The Arbutus Folk School believes all crafts are worth preserving, and there are any number of traditional crafts that don't fall into one of our categories.
Makah Tribal Style Cedar Bark Basket
Ages 18 and older
Takes place at Millersylvania State Park - Kitchen Shelter #1
In this two-day class hosted at Millersylvania State Park, you will weave a 4 to 5-inch cedar bark spiral basket with Melissa Peterson. Melissa Peterson is a Makah tribal member living on the Makah reservation and weaving Makah traditional & contemporary basket for 53 years. Melissa collects and processes all of the materials used in her basketry. She has been a cultural arts specialist for 40 years, teaching multiple generations, and shares her knowledge with non-tribal folks interested in Makah basketry as well. Class takes place in an open-air CCC shelter in Millersylvania State Park. Students should bring a small knife like a pocket knife, a pair of scissors, and a small basin for water. Course fee includes all other materials needed to complete the project.
This folk & traditional arts workshop is supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization, and presented in partnership with the Washington State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program.
Class fee waived for members of regional tribes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register and have your fee waived.
Kitchen Shelter 1 is the stone CCC building closest to the Flagpole parking lot. It has a large fireplace and big doors, and is open air with some windows which can be opened for further ventilation.
Please note that this class was originally scheduled for September 11th and 12th, 2021, but has been postponed to April 2nd and 3rd, 2022 due to Covid. The April class is already full but we encourage you to join the waitlist if interested in case Covid has greatly improved by the spring and we can expand the class size, or in case other students drop out.
Instructor: Melissa Peterson
Capacity Remaining: -19
Dates: 4/2/2022 - 4/3/2022
Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
Building: Millersylvania State Park
Room: Kitchen Shelter #1
In this class students will be introduced to the basic tools, techniques, and rocks involved in the world’s art of flintknapping. Safety, history, and the local community of today’s knappers will also be covered.
Students will be personally guided through the experience of creating their own arrowheads, knives, or art. The instructor will provide obsidian, loaner tools, and other necessary equipment. The primary focus of this class is to learn and practice knapping techniques.
Eye protection will be required; glasses are OK. Bring your own or instructor will provide goggles.
If you’d like to take rocks home, please bring a bucket to tote them.
Appropriate for all skill levels.
Class takes place at Arbutus Folk School, 610 4th Ave E, Olympia.
All materials, tools, and equipment will be provided. As stated, eye protection will be required; glasses are OK. Bring your own safety glasses or instructor will provide goggles. If you have tight fitting, thin, nitrile or work/gardening gloves, bring them along. Instructor will also have loaner gloves. Students should wear clothes that can get dirty and closed-toe shoes.
Open to students ages 12 and older. Slightly younger mature children may register if accompanied by a registered guardian. Full scholarships available for youth with financial need - apply at Arbutus Youth Scholarships.
For Covid safety we cannot allow drop-ins at this time - you must be registered to attend. Masks are required for the duration of all classes. Students must complete the following health check form, available digitally through the link and on paper on site, to participate and enter the building.
Instructor: Mick Hill
Capacity Remaining: 2
Schedule Details: Tuesday evenings
Dates: 2/15/2022 - 3/8/2022
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Ceramic Studio
Message phone: (360) 350-0187
120 State Avenue NE, #298
Olympia, WA 98501
Facility Physical Address (no mail please):
610 4th Ave E.
Olympia, WA 98501
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