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Printing with Gelli Plates

with Cecilia Rolando

December 9th, 2021

$45 More Info

Thursday, December 9, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $15

This exciting class involves use of Gelli printing plates to createprints on a variety of papers. These can be used as they are or for collage purposes. Gelli printing involves using a reusable gelatin plate to press textured patterns onto fabric and paper. The opportunities for exploration and creativity are endless! 

Please bring your own Gelli plate, if you have one. If you have specific stampers and a brayer you like to use, you're welcome to bring that as well.

About the Instructor: Area artist Cecilia Rolando returns to the Ely Folk School to teach a series of classes of art techniques that interest her.

She will focus on Gelli plate printing for this class, with the emphasis, as always, on allowing the students to use their own creativity in applying the information she provides regarding the techniques involved.

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Homemade Beeswax Wraps

with Sarah Elkins

December 16th, 2021

$34 More Info

Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $10

Learn how to make homemade beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are not only an environmentally conscious choice compared to plastic wrap but will also save you money on single use plastics. Students will leave class with 8-10 wraps (depending on size) and a recipe to make more wraps at home. Not only are beeswax wraps a great addition to your kitchen, but they make great gifts.

Students must also bring 1 yard of 100% cotton fabric of their choice. Fabric must be washed.

About the Instructor, Sarah Elkins: I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have always had a fascination in handmade goods and enjoy learning and experimenting with different techniques and media. I am primarily self taught and through my creative journey I have learned that the aspect of crafting and creating I love the most is seeing the unique individuality different people bring to a project. Because of this I emphasize individuality and creativity in my classes.

Although I dabble in many areas, I focus my time on crochet, embroidery, and papermaking. I am the owner and primary creator of Corduroy Cat Studios, a home goods and stationery business.

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Ely Folk School Holiday Party

December 11th, 2021

Price not available More Info

Join the Ely Folk School for a free outdoor community gathering featuring dog sled rides, a bonfire, Ojibwe snow snakes (game) demonstrations, and more. Skis and snowshoes will be availble courtesty of Piragis Northwoods Company.

Glögg, hot cocoa, and snacks will be provided. Donations encouraged. 

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Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools

with Forging Community

December 3rd to 4th, 2021

$140 More Info

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $115  Materials: $25

You will experience the transformative process of heating rigid metal to a bright glow and shaping it into a useful tool, like a hammer, tongs, or cooking utensil! You will learn or review the basics of forge management and safety. Students will learn to use more advanced tools and techniques like drifting, riveting, basic grinding and tempering. You will work with steels of various sizes and carbon content to make useful hardware that will last for generations. Be prepared to have fun! 

This class is accessible to any level of skill. Whether you are ready to make your own pair of tongs or you are a beginner and eager to start learning with a brat fork, our instructors will cater to you! You will get to go home with your new, homemade tools! 

Students need to wear rugged, non-synthetic clothing and tough boots. The Folk School does provide aprons, gloves, safety glasses and earplugs, but do bring your own safety equipment if you have it. You can bring your own bag lunch including something to cook over our charcoal fires or order in from nearby restaurants.

About the Instructors from The Forging Community:

Caleb Shadis started blacking smithing in 2015 and became a Crafter Member of Forging Community that summer.  A couple of years later he started teaching a class here and there.  By 2019 he had become a board member and one of the primary teachers of FC. He has tried his hand at many different projects to continue learning the art and expand his knowledge.

Caleb is a Software Engineer by profession, and an active woodworking enthusiast, wood turning being his favorite aspect of woodworking.  He has a woodworking shop and a smithy behind his garage that he spends many hours tinkering away.

Paul Webster holds a Masters in experiential education and a Bachelor’s in English. He has taught 18 years in high school classrooms and was a light industrial trainer for 15 years. He is a founder of Forging Community, a blacksmithing school in Duluth, MN, started in 2012. Paul has been forging since 1988 and worked as the blacksmith for Duluth Pack Store and the Frost River Trading Company doing classes and demonstrations. He has taught many community education classes and runs a limited apprenticeship program from his home forge, Greenfire.

Warren Bettencourt is a professional welder with an associate degree from Lake Superior College. He has been teaching Blacksmithing classes at Forging Community for 8 years and selling his work for 12 years at various events and demonstrations. Besides the classes he teaches, he does a great deal of production work at his home forge.

Charley Brown has been forging since 1978. He has done many demonstrations and taught numerous classes, selling work ever since picking up a hammer. Much of his career has been in plumbing and metal working. He loves the craft!

Only one of these instructors will be teaching your class. 

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Sustainable Living

with Andy Hill

December 1st, 2021

Free More Info

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 

Free! These sessions will be held the first Wednesday of each month October through February. 

Ever wonder how you might make a positive difference to sustainable living but haven't known where to start? Well, you're in luck! Join a community of green-minded folk in discussing creative ways to live a cleaner lifestyle. Come think with us each month as we ponder and peruse the state of the world and our own impacts. Although individual actions alone cannot solve the climate crisis, we can join together and share both our cost-effective and even cost-free ways to lessen our footprint and discuss our questions and frustrations. Fostering contagious ideas is a wonderful way to create positive progress. The longest journey starts with a single step. 

Topics each month will be based largely on current events, attendee questions, and seasonal opportunities. We ask you all to come with both a question about sustainability and an idea or a choice you have made toward a more sustainable future, be it about installing solar or saving your garden seeds! 

About the facilitator: Andy Hill, of Northland Builders and EcoEly, has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He has been called an Evangelist of Sustainability and he promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the Folk School since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.

So, come engage with Andy and meet some new friends!

Think globally, act locally. 

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Linoleum Print Patches

with Nora Rickey

December 2nd, 2021

$73 More Info

Thursday, December 2, 2021
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $48  Materials: $25

Students will learn how to carve a 4”x6” linoleum block to create prints and patches. Students will learn which fabric and inks are best for printing on fabric versus on paper. If you’ve ever wanted to create multiple works of wearble art, this is a good place to begin! 

Linoleum printing is a long practiced art form, in which you cut a design into the linoleum before printing it with ink. We will explore working with both fabric and paper. We encourage you to use the prints you make on fabric for mending your worn clothes! 

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest. Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art. 

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Live Online in Two Parts: Bulk Individual Pot Pies

with Lacey Squier

December 2nd, 2021

$48 More Info

Thursday, December 2, 7pm - 9pm: Preparing homemade filling & pie crust
Saturday, December 4, 10am - 12pm: Assembling & wrapping pot pies
(Note: times are approximate)

Tuition: $48

Each participant will make ~8 5-inch chicken pot pies

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to 1) save and freeze leftover Thanksgiving turkey or make and store a whole ~4lb chicken, and 2) to make homemade stock in advance of the class. Recipes and instructions for cooking a whole chicken and making homemade stock will be provided. Participants may opt to purchase or prepare poultry and stock as they see fit. 

About the Instructor: Lacey Squier loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner ... as long as you're willing to make it yourself!

When not experimenting with food at home (and making a huge mess of her kitchen), Lacey likes to take walks or go on a hike with her spouse, Eric, and their dog Wendell. Lacey serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.  

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Needle Felt a Snowy Owl: Live Online

with Laura Berlage

December 10th, 2021

$76 More Info

Friday, December 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before December 1st in order to receive supplies prior to the class. The snowy owl is the cute guy in the center of the photo.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little snowy owl. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two owls, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

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Learn to Make Leiden: Live Online

with Gary Colles

December 9th, 2021

$40 More Info

Thursday, December 9, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40

December's Cheese of the Month is Leiden! 

Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month. 

Leiden is a uniquely rich cheese, that is both buttery and fragrant. 

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you! 

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list with ample time prior to class. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese will require additional care prior to consumption. 

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.