relationship with Ash through harvest and process of the raw material - into serviceable utilitarian baskets that are pleasing to the touch and a joy to use.

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    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $295,  but we have a $275 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $315. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials fee of $40. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    • 30 November 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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 cherry or maple cutting board at the end.

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

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    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Materials Fee: $35

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $80,  but we have a $70 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $90. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest




    • 01 December 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    • 0
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    Make a handmade toy for your little one or a little one in your life! You can design your own or use one of the patterns available. This class will teach a few basic woodworking skills, and you will leave with a finished toy. You will be using a bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, laminate router (optional), hammer, and sandpaper.

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    Class taught by Kate Shiffler (@bbfurnituremn) 

    Hey there, I'm Kate! I have been a woodworker for over 17 years and I recently transitioned from running my small wood framing company to taking over Butcher Block Furniture Inc. where I build custom wood countertops and furniture. I am a skill collector in all types of materials and dabble in many different media. In my spare time, I enjoy all the outdoor stuff, making things, reading, and hanging out with my daughter as much as possible.

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    Pricing breakdown per student:

    - Instructor Fee $20 

     - Admin Fee $5

     - Website $10

     - Materials Fee $20: tool upkeep, safety gear, and wood

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    *** This class is limited to 7 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $55,  but we have a $45 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $65. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $24. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    • 04 December 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    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 cherry or maple cutting board at the end.

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

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    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Materials Fee: $35

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $80,  but we have a $70 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $90. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest




    • 04 December 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for the first hour of our board meeting! During this time we do committee updates and an overview of whats new and upcoming in the shop! Each committee gets 5 minutes and you are more than welcome to voice your opinion on the topics at hand! We will also be voting on our new board members. Cast your vote too!


    The second hour of the meeting is closed to the general public as it is more discussion based and could get chaotic with too many participants. These discussions will be illuminated at the follow up board meeting for full transparency. We hope  to see you there.


    The zoom link will be emailed to you when you register. When you join the meeting please mute yourself and as always cameras are optional.

    • 04 December 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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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 cherry or maple 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.

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    Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar (@meenanew)  Bio 1.  Bio 2.  
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    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    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. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    • 06 December 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    • 0
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    Learn how to carve a Dala horse using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We'll cover grain direction, knife holds for the hook & 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 has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost of the consumables and materials fee of $20. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities. 

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

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $35 class admission and $20 materials fee:
     - Instructor receives $12.50
     - Admin receives $10

     - Tool upkeep $5
     - Wood $10
     
    - Prep time $5

    Tools are provided during class, but it is optional to buy your own set to take home after class!

     - Sloyd knife: $25

     - Gloves: $13


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    *** This class is limited to 10 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $55 but we have a $45 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $65. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $24. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    • 07 December 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    • 7
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    Want to create more woodworking pieces but don’t have the shop space?

    Has taking a Fireweed class made you want to do a lot more woodworking? Or have you been able to execute woodworking projects in the past but now live in a studio apartment?

    This will be a guided brainstorming session for those of us who would like to expand our woodworking but need a dedicated shop space. There’s no outcome agenda and no commitment beyond this meeting. It will just be a meet-up to see who is interested and what we might be able to do together. You may find your one woodshop bestie to create a shop with or we may decide to all go in on a larger co-op space or a myriad of other ideas and options could emerge. 

    Interested but can’t make the session?
    Send Heidi an email: hewagner@gmail.com and you’ll be kept in the loop on any next steps. 

    • 08 December 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 4
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    Straw ornaments have a rich holiday history in German and Scandinavian countries. These little treasures can adorn trees, mantles, gift wrap or mobiles. In this festive 2 hour class we will learn 3 styles of wheat straw ornaments and leave with the basic knowledge to create a variety of ornament designs at home. Individuals will take home the cork working surface and a box of wheat straws. Considerations: Hand, finger dexterity to tie tight, tiny knots.

    Please wear closed toed shoes.

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    I started my woodcraft Journey in 2017. Fueled by a desire to learn and create handmade, functional, beautiful objects that I could make for my home. There are so many ways craft and creating has made my life richer. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share what I know, be connected and inspired by others that are drawn to this community.

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    Materials cost for this class is $15.

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $45,  but we have a $35 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $55. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $19. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will work on covering the rest.

    • 10 December 2022
    • 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.

    * This class is limited to 4 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

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    Taught by Abbey

    Abbey Dickhudt lives in Mankato, MN and has been exploring how to be a cabinet maker, bowl turner, farmer and trumpet player. What brings Abbey into each of those spaces and activities is the ability to keep learning and to keep connecting with others over craft and community. She's been able to learn lathe work, along with other woodworking from the Milan Village Arts School, Fireweed, Mankato Makerspace, and local carpenters.

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    See our cost transparency FAQ here

    Materials cost breakdown $25:
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    Wood $20
     - Prep Time $5

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $125,  but we have a $115 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $135. 

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

    • 10 December 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • East Lake Library: 2727 E Lake St, Minneapolis MN 55406
    • 0
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    Join us for a special class to practice the basics of Block Carving & Printing!  This class is sponsored by Hennepin County Library and is available as a free class!  All students must be 18+ years of age.

    This class serves as a perfect introduction to woodblock carving and hand printing.  Equally interesting to participants who have worked with wood before and those who are completely new to the medium, this class will teach the basics of how to transfer a pencil drawing onto a flat block of wood and then how to effectively carve the drawing in layers.  Once the block is carved, we will then go over how to print it with watercolor pigment onto paper by hand. The entire process is nontoxic, and can easily be reproduced at home!

    All community members who identify as women or non-binary are welcome. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, share, and inspire a diversity of ideas. Please come to class with a pencil drawing already prepared that fits within an 8 x 10 inch page, and keep in mind your drawing will be flipped when printed (like seeing your drawing in the mirror).

    This course will be held at Hennepin County Library location: East Lake Library


    * This class is limited to 12 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill,  please inform us right away.  All students are required to wear a mask.

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    Taught by Savannah www.savannahbustillo.com 

    Savannah Bustillo is a queer Latinx printmaker and book artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Often through language games, her work takes small, discarded objects, sounds, and movements that seem silent and insignificant and reemphasizes them. Recently this practice has turned to the visuality of sound, as Bustillo creates recordings of popularized American stories and turns them into images that the viewer must decode. She has helped teach workshops and demos in printmaking and book arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Minnesota Center for Book

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    Pricing Transparency:

    We thank the Hennepin County Library for being able to sponsor this class!  It is free for students. 

    • 11 December 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    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 cherry or maple cutting board at the end.

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

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    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $80,  but we have a $70 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $90. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest




    • 11 December 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 2
    Register

    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 cherry or maple cutting board at the end.

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

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    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $80,  but we have a $70 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $90. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest




    • 14 December 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    Learn how to use the lathe while making a lovely candlestick holder. We will cover the basic cuts of spindle turning: bead, cover, v-cut, and flat. Learn how to drill on the lathe to make a hole for your candle. This is a beginner-friendly class!

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch   LINK to bio.  

    https://jesshirsch.com 
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    *** This class is limited to 5 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $60,  but we have a $50 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $70.

    The materials fee for this class is $15, which is included in the admission prices listed above.

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    • 15 December 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The stunning white paper bark from the birch tree can create many wonderful things, including a charming bird. Careful folding, a bit of string, and lots of patience will be rewarded with a beautiful birch bark ornament. You will learn about the process of harvesting and preparing birch bark, as well as trying your hand at weaving. Come, acquaint yourself with birch, make a birch bark bird ornament and be inspired for the many possibilities of future birch bark projects.

    ***warning some birds might be dinos

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    Taught by Beth Homa Kraus

    Beth Homa is a weaver, woodworker, and artist in south Minneapolis. After studying painting in college and working as a caseworker for people experiencing homelessness, they interned at North House Folk School in 2012 where Beth learned many traditional crafts including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. Beth says they contracted "weaver fever" and couldnt stop; this sparked an obsession with birch bark, which is now their main medium. Beth sustainably harvests and processes materials by hand and is always trying to figure out what they can make out of birch bark next and how to share this durable and beautiful material with people.

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    *** This class is limited to 10 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $45,  but we have a $40 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $50. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials fee of $15. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    • 17 December 2022
    • (CST)
    • 18 December 2022
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    In this 2-day course students will use the bandsaw to create a 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 and lid. 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. 

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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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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $165,  but we have a $155 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $175. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $48. 

    Materials Fee (included in admission price):  $30

    *** This class is limited to 9 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***


    • 07 January 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    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 cherry or maple cutting board at the end.

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

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $80,  but we have a $70 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $90. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $26. 

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

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 07 January 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 3
    Register

    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 cherry or maple cutting board at the end.

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

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $80,  but we have a $70 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $90. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $26. 

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

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 10 January 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (CST)
    • 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!

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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:
     - Wood  $20
     - Prep Time $5

    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $125,  but we have a $115 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $135. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 4 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 10 January 2023
    • 07 March 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 2
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    In this multi-session class each participant will make a coffee table, side table or bench that fits their space and needs. We will adapt a design, mill our own wood, cut joinery including mortise and tenons and bridal joints, and sand and finish our tables.

    This is an 8 session class that will run from January 10 - March 7 (No class on  Valentine's Day) 

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    Taught by Stephanie  https://www.leftydesignco.com/ 

    Stephanie designs and builds custom furniture and cabinetry out of her studio in Minneapolis.

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    This class offers two options for materials at two different price points. The cherry option is $65 in materials fees and is included in an admission total of $425. The walnut option is $110 in materials fees and is included in an admission total of $470.

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest.

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 12 January 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 10
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    Do you have questions about your old house? Instructor Erin Melzer is here to talk it out with you. Erin works as a union carpenter and is in the midst of doing renovations on their old house here in Minneapolis. This will be a discussion based class. Come with questions about your home and home repair projects and be prepared to learn from the inquires and experiences of your fellow classmates. Tea and snacks will be provided! 

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    Taught by Erin Melzer

    follow @bluecollarbabe1 - Union Carpenter

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $35, but we have a $30 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $40. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best on covering the rest.

    *** This class is limited to 12 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 14 January 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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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!

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    This class is taught by Katie Speckman.

    Katie learned how to carve spoons about 5 years ago in this very class taught by Jess Hirsch. Although carving was something she always wanted to learn, Katie was initially apprehensive. She was told by her family that she wouldn't be able to handle an axe or a hatchet because those tools were far too dangerous and that this was something for old men to do who have already been whittling all their lives. Definitely not a growth mindset! Katie took her first class, joined carving groups online, and watched a ton of YouTube videos. She's been loving making spoons ever since. Katie finds spoon carving to be a great way to destress, be creative, and make something unique and useful to keep or give away.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $65,  but we have a $55 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $75. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials and consumables fee of $26.

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

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 9 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 14 January 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Augsburg Park Library : 7100 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
    • 6
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    Join us for a special class to practice the basics of block carving & printing!  This class is sponsored by Hennepin County Library and is available as a free class for BIPOC students!  All students must be 18+ years of age.

    This class serves as a perfect introduction to woodblock carving and hand printing.  Equally interesting to participants who have worked with wood before and those who are completely new to the medium, this class will teach the basics of how to transfer a pencil drawing onto a flat block of wood and then how to effectively carve the drawing in layers.  Once the block is carved, we will then go over how to print it with watercolor pigment onto paper by hand. The entire process is nontoxic, and can easily be reproduced at home!

    All community members who identify as women or non-binary are welcome. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, share, and inspire a diversity of ideas. Please come to class with a pencil drawing already prepared that fits within an 8 x 10 inch page, and keep in mind your drawing will be flipped when printed (like seeing your drawing in the mirror).

    This course will be held at Hennepin County Library location:  Augsburg Park Library

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

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    Taught by Savannah www.savannahbustillo.com 

    Savannah Bustillo is a queer Latinx printmaker and book artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Often through language games, her work takes small, discarded objects, sounds, and movements that seem silent and insignificant and reemphasizes them. Recently this practice has turned to the visuality of sound, as Bustillo creates recordings of popularized American stories and turns them into images that the viewer must decode. She has helped teach workshops and demos in printmaking and book arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Minnesota Center for Book

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    We thank the Hennepin County Library for being able to sponsor this class!  It is free for students. 

    *** This class is limited to 12 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 15 January 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 5
    Register

    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 cherry or maple cutting board at the end.

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

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $80,  but we have a $70 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $90. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $26. 

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

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 15 January 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 8
    Register

    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.

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

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    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. 

    Suggested admission is $51,  but we have a $41 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $61. 

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

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 18 January 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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    ​​Learn western-style block carving and printing with minimal tools at home, and make a set of prints/cards/stationery. We will learn about how to think in relief, utilize wood grain in design, how to transfer designs to a block, the techniques and different effects of the five basic carving tools and how to handle ink and paper and methods for printing using tools you have at home.

    We will print in one color. Follow-up materials lists and resources will be sent to students looking to print more at home. 

    To maximize the time we have for carving questions, please prepare a 4x6 design (landscape or portrait orientation) for your block in advance. A design on paper can be transferred to the block so that the print will be the same orientation as the paper drawing, so any lettering in your design should be right-reading. Simple designs with bold image areas/texture that work with the grain (think fur, bark, a cloudy sky, or water...rather than curly-cues) without lettering are recommended. You will receive an email from your instructor, jessiemerriam@gmail.com, with more guidance around block design in advance of class.

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    Taught by Jessie Merriam

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $65, but we have a $55 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $75. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $26.

    Materials cost for this class is $20 and includes ink, printmaking quality paper and cards, newsprint for proofs, shina plywood block 4x6, pencil, power grip carving tool rental and brayer tool rental. 

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best on covering the rest.

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 19 January 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 0
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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!

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    Taught by Jess Hirsch   LINK to bio.  

    https://jesshirsch.com 

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $65,  but we have a $55 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $75. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials and consumables fee of $26.

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

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 22 January 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    • 8
    Register

    Learn to make a functional and beautiful whisk brooms. In this 5 hour introduction class you will learn techniques to make a strong and sturdy hand broom. We will also learn to process stalks, plait handles and stitch the broom flat. Leave feeling confident and inspired to explore the world of broom making.

    Please wear closed toed shoes.

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    I started my woodcraft Journey in 2017. Fueled by a desire to learn and create handmade, functional, beautiful objects that I could make for my home. There are so many ways craft and creating has made my life richer. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share what I know, be connected and inspired by others that are drawn to this community.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $88,  but we have a $78 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $98. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $23. 

    The materials fee for this class is $12.50 and is included in the admission cost.

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will work on covering the rest.

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 23 January 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    • 10
    Register

    At long last Open Shop is back!

    Open shop is a time for you to bring in any projects or crafts you are working on and have access to the tools and the space. While we will have an instructor on staff to help open shop run smoothly and make sure tools are being used safely, this is a self-directed work time NOT class time. Open shop is capped at 12 participants and needs a minimum of 6 participants to run.

    Open shop will run once a month through May.

    Please email fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com if you have any questions about open shop or what tools are available to use.

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    Facilitated by Jess Hirsch. LINK to bio. https://jesshirsch.com
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    Registration cost is $25 per session.

    *** Open shop is limited to 12 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 26 January 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • 14 27th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    • 7
    Register

    Learn how to carve a Dala horse using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We'll cover grain direction, knife holds for the hook & 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 has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost of the consumables and materials fee of $20. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities. 

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

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $35 class admission and $20 materials fee:
     - Instructor receives $12.50
     - Admin receives $10

     - Tool upkeep $5
     - Wood $10
     
    - Prep time $5

    Tools are provided during class, but it is optional to buy your own set to take home after class!

     - Sloyd knife: $25

     - Gloves: $13

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $55 but we have a $45 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $65. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $24.

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

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 10 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

    • 27 January 2023
    • (CST)
    • 29 January 2023
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • 14 27th Ave SE
    • 4
    Register
    Modify the traditional craft of basket weaving into a fashionable fanny pack. In this multi-day class, students will learn both weaving and leatherwork skills. Learn about the harvest and process of birch bark, as you try your hand at processing raw material into useable weavers to make the base pouch of your small pack. Students will design a template for the pouch flap, rivet buckles, and stitch leather before assembling their own unique woven fanny pack. No prior weaving experience is needed but students will need good hand strength and finger dexterity. Please let instructor know prior to class if you have any sensitivities to walnut oil.

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    Taught by Beth Homa Kraus

    Beth Homa is a weaver, woodworker, and artist in south Minneapolis. After studying painting in college and working as a caseworker for people experiencing homelessness, they interned at North House Folk School in 2012 where Beth learned many traditional crafts including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. Beth says they contracted "weaver fever" and couldnt stop; this sparked an obsession with birch bark, which is now their main medium. Beth sustainably harvests and processes materials by hand and is always trying to figure out what they can make out of birch bark next and how to share this durable and beautiful material with people.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $315,  but we have a $300 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $330. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials and consumables fee of $96. 

    The materials fee for this class is $60 and is included in the admission price.

    Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

    *** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

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