Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Ely Folk School

Filter by Subcategory



Wood, Furniture, Building

Eco-Friendly House Building

$20

with Andy Hill

Calendar Jul 19, 2019 at 9 am

Friday, July 19, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

The workdays available for student participation have been changed from Saturdays to Fridays.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Friday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

You can choose individual Fridays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer "Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall" first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and September will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September, we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details in these class postings with the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Each week Andy will give a short update on the project first and answer any questions that come up.

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

 

Eco-Friendly House Building

$20

with Andy Hill

Calendar Jul 26, 2019 at 9 am

Friday, July 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

The workdays available for student participation have been changed from Saturdays to Fridays.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Friday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

You can choose individual Fridays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer "Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall" first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and September will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September, we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details in these class postings with the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Each week Andy will give a short update on the project first and answer any questions that come up.

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

 

Intro to Chip Carving

$70

with Bart Dunning

Calendar Sep 14, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $25
(Please note: Registration will close on September 7 to allow time to order materials.)

Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs. Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.

Make a Bent Willow Chair

$105

with John Bajda

Calendar Aug 23, 2019 at 6 pm

Friday, August 23, 2019      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 24, 2019   9:00 AM - 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

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. You'll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it 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 chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don't have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

Make a Bent Willow Chair

$105

with John Bajda

Calendar Sep 20, 2019 at 6 pm

Friday, September 20, 2019       6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019   9:00 AM - 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

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. You'll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it 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 chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don't have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.





Forgot password?