The Art of Dry Stone Masonry
live music at the contra
Share the Pie-Autumn Festival
The Beauty of Growing Dry Beans
Driftless Country Side
celebrating our volunteers
Volunteer Campsite at the Campus
hand sewing-make a 'housewife'
Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers
“Hands-On” Classes for Everyone
Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring workshop. We will learn about topical application of herbs, as well as how to transform them into infused oils, lip balms and salves and healing lotions.
Participants will leave with recipes as well as preparations that we make in class!
November 27th-9:00am -4:30pm
Instructor: John Holwartz
Discover the art of making handmade brooms! Little John will teach you how to make a real broom for decorative or functional use. Students will learn to make one round or one flat hearth broom (your choice) as well as a cobweb broom. Handles of various woods have been gathered and cured for you to use, and all materials are provided. Discussion about decorative options will be included. Participants should refrain from wearing open toed shoes and plan to bring a sharp knife and scissors.
Join veteran cheese maker Linda Conroy to find out how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. This introduction will offer an opportunity to explore this lost art. We will create and sample several simple styles of cheese that can be easily cultivated at home. We will make cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella and several varieties of soft cheese. After learning to make kefir, we will transform this fermented milk beverage into soft spreadable cheese and a soft condiment that can be used in place of sour cream. You’ll also learn some cooking ideas for whey, a byproduct of cheese making. Students can build on this introduction to create many varieties of cheese at home. Class includes: lunch, samples, cheese to take home, recipes and a cheese culture to get you started.
November 28th-9:00am -4:30pm
This class is your opportunity to become a part of the hallowed Wisconsin tradition of deer hunting and to learn how to take advantage of an abundant local source of all-natural meat. A local hunter will harvest a healthy deer for the class and students will learn how to skin and de-bone the animal, as well as how to identify, process, and preserve steaks, stew meat, and grind.
Contra Dance Series
Denise Benoit: Organizer & Fiddle Player
Lace 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.
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!
Dates: 4th Saturday every month (no December) Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Jan 23, Feb 27
Potluck: 6:00 pm Instruction: 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Dance: 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Cost: Donation ($5 or more suggested) all proceeds go to the band and caller.
Under 10 free
Join Home Cheese Maker Linda Conroy as we focus on 2 styles of cheese (Cheddar & Gouda) that you can easily make at home. Participants will be guided through the process of making each cheese, with a focus on details. From curd to press, you will be inspired to go home and try these yourself. Making a “home” cheese cave will be discussed, although it is not necessary to have a cheese cave to enjoy these styles of cheese. Participants will leave with recipes and cheese curds that we make in class. Samples will be provided during lunch and during the presentation.
Class includes: lunch, samples, cheese to take home, recipes and a cheese culture to get you started.
November 29th-9:00am -4:30pm
Instructor: John Holwartz
In this class we will make a traditional flat whisk, a hawk tail, and a fantail wisk (also known as a turkey wing). These little brooms are perfect for those tight places. All materials are ready for your use. Shorter broom corn has been selected for these smaller brooms. Discussion about decorative options will be included. Participants should refrain from wearing open toed shoes and plan to bring a sharp knife and scissors.
This course is in honor of Robert’s blacksmithing mentors: Jim Batson and Chuck Patrick, who have taught him everything he knows about knife making. Students will begin with forging a blade of high carbon steel, which will then be heat treated (hardened and tempered) to create avery useful, edge holding knife. Choose antler, bone, or hardwood for your handle material, and we will pour pewter or use forged steel for bolster and pommel fittings. All finishing will be done using files, stones, and sand paper.
Instructor; Robert Schulz
This training will support you and/or your group, first, in learning the basics of cooperative philosophy and practice, as well as how a cooperative behaves in the marketplace in contrast to other types of business. We will explore the founding stories of successful cooperatives to learn how needs are identified and cooperative solutions assessed in a given community. Needs assessment is a foundational step in cooperative development – the training will involve role playing some creative ways to apply a cooperative as a solution to a need in a fictional scenario. This training uses participatory and popular education practices. Thursday, December 3rd, 6-8.30 pm
Instructor: Emily Lippold Cheney
This is a one day, hands-on workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and first hand experience necessary to work hair-on or fur-on skins. We will learn skinning, fleshing, and cleaning, use of natural agents and softening, and smoking as final curing of skins. Skins will be prepped ahead of time so participants can experience all stages in a one day format, as well as an understanding of the tools and equipment needed for those processes. Whether you are interested in tanning your own sheep or goat skins or are wishing to do more with your hunted or gathered furbearers, this workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to embark on your own tanning adventures (methods are only partially applicable to deerhides, questions welcome). Participants should not expect to take home material but rather the understanding needed to receive, process, and finish their own skin projects.
Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale
This training will support you and/or your group in gaining an understanding of the technical steps of the cooperative development process. To embody the practice of cooperative entrepreneurship, participants will role play two vital steps in the cooperative development process using a fictional scenario. Participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss their own cooperative business ideas with the group, as well as learn about resources available to them in pursuing their cooperative idea or more deeply engaging with the regional and national cooperative movements. This training uses participatory and popular education practices. Lunch is on your own.
Instructor: Emily Lippold Cheney
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. Spoon Gathering in September! AUGUST Circle-at Driftless Folk School Campus!-E13722 County Rd D, La Farge, WI Dates: Second Thursday every Month: Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8 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
What's Up with the Folk School
- New Addition to the Campus!September 30, 2015
- Driftless Spoon GatheringSeptember 16, 2015
- Final Phase of our Guest Cabin!July 30, 2015
- Calling All Teachers!July 21, 2015
- What’s the Buzz?July 13, 2015
- $50. Discount Pack Basket and MoccasinsJune 24, 2015
- Win a Full Day Folk School Class!June 19, 2015
- 5 minutes-to give us a “piece of your mind” ! 5 mins for 5 yearsJune 1, 2015