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A Taste of Blacksmithing - Part 1

$25

with Chris Mueller & Phil Leino

Calendar Nov 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Friday, November 16, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $5

This class is the most basic with the objective of creating a classic 'S' hook using basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn the proper color (temperature) to start forging, basic hammering techniques for elongating, bending and twisting metal and go home with a functional 'S' hook. Basic forge safety will be discussed.

The classes will be limited to six students. Students must bring protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores, under $10. Other safety equipment will be provided.

About the instructors: Chris Mueller and Phil Leino are both intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. They have both been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

Chris worked as a professional blacksmith for 17 years in Tennessee, creating unique, custom-made decorative ironwork. 

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools. After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

 

 

Full Course

Create a Capote Blanket Coat

$85

with Betty Firth & Heidi Breaker

Calendar Dec 6, 2018 at 10 am

This is a 2-Day Class

Thursday, December 6, 2018   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday, December 7, 2018        10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $5

Wrap yourself in tradition with a beautiful blanket coat. Woodsmen and Native Americans alike favored these practical, easy-to-make coats for their beauty, warmth, and comfort. Learn how to design and cut a coat custom-fit for you without even using a pattern! You will learn how to measure, cut, construct, and hand-sew your coat. Decorative stitches used for constructing the pieces and embellishing the final garment will be introduced. You don’t need to have any experience, really! Come, learn, have some fun, and walk away with a coat, ready to wear or ready to finish at home.

Students will need to bring a new or used full size (double) blanket, 80” x 90” or larger or an equivalent measure of wool fabric. Other types of fabric can be used, but will hang differently.

About the instructors: Betty Firth and Heidi Breaker both have a long history of doing a lot of different things, and making a unique blanket coat that suited their style is one of those things. They decided it would be fun to teach others how to do it, so come help them have fun.

Create a Free Form Bracelet

$51

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Dec 7, 2018 at 1 pm

Friday, December 7, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $35  Materials: $16

Free form bracelets use multiple cords and a variety of beads to create a casual bracelet. These bracelets are simple to make and the perfect gift for any age. Students will learn about appropriate cord and beads for this type project as well as the process involved in completing bracelets. Each student will create two bracelets that can be worn together or separately. Additional bracelet kits will be available to purchase at a reduced rate.

Bracelets of this type are a good way to recycle broken jewelry, or to use up random beads left from other projects.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

 

Create a Free Form Necklace

$41

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Dec 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $25  Materials: $16

Free form necklaces are created using chain, multiple cords, and a variety of beads. The technique can be used to create a new piece from a broken necklace or to utilize random beads left from other projects.

Each student will learn the basic technique utilized, about cord, chain, closure techniques, and bead types that work well with these projects. Students will complete one necklace. Additional kits will be available for purchase at a reduced rate.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

 

Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry

$60

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Nov 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Friday, November 30, 2018
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $20

Polymer clay can be used to create decorative pottery, wall decor, jewelry, and figurines. It is easy to work with and does not require any equipment other than what you would find in your kitchen. In this class basic processes to work with clay will be demonstrated. Then students will complete a polymer clay necklace from a prepared kit. Time will be available for students to then work with the clay and create jewelry components of their own. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a reduced rate.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

 

Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry

$35

with Jessica Kellogg

Calendar Dec 7, 2018 at 10 am

Friday, December 7, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15 (Please note: registration will close Friday, Nov. 30 to allow time to order materials.)

In the 4th century BC chainmaille was a highly versatile and effective type of armor. Today the basic premise is still used in cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, as well as shark-resistant wetsuits.

With the availability of brightly colored enameled and anodized metals, chainmaille took on a more fashionable role with the intricate weaves being used for jewelry.

This class will focus on the Byzantine weave. Students will receive the supplies and tools necessary to complete a bracelet. If students learn the Byzantine, we will explore other weaves.

About the instructor: Jessica Kellogg was fascinated in 5th grade by the middle ages. This interest eventually led her to teaching herself the European 4-in-1 weave, using rings she made myself. Over time, she learned more and more complex designs. Today she makes jewelry, keychains, ornaments, fidget toys, scalemaille, and inlaid pictures.

 

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Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry

$35

with Jessica Kellogg

Calendar Feb 9, 2019 at 9:30 am

Saturday, February 9, 2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15 (Please note: registration will close February 2 to allow time to order materials.)

In the 4th century BC chainmaille was a highly versatile and effective type of armor. Today the basic premise is still used in cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, as well as shark-resistant wetsuits.

With the availability of brightly colored enameled and anodized metals, chainmaille took on a more fashionable role with the intricate weaves being used for jewelry.

This class will focus on the Byzantine weave. Students will receive the supplies and tools necessary to complete a bracelet. If students learn the Byzantine, we will explore other weaves.

About the instructor: Jessica Kellogg was fascinated in 5th grade by the middle ages. This interest eventually led her to teaching herself the European 4-in-1 weave, using rings she made myself. Over time, she learned more and more complex designs. Today she makes jewelry, keychains, ornaments, fidget toys, scalemaille, and inlaid pictures.

 

Intro to Inkle Loom Weaving

$50

with Betty Firth

Calendar Dec 13, 2018 at 1 pm

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $10

No weaving experience necessary! The inkle loom is a fun and easy way to learn weaving. This ancient craft makes beautiful belts, bands and straps with many uses. Participants will learn to follow a design, warp the loom and weave a tight, even band with good selvedges. You will be able to finish a small project by the end of the class and have the confidence to strike out on your own. The inkle looms and all materials are provided.

About the instructor: Betty Firth has long been fascinated with the ancient craft of weaving in its many forms, from fabric to baskets, ropes to wire. She has woven on rigid heddle and 4-harness looms as well as small looms for weaving beads into intricate patterns. She enjoys teaching how to weave on the inkle loom, which enables people to learn the principles of weaving, including how to warp and weave, all on the same loom.

 





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