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

Upcoming events

    • 23 September 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Powderhorn Park (south side of the pond, picnic tables up in the trees--park on 35th St and walk down the hill)
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    Fireweed carvers Bozena and Jessie are hosting another installment of carving in the park...

    Come by any time between 4:00 & 6:30pm!

    Bring your own hand-carving project to the park for some company, autumnal recreating, and sharing tips and tricks. This is NOT A CLASS, just a community hangout.

    This is a FREE event, open to all. If you like/are able to contribute to the shop and our new physical space endeavors, we have some different donation levels at registration, or you can choose "FREE!" registration and donate in any amount that you like  on paypal at Fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, or through GiveMN  (through GiveMN you can make a tax-deductable donation). Thank you!


    What to bring:

    -a chair for sitting in a circle (optional, just easier to talk than sitting at the picnic tables)

    -your project, tools (see blockprinting exception below). Spoon carvers, sadly we DO NOT have any blanks or tools available this time due to other classes--but you can also come to hang and see others' projects!


    **woodblock printers: if you took a class with Women's Woodshop/Fireweed this year or in the past, or have some prior experience, woodblock instructor Jessie will be there with some tools and various colored inks--as well as a few blocks for sale ($5 each, available as a registration add-on or venmo/paypal/cash at the event). Bring your own paper/cards/fabric etc for printing or use Jessie's scraps (printmaking quality greeting card and envelopes available as registration add-on as well, may have more available to buy at the event too). Email jessiemerriam@gmail.com with questions.



    • 28 September 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 2
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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 (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 $14.00. (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.

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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.




    • 07 October 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    The earliest bamboo weaving goods were discovered amidst the ruins of Hemudu

     culture In southeast China 7000 years ago. This technique had evolved substantially during the Warring States period around 450 BC, and ever since. Due to its strong fiber content, flexibility, and affordability, bamboo has been widely applied in architecture, furniture, appliances, as well as art.

    This 2.5-hour class gives an introduction to bamboo, and teaches the hex style of bamboo weaving.  It is hands-on, but it doesn’t limit the techniques. I intend to use this small project to pry open the wonderland of bamboo weaving, a long and yet evolving tradition in various parts of the world.

    What’s special about bamboo? Do you know that the bamboo fiber can in some cases be stronger than steel? Have you seen bamboo houses before?

    After the class, you can not only bring a beautiful bamboo weaving project home, but also widen perspectives of a miracle material.

    This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 15 people 

    in order to offer  more interaction with peers and instructors. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.  A recording of class will be available for 1 week after class for participants.

    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 $36. 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: Bamboo Strips. Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at location near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. This address will be emailed to students upon registration. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping  for an additional $9.00. (covers priority shipping). 

    PICK UP at EAST LAKE LIBRARY starting Thursday Sept. 30th


    Meet the Instructor, Lu Xu

    Lu Xu is an artist and curator based in Guizhou, China and Greensboro, NC, USA. She grew up in the Yungui Plateau area in Southwest China and has always been intrigued by the indigenous ethnic cultures in this region. She has exhibited at Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, NC, Elsewhere Museum, NC, and was a fellow artist at Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, in 2016 and Salem2Salem at Bodenseekreis, Salem, Germany and Salem Art Works, NY, in 2018-19. Lu Xu worked as the Curator of Gatewood Gallery and Director of Art Truck at School of Art, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 2015-17.

     

    Through performative and participatory works, Lu situates herself in everyday life scenes, unfamiliar geographic locations, or in interactions with other people. Her works challenge the standard language and efficiencies in the mundane by being physically tiring, time consuming, absurd, obscure, unpredictable, and impractical, such as such as walking 72 miles in the suburbs in the San Francisco Bay area, dragging a five-foot long boat for 2.5 miles for a routine grocery shopping trip, incorporating origami to tell two coincidental stories in a circular subway line in Beijing, or asking people to assign me 15-second tasks through an online portal.  She uses her body in neutral and low-key means as tools to reveal alternative, unfamiliar possibilities. She puts herself under challenging conditions in the context of the mundane in order explore unproductivity’s richness, aliveness, and poetry.

     

    Due to her international experiences and ties to indigenous ethnic cultures in Guizhou, she has been conducting field research in Yao and Dong ethnic villages in the last four years to accomplish a series of artwork. She learned bamboo weaving as a kid and in 2018 from a local bamboo weaver, an 83-year-old man who has been weaving bamboo for 60 years. She is currently working on a 6-feet long, 3-feet wide bamboo sculpture, and will share during the class. She is fascinated by this material and hopes to share her passion with more makers.


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    Materials note**. The bamboo stripes were prepared by hand by a Chinese bamboo craftsman in Sichuan, China. They were already bleached to avoid bugs and mold. Lu wrapped the stripes and give each person 6 extra. The material bags are bit more expensive than usual because they were sent them from China through air and the shipping was just as much as the material 


    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $50/hr (3 hrs)

    Admin receives $5

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Materials cost breakdown $: 36

    Bamboo Strips. $31

    10 alligator clips. $2.50

    Wood Glue: $2.00

    **Note: Students should have a spray bottle (preferred) of water or a bowl of water handy during class

    • 16 October 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 150 W 60th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
    • 4
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