Classes for Everyone

Hammered Copper Rings
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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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.

Instructor: Martha Buche

Spoon Carving Circle-Monthly
Mar 12 @ 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

Alternative Beekeeping
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Alternative Beekeeping_Mike De SistiSpend a day with Milwaukee-based beekeeper extraordinaire, Charlie Koenen. Charlie will walk students through alternative beekeeping methods that closely reflect how bees work in nature. Beekeeping for the bees.

Instructor:  Charlie Keonen  website:


Song/String Circle
Mar 18 @ 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



Community Childbirth Education
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Community Childbirth Education @ Viroqua | Wisconsin | United States

Spend an afternoon immersed in the emotional, physical and spiritual nature of birth and new parenting. We will utilize a variety of teaching methods including discussion, hands on, birth art, writing, movement and song. These classes aim to promote participants to explore their own beliefs and gain confidence in their unique birthing adventure. Together we will learn from each other and form community based on mutual respect and the shared joy of welcoming new life.

Instructor:  Jess Krueger

Saturday, March 21, 2015    1:00-5:00 p.m.

$45.00 course registration

limit 8 participants

Pruning Elderberries for Productivity in the Driftless Region
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

elderberriesElderberries grow wild everywhere so why cultivate them? The answer is simple if you have ever fought through late summer nettles and blackberry brambles to harvest wild elderberries. I decided to cultivate elderberries and was surprised at the difference from wild harvested. Then I started pruning and was surprised again at the difference pruning makes. Both berry size and flower size were noticeably larger. And the berry maturity was more determinate. This made harvesting easier and faster.

Instructor: Michael Beckel

Eating Year-Round from the Garden
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

DFS Dryer Photo.doc - Writer 11022015 100403 AMTake eating locally to a whole new level. Two seasoned organic gardeners will share their strategies for homegrown and home-cooked meals throughout the year. Learn how to extend the just-picked, fresh harvest, then move beyond that with energy-wise food storage and preservation. “Live food” storage includes root cellaring, windowsill gardens, sprouting, and fermentations. And lastly, preserve some of the harvest utilizing time-proven methods in updated ways that save energy. Learn about building and using the Walk solar food dryer (designed in 1985 and in use world-wide) as well as steam canning/juicing.

Instructors: Larisa Walk and Bob Dahse

Saturday, March 28, 2015      8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Viroqua, WI

$45 course registration fee

Craft a Hinged Bench to Table-Basic Carpentry
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm

convertible bench picnic table plans 2-001Learn basic carpentry and woodworking skills from a master craftsman who loves to teach. After the class you will be able to replicate a multi­-use bench to table. If you want to build one to take home in the class, it will be an additional $60. This class is discounted, as the benches will be for the Driftless Folk School campus. If you want to donate a bench to the school with your name on it – please add $60 to the course fee.

Instructor:  Myles Saigh

Two day course:  Saturday, March 28, 2015    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m and Sunday, March 29, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:30  (includes lunch voucher)

Viroqua, WI


Farm Animal Fecal Sampling for Family Farmers
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Farm Animal Fecal Sampling for Family Farmers @ Viroqua | Wisconsin | United States

How wormy are they, Doc? This one ­day course will teach family farmers how to check the worm loads inside their livestock. Pesky parasites are in competition with everything farm animals eat, leading to decreased production, diarrhea, poor coats and suppressed immunity; some parasites are able to infect other animals including people. This is a “hands­ on” course, perfect for family farmers. Microscopes and lab material will be available to demonstrate how to setup fecal samples, how to identify basic worms and how to estimate an animal’s parasite load. Farmers are encouraged to bring their own microscopes if they have them, and certainly to bring a few refrigerated fecal samples for testing. You’ll leave the course with an understanding of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of internal parasites.

Instructor: Naakala Jean Garde

Saturday, March 28, 2015      9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$75.00 course fee



Make Your Own Garden Hoe
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

blacksmith2_Elise Kelist“In this class we will create a very effective garden hoe made of sickle blade sections, reused pipe and steel rod, and 5-6′ wooden handles. Techniques employed will include hot forging, bending, and brazing with the torch, as well as working with draw-knives and chisels to fit the handle. Walkaway with one of the most effective hand-cultivating tools around, right in time to start off the season!”

Instructor:  Robert Schulz

Saturday, March 28, 2015      

Hillsboro, WI


Beyond the Veggie Garden
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Beyond the Veggie Garden @ Viroqua | Wisconsin | United States

Midwestern staple crops (proteins, healthy fats, and whole-food carbs) for the adventurous gardener/cook. Explore growing, harvesting, processing, and cooking beans, peas, nuts, seeds, corn, amaranth and sorghum

Instructors: Larisa Walk & Bob Dahse

Saturday, March 28, 2015     1:00-5:00 p.m.

Viroqua, WI

$45.00 course registration fee

Fruit Tree Grafting
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

_SAM7799Come learn the magic of fruit tree grafting! With this versatile skill you will be able to make your own apple trees at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them and have the tools to clone any apple tree you happen to fancy. In the class we will discuss and demonstrate whip-and-tongue and cleft grafting in detail. The basics of bridge grafting, bud grafting, and top working older trees will be covered. The care and protection of young trees, selection of rootstocks, sources of grafting scionwood and general apple orcharding will also be discussed. Each participant will have the opportunity to graft three apple trees to take home. (Additional rootstock and scionwood will be available for purchase.)

Instructor: Rikardo Jahnke

Saturday, March 28, 2015     1:00-5:00 p.m.

Gays Mills, WI

$45.00 course registration fee

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