Events

Spring 2022:
Folk School workshops @ Broadfork Farm:

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Carpentry for Women: Build a (small) Pavilion!

May 21 & 22, 2022

9am-5pm each day – choose to participate both days or just one or the other

Taught by Erin “Soupy” Campbell

 Registration here for Women’s Carpentry. 

Soupy Carpentry Coach tiny house   soupy shed

Join together to learn basic carpentry skills and construct an 10ft x 12 ft “run in shed”! This is a great way to learn basic carpentry skills and the more specific techniques needed for simple structures like decks and sheds that YOU might want to build on your own in the future.

Experienced builder Erin (Soupy) Campbell will guide us as we build a 10 ft x 12 ft pavilion structure at Broadfork Farm. Erin brings over 15 years of experience in building and mentoring, and absolutely loves seeing new builders come alive in an environment of creativity, trust and patience. In the process you will learn:

  • General safety principles as well as safety related to each tool
  • Technique with basic hand tools (pull saw, hammer, speed square, tape measure) and some power tools (drill, impact driver)
  • How wood works: soft vs hard, how the grain runs, what a warped or cupped board looks like
  • Tricks of the trade: how to engage what your body and mind already know about physics, math and common sense to demystify building

If the opportunity and comfort is there, we will also dive into:

  • Safety and technique with more beefy power tools (circular saw, chop saw, table saw)
  • Design principles for creating your own projects at home
 
General flow of the weekend:
  • Saturday 9am-5pm: Learn tools, terms, and layout of structure. Learn to set and brace posts and attach horizontal members.
  • Sunday 9am-5pm: Learn to cut and install bird’s mouth rafters and purlins.
  • If there are extra hands in interest, we will have side projects such as building tables and benches for this structure.

This workshop is open to adult women 18 and older, as well as teen gals accompanied by an adult woman who can and will remain on site for the duration of the workshop to be responsible for their safety. (The accompanying adult will not participate in the workshop unless you wish to register and pay for yourself as a participant.) Contact Erin/Soupy at erinmaureencampbell@gmail.com with any questions.

Please bring the following tools if you have them. While we will have tools to share, the more tools = the more action everyone will have!

+ Hand saw – Soupy recommends a pull saw/Japanese saw, but any carpentry saw will work

+ Pencil

+ Tape measure

+ Speed square

+ Drill

+ Safety glasses, ear protection and gloves

Cost: 

  • $250 for Saturday and Sunday. $140 per day for either Saturday or Sunday.
  • This workshop is open to adult women 18 and older, as well as teen gals accompanied by an adult woman who can and will remain on site for the duration of the workshop to be responsible for their safety. (The accompanying adult will not participate in the workshop unless you wish to register and pay for yourself as a participant.)
  • Registration here for Women’s Carpentry. 

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Folk School: Hands On Projects
Make what your heart desires!

May 21 & 22

June 4 & 5

(TWO weekend options – Sign up for either or both! One- and two-day project options each weekend.)

9:00am – 4:00pm

Work with leather, steel, wood, bone, jute, or wool to make a satchel, knife, bowl, stool, spoon, whisk, ring, basket, bow-drill kit, basket, or bag.

Prices vary. Some Registration links are live! See below. The remaining links will be live soon. 

Taught by Peter Yencken, Zach Chrisinger, Paul Cipriani, & Soupy Campbell

Chopstick Carving from Green Wood (Zach Chrisinger): We will investigate the use of traditional hand tools in carving your very own set of chopsticks. This is a half day course. Tools and materials will be provided by the instructor, but bring your own tools if you have them. Cost $50. Date options: May 21, May 22, June 4, June 5.  Register to carve Chopsticks here.
zach chopsticks

Spoon Carving from Green Wood (Zach Chrisinger): This class will cover the basics of spoon carving, such as safe and efficient use of an axe and carving knifes, wood selection, tool sharpening, oiling and finishing wood, and spoon design. This course can range from a half to full day, depending on the participants process. Each participate can expect to make their own hand carved spoon .Tools and materials will be provided by the instructor, but bring your own tools if you have them.  Cost $100.  Date options: May 21, May 22, June 4, June 5.   Register to carve a Spoon here. 
zach chrisinger sample spoon

Butter Spreader Carving from Green Wood (Zach Chrisinger): This course will investigate the use of traditional hand tools in carving your very own butter/jam spreader. This is a half day course. Tools and materials will be provided by the instructor, but bring your own tools if you have them. Cost $55. Date options: May 21, May 22, June 4, June 5.   Register to carve a Butter Spreader here
zach spreader

Bowl/Plate Turning on a Foot-Powered Lathe (Zach Chrisinger): The use of this style lathe dates back to the 13th Century. While it became a nearly forgotten practice, there has been a resurgence of this style of wood turning in recent years. This course will investigate the use of a traditional foot-powered Pole Lathe to turn a wooden eating bowl or plate. Each participant can expect to turn their own eating bowl or plate by the end of the day. It should be said that pole lathe turning is a physically intensive and lengthy process. All materials and tools will be provided by the instructor. This is a one full day course. Participants ideally should be 16 years or older. Limited to 2 students per day.  Cost $115. Date options: May 21, May 22, June 4 is sold out, June 5.    Register to turn a Bowl or Plate here.
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Pine Whisk Carving from Green Wood (Zach Chrisinger): This course will investigate the use of green wood to create a beautiful and functional pine baking whisk. This is a half day course. All materials and tools will be provided by the instructor, but if you have a carving knife, please bring it with you! Cost $65. Date options: May 21, May 22, June 4, June 5.  Register to carve a Pine Whisk here. 
zach whisk

Pack Basket making (Peter Yencken): Weave and shape your own pack basket, adding leather straps and handles. Make it taller or shorter, wider or more narrow, to fit your body, then carry your things hands-free. Two days, $180  May 21-22.   Register here to make a Pack Basket.
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Wooden bow making (Peter Yencken): Make your own wooden bow, 2 day project, $180. Date options: May 21-22; June 4-5.  Register here to make a Wooden Bow.

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Wooden Knife Handle Carving, with Sheath (Peter Yencken): This is beginner knife making… you carve the wooden handle and stitch the leather sheath; Peter provides the blade. 1 day (Sunday), $100. Date options: May 22; June 5. Register here to carve your own Wooden Knife Handle.

knife and sheath

Custom Leather Bag or Satchel (Peter Yencken):  Create a tote bag, shoulder bag, or satchel of your liking, guided by Peter’s questions about what you want based on how you’ll use it. Participants will learn the skills of hand stitching, leather handle/strap making, and can include pocket building. 1 to 2 day project  $180 (Participants under the age of 9 need to have an adult present to assist them.) May 21-22. Register here to make a custom leather bag/satchel with Peter. 

leather bag   peter sample leather satchel

Custom knife or hatchet blade and handle (Peter Yencken): This is advanced knife making. Knife blade made in a forge using stock removal method. Wooden handle attached with copper pins and carved to your liking. 2 days. $170 May 21-22; June 4-5. (Only TWO spots left for the June weekend!) Register here to make a custom knife or hatchet blade and handle. 

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“Baskets, Bags, Bones and Bowdrill” (Soupy Campbell):
Pine needle baskets, jute bags, poplar bark baskets, or reed baskets: Make a bag or basket to your liking! Participants can expect to accomplish 1-2 of these projects in a day. $80 per day. (Sign up for one day or two days based on your goals.) Date options: June 4, June 5.  Register here for Baskets or Bags with Soupy.
(If the participant is a child, an adult helper is welcome at no additional charge for any of Soupy’s projects.)
Poplar basket Soupy'sPine needle basketsoupy weaving

Bone and Antler Craft: Hack saw and files transform bones and antlers into a Ring, pendant, bone knife, or small container. You can add “scrimshaw”—etching designs that are then filled with India ink. 1-2 days, $80-$160, depending on complexity. Date options: June 4, June 5. Register here for Bone & Antler Craft.
(This project requires use of sharp files. Since the instructor’s eyes can’t be on all participants at all times, if the participant is a child who can’t use these tools safely unsupervised, an adult is needed to accompany them -free of charge- in working on their project! An adult helper for a child is welcome for any of Soupy’s crafts regardless of tools used.)
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Bowdrill Kit: Carve your own fire-by-friction kit to make fire like your ancestors did! Bowdrill involves spinning wood with a bow to create dust that ignites. Soupy will also provide coaching on how to use the kit. 1 day. $80  Date options: June 4, June 5.   Register here for Bowdrill Kit.
(This project requires use of knife. Since the instructor’s eyes can’t be on all participants at all times, if the participant is a child who can’t use these tools safely unsupervised, an adult is needed to accompany them -free of charge- in working on their project! An adult helper for a child is welcome for any of Soupy’s crafts regardless of tools used.)
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Leather Tote Bag (Paul Cipriani): Participants build a full sized leather tote bag, learning the skills of hand stitching, rivet setting, leather handle making, pocket building, and designing box corners.  The end result will be a durable but elegant tote bag perfect for daily use as a purse, grocery bag, or utility bag.  You have the option to choose from three colors of leather. 1-2 day project.  $180 (Participants under the age of 9 need to have an adult present to assist them.) June 4-5. Register here to make a  Leather Tote Bag.
Paul Cipriani Tote bag 1

Leather Shoulder Bag (Paul Cipriani): Construct a leather shoulder bag from vegetable tanned leather.  Choose your color leather and hardware and learn how to hand stitch, rivet set, and incorporate buckles into your design.  This bag is perfect for daily use and will have a cross body shoulder strap.  1 to 2 day project  $150 (Participants under the age of 9 need to have an adult present to assist them.) June 4-5. Register here to make a  Leather Shoulder Bag with Paul.  

Paul Cipriani shoulder bag 2   student peter leather backpack

Wet Formed Belt Pouch (Paul Cipriani) – Discover the moldability of wet leather as we build a belt pouch that will fit a tin box perfect for containing a small survival, fishing, or sewing kit.  The end product takes on the shape of the metal tin, creating a unique and functional container.  Participants learn wet forming, hand stitching, and rivet and snap setting.  Tin box included. 1 day.  $100 (Participants under the age of 9 need to have an adult present to assist them.)  Date Options: June 4, June 5. Register to make a Wet Formed Belt Pouch here.

paul tin pouch

Wet Formed Bic Lighter Holder –  Use the skill of wet forming to perfectly form fit leather to a disposable bic to create a classy way to carry your lighter.  Once your bic lighter is spent, it can be removed from the holder and replaced for years of usage.  Participants learn wet forming and hand stitching.  This is a short project and is great if you can only make it out for half the day.  $50 (Participants under the age of 9 need to have an adult present to assist them.) Date options: June 4, June 5.  Register to make a Wet Formed Bic Lighter Holder here.

chrisinger lathe 2          Peter intro

Peter samples

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Farm Share Members Only: 
Farm Share Social
tbd September or October 2022

We invite all Farm Share members to join us for an afternoon of general farm merriment! We’ll have social time, beverages, a guided farm tour, and our annual “Barn Door Prizes.”
Fall is our favorite season here!
Join us for some relaxed socializing and enjoyment of the farm in the fall.
Please RSVP via the email invitation we’ll send you so that we may plan appropriately.

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