All upcoming classes for the Arbutus Folk School. We are always adding more classes, so check back often!
Brushes have many uses, including cleaning off a workspace, gathering rubbish into a dustpan, cleaning off leather boots, or lightly dusting off surfaces around the house.
In this course students will practice the fundamentals of carving and joining wood through crafting a general use wooden brush. The class will consist of designing, practicing basic hand tool techniques, and joining the brush bristles to the body of the brush.
We will be using tampico for the bristles of the brush, a natural fiber derived from the yucca plant.
Students of all skill levels are welcome, and students that are looking for a more challenging project can incorporate elements of traditional joinery into their brush.
Instructor: Francis Fong
Capacity Remaining: 3
Schedule Details: Sunday, January 26th from 10 am to 1 pm
Dates: 1/26/2020 - 1/26/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Capacity Remaining: 8
Schedule Details: Sunday Feb. 23rd, 10 am to 1 pm
Dates: 2/23/2020 - 2/23/2020
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, December 12 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 9/12/2020 - 9/12/2020
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Building: Larry Miller's Shop
Ages 14 and up welcome!
In this beginner wheel throwing class we will cover the basics of centering on the wheel! We will focus on throwing bowls and cylindrical forms. I will go over trimming your pottery and attaching handles or adornments. There will be demonstration on various surface techniques throughout the process of finishing your pieces, such as adding texture when the clay is wet to layering glazes once the piece has gone through itâ€™s first firing. Working with clay is the medium in which I use to balance my body and soul and I hope to share that sentiment with you in this 6-week course.
Instructor: Andritta Bernstein
Capacity Remaining: -3
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 2/26/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: Ceramic Studio
Wednesday eves, January 22nd through February 26th, 6-9 pm
For those of you that have either never done embroidery (and would like to try it) OR would like a â€œrefresher courseâ€, this is the class for you! We will talk about threads, needles, fabrics, and designs. We will make a sampler of basic stitches for surface embroidery. Once you are comfortable with this group of stitches, you can do simple things â€“ or complicated things â€“ and anything in between!
The stitches we will practice and put onto our sampler include a running stitch, double running stitch, stem (or outline) stitch, backstitch, blanket stitch, French knot, chain stitch, and detached chain stitch. With time (and group interest) we could go into further versions of the previously mentioned stitches. Iâ€™m there to teach and am happy to follow your interest!
Students bring $5 to first day of class for embroidery materials which include fabric, a variety of threads, needles, and written instructions. This will be paid to the instructor on the first day of class. Instructor will also bring good quality hoops available for purchase if needed for $8.
Please note: this is not a cross-stitch class.
Students Should Bring: 5" screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. Kit fee (to instructor) is $5.00. (You may purchase a good quality 5" embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00)
Instructor: Roberta "Bobbi" Chase
Schedule Details: Sunday February 16th and March 1st, 10 am to Noon
Dates: 2/16/2020 - 3/21/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
Room: Front Classroom
In beginning Rigid Heddle weaving you will learn the parts of a rigid heddle loom and the importance each part plays in your weaving. You will learn how to warp a loom and weave a scarf. You will also learn hemstitching that holds woven yarn in place after the scarf is removed from the loom.
Weâ€™ll talk a little about Fibonacci sequencing that will help you design future projects.
We will also discuss different weave structures and how color can really impact your woven items. Our first woven project will be a houndstooth scarf made out of worsted weight yarn, wool will work best. You will choose your own two contrasting colors, preferably one light and one dark. A traditional houndstooth pattern is made from very light grey or off white and a charcoal grey or black color palette. However, this is your scarf so your color choice will be perfect. Just make sure to pick a light and a dark color.
You will need to bring:
Instructor: Joan Hoffmeyer
Capacity Remaining: 4
Schedule Details: Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd & 23rd, 10 am - 4 pm
Dates: 2/22/2020 - 2/23/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for hand building techniques only; our wheels are reserved for students currently enrolled in wheel throwing classes at Arbutus Folk School. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.
A la carte fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay: $10- $13 per 25 lb bag
Firing: Charge depends on volume of work being fired
Glazes included in firing fee
Students currently enrolled in classes pay only for open studio time and do not need to pay additional fees for glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 1/27/2020
Capacity Remaining: 6
Schedule Details: Monday evenings 6-9pm
Dates: 2/3/2020 - 2/3/2020
Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for wheel throwing. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.
Schedule Details: Monday evening, 6-9 pm
Schedule Details: Monday evenings from 6-9
Instructor: Annette Harrison
Schedule Details: Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 3/7/2020 - 3/8/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 6/6/2020 - 6/7/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday and Sunday, September 19 & 20, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 9/19/2020 - 9/20/2020
Arbutus is hosting an "Embroidery Circle" for those who want to meet up with other stitchers in the community. We meet on a Sunday each month for 2 hours, from 10:30am -12:30 pm. If you have questions, need guidance, or just want to come share - this is the group for you! All levels of experience are welcomed! While the group will have a knowledgeable "guide," we will all learn from each other! Bring in your ideas and projects: let's talk Embroidery!! There is a minimal charge of $5 for each session to help with Arbutus overhead.
Drop-ins are welcomed as space allows. However, we strongly recommend registering in advance: if there are no advance registrations, that month will be cancelled. Also, space is guaranteed for those who register in advance.
Capacity Remaining: 9
Schedule Details: Sunday, 10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Dates: 2/9/2020 - 2/9/2020
Times: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Capacity Remaining: 10
Dates: 3/15/2020 - 3/15/2020
Capacity Remaining: 11
Dates: 4/19/2020 - 4/19/2020
Dates: 5/17/2020 - 5/17/2020
Dates: 6/14/2020 - 6/14/2020
Come meet your fellow crafters as we knit and purl! Ask other community members for advice, show off your latest project, or just enjoy the sound of needles as we work together.
$5 Suggested Donation
Instructor: Candace Wood
Capacity Remaining: 12
JOIN US IN FEBRUARY TO MAKE MATCHING MUGS!
Each month Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour "Play with Clay" class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $48 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.
Projects for upcoming months:
December - Tiny Porcelain Creatures
January - Wall Pockets
February - Matching Mugs
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Capacity Remaining: 1
Schedule Details: February 7th, 6-8 pm & February 21st, 6-8 pm
Dates: 2/7/2020 - 2/21/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Schedule Details: Friday Feb. 7th, 6-9 pm; Saturday and Sunday Feb. 8th and 9th, 10 am - 3 pm.
Dates: 2/7/2020 - 2/9/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Days: Su F Sa
Student must be 14 years of age or older.
Instructor: Mike Cummins
Schedule Details: Tuesday Evenings 3/17/20-4/21/20 6pm-9pm
Dates: 3/17/2020 - 4/21/2020
Schedule Details: Wednesday Evenings 3/18/20-/4/22/20 6-9pm
Dates: 3/18/2020 - 4/22/2020
Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you're not sure if you're ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.
Ages 12 and up welcome!
Schedule Details: Sunday, February 16th 10 am to Noon
Dates: 2/16/2020 - 2/16/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
This is both uninstructed shop time for independent project work using hand tools, and an opportunity for beginners interested in practicing basic hand tool techniques. An experienced woodworking instructor will be on hand to ensure the safe use of tools and equipment.
Register 5 days in advance: $15, less than 5 days or drop in: $20
Note: Arbutus is developing plans for community accesses to woodworking machines during open shop. Updates shared via our newsletter.
Capacity Remaining: 7
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 1/22/2020
Dates: 1/29/2020 - 1/29/2020
Dates: 2/5/2020 - 2/5/2020
Dates: 2/12/2020 - 2/12/2020
Embrace the winter darkness with candle-making and beautiful lanterns. Enjoy the magic of light, the smell of warm beeswax and creating some beautiful containers for tealights. Ages 7 - 12
Instructor: Hilary Morris
Schedule Details: Thursday afternoons 3:45-5:30 pm
Dates: 2/13/2020 - 2/27/2020
Times: 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
The introduction to blacksmithing course is a six-hour course designed to expose students to basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will begin the day by making nails - nails are a great exercise as they require several different forging techniques: drawing a taper, using a hot cut hardy, and upsetting. In making the nails students will also gain confidence in swinging a hammer, hitting accurately and with vigor, managing hot steel in the forge and comfortably working at the anvil.
The second exercise will be to make decorative leaves. Leaves are a great next step as they use several of the techniques learned in making the nails plus a few new techniques are introduced, such as the use of a chisel on hot steel, spreading metal to make the lobes of the leaf and sinking the leaf form into a stump. The piece of steel with a leaf on one end can then become many different things, a simple hook, a fire poker, a BBQ fork, or whatever else the student comes up with.
The last portion of the day is set aside to simply practice skills learned. Students can make a bottle opener, coat hook, more nails, more leaves, etc.
The primary goals of the class are for students to have a fun time in a relaxed environment and learn basic blacksmithing skills.
Registration closes 1 week before the day of class.
Students must be 18 years of age or older.
Durable, close-toed shoes, and long pants required.
Blacksmithing classes are located at Kelly Rigg's studio at 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA.
Directions: Yelm Highway to Rich Rd SE, 3/4 Mile (or so) on right hand side to "Arts Park" main entrance. Look for the "Studio 23" sign above the studio entrance.
Instructor: Kelly Rigg
Capacity Remaining: -1
Dates: 1/25/2020 - 1/25/2020
Building: Blacksmith Studio
Saturday, Jan. 25th from 10am-4pm
Ages 9 to 16 years old.
Registration closes 3 days before the start of class.
Instructor: Meghan Hopkins
Schedule Details: Friday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 pm, Feb 7th-28th
Dates: 2/7/2020 - 2/28/2020
Times: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Dates: 2/8/2020 - 2/8/2020
Capacity Remaining: -2
Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Capacity Remaining: 0
Dates: 3/21/2020 - 3/21/2020
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In this intermediate 2-day blacksmithing class students will learn the processes involved with making a pair of tongs, a walking chisel, a hammer and a round punch. If time allows material will be available for making other chisels and punches that are common in the blacksmithâ€™s shop.
The class is intended for students who have a bit of forging experience under their belt already or have taken a beginning blacksmithing course before.
The goals of this class is to teach students in a laid back, fun positive environment the techniques involved in tool making for the blacksmith shop.
18 years and older only
Durable, close-toed shoes, and long pants required
Schedule Details: March 28 & 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days
Dates: 3/28/2020 - 3/29/2020
In this introduction to Pine Needle Basketry, students will weave around a pre-drilled wooden center, learning the basic spiral stitch, a unique method of weaving, to create a coaster attractive on both sides.
The instructor provides weaving materials. Please bring $20 to pay the instructor directly for materials. Students should bring sharp pointed scissors, needle nosed pliers, and a lunch.
Ages 14 and up welcome! Ages 12 & 13 welcome if accompanied by an adult - both adult and child must be registered for class.
Thanks to the generosity of the instructor, we are able to offer this class at half the usual price!
Instructor: James Shanower
A weekend class, Sat and Sun, March 28 & 29, 10-4pm both days
Schedule Details: Friday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 pm, March 6th-27th
Dates: 3/6/2020 - 3/27/2020
Dates: 4/11/2020 - 4/11/2020
Dates: 4/25/2020 - 4/25/2020
Schedule Details: Fridays afternoons, 3:30-5:30 pm, May 1st-22nd
Dates: 5/1/2020 - 5/22/2020
Registration closes two weeks prior to start of class.
Instructor: Keith Phillips
Schedule Details: Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm, May 2 - May 23
Dates: 5/2/2020 - 5/23/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Building: Tenino Stonecarving Shed
Dates: 5/9/2020 - 5/9/2020
Schedule Details: May 16 & 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days.
Dates: 5/16/2020 - 5/17/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, June 6
Dates: 6/6/2020 - 6/6/2020
Dates: 6/13/2020 - 6/13/2020
We will needle felt several projects with wool. Students can be beginners or have some felting experience. Come enjoy the soft wool, and create something beautiful in a fun and relaxed environment. Ages 7-12
Dates: 1/16/2020 - 1/30/2020
Thursday afternoons 3:45-5:30 pm
This class is appropriate for students with all levels of experience, who possess an interest in wheel thrown pottery. It is a great opportunity for beginners to learn the process by which a soft lump of clay is transformed into a finished ceramic piece. Advanced students will have the chance to expand their understanding of wheel thrown pottery, attempt new techniques, and develop their personal style. In addition to throwing topics, methods of surface treatment like slip decoration and glazing techniques will be explored. A variety of pottery traditions will be addressed and discussed throughout the scope of the class.
14 years and older welcome.
Registration closes 3 days before start of class.
Instructor: Alan Perillo
Dates: 1/8/2020 - 2/12/2020
Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday afternoons 1-4 pm, Jan 8 through Feb 12.
Dates: 1/7/2020 - 2/11/2020
Eight Tuesday evening sessions, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/9/2020 - 2/13/2020
Thursday evenings, Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 6-9 pm
There is something deeply satisfying to most of us about craftsman-created things that are made from wood. Whether they be as modest as a serving spoon carved from Maple or as elegant as a Queen Anne table fashioned from Mahogany, the delight we feel in them is tangible and grows immeasurably when the spoon or the table is something we have created with our own hands. This comprehensive course will provide the novice or those with only modest experience an opportunity to begin practicing the skills that generations of artisan woodworkers have employed to make beautiful and useful things. From instruction in sharpening and hand tool set-up through project conceptualization and planning, timber selection, wood milling, joinery and fabrication, and finally to the application of a variety of wood finishes, the course will equip you with both the confidence and the fundamental skills necessary to begin shaping timber to a handsome purpose.
Completing the project on schedule will require either working from home or in the open studio time. If you do not have tools and work space at home to work on your project, we strongly recommend taking advantage of the open studio option on Wed evenings 6-9 pm.>
Week 1 - Class 1: Sharpening, Class 2: Project Planning and Wood Selection
Week 2 - Class 3: Handtool instruction and practice Class 4: Joinery instruction
Week 3 - Class 5: Begin Project, Class 6: Project
Week 4 - Classes 7 and 8: Project
Week 5 - Classes 9 and 10: First finish
Week 6 - Class 11: Second finish
Instructor: Madeline "Maddie" Morgan
Dates: 1/14/2020 - 2/13/2020
Days: Tu Th
Tue & Thu eves, Jan 14 - Feb 13, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/10/2020 - 1/31/2020
Friday afternoons, 3:30-5:30, Jan 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st
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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