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    • 13 April 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    In this version of Woodblock Printmaking 101, students will learn the basics of 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 (carving around the lines/areas to be printed, and the mirror-image effect of printing), utilize wood grain in design, how to transfer designs to a block, the techniques and different effects of the five basic carving tools (which have parallels in other woodworking), and how to handle ink and paper and methods for printing using tools you have at home (rather than a press).

    We will print in black, but go over how to add color to your work. Resources will be available for further projects with your block and other simple materials. 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.

    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: ink tube (1 per student), printmaking quality cards and envelopes, newsprint for proofs, shina plywood block 4x6, pencil, power grip carving tool rental and brayer tool rental.

    Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at East Lake Library between April 6th-April 13. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $23.50. (covers to & from priority shipping).  Students will return tools rented within 7 days of class completion.

    Taught by Jessie 

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $12.50

    Admin receives $9.50

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $11.25

    Website/zoom subscription $11.75


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    $5 woodblock

    $5 tube of water soluble printmaking ink

    $.50 sheets of newsprint

    $5.50 printmaking quality card stock & other acid free paper

    $4 time in assembling materials, tearing paper to size etc.


    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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    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. 




    • 22 April 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Have you ever wondered how wooden bowls are made? Are you a turner looking to integrate turning fresh cut wood into bowls? This demonstration will cover how to turn a bowl while the wood is green. Using high speed steel bowl gouge and parting tool, Jess Hirsch will show you how to make a bowl on the lathe. She will cover material prep, turning, and how to dry + finishing techniques in the first hour of the demo. The remaining 30 minutes will be open for Q&A on turning!





    About Jess Hirsch:

    Jess is the founder of Fireweed Community Woodshop, a sculptor, and woodworker based in Minneapolis. She turned her first bowl in 2012 during her MFA program at the University of Minnesota. She then received the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts grant to study Sloyd (Scandinavian handcraft) with Jim Sannerud. Thats where she got her chops on the lathe and has been teaching turning at North House Folk School, Rockler, and Fireweed for the past 4 years. 

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $5-$50 demo:

    Instructor receives $150

    Admin receives $75

    Website/zoom subscription $45

    goal=$270



    • 24 April 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    • 1
    Register

    Decorative Carving adds magic to any piece of furniture! Join Ouida Vincent on ZOOM to learn about her process of applying 17th century decorative carving to panels used in furniture. Ouida will teach you the braid, egg & dart, and s-pattern using one gouge and mallet on practice boards!

    About Ouida: 

    "I took my first woodworking and small engine repair class in Jr High and was one of only two women on the class. When I moved to Gallup, my realtor gently suggested that I take a class when she saw an example of my work. An adult education class was available at my local University of New Mexico branch and I enrolled. I tend to make things for myself. Square (or not so square) boxy things. Because I am a hobby wood worker, I am free to pursue Other interests like 17th century carving, which for some reason, has taken hold of me and won’t let go. "

    This course has 2 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.

    Each kit will include one gouge rental, one mallet rental, one nail punch rental, practice boards, a small clamp and carving station to hold your wood in place (also rented).

    Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at East Lake Library between April 18th-April 22nd. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $30. (covers to & from priority shipping).  Students will return tools rented within 7 days of class completion.

    Taught by Ouida Vincent

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $60 class:

    Instructor receives $18.75

    Admin receives $9.50

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $20

    Website/zoom subscription $11.75


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    $5 wood

    $10 prepping kits (cutting wood, making clamp kits)



    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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    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. 




    • 27 April 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Are you wondering about how to become a furniture maker? Ready to change that hobby into a career? Join us for a panel discussion with five awesome furniture makers' journeys moderated by Preston Dorsett, a budding furniture maker. Preston will lead the discussion for the first hour and then you can ask questions to the panelists for the final 30 minutes! We are recording the talk so if you cant make it that night, you can watch it later! We will email you a link post discussion!

    Teresa Audet is a sculptor and object maker from Minneapolis. Audet holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Yamanashi, Japan. She has been awarded two Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and has participated in artist residencies and exhibitions internationally. Audet is currently an MFA candidate in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  www.teresaaudet.com

    Preston Dorsett is a Minneapolis based maker currently working as an Apprentice at Juxtaposition Arts and with Keith Wyman at Concrete Pig. These apprenticeships represent part of his approach to building a career as a furniture maker. In the future he hopes to be able to focus on growing a craft and design community on the North Side of Minneapolis

    Baboucarr Faal is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. While carving out his career, equity has always been passion of his. Baboucarr has a world view guided by a “balanced equation” theory developed through a spiritual background which encourages those who are fortunate to balance the equation of life by lending a hand. In 2014, with a clear vision and increased confidence, Baboucarr helped launch a non profit organization called Together for Gambia.  Two years later, he launched Charity Builds to fundraise for the Together for Gambia by donating proceeds for his furniture builds to support livelihood projects in The Gambia. www.charitybuilds.com

    Daej Hamilton in her own words, “I started woodworking in the 6th grade. Growing up in Toronto, I didn’t know any woodworkers who looked like me. I’m really grateful for the teachers and my mom who pushed me to keep going. As I continued woodworking throughout the years, I understood how important representation was. This caused me to build up the courage to start my own studio practice and evolve so much so that I’m able to share my skills with others. www.daejdesigns.com

    Zac Jurden in his own words, “I’m Zac Jurden from Kansas City, Missouri and I’ve been building things somewhat professionally for the last 8 years. I began working in the trades as a carpenter in residential remodeling which ultimately led me to an interest in craft. In 2018, I attended the Krenov School in Fort Bragg California and graduated in 2020. Since then, I’ve worked on a few custom furniture pieces and started a job as a fabricator for The Rabbit Hole, a children’s literature museum/ “Explorastorium” here in Kansas City. I am also a member at Maker Village KC, a community wood and metal shop that I have been involved with in various roles since 2013.” 

    Kelly Parker is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture.  After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry she worked in the corporate world for 18 years before taking a rather circuitous route into art.  She has been awarded a professional development grant from the Furniture Society, was the first recipient of a professional development grant awarded by the Krenov Foundation and was awarded Best in Show at the biannual chair exhibition, American Craft Today: Chairs, hosted by The Bascom Gallery in North Carolina.   Her work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Australian Wood Review, and Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture.  Kelly’s work often incorporates other materials such as metal, glass and acrylic.  She is a passionate advocate for the craft and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others through both writing and teaching.  www.woodsongstudio.com

    This discussion will be held on Zoom so that we can take your questions live and connect with these awesome craftspeople!

    Pricing Transparency:

    Each panelist and the moderator is paid $75 ($450) We are hoping we can get 30 people to sign up and pay $15 to cover paying these talented people. We want to keep this accessible so sliding scale is set to $0 so please come if you want to hear this talk. No one will be turned away.

    • 04 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
    Register

    A dovetail is a type of joint used in furniture and cabinet making that is functional, strong, and pleasing to most eyes. This demo will focus on Through Dovetails, a quintessential joint for all skill levels.

    In this demonstration the student will learn about the functionality of the dovetail and its parts: pins and tails! This is a step by step demo that brings the student through the creation of dovetailed joinery using a methodical order of operations and variety of hand tools.

    The instructor will demonstrate the use and purpose of layout tools, how to hold a dovetail saw and cut to layout lines, chopping and paring with chisels, how and when to use a mallet, removing waste material with a coping saw (as opposed to chopping) and fitting the dovetail! We will focus on why and when we use each tool or technique and how to safely handle all tools so that the student can think critically (and maybe even creatively) about the construction of their future dovetails.

    (This is a demo, so no class materials will be sent out.)

    Kelly Harris is a woodworker, furniture maker, designer, and educator. She designs and builds custom pieces in her shop located in Brooklyn, NY. When she is not busy in the shop, you can find her teaching woodworking classes and leading workshops to share her love of the craft with others. Kelly's work is primarily in wood with a focus on solid joinery, simple yet playful design, shape exploration, and hidden splashes of color.

    This discussion will be held on Zoom so that we can take your questions live and pick Kelly's brain on all things dovetails! It will be recorded so you will be able to watch it for up to a month after the seminar happens.

    Pricing Transparency (suggested admission of $15, our goal is to have 15 participants):

    Lecturer Fee: $150

    Admin Fee: $75

    Website & Zoom Subscription: $11



    • 11 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
    Register

    This course will give an overview of building codes and standards in the United States. We'll work to answer questions such as, what are building codes and why do we have them? Building code or building standard? ICC or NFPA? Who enforces building codes, and how is that process established? The content will likely be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about the construction industry, the building process, or those who are home owners wanting to be better educated about their purchase.

    Heidi Wagner is a professor in and program coordinator of the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She began her career in construction after high school, attending a technical college to study carpentry. After more than a decade in the field, Wagner earned her MS in Construction Management from NDSU and then a PhD in Design from the University of Minnesota.

    This discussion will be held on Zoom so that we can take your questions live and pick Heidi's brain on all things construction! It will be recorded so you will be able to watch it for up to a month after the seminar happens.

    Pricing Transparency (suggested admission of $15, our goal is to have 15 participants):

    Lecturer Fee: $150

    Admin Fee: $75

    Website & Zoom Subscription: $11



    • 13 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
    • 6
    Register

    In this version of Woodblock Printmaking 101, students will learn the basics of 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 (carving around the lines/areas to be printed, and the mirror-image effect of printing), utilize wood grain in design, how to transfer designs to a block, the techniques and different effects of the five basic carving tools (which have parallels in other woodworking), and how to handle ink and paper and methods for printing using tools you have at home (rather than a press).

    We will print in black, but go over how to add color to your work. Resources will be available for further projects with your block and other simple materials. 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.

    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: ink tube (1 per student), printmaking quality cards and envelopes, newsprint for proofs, shina plywood block 4x6, pencil, power grip carving tool rental and brayer tool rental.

    Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at East Lake Library between May 5th & May 12th. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $23.50. (covers to & from priority shipping).  Students will return tools rented within 7 days of class completion to East Lake Library.

    Taught by Jessie 

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $12.50

    Admin receives $9.50

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $11.25

    Website/zoom subscription $11.75


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    $5 woodblock

    $5 tube of water soluble printmaking ink

    $.50 sheets of newsprint

    $5.50 printmaking quality card stock & other acid free paper

    $4 time in assembling materials, tearing paper to size etc.


    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 $20 admission option and a pay it forward option.




    • 20 May 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
    • 4
    Register

    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 (even in your own home). Set up in a sweepable area, we are going to make some wood chips!

    This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 12 people in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.

    This course has 4 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $15. 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. Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at East Lake Library in in Minneapolis. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $18.00. (covers to & from priority shipping). 

    Taught by Jess

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $10

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    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 $45,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option.




Past events

30 March 2021 Virtual Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Makers that are comfortable with a femme centered space
27 March 2021 BIPOC Woodworking Retreat- Build a Side Table in Grand Marais (for women & non-binary makers)
13 March 2021 VIRTUAL Wooden Earrings WORKSHOP (For Women & Non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered space)
23 February 2021 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (All gender/no gender)
16 February 2021 VIRTUAL Dala Horse Carving (All Gender/No Gender)
09 February 2021 VIRTUAL woodblock printmaking 101 (carving and home printing) (For women and non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered setting)
02 February 2021 VIRTUAL Bowl Power Carving Demo (For Women & Non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered space)
17 December 2020 Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Makers that are comfortable with a femme centered space
12 December 2020 VIRTUAL Wooden Earrings Demo (For Women & Non-binary folks comfortable with a femme centered space)
10 December 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + marginalized genders that are comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
05 December 2020 Shrink Box Class (for women + marginalized genders that are comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
19 November 2020 Getting into the Trades- A panel discussion
15 November 2020 VIRTUAL Decorative Carving Demo with Ouida Vincent (For women and marginalized genders who are comfortable in femme oriented spaces)
07 November 2020 BIPOC Power Tools 101 (for women + marginalized genders that feel comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
07 November 2020 Power Tools 101 (for women + marginalized genders that feel comfortable with a femme approach to woodworking)
21 October 2020 Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Carvers
07 June 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning 201 (for women + non-binary makers)
20 May 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers)
16 May 2020 CANCELLED BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
15 May 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers)
13 May 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
13 May 2020 Virtual Spoon Carving
10 May 2020 CANCELLED Virtual Wood Block Carving - Mother' Day Edition (for women + non-binary makers)
09 May 2020 CANCELLED Picture Frames (For Women & Non-binary Makers)
09 May 2020 CANCELLED Bandsaw Hair Pins & Hair Sticks (for Women & Non-binary Makers)
07 May 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
21 April 2020 VIRTUAL Advanced Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
17 April 2020 CANCELLED Build A Viking Era Loom (all genders/no genders)
14 April 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
11 April 2020 CANCELLED Be Your Own Handyperson: Kitchen Renovation
08 April 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
07 April 2020 CANCELLED- Birch Bark Bangle (for women & non-binary makers)
04 April 2020 VIRTUAL-Garden Cold Frame
03 April 2020 VIRTUAL- Garden Cold Frame
02 April 2020 CANCELLED Build A Side Table (for women + non-binary makers)
01 April 2020 CANCELLED-BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
25 March 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
21 March 2020 Postponed Kolrosing: Next Level! (all gender/no gender)
21 March 2020 POSTPONED Kolrosing Basics (All gender/no gender)
14 March 2020 Be Your Own Handyperson: TRIM 101 (for women and non-binary makers)
13 March 2020 Make A Date with the Table Saw (women + non-binary folks)
11 March 2020 Hook Knife Sheath for Spoon Carvers (all gender/no gender)
29 February 2020 Bandsaw Hair Pins & Hair Sticks (for Women & Non-binary Makers)
22 February 2020 Butterfly Joint Tea Tray (all gender/no gender)
16 February 2020 Dala Horse Carving (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
15 February 2020 BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
14 February 2020 Who Cares about Valentine's Day Craft Hang (for women + non-binary makers)
13 February 2020 Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
12 February 2020 Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
08 February 2020 Dala Horse Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
06 February 2020 Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
05 February 2020 Post and Rung Stool (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
03 February 2020 Valentine-Palentine Print Making Class (For Women + Non-binary Makers)

About the shop

Fireweed Community Woodshop (formerly Women's Woodshop) empowers women and non-binary makers through the art of woodcraft.   We offer classes, community events, and more.

Contacts

fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com

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