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    • 05 February 2020
    • 26 February 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 554078

    In this once weekly, four part course, each student will build a post-and-rung stool. Students will learn about splitting logs for stool pieces and we will shape already split stool parts using a shaving horse, drawknife, and spokeshave. Then students use mortise and tenon joinery to assemble their shaped parts into furniture, and explore different weaving patterns with traditional shaker tape (aka cotton webbing) to weave a beautiful pattern for their seat. And of course, we'll sit. As any good chairmaker says, a seat is never finished until you sit on it. No previous experience in woodworking is required to take this class, and experienced woodworkers are welcome too.

    *Registering for this class includes access to Open Shop on Tuesday nights during the month of February. Students are welcome to come in and work on their projects, as well as have the option of dyeing their shaker tape during Open Shop.

    $50 materials fee (due at first class to Rose. cash, check or credit card)


    Taught by Rose Holdorf


    • 22 February 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2237 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    In this course we will learn how to use traditional hand woodworking skills to make a Japanese style tea tray with a butterfly joint inlay. We will start with a piece of walnut and a bowtie-shaped piece to insert. Using chisels and knives we will carve out and inlay it into the wood. We will finish the piece with sandpaper and a hand-rubbed oil finish. You will leave this class with a completed tea tray ready to use.

    $15 materials fee to be paid to instructor

    Taught by Teresa Audet


    • 29 February 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 7
    Register

    Want to make custom hair accessories for your unique hair? This class will allow you to make the hair pin of your dreams while getting familiar with the bandsaw, carving knife, files, and of course lots of sand paper. Come with an idea of how many tines your dream hair pin holds and fun shapes. We will have a selection of woods to choose from. Please wear closed toed shoes and avoid dangly clothing.


    Taught by Leah Van Tassel

    • 14 March 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Register

    Join Erin Melzer to learn about the ins and outs of installing trim. Cut with a miter and coping saw the base, face, and trim and practice installing it with an air nailer. Learn what's behind the wall so your trim is secured properly. This course is designed for beginners. All skill levels welcome.


    Taught by Erin Melzer

    Materials fee included in price.

    • 18 March 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    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.

    Taught by Jess

    • 19 March 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407

    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. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena

    • 21 March 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 10

    Kolrosing is an ancient art form practiced by the peoples of Scandinavia. It was used to add embellishments to handcrafted wares and traditionally, a pattern was incised into wood, antler, bone, and then a darkening agent like coal, ash, or bark was used to highlight the design. In this class, students will learn the history of kolrosing, and try their hand at the very techniques used more than 1,000 years ago. Students will experiment with different types of darkening agents like coffee, bark, ashes, and spices, and try their hand at traditional geometric patterns and their own freehand patterns. There is a $10 materials fee for all students. Instructor will provide kolrosing tools, practice wood, and students get to choose between one final project: a wooden plaque or hand carved butter spreader. Students are also encouraged to bring wooden items that they are comfortable experimenting with. Spoons, bowls, knives, wood frames make great kolrosing canvases!


    $10 materials fee to be paid to instructor

    Taught by Chelsea Bowen


    • 21 March 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
    Register

    So you’ve taken a Kolrosing Basics class, now what? This class will focus on honing your skills so you can tackle more challenging projects and designs. First, try your hand at kolrosing concave and convex surfaces, like bowls and spoons. Second, you’ll invest more time in your final project, taking care to map out a more complicated design. Whether it’s mastering a geometric pattern or bringing your sketchbook doodles to new life, it’s time for new tricks to help your curves, cuts, and shading really pop! Students are encouraged to bring material or an object for their final project, but the instructor will bring options for the final project and all of the practice materials as well.


    $10 materials fee (paid directly to instructor at start of class)

    All the genders welcome

    Taught by Chelsea Bowen

    www.chelseabowen.com

    Prerequisite: a kolrosing basics class at Women’s Woodshop or elsewhere or general knowledge and some previous practice with kolrosing.


    • 22 March 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th street Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 8
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    It can be hard to find just the right picture frame--especially for one-of-a-kind art--and custom frames are expensive. Solve that problem by learning how to build your own! We'll use the table saw, chop saw, and drill to construct basic frames out of poplar. Students should come to class with dimensions of the piece they want to frame, and we'll take it from there!

    Students will pay their instructor directly for materials- the cost will depend on the size of the frame you would like to make.


    Materials fee $10 to be paid to Kate.

    Taught by Kate Schiffler


    • 25 March 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 4

    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. Maximum class runs 4.5 hours total. Please avoid dangly clothing and wear close toed shoes. Leave with your very own bowl!!!!

    Material fee included ($10) and tools provided.

    Taught by Jess



    • 28 March 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 3
    Register

    Need a refresher on turning? This course is designed for next steps in bowl turning. Our goal is to make 2 bowls! We'll cover the steps of turning a greenwood bowl on the electric lathe. Learn lathe anatomy, bowl blank prep, turning with a bowl gouge and parting tool, drying, and finishing. Maximum class runs 4.5 hours total. Please avoid dangly clothing and wear close toed shoes. 

    1/2 hour for lunch.

    Material fee paid to instructor $20 

    Taught by Jess

    PREREQUISITE: BOWL TURNING 101



    • 01 April 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407
    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. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. 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.

    If you want reparations pricing for this course (materials fee of $15) email us at womenswoodshop@gmail.com to sign up!

    • 02 April 2020
    • 11 June 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • 2237 E. 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
    • 4
    Register

    Build a side table during this 6 session class. Learn mortise and tenon joinery while getting familiar with power tools (tablesaw, mitersaw, circular saw, drill press) and hand tools (japanese saw, chisels, mallets, scrapers, and block planes).

    Each table will be made from mahogany and be 14" x 20" wide and 18" high for the perfect side table.

    Each student will receive their own chisel and shop techs will presharpen chisels for students. YOU WILL HAVE HOMEWORK! Please be prepared to work on your table at home between classes. Homework time can range from 1-3 hours per week. You will be able to check out tools from the woodshop to take home if you do not have them (wood clamp, c-clamp, mallet, scraper).

    Materials fee is $60-$80 to be paid by cash or check to the instructor.

    Taught by Elizabeth “E.B.” Barnard

    This course is designed for beginners + (some experience in the shop at some point) and intermediate students (taken 1 class at the shop before)

    *please note this class has changed since we last offered it, so please read description carefully, walnut shown in image, expect a reddish wood for mahogany.


    • 03 April 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 2237 E. 38th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407 (on Dakota land)
    • 4
    Register
    Build a cold frame for your garden and get an early start to the growing season as well as extend the growing season in the fall.
    In this class, you will build a 26 inch by 50 inch frame with hinged lid; complete, fully functional, and ready to use. The design can be assembled and disassembled with ease so you can move, transport, gift, store. This size can accommodate 4 full flats of seed starts with a little extra room for maneuvering.

    The class will move step by step through the process of measuring, cutting, and assembling the cold frame. We will use the chop saw, cordless drill and impact driver, demonstrate cuts on the table saw, and use the bandsaw to cut rabbet joints. Students will gain an understanding of dimensional lumber and hardware selection, bit selection, body positioning, and safety. A thermometer and handout on building and using a cold frame is included. Cost of materials is $25. Cash, check, Venmo accepted. Please wear close-toed shoes, avoid dangly clothing, pull hair back, bring your own tape measure, speed square, eye protection and hearing protection if you you have these items. If you don’t have your own, they will be provided for you.
    This class is suitable for beginners.
    Taught by Leah Van Tassel
    • 08 April 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407

    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. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena

    • 11 April 2020
    • 02 May 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • To be announced
    Register

    Dreaming of renovating your kitchen but not sure where to begin. In this class we are going to tear apart a kitchen and rebuild it from the ground up. 

    Saturday, April 11, 10:00-12:00 Demolition Day

    In this session we will tear out floors, cabinets, shut off sinks, and stoves. Getting things down to the studs in some parts, our fearless leader Erin Melzer will lead a lecture and demonstration on each step.

    Saturday, April 18th, 10:00- 12:00 Rebuild it Day

    This session will bring the kitchen back to a workable state: hanging sheet rock, mudding on both walls and ceilings, and discussing how the hardwood floors are refinished.

    Wednesday, April 22, 6:00-8:00 PM Cabinet Install Day

    Switching instructors, we have Suzanne joining us to talk shop about hanging upper cabinets and install base cabinets.

    Wednesday, April 29th, 6:00-8:00 PM Floating Shelves

    This kitchen is designed with open shelving. Learn how to use floating shelf hardware safely and attach it to your studs. Taught by Jess.

    Saturday, May 02, 10:00-12:00 Tiling a Backsplash

    Erin Melzer returns to co-teach with Jess how to set tile and grout a backsplash behind the kitchen sink and stove.


    This course is primarily lecture and discussion based. Each kitchen is different and we want to equip you with the general knowledge so you can confidently wing it at your own home. There is no requirement to attend all courses, however we cannot divide up the package of classes. Please note we will not be covering plumbing or installing new appliances. There will be some hands on action to try things out, but we don't expect you to put in labor. We want this course to give you all the knowledge!

    The location will be sent to students a week before class begins. The home is located in the Powderhorn Neighborhood.


    • 14 April 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    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.

    Taught by Jess

    • 17 April 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    Register

    Learn how to use power tools while building your own Viking era warp weighted table loom. This class is in partnership with the weavers guild of MN. Spend Friday making your loom at Women’s Woodshop and spend Saturday & Sunday weaving at the guild!

    In this course you will learn how to chop on the miter saw, drill with both drill press and cordless drills and use the tablesaw! No experience necessary. This course is made for beginners!

    1/2 lunch break. (Cafe across street or bring your own lunch)

    materials fee $55 (cash or check preferred but can accept credit cards)

    Taught by Jess Hirsch

    YOU MUST REGISTER AT WEAVERS GUILD ALSO.


    • 21 April 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    Register

    Want to go deeper with spoon carving. Join us for a four week course with Liesl Chatman to focus on the following:

    • spoon design:  bowl shapes, handle shapes, crank profile, getting a bowl thin that feels great in your mouth; strength/durability.  
    • axe work:  starting blanks with cranks/profile not plane view (!), axing out profiles for multiple spoons in one blank, axe body positions, hewing cuts, safety. 
    • straight blade technique:  grips that work for all bodies/low hand strength/old hands; cutting short and long facets; knife design as connected to the cuts you can/can't make (but not crazy edge geometry or sharpening). 
    • Curved blade technique: safety, wood grain, different sweep designs...I have good basswood for practicing. 
    • Finishing cuts and decorative elements:  finials, neck/bowl transitions, facets, underside of bowl, e.g. rat-tails

    Taught by Liesl Chatman

    Materials fee $10-25 to be paid to instructor.

    • 09 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    Register

    Want to make custom hair accessories for your unique hair? This class will allow you to make the hair pin of your dreams while getting familiar with the bandsaw, carving knife, files, and of course lots of sand paper. Come with an idea of how many tines your dream hair pin holds and fun shapes. We will have a selection of woods to choose from. Please wear closed toed shoes and avoid dangly clothing.


    Taught by Leah Van Tassel

    • 10 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    Register

    Woodblock 101: Learn to carve and print and take home a set of prints on archival paper. Relief printing is one of the oldest art-making processes, and the earliest means of making inexpensive multiples of images and words—a democratic art!

    Learn to hone your carving skills and create and print a 4x6 woodblock. You will print on fine printmaking paper, card stock, fabric, and newsprint. These skills will enable you to make striking images for 2D art and textile design, as well as beautiful blocks (which can also be used for stamping onto 3D surfaces including wood and clay).

    Please bring a 4x6 drawing in pen or pencil, or a photo/printed-out image that translates well to a black-and-white print (there is no grayscale in single-block woodblock printing- - only texture).

    ***This is the abridged version of the regular 3 hours class

    materials fee of $15 to be paid to Jessie Merriam

    Email Jessie at jessiemerriam@gmail.com with design ideas before the class for feedback if you would like! Templates available in the class will be simple designs that lend themselves to black and white printing and take advantage of the wood grain.

    • 13 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    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.

    Taught by Jess

    • 15 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 2
    Register

    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. Maximum class runs 4.5 hours total. Please avoid dangly clothing and wear close toed shoes. Leave with your very own bowl!!!!

    Material fee included ($10) and tools provided.

    Taught by Jess



    • 16 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407
    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. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. 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.

    If you want reparations pricing for this course (materials fee of $15) email us at womenswoodshop@gmail.com to sign up!

    • 20 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407
    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. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena

About the shop

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

Contacts

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Address: 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407         
(on Dakota Land)

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