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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. Essential Joinery with the Essential Toolkit

    April 22, 2019, 9:00 AM - April 26, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this class, students will learn which tools they need, how to sharpen and care for them, and the basic joints to get a solid start in hand-tool woodworking. We will spend the first day of class learning tool restoration and sharpening principles. The second day we will learn to cut the basic woodwork joints; mortise and tenon, dado, and dovetails. The rest of the class will be focused on putting those tools and joints into practice building a small book case.

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  3. Traditional Wood Finishing

    April 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - April 28, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Many contemporary finishes emphasize the convenience of application but do not bring out the beauty of the grain as completely and skillfully-applied traditional finishes. You will start by looking at the virtues and limitations of different finishes, delve into the chemistry of finishes so you will understand how to choose an appropriate finish, learn how to prepare wood with planes, scrapers and sandpaper, work with a bunch of different woods so that you can see how different finishes work with different grains, learn how to prepare and use shellac from flakes and buttons. How to safely and quickly use a range of oil finishes including tung oil, linseed oil and varnish, look at what makes a finish food safe, touch on refinishing and how to restore damaged pieces, introduce the use of stains and dyes, learn how to mix different finishes intended to add more character like ebonizing and the effects achieved from applying multiple layers of milk paint.

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  4. Spring into forest bathing

    April 28, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Meet at noon in front of Madrona MindBody Institute (building 310, past Taps Pub on the left). Co-sponsored by the Friends of Fort Worden State Park and Olympic Peninsula Mindfulness.

    Forest bathing is a delightful form of walking meditation, gently and mindfully connecting you to the natural world through actively engaging the senses. Intentionally paying attention, while walking slowly and pausing, can help us notice so much more than walking to 'get somewhere’. And it is beneficial to your health. Explore the paths at Fort Worden State Park with your guide, Ellen Falconer, who will offer a poem or two, and a brief guided meditation along the way.

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  5. Introduction to Cabinet Making: Kitchenette

    April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 10, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Learn to build basic cabinets and complete a custom installation without the need for big stationary equipment. Using modern tools and a few tricks of the trade, you'll learn how to create cabinetry in a small home shop that is as good as high-priced custom, and much better than what's sold in the big box stores. This two-week course offers an in-depth look at cabinet making basics, including design theory, planning and layout, scribing and installation techniques, and the opportunity to work with materials and tools. After being introduced to the basics, students will each construct a small sample cabinet with carcass, face frame and a door.

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  6. Japanese Tools

    April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 3, 2019, 5:00 PM

    This class will be a hands-on workshop beginning with sharpening and setting up chisels and hand planes. Then moving into layout and cutting of basic jointery. The tools and methods taught will all be traditional. The course will be packed with details that usually require a lengthy apprenticeship to learn.

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