Craft

Wooden Spoon Carving

Saturday September 09, 2017

Students will learn how to select an ideal wood for carving, how to use simple…


Naturally Dyed Leather

Saturday September 09, 2017

Learn to create your own hand sewn and hand dyed leather wallet, change purse,…


Natural Paintmaking: Watercolor

Saturday September 16, 2017

Transform earth…


Leather Craft 101

Saturday October 07, 2017

This one-day class will introduce beginning leather craft techniques.…


Scandinavian Knife Making

Saturday October 14, 2017

Make a Scandinavian knife with knife maker Jeremy Thomas, owner of Sasha Wilderness…


Build It: Weaving Tools

Sunday October 22, 2017

Create your own weaving tools from select hardwoods in this 1-day workshop focusing…


Natural Paintmaking: Oil & Egg Tempera

Saturday October 28, 2017

Learn the art of traditional oil & egg tempera paint-making, using…


Past Craft classes

Adirondack Pack-Basket Weaving

Saturday March 18, 2017

An Adirondack Style Pack Basket is a truly functional piece of basketry: a treasure…


Adirondack Pack-Basket Weaving

Date: Saturday March 18, 2017 - Sunday March 19, 2017

An Adirondack Style Pack Basket is a truly functional piece of basketry: a treasure you will use for years! Join us in this all-levels class for an excellent introduction to weaving, led by Cassie Faggion. On the first day, students will weave the basket, experimenting with naturally-dyed rattan, and on the second day, the group will finish the rim and attach the straps. You will leave with a gorgeous, sturdy pack basket, ideal for harvesting, hiking, and camping!

Adirondack Pack-Basket Weaving (June Session)

Saturday June 03, 2017

An Adirondack Style Pack Basket is a truly functional piece of basketry: a treasure…


Adirondack Pack-Basket Weaving (June Session)

Date: Saturday June 03, 2017 - Sunday June 04, 2017

An Adirondack Style Pack Basket is a truly functional piece of basketry: a treasure you will use for years! Join us in this all-levels class for an excellent introduction to weaving, led by Cassie Faggion. On the first day, students will weave the basket, experimenting with naturally-dyed rattan, and on the second day, the group will finish the rim and attach the straps. You will leave with a gorgeous, sturdy pack basket, ideal for harvesting, hiking, and camping!

Bone Tools & Utensils

Saturday April 08, 2017

Whatever your craft is, it probably needs a bone tool. Bone is a resilient material…


Bone Tools & Utensils

Date: Saturday April 08, 2017

Whatever your craft is, it probably needs a bone tool. Bone is a resilient material that can be carved and shaped to make functional yet beautiful tools. Crochet hooks, knitting needles, folders, spatulas, spoons, buttons, and burnishers are all possibilities in this class. We will learn how to source, prepare, and select bones, and learn about the different qualities bone can have for specific tool functions.

Botanical Inks for Painting & Drawing

Saturday May 06, 2017

Learn how to grind and prepare natural pigments and plant materials for ink-making.…


Botanical Inks for Painting & Drawing

Date: Saturday May 06, 2017

Learn how to grind and prepare natural pigments and plant materials for ink-making. We will discuss many different types of solid pigments and plant-derived substances that can be ground and mixed with different mediums to create inks for painting, drawing, and calligraphy. We also will learn to cut feather quills to make traditional and functional drawing tools. Students will leave with several shades of inks, as well as a quill pen.  

Collecting Colors of Place: Mineral Harvest for Painters & Potters

Saturday July 22, 2017

Painters! Are you curious about harvesing your own minerals to create uniquely…


Collecting Colors of Place: Mineral Harvest for Painters & Potters

Date: Saturday July 22, 2017 - Sunday July 23, 2017

Painters! Are you curious about harvesing your own minerals to create uniquely colored paints?

Potters! Interested in digging your own clay and collecting minerals to create your own glazes?

This two day mineral exploration will be a journey into the ancient landscape of Central Oregon, around the John Day Fossil Beds, searching for the colorful paleosols (fossil soils) formed over the course of millions of years. The expedition will focus on identifying and harvesting materials that can be used as pigments for making paint or as clay sand glaze for pottery. The trip will include camping under the stars, along the John Day River. During the day we will explore the surrounding landscapes learning about the history of the geological formations and collecting various colors of soil. The workshop will focus on how to sustainably collect minerals that also respects the places from which they originate.  We will emphasize the importance of our ecological footprint in the landscape and in our art studios while embracing the philosophy of "leave no trace".  In the evening, the group will learn how to process harvested minerals into pigments, and begin the process of sifting and separating soils & clays into workable materials.

This workshop is ideal for people who love to be outside, are adventurous and healthy. We will be outside for 2 entire days, in very remote locations. Participants must be able to hike, and be in the sun for long periods of time. Please plan to pack accordingly for the elements, including very hot days, and potentially cold evenings. A detailed packing list will be provided to those registered prior to the trip. Students will be responsible for all camping gear, as well as his/her meals, excepting dinner. Dinner will be provided on Saturday and Sunday evening. Please plan on carpooling: single-car drivers will not be allowed in the caravan. 

Huarache Sandals

Saturday April 22, 2017

Learn to make traditional footwear of the Desert Southwest and Central America.…


Huarache Sandals

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017

Learn to make traditional footwear of the Desert Southwest and Central America. Each student will make a custom pair of simple, functional huarache sandals, using a design that has been tried and tested for thousands of years. Students will explore form and fit, learning basic leather-working skills.

Scandinavian Knife Making

Saturday March 11, 2017

Make a Scandinavian knife with knife maker Jeremy Thomas, owner of Sasha Wilderness…


Scandinavian Knife Making

Date: Saturday March 11, 2017 - Sunday March 12, 2017

Make a Scandinavian knife with knife maker Jeremy Thomas, owner of Sasha Wilderness Living Tools. We will be shaping and fitting handles to razor sharp knife blades, then forming and stitching a leather sheath in a traditional style to keep you and your knife safe. This two-day class will involve intensive wood carving and leatherwork.

Wild Color: Making Natural Pigments

Saturday March 11, 2017

During this workshop we will look at the various types of mineral materials that…


Wild Color: Making Natural Pigments

Date: Saturday March 11, 2017

During this workshop we will look at the various types of mineral materials that have been collected by Scott Sutton during his explorations in Oregon and Washington. Participants will have hands-on experience in processing minerals into pigments, as well as mixing them with various types of binders to make paint. Students will leave with paint samples, as well as recipes to make at home.

Willow Gathering Basket

Saturday July 15, 2017

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the basic process and technique…


Willow Gathering Basket

Date: Saturday July 15, 2017 - Sunday July 16, 2017

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the basic process and technique of wicker basketry. We will be weaving with colorful, locally grown willows and will discuss material selection, cultivation, wild harvesting, and material preparation. Each student will make a gathering basket approximately 8" in diameter and 12" high. This class is suitable for folks with previous weaving experience, or complete beginners. 

 

Wooden Spoon Carving

Saturday June 03, 2017

Students will learn how to select an ideal wood for carving, how to use simple…


Wooden Spoon Carving

Date: Saturday June 03, 2017

Students will learn how to select an ideal wood for carving, how to use simple hand-carving tools to create a handsome and useful spoon, and how to employ appropriate finishing and curing techniques to dress-up and preserve their craftwork. This workshop requires no previous carving experience, and it will provide an excellent foundation for aspiring carve-masters. Each student will leave with a unique, hand-hewn spoon, ready for the dinner table!