Let's Get Woodworking!

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Marine Mills Folk School

Help us raise $2,500 for a woodworking studio at Marine Mills Folk School!


raised by 21 people

$2,500 goal

We Got Our Match! Only $270 to go!

Update posted 1 year ago

We met our $1,000 goal in order to unlock our anonymous donor match! 

We are so grateful for your support! Thank you, everyone, who has contributed so far.

Only $270 remaining to meet our Woodworking Studio goal of $2,500. Please consider making a gift now!

Thank you!

Woodworking has been on our course calendar

since the first weekend we opened, in October 2018. Constantly in demand, by both beginners and experienced practitioners, we’ve been able to meet that demand … up to a point.

Asking our instructors to bring classroom equipment on top of giving their time and talent is a big ask and, while they will never say it’s too much, we know it’s asking a lot.

Now is the right time for a woodworking studio:

  • Once a month, local carver Brian Keogh brings wood, tools and years of experience to our school as a host of Open Carving Sessions. These free events are open to anyone and have become increasingly popular.
  • In 2022, our school is hosting international woodcarvers Fred Livesay and Leisl Chatman. These talented artisans are accustomed to teaching at schools that provide equipment to students. Plus we've got lots of ideas for adding more woodworking classes and amazing instructors. We need more tools and equipment to grow our woodworking offerings and that's where you can help!
  • The popularity of woodworking classes at Marine Mills Folk Schools has continued to grow since our first day. We currently offer Wooden Paddle Building, Spoon Carving, Kolrosing and more. Instructors Kevin Nyenhuis, Brian Keogh, Erik Vevang and others bring the tools and materials.

What we need now:

We have identified a location at our folk school which will become the new home for a woodworking studio. With an anticipated open date of Spring 2023, we are beginning the process of refurbishing the space as well as procuring equipment for the studio.

Your financial gift will help us refurbish the space and purchase woodworking equipment for a class of 8 students. 

Having a dedicated woodworking studio will benefit our entire school community by opening up classroom space for fiber arts, visual arts, crafts and our many other courses.

Thank you for supporting Marine Mills Folk School!

Our Mission

Marine Mills Folk School is to support our communities and strengthen connections by inviting all people to discover the joy of creating together through traditional arts and crafts.

Our Vision

People will honor and appreciate fellow artists and craftspeople of similar and differing cultural heritage as well as those from other times, experience the joy of creating and the restorative power of our natural environment. 

Our Values

  • We believe the sharing of culture and time-honored traditional arts & crafts will make the world a better place

  • We believe in the restorative value of our natural environment and our responsibility to protect it.

  • We believe everyone has the ability to create.

  • We believe in accessibility and inclusivity; all are welcome.

Learn more at marinemillsfolkschool.org.


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