Calendar of Classes

Basics of Quilting: Sew Your Own Potholder
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Relax and learn basic quilting techniques in this half-day class. The only knowledge of “sewing a straight line” is needed to take home a completed heart or checkerboard potholder. Create your own pattern and select from a variety of colorful pre cut blocks. When you’re finished with this class you will understand how to create larger quilting projects such as a table runner, wall hanging, or lap blanket. Start small to gain skill and confidence then go big!


Home Building Forum
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

housebuildingforum Julia UgoClick Here to Register. (soon to be updated)

Instructor: Various home owners/builders from the area
Building your own home starts with a dream, multiple drafts and an education in state building mandates. The moment that your hammer finally hits the first nail can be months or years later. During all stages of planning and building questions arise that need answering from peers who are attempting similar projects.  This forum will consist of a core group of home builders (both owner-builders and professionals) from the Driftless region and will create the time and space for questions, brainstorming, and future planning. Come once, or come to them all.

This forum will be offered March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, 2016

Spoon Carving Circle – 2nd Thursday Every Month
Jul 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

spoon helpingInstructors: Terry Beck and Tom Wheeler
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. We ask that folks attending contribute $2 to pay for space at The Ark.

Hammered Copper Bowls with Stone Tools
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Copper Bowls 1 Molly ReeseClick Here to Register. 

Instructor: Martha Buche
Shape a flat copper disk into a shallow vessel using fire and stones, just as the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes crafted them for centuries. Work the metal in the most low-tech way of all! Experience the magic of plucking the glowing red metal straight from the fire and shaping it with the strength of your own hands.” Please note that this activity involves tools, hot, sometimes sharp, metal and work with fire. It is possible to be injured in these activities if care is not taken. Persons wanting to be involved must be willing to take these risks and be responsible for themselves.


Permaculture: Ethics, Principles, and Techniques
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Permaculture: Ethics, Principles, and Techniques @ Westby, WI

Interested in growing more of your own food, building with natural materials, or just living closer to the land? Permaculture is a holistic and sustainable approach to designing your property whether it’s a 1000-acre farm or a rented apartment in the city. Come learn about the ethics, principles, and techniques of Permaculture so that you can apply them in your own life and landscape. We’ll spend the first part of the morning in the classroom and then we’ll learn by doing, on-site, at the Gary Permaculture Project site.

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Instructor:  Jarad Barkeim

Raising Sheep
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

This class will take the participants through all aspects of raising sheep for meat and wool, with hands-on participation in sheep handling. Topics will include all aspects of sheep management, from lambing to winter feeding, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable production.

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Instructor: Bonnie Wideman



Copper Chimes
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Copper ChimesClick Here to Register. 

Instructor: Martha Buche
In just a few hours learn to turn humble plumbing pipe into a musical instrument. Your chime will be able to play 5 pentatonic notes. We will use wood, beads, microfiber line and copper to create the bells. Please bring safety glasses and snug work gloves to protect hands from sharp copper edges.

Essential Oils
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Essential Oils @ La Farge, WI

Essential oils can be incorporated into every aspect of life; body, mind, and spirit. In this class, participants will learn the true definition of essential oils. They will also learn how to use them by working hands-on with them in carrier oils, inhalers, cleaners, candles, and all-natural bath and body products. Participants will learn what defines an essential oil, their properties, and uses. Practical application will be the emphasis of this course.

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Instructor: Carisa Bunten

Contra Dance Series – Live Music & Callers
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm

IMG_9801Lace up those dancing shoes and come on out to La Farge! You’re invited to the Driftless Folk School Contra Dance Series in La Farge, Wisconsin, every 4th Saturday of the Month.

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. Instruction provided, no experience required, singles welcome!

Dates:  4th Saturday of every month. 

Potluck: 6:00 pm  
Dance: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $5 suggested donation (all proceeds go to the band and caller). Kids free. 

Where: La Farge Village Hall, La Farge, WI

Soap Making
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Soap Making @ Viroqua, WI

Join Kristen in learning the basics of crafting your own vegetable-based soap in this hands-on course that will yield a batch of soap for each student to take home (roughly 15 bars of soap). Students will be able to use essential oils of choice and any other natural additives of their preference (oatmeal, coffee grounds, etc).

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Instructor: Kristen Martinek

Hearts and Scrolls
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day
Hearts and Scrolls @ Hillsboro, WI

Add decorative elements to your functional work while learning core techniques of working hot iron. We will practice making a variety of heart shape forms and scrolls. Along with fire maintenance and hammer control, we will utilize the techniques of bending, splitting, drawing out, and upsets, and move to tool making and forge welding. This course is appropriate for beginning to intermediate level smiths.

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Instructor: Robert Schultz

Summer Candle Making
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Make simple poured beeswax candles in birch branches, sand and with ice. A fun summer craft activity.

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Instructor: Martha Buche

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