Classes for Everyone

May
30
Sat
Karst Geology
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The bedrock of our Driftless Area include dolomites and limestones that are continually dissolved by water, creating interconnected cracks and layers. The  resulting “karst” landscape includes sinkholes, caves, disappearing streams,and coldwater trout springs. Deeper  rocks of the Driftless include sandstones that serve as our groundwater aquifers. These formations are now being mined for “frac” sand used to extract oil and  gas from shales in many states outside the Driftless. Unfortunately, our  beautiful karst geology facilitates the passage into our groundwater aquifers of pollutants generated by frac sand mining and careless farming. And once polluted, our  aquifers will remain polluted forever. Join us  to learn about our local landscape. One ­hour lecture­ discussion followed by examination of geologic formations and karst features in the field.

Instructor:  Kelvin Rodolfo

Saturday, May 30, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee

Contra Dance- May 30th
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm

IMG_9801Last Contra Dance of the Season

MAY 30th! 7 to 10 pm

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers and Jesse Downs and Liz Voz callers. Come on out enjoy the sounds, swing your partners and stomp your feet.

Lace up those dancing shoes and come on out to La Farge!  Or just come on out to listen to a great band and share in the joy!

What is contra dancing, you ask? Contra dancing is simply social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to Live Music and great Callers. The rest is just details. Instruction provided, no experience required, singles welcome, and homemade treats! Please check our website we will be holding some earlier dances for the whole family throughout the year.

Dates: May 30th,  Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28th
Instruction: 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Dance: 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $5, kids over 13 $2
Location: La Farge Community Center, 202 N State Street, La Farge, WI

Jun
1
Mon
Give it a Whirl~Clay~On the Wheel and Off
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Start your week off right. Learn to make functional pottery with Ellen Reyher and Ira Slatter. In four Monday evenings, you can learn to make cups, bowls, plates and more both on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. You will also learn how to glaze and fire in various ways. This series is being offered three times, choose a month for the full series. *Sign up for Raku Rendevous for a discount and have a great time!

Instructors: Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Monday, June 1, 2015  –   Monday, June 22, 2015  
2 hours every Monday for 4 mondays   6:00 PM-8:00 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

Jun
5
Fri
Hobbit Jars–Advanced Throwing
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm

unnamedThis weekend workshop is for people who feel confident with centering and throwing simple forms on the potter’s wheel and who want to practice more complicated forms. The focus will be on lidded containers and totally enclosed forms that can be altered (see photo of hobbit jar). If you are coming from out of town, and need a place to stay, Nature Nooks Retreat is 2 miles from the studio. Be sure to book early, as they fill up quickly. (http://www.naturenooksretreat.com.)

Instructor:  Maureen  Karlstad

Friday, June 5: 7pm-9pm, Saturday, June 6: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM,  Sunday 9am-12:00pm

$ 150.00 course registration fee, $50 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

 

Jun
6
Sat
Blacksmithing for Kids
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

best blacksmith_Elise KelistThis class gives children the chance to work with the open fire and create with the hammer in hand. Students will be introduced (or re-introduced  for those who are returning) to the forge, anvil, tongs, vises, and other hand tools used in the blacksmithing trade. Along with the physical lessons of forging, patience, awareness, concentration, and safety will be important focus of this class.

Instructor: Robert Schulz

maximum 6 students

Fly Fishing 101 for Women
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 4:30 pm

magazineThis is an introductory class for women who have an interest in learning the basics of fly fishing or for those already in the sport who want a refresher. The course will provide basic information on when, where and how to fish that would empower a participant to try fishing on her own and/or feel confident to participate in an intermediate or advanced class. We will also discuss fishing as a means for harvesting a local food source. Classroom instruction will cover fly fishing equipment and gear, an introduction to trout food and flies, fishing strategies and regulations, and trout and stream biology. We will move outside for a casting lesson and guided fishing on a local stream. No experience necessary! Limited lodging is available on-site; please contact the host at 608-637-3318 for rates and availability.

Instructors: Tom Thrall and  Amy Klusmeier

Saturday, June 6th, 1:00 – 4:30
Sunday, June 7th 9:00-4:30

$ 110.00 course registration fee, $40 materials fee

limited to 4 participants

This course requires a Wisconsin fishing license

Jun
7
Sun
Introduction to Wall Plastering
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Gardner 9-12-015Whether it was the cave, the cathedral, or the farmhouse we humans have been protecting and adorning our walls with plaster. Join us in this workshop for a crash course in the basics of wall plastering. Whether it be plastering a new wall, skim coating an old wall, or even fixing a hole in the drywall, this workshop will cover both traditional and modern plastering materials and methods. Students will be introduced to clay, lime, gypsum, and cement based plasters and learn which ones are appropriate for specific applications. Throughout the workshop students will be mixing and applying plaster to walls and getting the feel of using a Hawk and Trowel. (The materials fee includes a personal hawk and trowel)

Instructor:  Dan Johnson

Sunday, June 7, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $40 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

Fermentation for Better Health
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

IMG_1924The garden will be bringing you lots of delicious food, but finding healthful and creative ways to preserve this bounty can be a challenge. Fermentation is a wonderful way to not only preserve food, but also add nutritional value and delicious variety to the table. In this course, you will learn how to make your own fermented foods at home such as sauerkraut and brined vegetables, as well as refreshing fermented beverages–just like our ancestors once did. This course will be educational and fun for those brand new to fermentation, or even those who have had lots of practice!

Instructor:  Laura Poe

Sunday, June 7, 2015     1:00 PM-4:30 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee, $15 materials fee

Jun
8
Mon
Give it a Whirl~Clay~On the Wheel and Off
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Start your week off right. Learn to make functional pottery with Ellen Reyher and Ira Slatter. In four Monday evenings, you can learn to make cups, bowls, plates and more both on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. You will also learn how to glaze and fire in various ways. This series is being offered three times, choose a month for the full series. *Sign up for Raku Rendevous for a discount and have a great time!

Instructors: Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Monday, June 1, 2015  –   Monday, June 22, 2015  
2 hours every Monday for 4 mondays   6:00 PM-8:00 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

Jun
11
Thu
Spoon Carving Circle-Monthly
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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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

Jun
12
Fri
Brain Tanned Buckskin
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 4:30 pm

deer-hide-rackIn this 3 day class you will learn how to preserve and tan your own buckskin. Students will learn the traditional brain tanning method using natural materials such as alkali, brain, and smoke. Students will walk away with their own full size, supple deer skin ready for their next project! Option for a student to attend 1 day, to observe,but will not leave with a tanned hide.

Instructor:  Scoggin Zimmerman

Friday, June 12, 2015 – Sunday, June 14, 2015   9:00am-4:30pm

$ 225.00 course registration fee, $25.00 materials fee

limited to 10 participants

Jun
13
Sat
Rotational Grazing and Healthy Streams
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

IMG_3210Join us at Bear Creek Farm, the new home of the Driftless Folk School, for hands ­on learning about how grass ­based, productive agriculture can support land and water conservation and protection of Driftless trout streams. Bear Creek  Farm owner and grazer, Lowell Rheinheimer, will lead a farm tour of his custom rotational grazing system for organic dairy heifers along Middle Bear Creek, a Class II trout stream. Lowell will highlight his pasture re­seeding and renovation projects as  well as demonstrate temporary fencing techniques. Valley Stewardship Network Grazing Specialists will provide examples of grazing plan development and examples of cost­ share funding to implement grazing  plans. Jeff Hastings with the Driftless Area Restoration Effort will  lead an overview of the recent stream bank restoration project for trout habitat improvement. Water quality monitoring and wildlife habitat surveys will be led by Shelly Brenneman and Vicki Ramsay from Valley Stewardship Network. Staff from the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative will provide an overview of grass ­based agriculture resources and  economics. Lunch included. Follow-­up technical assistance available for landowners.

Instructors: Jeff Hastings,  Lowell Rheinheimer, Shelly Brenneman

Saturday, June 13, 2015     9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee

limited to 12 participants

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