CLASSES

Space is limited in each class, so register early to reserve your spot!  Choose 2 half day courses, or one all day course and leave with your own handmade items and new skills.  No prior experience necessary!

The classes listed below are from 2019.

Leatherworking with Dan Horan

This entry level class is designed to introduce the classic techniques of hand-sewing with leather. Students are able to choose from a mix of projects that demonstrate the basics of working with leather including cutting, punching, hand sewing, riveting, snap setting, finishing and care. Students will be guided through the process from hide to finished product – leaving the class with their very own, handmade, leather product. 

 

Materials included: Various colors of vegetable tanned leather, brass or nickel hardware and linen thread.

 

All tools provided for student use.

This class is offered as a half day class in the morning or afternoon. All day class can be arranged  for larger projects for an additional fee.

Spoon Carving with Josh Torkelson

In this class, students will carve a functional cooking or eating spoon and will learn the basics of spoon carving. Students will learn carving grips and technique using a carving knife and hook knife.

 

Demonstrations will include sourcing wood for spoons and tree anatomy, axing out a blank, and we will cover drying and finishing projects with oil, decoration, and/or paint. Students will work at their own pace. This class is great for beginner carvers, but all levels welcome. It is necessary to have some hand strength.

This class is offered as a half day class in the morning or afternoon.

Coil Basketry with Teresa Audet

In this class we will learn how to make hand-stitched coiled baskets. Using rope and twine we will learn the simple stitch that creates these baskets. Each student will make their own small coiled basket and leave with the techniques to create many more. Materials include sisal, twine, thread, and cotton rope. 

Materials fee is $15 to be paid to the instructor.

Kolrosing with Kayla McDaniels

Learn how to decorate wooden objects with Kolrosing! This traditional art of wood etching has been used to decorated wood surfaces for centuries. You’ll learn the basics- how to prepare a wooden surface, use a kolrosing knife to create an original design, burnish, and seal your project. Students will be working on wooden plaque project, but are encouraged to bring spoons  (handmade is a plus!) and other wooden objects to work on.

This class is offered as a half day class in the morning or afternoon.

Materials fee of $5 to be paid to the instructor for supplies.

Intro to Indigo Dyeing with Maddy Bartsch

Does the world of natural dyeing intrigue you while at the same time leave you wondering how it all works and where to begin? While seemingly complex from the outside, the world of natural dyeing is a lot like baking, where if you have the right receipt, you can achieve consistent results and replicate it for a lifetime. 

 

Indigo, one of the best-known natural dyes, is a fun, unique and accessible way to get started. Join us for this half-day workshop where you’ll create an organic indigo dye vat to dye textiles of your choice brought from home, as well as organic cotton bandannas provided by the instructor. Students will leave with a new understating of the indigo plant, dyeing process and ways to decorate and reuse clothing and textiles. No experience is necessary and materials will be provided. Students will need to bring gloves, an apron (or clothing they can get dirty) and 100% cotton, linen, silk, wool (or a combinations of those fibers) item(s) weighing no more than 6 ounces total for dyeing. 

 

This class is a half day class offered in the morning and afternoon. Materials fee of $10 to be paid to the instructor.

"Plant Patterns" Block Printing with Julie Benda

In this class students will first carve a flora-themed, block printing stamp out of wood or rubber, then design and hand-stamp their own dishcloths.

 

Dishcloths, inks and stamping material will be provided, although students are encouraged to bring extra fabrics to play with!

This is a half day class offered in the morning and afternoon. Materials fee of $15 to be paid to the instructor.

Native Clays with JD Jorgensen

This class provides students with an introduction to locating, processing and using native clays. We will employ  throwing, hand building and slip casting with the clays bodies. There also will be throwing demonstrations during this introductory class on Jorgenson's Karatsu style kick wheel. 

 

This class is a 1/2 day class, either morning, afternoon or both. The class includes clay, firings and tools will be provided by the instructor. The students work will be fired to cone 10 in gas kiln at Jorgenson's studio. Students work may be picked up or shipped when the firing is concluded.

 

Materials fee of $20 to be paid to the instructor for supplies and firings.

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Avon Hills Folk School

31335 Kalla Lake Rd

Avon MN 56310

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