empowering women & non-binary makers through the art of woodcraft

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    • 10 December 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Casket Arts Building: 681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    * This class time has been extended to allow for more design and printing time (original listing was 2 hours, our zoom class length, rather than 3 hours, our in-person class length).  Any students needing to arrive late/leave early (the original listing was 6:30-8:30) will be accommodated--just be sure to bring a design ready to transfer, and you will get instructions for printing more at home. An email will be sent with design information, studio access, and contact information.

    In this version of Woodblock Printmaking 101, students will practice Western-style block carving and printing with minimal tools at home, and make a set of prints/cards/stationery. We will learn about how to think in relief (carving around the lines/areas to be printed, and the mirror-image effect of printing), utilize wood grain in design, how to transfer designs to a block, the techniques and different effects of the five basic carving tools (which have parallels in other woodworking), and how to handle ink and paper and methods for printing using tools you have at home (rather than a press).

    We will print in one color (black is traditional, but some other colors will be available). Follow-up materials lists and resources will be sent to students looking to print more at home (including on fabric, like tea towels! Pillow cases! Tshirts!). 

    To maximize the time we have for carving questions, please prepare a 4x6 design (landscape or portrait orientation) for your block in advance. A design on paper can be transferred to the block so that the print will be the same orientation as the paper drawing, so any lettering in your design should be right-reading. Simple designs with bold image areas/texture that works with grain (think fur, bark, a cloudy sky, or water...rather than curly-cues) without lettering are recommended. You will receive an email from your instructor, jessiemerriam@gmail.com, with more guidance around block design in advance of class.

    This course has 3 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $20. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

    Course materials include: ink, printmaking quality paper and cards, newsprint for proofs, shina plywood block 4x6, pencil, power grip carving tool rental and brayer tool rental. Use of other printing implements as well.

    The class will take place at the casket Art building in Northeast Minneapolis. GOOGLE MAP

    This class is limited to 8 individuals in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

    COVID policy for indoor classes: 

    • everyone wears masks, regardless of vaccination status
    • students must be vaccinated OR have received negative COVID test results within 72 hours of class.

    If you are unable to come to class you are registered for because you are unwell/showing symptoms, get in touch and we'll work something out together.

    *if you have any questions or clarifications, let us know :)     fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com

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    Taught by Jessie Merriam

    follow @wheelbugs

    Jessie is one of our Board members!  Read her bio in our 'Meet the Board' page

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $12.50

    Admin receives $9.50

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $11.25

    Website/zoom subscription $11.75


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    $5 woodblock

    $5 tube of water soluble printmaking ink

    $.50 sheets of newsprint

    $5.50 printmaking quality card stock & other acid free paper

    $4 time in assembling materials, tearing paper to size etc.


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $45,  but we now have a $20 admission option and a pay it forward option.




    • 11 December 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Join us for an evening  with Sheilla Actis, a jewelry maker from Brazil! In this workshop, Sheilla will show you marquetry veneer techniques that can be applied in small objects or jewelry. You will learn how to cut veneer with a saw and V-bench, then  glue the veneers to create an illustration technique for your pendant. She also share and talk about wood finishes and which ones she works with.   Finishes will be discussed but not done with the class due to wide variety of options.  The process is quite simple and it can be made at home with small pieces of wood veneers and basic hand tools. You keep the kit!

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    (@she.her.br)

    About Sheilla in her own words:

    My name is Sheilla, I am a Brazilian woodworker who fell in love with wood at a violin making workshop in Cambridge, 2010.  Later I got very interested in marquetry so I took every course I could find in Brazil. 

    There are so many types, styles and techniques in marquetry. They can bring different possibilities to woodworking. 

    For the past years I have  been teaching how to apply these techniques in jewelry and I also have started a small business to sell my work and create new projects from wood wastes that combine marquetry techniques and my creative process. 

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    Cost break down for kits $36:

    Jewellers Saw $10

    Saw Blade $2

    V-bench  with clamp $8

    1mm MDF $1

    glue $2

    Sand paper $1

    Veneers $5

    Prep Time: $5


    Students provide their own: pencil, ruler, packing tape,  cord for pendant, drill bit and drill for making the hole.

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $40 class fee:

    Instructor receives $50/hour

    Admin receives $10/student

    Website/zoom subscription $6/student

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    Kits will be available for pick up 1 week before class at a location in South Minneapolis to be shared upon registration.

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    THIS CLASS WILL BE RECORDED AND EMAILED TO YOU AFTERWARDS FOR FUTURE VIEWING:)

    If you would like reparations pricing, class fee waived/just pay materials fee please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com

    If you need financial assistance for the class please email us what you can pay and we will cover the rest fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com





    • 12 December 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Join us for the first hour of our board meeting! During this time we do committee updates and an overview of whats new and upcoming in the shop! Each committee gets 5 minutes and you are more than welcome to voice your opinion on the topics at hand! And most importantly VOTE on the incoming board members!

    Please review the News page to read about the candidates in advance:)


    The second hour of the meeting is closed to the general public as it is more discussion based and could get chaotic with too many participants. These discussions will be illuminated at the follow up board meeting for full transparency. We hope  to see you there.


    The zoom link will be emailed to you when you register. When you join the meeting please mute yourself and as always cameras are optional.

    • 16 December 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The stunning white paper bark from the birch tree can create many wonderful things, including an ornamental star.  Careful folding, a bit of string and lots of patience will be rewarded with a unique north woods adornment. Explore the joys of working with birch bark while learning about the harvest and process of the materials; each student will have materials for 2 ornaments, one will be made during class. This easy project can be made with lots of non-birch materials as well. Students should have a pair of scissors handy.

    ***walnut oil used in the process


    This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 10 people in order to offer more interaction with peers and instructor. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.

    This course has 2 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $15. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration  will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

    Course materials include: freshly harvested birch bark strips. Materials can be picked up AND dropped off for local students at East Lake Library in in Minneapolis: GOOGLE MAP   Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $9. (covers priority shipping). 

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    Taught by Beth (@birchbarkbeth)   (http://birchbarkbeth.squarespace.com)

    Beth Homa Kraus is a basket weaver, artist and teacher working with sustainable harvested and hand-processed bark from the white paper birch tree.

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $55 class:

    Instructor receives $50/hr

    Admin receives $5

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Cost of materials: $15



    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $55,  but we now have a $30 admission option and a pay it forward option.

    Read our FAQs here
    • 06 January 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoomland
    • 10
    Register

    Learn how to carve a Dala horse using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We grain direction, knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. Please note: we will not be painting these horses.

    Please wear pants and close toed shoes, as we are going to make some wood chips!

    This course will be held over zoom. It is limited to 10 people in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor. 

    This course has 4 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $25.  Tools will be provided during class, but if you'd like to  purchase your own tools it's $37. Fireweed  believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration  will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

    Course materials include: dala horse blank, tools rental (knife, cut-proof gloves, finishing items)


    Taught by Jess

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $35 class:

    Instructor receives $12.50

    Admin receives $10

    Space rental  $12.50



    Materials cost breakdown $25:

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

    Tool upkeep $10

    Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)


    Tools are provided during class, but it is optional to order your own set to take home after class!

    Tool break down:

    Sloyd knife: $25

    Gloves: $13


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.


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      ​​Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $50,  but we now have a $40  admission option and a pay it forward option.


    Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 


    • 08 January 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • 150 W 60th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
    • 0
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    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar (@meenanew)  Bio 1.  Bio 2. 

    * This class is limited to 7 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here


    Pricing Transparency for $75 fee:

    Instructor $25

    Studio rental $16

    Materials $15

    Admin $14

    Website $10


    ​​Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $75,  but we now have a $65  admission option and a pay it forward option.


    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com




    • 29 January 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 150 West 60th Street, Minneapolis MN 55419
    • 0
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    It can be hard to find just the right picture frame--especially for one-of-a-kind art--and custom frames are expensive. Solve that problem by learning how to build your own! We'll use the table saw, chop saw, and drill to construct basic frames out of poplar. Students should come to class with dimensions of the piece they want to frame, and we'll take it from there!

    Students will pre-pay for materials- although if you'd like to make more than one, the cost difference can be paid the day of class to Kate.


    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

    * This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here

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    Taught by Kate Schiffler (@bbfurnituremn)

    Hey there, I'm Kate! I have been a woodworker for over 17 years and I recently transitioned from running my small wood framing company to taking over Butcher Block Furniture Inc. where I build custom wood countertops and furniture. I am a skill collector in all types of materials and dabble in many different media. In my spare time I enjoy all the outdoor stuff, making things, reading, and hanging out with my daughter as much as possible.

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    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $50 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Space rental fee $15

    Website $10


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    Wood $15


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $50,  but we now have a sliding scale admission option and a pay it forward option.

    • 29 January 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • East Lake Library
    • 5
    Register

    Join us for a special BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) centered class to practice the basics of Spoon Carving!

    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed shoes as we are going to make some wood chips!


    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    * This class is limited to 10 individuals in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor and to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask, and regularly sanitize hands and tools. 

    This course is offered as micro-reparations pricing. Fireweed Woodshop believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not properly paid reparations to marginalized communities. 


    This course will be held at East Lake Library in the Front Conference Room.  LINK to library.

    Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife rental, finishing kit, and cut proof glove rental. 

    Taught by Vanessa Walton

    Vanessa is one of our board members!  LINK to bios


    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $20 class:

    Instructor receives $20


    Materials cost breakdown $20:

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

    Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)

    Tool upkeep $5


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.

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    Now offering sliding scale pricing! We know the pandemic has effected people in different ways and want to keep woodworking accessible. Suggested admission is $35,  but we now have a $15 admission option.

    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.





    • 05 February 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • 150 W 60th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
    • 5
    Register

    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT


    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.


    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    * This class is limited to 7 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask, and regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here

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    Taught by Meena Mangalvedhekar (@meenanew)  Bio 1.  Bio 2.  


    This course is offered as micro-reparations pricing. Women's Woodshop believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not properly paid reparations to marginalized communities. 

    Pricing Transparency:

    Admission: $46 (Class + Materials)

    Cost breakdown for $31 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Space Rental $11


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    $15 goes to the instructor for materials

    Walnut and other various types of wood and prep time involved 


    If you need a scholarship, please email us at fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.





Who we are

Fireweed Community Woodshop is a fiscally sponsored org based in Minneapolis. Run by a loving board of 10 people, we strive to put tools into the hands of women and non-binary makersy. Read more


Our programs

Currently, we offer classes in three areas: furniture, home repair, and craft.

We also host club nights and the occassional party...Our parties look more like a skillshare around building outhouses in the woods.

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