Classes for Everyone

Introduction to Building Design for Liveable Homes
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

house blueprintCourse goal – To gain a Basic applied understating of building components and the way we live with them.Course content:Building Assemblies walls, roofs and floors how they’re made and why they work, reviewing standard and alternate building techniques.Program how we use a building and how the building works for us.Healthy building from air-quality to livability. Energy use,thermodynamics and their role in building performance. Design, planning and basic drawing techniques. This is a half-day course of design and planning. Spending part of the time reviewing concepts and part of the time applying these ideas to an actual project. All classmates are encouraged to bring their concepts, projects and wish list goals for what they are building or remodeling.

Instructor:  Mark Telshaw

Saturday, April 4, 2015       9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

La Farge, WI

$45.00 course registration fee,   $3.00 materials fee

limited to 6 participants

Spoon Carving Circle-Monthly
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

_SAM0800Spoon Carving Circle – Monthly

Terry Beck, Tom Wheeler: Organizers – Spoon Carvers

The night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in Driftless Folk School’s intimate little office space in The Ark in Viroqua for the first monthly Driftless Folk School Carving Circle. We ran the gamut of ages and experience, from veteran spoon carvers and a promising young new carver, to a curious onlooker – turned – carving convert.

The latter purchased a “sloyd” and a “hook” knife from another participant and was … hooked. Mostly, people worked on spoons they had already started, shared techniques, tips and stories, and had a grand old time. All carving projects are welcome; bowyers, chip carvers, whittlers… spoons just happen to be the most common. Bring some wood, a carving tool or two, and a Band Aid, and a good joke wouldn’t hurt either. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. There’s a good chance someone might be able to share wood, or even sell a couple tools.

Dates: Second Thursday every Month: February 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11, Jul 9,  Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12
Time: 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 per person to cover space use fees
Location: The Ark, 401 East Jefferson Viroqua, WI- Summer months we will meet at our Campus-check Facebook

Canoe Paddle Carving
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm

Adirondack 2011 Auction Paddles3In this course we will shape strong, elegant, and lightweight canoe paddles from an assortment of native woods. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of classic blade and grip shapes for their paddles, and to custom fit the paddles to their body and paddling style. The course will focus on skillful use of hand tools, including drawknives, planes, spokeshaves, gouges, and carving knives, and their application in traditional woodworking techniques. Design principles, wood selection, layout, and other considerations will be discussed as well. Expect to make one paddle, though advanced students may be able to complete a pair of paddles during the two day course, and extra blanks will be available. Join us to have fun, learn woodworking techniques, and prepare for canoeing season with your very own custom-made paddle!”

Instructor: Kerry Lambertson

Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12, 2015   9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Viroqua, WI


$ 150.00  course registration fee,    $25.00 materials fee

limited to 7 participants

Reading the Driftless Landscape Landowner Workshop Series Part I
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

stream eddyLargely an indoor class utilizing Reading the Driftless Landscape. Highlights will include: Identify stewardship goals, objectives, tasks. Short and long-term planning and prioritization that works for you. Keeping track of observations through journaling and photos. Sources of funding for assistance with invasive species work. Each person will leave with more information, vision, and understanding about their land.

Instructors: Tom Lukens Cindy Ramsayer

Saturday, April 11, 2015     9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Viroqua, WI

$ 45.00 course registration fee

limited to 30 participants

Raspberry Fields Forever
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Raspberry-001Raspberry patches are a long term commitment to perennial sweetness. A well cared for patch may last 10 or more years. In this class students will learn the different varieties available to northern growers and gardeners. Propagation topics covered will include, bed preparation, transplanting, pruning, weeding, trellis design, mulching, and picking. Students can expect to take home canes of one or more varieties for establishing their own patches. Please bring gloves, pruning shears, spade shovel, bucket for canes.

Instructor:  Dan Johnson


Wholesome Grain-Free Baking
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

grainfree bakingFor those living without gluten or even without grains, it can be hard to find delicious and wholesome treats for you and your family. In this class, we will be making several different desserts to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Using grain-free flours and alternative sweeteners, cooks of all skill levels will come away with recipes for sweets and treats for the whole family to enjoy–even those on restricted diets.

Instructor:  Laura Poe

Sunday, April 12, 2015    1:00 PM-4:30 PM

Viroqua, WI

$ 45.00  course registration fee, $15 materials fee

Song/String Circle
Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

hanksfamilyphoto2-1The song/string circle is held the Third Wednesday of every month at the ARK .It is open to musicians and singers who enjoy performing in a friendly and relaxed setting where the emphasis is on having fun as well as learning to play in an ensemble. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, harmonicas are especially welcome, but you can come just to listen and learn too. Various well-known traditional folk and pop tunes will be used with simple chord/lyric song sheets provided. Bringing your own music stand is a plus. In addition to the familiar batch of songs, there will be a central theme for each month, looking deeper into the works of seminal artists from mid-late 20th century such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan whose legacies help define what is called Americana music today. Jim Stacho, an alumnus from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and now an area resident, will host each session.

Upcoming themes include:
Wednesday, February 18 : Academy Award Songs of the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s
Wednesday, March 18 : Johnny Cash
Wednesday, April 15: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes
Wednesday, May 20: John Fogerty and CCR
Wednesday, June 17: Songs From 1975



An Introduction to Practical Hand Sewing
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Hand Sewing

A “Housewife” Sewing Kit

In this class we will be making a “housewife” (a traditional 19th century sewing kit). This manageable project will teach the basics of hand sewing. Students will go home with a basic sewing kit and the knowledge to repair and create sewn items. Jared will also have examples of items he has sewn by hand to show and can answer questions about the techniques and planning that went into them.

Instructor: Jared Torkelson

Saturday, April 18, 2015      9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $15 materials fee

limited to 6 participants

Baking with Sourdough Bread
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

bread classLearn the art, craft, and science of baking bread with a wild sourdough culture.  The air around us and the skins and leaves of many plants are full of wild yeast cells.  Under proper cultivation, this natural bounty can be used to leaven breads and pastries in the same way humans have done for thousands of years.  In this class you will learn how to capture, care for, and use your own wild sourdough culture.  Participants will learn how to knead dough and shape it into several types of loaves and how to bring to moist and flavorful perfection in the oven.  Each participant will receive a sourdough starter culture to take home.

Instructor: Jacob Hundt

Saturday, April 18, 2015     1:00 PM-4:30 PM


Hammered Copper Basics
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

imagesWhat you need to know to make simple hammered copper projects around the home.Learn about the some of the properties and types of copper, where to get copper, the basic tools needed to do some household copper hammering, some of the things you could make at home, and then make your own hammered copper switch plate

Instructor: Martha Buche

Saturday, April 18, 2015     1:00 PM-5:00 PM

$ 45.00 course  fee, $12 material fee

limited to 9 participants

The Writer’s Journey: Shamanic Techniques to Grow Your Flow
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Writer's Journey image - Marcelle RichardsThis class is designed for writers looking to enhance their creative process through tapping into their own essence by means of shamanic journeying. Participants will learn to connect with a power animal, design a personal ritual, and incorporate journeying as a means to strengthen their writing process through a spiritual lens. Please bring a pen and notebook or laptop to journal during class, plus a piece of writing-in-progress, as we will be journeying into one’s writing during class

Instructor: Marcelle Richards

Sunday, April 19, 2015     9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee

minimum 8 participants, maximum 15


Songwriters Lab, Tools for Crafting a Song
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

1342729243_RisingStarKnown to most as The Reverend Eddie Danger, Ed is an award-winning singer/songwriter, playwright, multi-instrumentalist, wedding officiant & story teller. Ed plays the guitar, didgeridoo, piano, pump organ, flute, sax, various percussion instruments, ukulele, and more. Ed is sharing his knowledge and skill at songwriting. Bring a pen, journal and an instrument (if you compose with one)..

Instructor:  Ed Lemar

Sunday, April 19, 2015     1:00 PM-8:00 PM (dinner voucher included)

$ 75.00 course registration fee

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