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Advanced Carving with Diamond Willow

$35

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Advanced Carving with Diamond Willow
Sunday, April 15, 2018
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15 (Only if you are not bringing your own materials.)

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.

If you wish to harvest your own willow, join instructor Ken Baasi at the folk school on Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 AM.

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.

Bent Willow Chair

$80

with John Bajda

Calendar Apr 14, 2018 at 9 am

Make a Bent Willow Chair
Saturday, April 14
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tuition: $60, Materials $20*

*Friday evening demo and Saturday or Sunday work day

Come and learn about the making of a one-of-a-kind Bent Willow Chair. This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. A few hours of demonstration on materials, collection and the use of simple tools, and you'll be ready to go collect your materials or have instructor bring them for a fee, then return for a one-day class to complete your unique chair. Craft your own chair on the work day.   Make the frame and then bend the willows to make a comfortable chair you can use for years if kept under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best  to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place.  The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chai

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired High School teacher and has been teaching Rustic Furniture building through his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

$405

with Kris Kristufek

Calendar Apr 20, 2018 at 5 pm

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
Three-Day Class:
4/20:  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4/21:  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4/22:  9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuitition: $180  Materials: $225

Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.  

This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished.  During three days of classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine, apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.

Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements? 

In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by March 4th. Registrations will be taken after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.

About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the "Rod Professor" as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of Custom Rod Building.

 

 

 

Payment plan available: $275 deposit plus 2 payments of $65.00

Carving a Diamond Willow Walking Stick

$45

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 15, 2018 at 9 am

Intro: Carve a Diamond Willow Walking Stick
Sunday, April 15, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $15

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.

If you wish to harvest your own willow, join instructor Ken Baasi at the folk school on Saturday, April 14 at 9:00. You will not be charged a materials fee if you provide your own diamond willow.

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.

Create a Hardbound Book

$110

with Consie Powell

Calendar Apr 14, 2018 at 9 am

Create a Hardbound Book
Two Day Class:
April 14, 2018, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
April 15, 2018, 9:00 Am- 1:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $30

An elegant and sturdy hand-bound book is a joy to make and a pleasure to use, whether for writing, sketching or as a guest book. In this class, we will create a hardbound, cloth-covered book with blank pages of high quality, acid-free paper .At the end of the class, you will have a book ready for whatever use you desire. The skills you gain using simple tools will enable you to make hardbound books at home without complicated bookbinding equipment.

About the Instructor: Consie Powell is an artist and writer who creates picture books for young readers and has been making her own sketch journals for years. She has taught bookbinding skills to numerous individuals, as well as teaching journaling classes for the Ely Folk School.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $30.00

Foraging for Diamond Willow

$40

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 14, 2018 at 9 am

Foraging for Diamond Willos
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40

Fine diamond willow is a most elusive phenomenon, revealing hidden beauty when properly exposed. Students will learn how to find and identify diamond willow. This class is for people who wish to harvest their own diamond willow to carve a walking stick in the class on Sunday, April 15, or for those who wish to find some willow to carve on their own.

Meet at the Ely Folk School at 9:00. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a bag lunch, if desired.

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.

 

Make a Bent Willow Chair

$80

with John Bajda

Calendar Apr 15, 2018 at 9 am

Make a Bent Willow Chair
Sunday, April 15
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tuition: $60, Materials $20*

*Friday evening demo and Saturday or Sunday work day

Come and learn about the making of a one-of-a-kind Bent Willow Chair. This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. A few hours of demonstration on materials, collection and the use of simple tools, and you'll be ready to go collect your materials or have instructor bring them for a fee, then return for a one-day class to complete your unique chair. Craft your own chair on the work day.   Make the frame and then bend the willows to make a comfortable chair you can use for years if kept under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best  to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place.  The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chai

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired High School teacher and has been teaching Rustic Furniture building through his local community ed program for the past 15 years.





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