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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.

Beginning Rug Hooking

$85

with Bonnie Lundorff

Calendar Feb 3, 2018 at 12 pm

Beginning Rug Hooking
Saturday, February 3
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $50  Materials: $35

Dating back to the 19th century rug hooking has been a popular way to create beautiful rugs using wool strips. This updated version uses a punch method with the same results as traditional hooking. Students will make a small project while learning to use the Oxford rug punch tool, which will be supplied for use in class along with a 10" hoop.

About the instructor: Bonnie Lundorff owns the Willow Wood Market, a quiltshop and wool studio and has been sharing her love of fiber arts for 20 years. She teaches wool appliqué, quilting, needle felting, and rug making at fiber arts events, her store and throughout the upper Midwest. She designs simple-to-make projects for her students and customers. One of her designs was recently published in a nationally known fiber arts magazine, Wool Works. Bonnie lives in the woods south of Bemidji with her husband Tim and a cranky little 16-year-old dog.

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Black Ash Berry Basket

$100

with Zac Fittipaldi

Calendar May 19, 2018 at 9 am

Black Ash Berry Basket
May 19, 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $80 Materials: $20

Archaeologists have found portions of fancy ash splint basketry that predate the arrival of Europeans. The Black Ash tree has a ring-porous quality that allows it to be pounded into splints for use in basketry. You will learn the art of weaving this ancient craft. Choose between a pouch or basket base. First form the foundation, then turn up the splints to weave the main body, and finish with the rim. A must- have for any berry pickers.

About the Instructor: Zac Fittipaldi has taught at Wisconsin’s Driftless Folk School and elsewhere (including Mexico) for nearly a decade. His other traditional skill interests include maple sugaring, trapping and ancestral pottery.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $25.00

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

Drapanki-Skrobanki Scratched Eggs

$50

with John Rajtar

Calendar Feb 4, 2018 at 9 am

Drapanki-Skrobanki Scratched Eggs
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuition: $35  Materials: $15

Drapanki-Skrobanki is the Polish name for the beautiful scratch egg tradition in Poland and other Eastern European countries. You will learn how to make a delicate pattern using knives, pins and other sharp tools on uniformly painted eggs as well as the techniques for applying the base colors. The egg was seen as a symbol, which brought life, aided in ancient spring fertility rites, and served as a protector against evil eye, fire and lightning. John has taught students of all ages and 9-year olds and up are welcome.

About the instructor: John Rajtar lives in the US but comes from Poland. He has been involved in folk art since early childhood, painting on glass and decorating eggs. He makes scratched eggs, eggs decorated with paper cut-outs or straw following the Ɓowicz traditions (nalepianki), pisanki using the wax batik method and acid-etched pisanki. He received an award of distinction at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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.

 





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