All upcoming classes for the Arbutus Folk School. We are always adding more classes, so check back often!
Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of a core set of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing. This is a hands on class where students will complete a spindle project (wooden carving mallet, stirring spurtle, or garden dibble - student's choice) during the morning and a small bowl in the afternoon, both of which they'll take home. For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide a catalog and review lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment and tools at reduced costs.
Students are welcome to bring any personal woodturning tools they have and the instructor will review them with the student on proper use and if necessary show them how to sharpen.
13 years and up welcome!
Youth as young as 10 may be permitted but only after instructor has talked to a parent.
Please note class takes place at Larry Miller's shop:
4621 John Luhr Rd Ne
Olympia, WA 98516
Instructor: Larry Miller
Capacity Remaining: 5
Schedule Details: Saturday, July 11, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 7/11/2020 - 7/11/2020
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Building: Larry Miller's Shop
Capacity Remaining: 4
Schedule Details: Saturday, Aug 8, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 8/8/2020 - 8/8/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, Sept 12, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 9/12/2020 - 9/12/2020
Instructor: Annette Harrison
Schedule Details: Saturday and Sunday, September 19 & 20, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 9/19/2020 - 9/20/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Front Classroom
Challenge yourself to transform an entire block of clay into one magnificent pot! This workshop will provide detailed instruction about how to scale up your designs by throwing and assembling a pot in sections. Demonstration and personal instruction will occur during the first day of the workshop. Strategies about how to handle larger amount of clay with less effort will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on how to direct the clay into a desired shape and how to achieve volume in the final form of your pot. The second day of the workshop, which will occur after your pieces are bisque fired, will focus on methods of glazing larger pots. Students will finish the workshop with their completed pot, as well as the fundamental knowledge and tools to continue their practice of making bigger pots!
Intermediate to advanced students only.
Arbutus will provide basic throwing tools, but students should bring any favorite throwing tools of their own.
Instructor: Alan Perillo
Capacity Remaining: 3
Schedule Details: July 11, 9 am to 4 pm and July 25, 9 am to noon.
Dates: 7/11/2020 - 7/25/2020
Times: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Ceramic Studio
This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of wooden boatbuilding by constructing a small wooden rowboat (no plywood or glue). The skills learned in this class are useful to anyone who has an interest in woodworking, art, or construction. Throughout the course there will be a variety of demonstrations helping the students prepare for the next step. Working together as a team, the boat will be assembled with near perfect joinery to keep it afloat. Skills acquired will also include basic hand tool use/maintenance, bending wood, making oars, and pattern making. No experience is necessary, but students must be prepared to work diligently to improve hand skills and develop an eye for craftsmanship.
Instructor: Ben Kahn
Capacity Remaining: 7
Schedule Details: August 1-14 from 9am-5pm, skips August 8th & 9th.
Dates: 8/1/2020 - 8/14/2020
Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Days: Su D Sa
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
Our current open office hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 10-2 pm. Since we have very limited staff, we recommend calling the facility before coming to be sure we are there. We are closed on major holidays.
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