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Enjoy a festival, join a fun run, tour an interpretive site, or just make your own celebration with a family picnic or camping trip. Choose from dozens of activities and events throughout the year. You can submit your state park event via email to get it placed on the calendar. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks and state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website.

Fort Worden State Park

  1. Alla Prima Painting with Chris Witkowski, Last Saturday of the Month

    January 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 25, 2019, 4:00 PM

    This initiates a series of ongoing, once a month, full day workshops exploring Alla Prima painting. Commit to your painting. Set aside one day a month and feel good about making it happen. Alla prima is Italian for “at the first” or “at once” and represents the technique of direct painting. Specifically, it has come to mean finishing a painting in one shot. The success or failure of the results rides on the inspiration of the moment and the skill of the artist. It calls for a totality of vision, seeing the “whole picture” in a simplified way. It requires discipline and an economy of technique so as to say more with less. It’s challenging but so satisfying when you pull it off. You will be working from still life materials, learning and practicing all the ways one can achieve a fresh, vibrant painting. Keeping your palette and painting tools clean is of paramount importance in this style of painting. You learn to work fast and cover your painting surface quickly.

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  2. Hand Tool Heaven: Working with Saws & Planes

    May 20, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 24, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this class, you will learn a boatload of tips, tricks and core techniques that will convince you that hand tools, once properly setup, sharpened and handled, are not difficult to master or tedious to use and are anything but obsolete. Contrary to the “norm," you will discover the pleasure of working wood with tools that don’t make noise, don’t make dust, and therefore don’t require protection from them.

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  3. Relief Carving Fundamentals

    May 20, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 24, 2019, 5:00 PM

    The class will start with a very basic floral relief carving with each project getting progressively more challenging. Mary will walk you through the thought process of how to plan out a carving from start to finish. As you work through the various projects, she will share techniques on working with overlapping elements, tricks of how to make the carving appear deeper than it actually is and other carving secrets. Come join us in learning a fun and relaxing new skill.

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  4. Spoon Carving

    May 25, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 26, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Spoon carving is quickly becoming one of the most iconic green woodworking projects in the world today and rightfully so. Folks find themselves seriously addicted to spoon carving, always chasing the perfect design. The subtle curves and fairly strict design requirements make this a great project for both the beginner and the experienced.

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  5. Green Woodworking: Carving Spoons and Shrink Pots

    May 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 31, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this course participants will receive full immersion into carving greenwood with hand tools. You will learn to use a slojd knife, an axe, and other tools, to make chopsticks, butter spreaders, cutting boards, coat hooks from limbs, salt spoons, eating spoons, and other cooking utensils. You will also learn to make canisters using the shrink box technique as well as small cups and bowls. We'll explore decoration techniques including chip carving, kolrosing, painting, and oil finishing. During this five-day session there will be ample time for discussions, demonstrations and guided practice sessions. Topics covered will include acquiring and caring for tools, refining knife and axe technique, understanding wood and grain, exploring the many facets of good design, as well as splitting and cutting theory. Enjoy a week in the woodshop immersed in the many possibilities of GREEN WOOD.

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  6. Hand Tool Heaven: Joinery Intensive

    May 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 31, 2019, 5:00 PM

    This class offers an introduction to the most essential joinery techniques that every woodworker should know. Learn the fundamentals of layout, sawing, and chisel work.

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