Calendar of Classes

Off-Grid Battery Maintenance
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Click here to registerfloodedbattery Roy Rakobitsch

Instructor: Roy Rakobitsch

Batteries are an essential component of an off-grid system. Unfortunately, they rarely receive the care and attention required in order to make it to the end of their design life span. In this class you will gain insight into the proper sizing and maintenance techniques for various types of batteries. Students will learn proper safety practices, learn how to use a hydrometer and refractometer and see a highly functioning off-grid power system fueled by the wind and sun.


Spoon Carving Circle – 2nd Thursday Every Month
Jun 9 @ 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.

Design and Make a Copper Cookie Cutter
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Click here to registerCookie Cutter Martha Buche

Instructor: Martha Buche

What better time to make a custom-shaped copper cookie cutter than this season of home baked cookies?! Bring a personal design or select from traditional shapes and bend a copper strip into your specially shaped cookie cutter. What you create is sure to become a family heirloom! Ages 12 and up. This class will be offered on 3 different dates.

Scything Techniques and Tools
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor: Rice Spann

The scythe is a wonderfully efficient tool for the farmer and homeowner alike. It can be used for mowing hay, harvesting grains, maintaining hard to cut areas around trees and fences, or even mowing the lawn. Come learn about getting the right scythe blade for your situation, proper fit, and mowing technique. Sharpening and maintenance will be covered as well. Bring your scythe if you have one. There will be some loaners available for the class.

Beyond Cabbage: Fermentation for the Season
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Instructors: Heidi Krattiger and Bjorn Bergman

Hot sauce, garlic paste, coriander, and lemons can be fermented foodspreserved with fermentation, as well as many other herbs, vegetables, and fruit. This class will inspire new and experienced fermenters! Basic techniques will be taught and applied to cabbage and non-cabbage recipes. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to work with produce that is seasonally available and take home a ferment. A variety of fermented goods will be available for participants to sample. This class will be offered on 3 different dates.

Building a Passive-Solar Greenhouse
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Dan Johnson

Capturing the sun’s radiant energy and storing the heat within thermal mass materials like masonry or water is key to the performance of a Passive Solar Greenhouse and year-round vegetable growing. While this workshop will cover principles of greenhouse design, it is primarily a class for students who are interested in traditional masonry wall construction using bricks made from clay that was excavated on site.Solar Powered Greenhouse Dan Johnson  Photo credit: Driftless HomeWrights 

Deer Skin Mittens
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – Jun 26 @ 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Jim Kern

Make a pair of leather deerskin “chopper” mittens. Students will have the option to choose between different styles and decoration techniques. They will also make (or use provided materials) a wool or fleece liner. These will be completely hand sewn and no experience is necessary.


Hammered Copper Jewelry
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor: Martha Buche

Make a copper ring, a pendant and a pair of hammered copper earrings with simple tools. Cut, hammer, drill and polish them in just a few hours. Please bring safety glasses and snug work gloves to protect hands from sharp copper edges. This class will be offered on two different dates.

Raku Rendezvous
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Instructors: Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Try your hand at an ancient art form of Wood Fired Raku. Glowing-hot pots, smoke, flame, and nearly immediate results (compared to a typical 10 hour kiln firing cycle. Raku produces bright metallic colorings, and crackling effects with slips or glazes. There is always a sense of magic as each piece is unique and wears its own branding from the fire.

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Weave a Market Basket
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Click here to register.Market Basket

Instructor: Connie Alderden

In this class you will learn basic spoke-and-weave basketry as you learn to weave your own market basket. Learn the basics from material preparation to finishing. We’ll also discuss utilitarian and decorative touches that will make your basket useful and unique. At the end of the class, you will take home your own market basket.

Contra Dance Series – Live Music & Callers
Jun 25 @ 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

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!


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