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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.

Will run

Bent Willow Chair Demo

$10

with John Bajda

Calendar Apr 13, 2018 at 6 pm

Bent wiillow Chair Demo

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 then return for a one-day class to complete your unique chair. 

John is offering a class on Sunday, April 14 in which you create your own chair.

About the Instructor: John Bajda is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching Rustic Furniture building through his local community ed program for the past 15 years. 

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 Bohemian Stool
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Create a Bohemian Stool

$45

with Evan Faltesek

Calendar Feb 6, 2018 at 12 pm

Create a Bohemian Stool
Tuesday February 6, 2018
1:00PM- 5:00PM

Tuition:$40 Materials: $15

In this beginners carpentry class, you'll create a functional furnishing that can become an heirloom craft piece! With pre-cut pieces and guidance from a professional woodworker, you'll jig saw, assemble, sand and seal this elegant stool. Then, later, if you'd like, let your imagination go "Bohemian" and paint it as whimsically as you choose. Better yet, give it as a handcrafted gift for a favorite young friend or family member to paint. 

About the Instructor: Evan Faltesek runs Silver Birch Builders and helped spearhead the Make Your Own Bathouse class, which broke a Guinness World Record. He has taught how to carve stone and wood at Ely Folk School previously and has a passion for carving.

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.

 

Intro to Wood Carving

$60

with Evan Faltesek

Calendar Feb 5, 2018 at 12 pm

Intro to Wood Carving
February 5, 2018
11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $50 Materials: $10

Michelangelo once said: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” You’ll learn how to look inside in this wood carving class. Come with a basic shape and we will rough it out of a piece of soft basswood. We will than carve and sand till you have your finished piece. You’ll learn the qualities of different carving materials and carving tools as well.

Please bring a dremel tool for cutting and sanding wood.

About the instructor: Evan Faltesek runs Silver Birch Builders and helped spearhead the Make Your Own Bathouse class, which broke a Guiness World Record. He has taught how to carve stone and wood at Ely Folk School previously and has a passion for carving.

Will run

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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