Hands-On Classes

Feb
11
Thu
Spoon Carving Circle – 2nd Thursday Every Month
Feb 11 @ 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.

Feb
13
Sat
Hammered Copper Rings
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor: Martha Buche
Make a copper ring or two from pipe and simple tools. Cut, hammer, size and polish to turn plumbing scraps into gorgeous jewelry. The rich color and texture of hammered copper is always satisfying. Please bring safety glasses and snug work gloves to protect hands from sharp copper edges. Course appropriate for students ages 14 and older.

What Folks are saying about Martha:

Martha couldn’t have been more knowledgeable about her craft. Only wish we had more time!

Martha is a very pleasant and knowledgeable instructor.

..engaged all participants without pressure. It was very peaceful and fun,

Into to Winter Wilderness Skills
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale
We all know that winter in Wisconsin brings hardship with it. Cold days and long nights, biting wind and piles of snow. But we can all choose to embrace and celebrate the beauty and glory of this season for really it is one of the best for many things. If you would like to experience a better perspective on this misunderstood season, and learn much of how to be prepared and comfortable out in it, come along for this day of fun. We will cover proper dress and layers, winter activities, habits of animals and plants in winter, and outdoor skills and safety. Using the beautiful Kickapoo Valley Reserve as a classroom we will track animals, learn fire and shelter building, winter lore and games, navigation, and safety and preparedness. This will be an outdoor class so a clothing list requiring boots with liners, mitts, hat, and good layers will be sent out ahead of time. 

winter wilderness

What Students are Saying About Nicholas:

“Knowledgeable, encouraging, and actually lives the lifestyle. Great instructor. Excellent location. He is an asset to your school. I would definitely take another course from him.”

“Nicolas is a creature of nature. He lives the lifestyle and is passionate about teaching others about his way. He has a lot of knowledge about how to live and thrive using only what the earth provides. I learned how to see nature in a new way.”

“I liked the plant foraging, wild edible identification, and cooking directly over fire.”

“I liked the incorporation of craft projects – especially the wood carving and burn bowls.”

“I liked the emphasis on connecting with nature.”

“The foraging and primitive skills we worked on were great. I also enjoy the setting and the pace as part of this trip was a mini vacation for me.”

Love & Chocolate-DIY Valentine’s Treats
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor:  Heidi Krattiger 
February 14th is known for giving and receiving chocolate treats! Come alone or bring a loved one and experience one more step in the giving process; making the treat. In the class we will taste cacao beans and learn how to use them in the kitchen. We will discuss the differences of dutch processed cocoa and natural process cocoa. The class will work together to create several chocolate recipes and participants will go home with a sampling of everyone’s treats to share with their loved ones! Chocolate creations could include bars, tarts, truffles, or candies. Recipes will be selected and adapted to student interests (gluten free, dairy free, nut free).  No baking or chocolate experience necessary. Must love chocolate.

AVPageView 11022015 10155 PM-001Viroqua Food Co-op Owners receive a $10 discount on this course! Please enter your VFC owner number in “other information” when registering to get discount.

Feb
20
Sat
Make a Rag Rug from T-Shirts
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor: Leah Evans
Make a crocheted rug out of salvaged jersey knit t-shirts. Previous knowledge of crocheting is useful but not necessary. Using techniques that are relatively simple to learn and utilizing ubiquitous materials you can create an extremely durable and beautiful heirloom rug. Instruction on finding and choosing materials, preparing materials, and working with color will be included. optional – bring any old 100% cotton t-shirts you have around your house.

 

Feb
27
Sat
Pine Needle Coiling and Basketry
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Roberta Condon

Participants will be provided with all the materials needed to make a small pine needle basket with a wooden base. The skills of coiling will be learned, and examples of more advanced techniques will be on  isplay. Students will come away with all the skills to complete a basket from start to finish, treat raw pine needles, drill basket bases, stitch and hide and secure loose ends of sinew, and finish the basket without a noticeable seam. Participants will become familiar with different methods to seal and finish a basket. Students will be supplied with the resources and supplies if they wish to continue the exploration of basketry and pine needle coiling on their own. Students should bring: sharp scissors, and a small long nose pliers works best

Roberta’s Website: http://robertacondon.comDriftless Folk School Submission 8
 

Contra Dance Series – Live Music & Callers
Feb 27 @ 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. Next one is January 3rd.

Potluck: 6:00 pm  
Dance: 7:30 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

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Mar
10
Thu
Spoon Carving Circle – 2nd Thursday Every Month
Mar 10 @ 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.

Mar
12
Sat
Birch Bark Boxes
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Nicholas birch boxesClick Here to Register.

Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale
Around the world people have cherished the Birches for their radiance, beauty, wood and bark. In Scandinavia people were particularly resourceful with their use of birch bark, making baskets, boxes, structures, and even shoes. We will rediscover this tradition with these boxes, used traditionally for holding kitchen items like butter, tea, or salt. Constructed of a precisely cut and tabbed coil of bark with carved, fitted and pegged bottom and domed top these boxes will teach many skills of bark work and knife use. Come apply yourself to the creation of a truly unique vessel from the past.

What Students are Saying about Nicholas:

“The teacher made us feel very welcome in his workshop and home. We were able to complete our project in the time allotted. That is important to me-I have taken classes where there was not enough time to complete the project and it is just frustrating. The tools that were required were available to us as needed. Anytime we needed assistance he was there to help us. I was impressed with the knowledge he had to answer any questions that were discussed. The teacher was so good at explaining each step that I feel I could make another mukuk on my own if I can remember all of the process. I plan to write some notes to help me remember the useful information he gave us. I appreciated the very delicious lunch. “

“Nicholas was great about putting the basket making in context of its history, use and the innate beauty and value of birch trees. We built the beautiful baskets with the same materials and tools that First nation’s people would have built the baskets. Working with the material really gave you a deep sense of how important this tree is and why it needs to be protected and also possibilities of craft with its use. Nicholas was patient and helpful with each student and extremely knowledgeable about the natural world, and it was also great to have his family there for lunch and at the end of the class. He opened his hands and heart and mind to all that were there and it was a wonderful day!”

Mar
19
Sat
Hammered Copper Earrings
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor: Martha Buche
Make a pair of hammered copper earrings from small pieces of copper sheet and simple tools. Make a heart or geometric shape. Cut, hammer, drill and polish them in just a few hours. These could be a great gift for someone you care about or to keep for yourself. Please bring safety glasses and snug work gloves to protect hands from sharp copper edges. Course is appropriate for students ages 14 and older.

 


What Folks are saying about Martha:

“Martha couldn’t have been more knowledgeable about her craft. Only wish we had more time!”

“Martha is a very pleasant and knowledgeable instructor.”

“…engaged all participants without pressure. It was very peaceful and fun.”

“Martha knew lots about candles, tradition, other forms of art and homesteading, but was not pompous about that knowledge. She had a welcome and humorous, playful demeanor. The room smelled really really good because of the wax…”

Mar
26
Sat
Contra Dance Series – Live Music & Callers
Mar 26 @ 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. Next one is January 3rd.

Potluck: 6:00 pm  
Dance: 7:30 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

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Apr
2
Sat
Once Upon a Place; Storytelling & the Land
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Instructor: Tracy Chipman
Once Upon a Place; Storytelling & the Land explores the connection between the ancient craft of storytelling and the land we homestead, steward & wander. This workshop will be in part a Storytelling 101 experience, through the lens of the land; Driftless and beyond. We will explore story and the places/lands that inspire & nourish. There will be myth telling, listen and walking the land involved, Students input is encouraged and even required to craft our time together. Bring your voice, your willingness and come join. This class will be held at the beautiful Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Lunch included. Co-Sponsored by Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

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