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Advanced Carving with Diamond Willow

$40

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Jun 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Saturday, June 8, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $20 
(There is no charge for materials if you bring your own.)

This is an opportunity for students in the introductory carving class to deepen their skills and their carving! Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills. Instructor Ken Baasi will show you how to create three-dimensional carvings highlighting the diamonds in the willow like fine sculptures. 

Bring cut-resistant gloves and any tools you may have such as knives, gouges, riffler rasps and sandpaper.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

All Things Chaga

$50

with Allie Austin

Calendar Jun 7, 2019 at 2 pm

Friday, June 7, 2019
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $30

Did you know, growing on our birch trees is one of the most powerfully medicinal mushrooms in the world? Chaga has been highly studied and has been known to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and increase the body's ability to respond and adapt to stress, among it's multitude of other benefits. In this class, we will learn how to identify, harvest, and utilize this medicinal powerhouse for both internal and external use. We will make some chaga preparations in class, and students will each go home with their own informational chaga handbook, including a recipe booklet with numerous chaga remedies and creative ways to use Minnesota's most treasured fungi.  

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health. 

Autumn’s Awesome Go-Anywhere Tote

$85

with Autumn Cole

Calendar Jun 28, 2019 at 8 am

Friday, June 28, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $5.00

This attractive and practical tote can be used as a purse or a carryall for work or projects. It has two large pockets in the inside, is lightweight, washable, and stands upright. It is a great introduction to quilting, as one will learn about rotary cutting, piecing, batting, quilting, and finishing touches. You'll have fun making it and will receive so many compliments on your unique Go Anywhere Tote, you'll be glad you did.

You’ll need to buy your choice of fabric ahead of time, which with supplies will cost about $30. This total includes the 10% discount at Mary’s Spinning Wheel (located in Ely) that Ely Folk School class participants receive. She will have the list of supplies on hand and can also help you choose appropriate fabric. The shop hours vary, so check before you go!

Your supply list for this 11" X 14" X 4" tote:

4 fat quarters of different fabric or 36 five-inch squares (charm pack)
1 yard of complementary fabric for lining and handles
1-1/2 yards of Pellon 987F fusible fleece
1 one-inch button
2 spools of 110 yds of Gutermann thread to match the lining fabric.
The Folk School has sewing machines, but bring your own sewing machine with its manual, if possible, so you can work with a familiar machine. Other sewing supplies will be provided.

About the instructor: Autumn Cole enjoys creating unique and colourful quilts, purses and bags, aprons, and more. She has taught sewing classes for many years, including at the Ely Folk School where some of her quilts and other sewn items are offered for sale.

Autumn says, “As a psychologist, I have enjoyed teaching psychology classes at various colleges, and as a certified Happiness Coach, I teach classes on the keys to happiness. I enjoy teaching!”

 

Basswood Trail Plant Walk

$20

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jun 6, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, June 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tuition: $20

Learning about the profusion of plants around us will enrich your life! Join Jaime Brennan, herbalist and health coach, as she brings you into the world of our local plants. During this class, we'll visit Basswood Trail to identify plants and their uses and benefits while enjoying a walk in a beautiful setting. Meet at the Folk School to carpool.

About the instructor: Jaime Brennan About the instructor: Jaime Brennan can always remember having a special relationship with the plants that grew around her. She began learning how to use them to improve her own health in 2006. Feeling the benefits of herbs, she wanted to share this knowledge with others and began offering classes and products. Her personal passion is to use her knowledge, experience, and different tools to help others create tranquility: a body in balance, a mind at ease, and a satisfied soul. To learn more about Jaime and what she offers, visit www.tranquilitywellness.center

 

Carving a Diamond Willow Walking Stick: Intro

$50

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Jun 8, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $20

Learn how to carve correctly and bring out the elusive beauty of diamond willow while making a beautiful walking stick. Instruction will including information about the best tools to use, tool maintenance, safety techniques and finishing methods.

You will not be charged a materials fee if you provide your own diamond willow.

Ken is also offering an advanced class from 1:30 to 3:30 on Saturday for students to deepen their skills and their carving. Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

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Create a One-of-a-Kind Embroidered Bracelet

$70

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jun 29, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $50 Materials: $20

Learn the technique of bead embroidery while creating a one-of-a-kind bracelet. It is a fun and easy way to create interesting texture and color combinations for unique pieces of jewelry. It does not require following a specific pattern or counting beads or stitches, allowing for total creativity, combining color and texture in unique patterns. This technique is adaptable to other applications such as an embellishing clothing and making necklaces, book covers, or wall hangings. Participants will end up with one completed bracelet and ideas for other projects.

 About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: "Although I've never really thought of myself as an artist, I've had both visual art and one-of-a-kind jewelry items accepted in galleries in both Wisconsin and Michigan. My love of art began in my youth with a mother who did not believe idle hands were a good thing. Our choices were to create something, read, study, garden, or clean. I threw myself into everything except the cleaning part and found I love to experiment with color, texture, and random lines. I make jewelry because I like to wear it and would prefer to wear something of my own design."

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She is experienced in teaching both high school and adult education courses in communication. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jun 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

In this class you will create your own 18 to 24 inch natural Amber necklace. Amber is fossilized tree resin which possesses the look of hardened honey. It has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic time. It also is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone. Amber has been used as a power in medicinal creams and is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace.

As a student, you will learn basic beading techniques as you select from a variety of amber beads, cultured pearls, stone beads and glass beads to create a beautiful, natural looking necklace that will compliment almost any outfit. In addition to learning basic beading techniques, students will learn about what cords and findings work best for various jewelry projects.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort 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 workshops 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 Jun 15, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, June 15, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 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.

 





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