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Linda Adamson

As an elementary school teacher, Linda Adamson attended an arts conference for teachers in 2010 and became enchanted with book arts through an inspiring presentation taught by Margo Klass. It was the beginning of a journey filled with learning bookmaking skills and developing a platform of artistic expression. Linda has also recently entered the field of book repair at the Literacy Council. All of these experiences have fulfilled her dream of being an ongoing learner. Now as a newly retired teacher, Linda is passing on this new found knowledge by teaching book art classes. Linda Adamson is on the board of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild.

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Deb Ajango

Deb is a senior lead instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) and is a member of the WMA faculty committee. She has spent more than 2,000 days in remote areas of Alaska and the world and has taught medicine in the U.S., Chile, Ecuador, Morocco, Japan, China, Malaysia, and Spain.

Deb has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of risk management, emergency action planning, and wilderness medicine. In 2012, Deb was awarded the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award in recognition of “exceptional leadership, service, and innovation in wilderness risk management,” and in 2014 she was awarded the Paul K. Petzoldt Award “for excellence in wilderness education.” Ms. Ajango has written two books on safety education and risk management. The second book, Lessons Learned II: Using Case Studies and History to Improve Safety Education, is used as a text book in a variety of colleges and university across the country.

She received her Master of Science degree in clinical psychology and education from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Marisa Pena   and Liann Peryea

Marisa Pena, Program Manager, Stone’s Throw
Born and raised in the Philippines, Marisa and her family moved to Chicago in 1998, where she earned a BAS in Culinary Management. Over the next decade, she worked in professional kitchens from fast food to fine dining. Marisa came to the village of Tok in 2013 for a summer job but soon fell in love with Alaska and decided to make Fairbanks her new home, where she currently lives with her significant other (who is also a chef), their dog Hagi and cat Izzy. The Bread Line is Marisa’s first venture into the non-profit world and she is honored and excited to be part of an organization that makes positive changes in the Fairbanks community.

Liann Peryea, Production Chef, Stone’s Throw
Liann has 15 years experience in the food service industry and has been an avid home cook all her life. After graduating Stone’s Throw in December 2015, she went on to work with the Chartwell Team at UAF. She also has been involved in several high profile local food event such as Arctic Science Summit Week 2016, Arctic Interchange 2017, and Sotomayor 2016. She now leads the Fairbanks Summer Food Program through Stone Soup and is the Production Chef for the Stone’s Throw Program.

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Christin Anderson

I am an early career mycologist, trained in taxonomy by Dr. Gary Laursen. I earned a master’s degree from UAF in 2016 after completing an experiment on pollution degradation with oyster mushroom mycelium. I am moving to Anchorage soon to work for the National Park Service. My favorite outdoor activity is mushrooming.

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Kirsten Aune

Kirsten Aune lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota. Her textiles have been widely exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Held in collections in the upper Midwest, Sweden, France, Finland, Switzerland, Japan and The East and West Coast of the United States. She has taught at The American Swedish Institute, Concordia Language camp, Duluth Art Institute and in Estonia at the Haapsulu Art School, among other venues.

James Baird

James L. Baird began his practical education in seventh grade industrial arts classes. An informal apprenticeship in auto body and frame repair followed at age13 and continued throughout high school and summers during college. After serving in the US Air Force and working as a driver/mechanic for a tour company in Europe and Asia he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education at Iowa State University in Ames. An opportunity to teach vocational auto mechanics brought him to Fairbanks in August 1976 where he built his own house and completed the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He retired from the school system to share his enthusiasm for industrial arts with a wider group of students.

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Richard Barnes

Richard came to Alaska from Minnesota in 1974 and has extensive experience with northern forest ecosystems, wood lore and survival techniques. “In the woods the knife is a very important tool. You can use it to make other tools, shelters, make shavings for fire starting or cut an apple in half to share with a friend.”

David Behr

David Behr is a teacher who uses simple woodworking projects to motivate students and have fun while learning.

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Mary Bingham

I have always been intrigued by the intricate details of Ukrainian eggs. The history and symbols they use to decorate the eggs have much meaning and the culture and customs behind creating these eggs is a year round event in Ukrainians’ daily lives.
I enjoy this art form as almost any age that can draw can decorate an egg and I have taught ages 5 through adults to make these eggs.

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Tricia Blake

Raised in the deciduous forests and salt marshes of New England, Tricia grew up camping and exploring the outdoors. Her undergraduate studies in ecology brought field work on everything from turtles and coyotes to bats and birds–from Cape Cod to Queensland, Australia. She moved west and north, looking for wild places to work and play, and discovered a love of teaching along the way. She led backcountry and camping trips for kids and families from Massachusetts to Oregon, and eventually ventured north to Alaska where she led the the Alaska Bird Observatory’s education program for almost a decade.

Tricia has been with the Alaska Songbird Institute since its inception in 2013. As the Executive Director, she leads ASI’s daily operations, programs, fundraising, and finances, and works with the Board of Directors to provide overall strategic guidance.

Tricia holds a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Ecological Education from Lesley University.

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Ashley Bonds

I am a jeweler living and working in Brooklyn. Growing up in the south I learned quilting, sewing, and embroidery from my mother and grandmother. Reuse and recycling of textiles, metal, etc. are an important part of my process. I enjoy the idea of keeping a part of the past and making it new. I love visiting my family in Alaska and am always inspired by the beautiful landscape.

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Ryan Bowers

Ryan Bowers is a bassist and singer/songwriter from Fairbanks. He started singing as a child, started playing for dances at 13, and got his first bass at 17. Since then, he has been in a list of bands which includes Slightly Askew, Ice Jam, Outbound, Lost Dog Stringband, The Xtra-Tuffs, Eel House, Rock Bottom Stompers, The Norris Bowers Band, and Ryan Bowers And The Brain Trust. He studied voice at UAF, and bass and songwriting at Berklee College Of Music, and graduated from UAF in 2016 with a BA in Music. He has toured and recorded with many groups, and is about to release his first solo album Sweet Calamity, recorded and mixed in Fairbanks at 10th Planet Recording. Ryan has experience in a wide variety of styles, including bluegrass, old-time, country, folk, contra dance, rock, indie, jazz, pop, and chamber music. He has been teaching music camps and workshops since 2008, and taught at Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in 2016. Ryan likes his pancakes with yogurt instead of syrup, and eats his cereal dry.

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Alex Brede

A recent arrival to Fairbanks, Alex Brede has more than 35 years of experience teaching woodworking to children and adults. He has taught every grade from K-5, as well as serving as a Title One Reading Specialist, during his last 30 years in the Bellingham Public Schools (in Bellingham, WA).

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Bonni Brooks

A dancer and choreographer in her earlier years, Bonni Brooks took a spinning class as a cure for cabin fever and immediately fell hard down the fiber arts rabbit hole.  Bonni is a spinner and weaver, specializing in tapestry, rigid heddle looms and other work on small, easy to chuck in your backpack looms.  She loves introducing people to the joys of working with fiber – from the healing aspect of holding fiber in your hands and feeling it slip through your fingers to the creativity that opens up when fiber newbies discover how very easy it is to get started!

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Randy Brown

Randy has been a hand tool kind of a wood craftsman for over 40 years. Roy Underhill of the Woodwright’s Shop has had a great influence on his approach to wood working projects. Randy has built numerous log cabins, dog sleds and toboggans, chairs, tables, benches, wooden bowls, birch bark canoes, and many other items over the years. He enjoys the opportunities provided by the Folk School to share his craft skills with others.

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Mary Calmes

Over the years I developed an eclectic set of interests and skills. Always I have loved working with my hands making things whether it be with yarn, wood, bark, paper, fabric, or wool. Another abiding interest is gardening. I have lived in Alaska since 1973 and  have worked at a variety of jobs not the least of which was raising our two sons with my husband Tim.

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Bruce Campbell

Boat-building: Bruce Campbell built his first canvas covered kayak at age 14, in 1966. His first plywood skiff in 1976, his first stitch and glue skiff in the early 1980’s, and finished his most recent plywood skiff this year. Prior Boat Series classes instructed include: Lap Clamps and Lapstrake Wooden Toolbox.

Cooking: Bruce Campbell started cooking over a campfire in 1963. At 14, while canoeing in Northern Manitoba, the group of older teens ran out of food, took their fishing seriously, and Bruce acquired a lifelong interest in planning and creating camp meals. A master of heat control with fire, Bruce’s cooking classes explore different aspects of campfire cooking, such as Dutch Oven camp cooking and more primitive forms of cooking.

Letterpress: Bruce Campbell originally learned how to use his grandfather’s Kelsey Letterpress 50 years. He has enthusiastically revived his family’s press at the Folk School and has become the resident expert on “all things letterpress”. Bruce is a current Folk School board member.


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Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell is on the board of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild. After teaching elementary school in Fairbanks for the past 25 years, she recently retired and has turned her enthusiasm for teaching and learning toward letterpress classes.

Bob Carlson
Bob Carlson has been retired for 11 years after 40 years as a Civil Engineering professor at the University of Alaska. Over the past 50 years he has kept busy with carpentry, building projects and operating medium scale machinery. His current woodworking interests are Shaker boxes, shaker inspired furniture and green woodworking.
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Maureen Chambrone

Alaska has, for 20 years now, been my place for gathering materials from the woods and turning them into functional things. I have made snowshoes and adventured with them, plus a birchbark canoe and 2 skin on frame canoes which all made summer-long trips. In Talkeetna I built my own log cabin and all the furniture in it, then I built another one so the first one could become a shop. In the shop I dabble in various woodworking projects but mostly spoon carving, snowshoe making, and canoes these days. I also enjoy recording bird songs, making herbal products, skiing, writing, and just hanging out in the woods. I work seasonally for ADF&G when I find time around my hobbies or I need the money.

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Terry Chapin

Professor Emeritus of Ecology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

I have studied climate effects on Alaskan ecosystems for the past 50 years. My research addresses the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. I explore ways that communities and agencies can develop options that increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term despite rapid climatic and social changes. Through earth stewardship, I explore ways that society can proactively shape changes toward a more sustainable future through actions that enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being.

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Putt Clark

Putt grew up in Fairbanks, and for years the only bread available in the house was typical, sliced, American-style bread. Out of self-defense, she started baking bread in the 8th grade. Later, in her late teens, she backpacked through Europe, sampling the hearty European breads in different countries. Inspired by this, and over the years through experimentation, she developed a recipe that requires little time, little kneading, satisfies the European-style itch, while also pleasing the American palate.

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Sandy Clark

Sandy Clark has been teaching music in Fairbanks schools for almost 40 years. She is a founding member of Fairbanks Flutists and played in the Fairbanks Symphony for 30 years, until hand issues made it too difficult to play at that level. While singing in the Aurora Women’s Choir she joined some other members in starting a Ukulele group. Several years later, the group continues to meet weekly. Sandy says, “Almost anyone can play ukulele and enjoy the pleasure of making music with others!”

David Costello

David Costello was born and raised in Fairbanks, where he learned carpentry basics from his father. After attempting a career in journalism, he rediscovered woodworking and the enjoyment of using his hands. He’s worked as a general contractor remodeling homes in Fairbanks since 2000.

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Homyna Curiel

Homyna Curiel is the owner / operator of Tundra Tonics . He originally found his passion for health and the power of natural foods in studying mycology. He believes that what we eat is fundamental to acquiring a critical agency in shaping our health both physically and mentally and that what we choose to eat is inextricably entwined with the degree of our literacy and our political / philosophical affiliations.

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Darcel Daigh

My name is Darcel, I have been eco printing for felting for over 6 years. After much self study and practice eco printing on my own, two years ago I attended a week long intensive eco printing with natural dyes class by Irit Dulman, world renowned eco printing Master Teacher, and continued to build my skills. I also studied with my local Waldorf School Handwork teacher for years, learning wet felting, needle felting, nuno felting, natural dyes, knitting, crochet, spinning my own yarn, and working with raw fleeces.  I love to work with nature in my art, and I love the gentle soothing effect of working with wool and natural fibers. Eco printing is very environmentally friendly compared to processes with synthetic dyes. Playing with leaves and fluff is such an enjoyable and fun experience and I would would love to share it with you! Please check out my facebook page for more photos and information:

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Gail Davidson

While known as a kitting instructor, Gail has skills in many different fiber arts, such as weaving, caning, rug braiding, and rug hooking.

Gail learned to cane seats as a 4-H’er many years ago.  She is the owner of several cane seat chairs, most of which need work.  She has taught various Folk School classes, including caning, braiding rugs, and knitting.  She has also taught knitting for many years for OLLI in Fairbanks.

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Fred DeCicco

Fred DeCicco is a retired fisheries biologist and flyfishing guide with Twin Peaks Adventures. He is a Certified Casting Instructor through the International Federation of Fly Fishers and an avid fly fisher who has fished throughout Alaska and other parts of the world.

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Jim Dillard

A Kodiak Island resident for 30 years, Jim Dillard was born in 1868 in a tiny log cabin in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma. He has been carving wood and bushcrafting ever since. After a career in education and a number of years working for art galleries in eight states, Jim is now retired and has returned to his original passions of starting fires and playing with sticks. Recent activities include teaching the construction of primitive hunting and fishing tools at local youth camps, teaching traditional mask carving and drum making in all five remote villages on Kodiak Island, classes in spoon carving, teaching a variety of bushcraft classes and classes on outdoor safety and survival. His current project is to assemble a list of tested bushcraft projects that can be successfully completed by kids 7 – 9 years of age. Jim lives several miles outside of the town of Kodiak with his wife Bonnie, Eliza the dog, five ducks and a huge garden. And there he will stay.

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Mina Doerner

Mina Doerner recently moved to Fairbanks. She has been spinning and playing with fiber for over 30 years. Mina has hooked so many people on spinning that she has lost count. Her most rewarding moments are hearing people say “I get it”.

Craig Dorman

Craig Dorman moved to Alaska in 2001 after several careers in the Navy and research to take an administrative job at the University of Alaska. His wife Cynthia bought him a mold for a Nantucket Lightship basket for his birthday in 2004, and now the house is full of them. He’s now retired and has plenty of time for weaving and travel.

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Kristi Downing

I’m Kristi Downing and I’ve lived in Fairbanks for . . . a long time. I love camping, hiking, reading, skiing, teaching, being with family and friends, and being surrounded by the forest. In artistic pursuits, I enjoy knitting and felting, watercolors, carving, sewing and a myriad of other random creative interests.

I’ve worked with kids as a 2nd grade teacher, as a parent, and as a tutor and mentor for high schools students here in Fairbanks. In my felting world, I have taught needle felting as an after-school enrichment activity for elementary students, as well as during an Artist-in-Residence for BEST homeschool students in 2019. I have also done a lot of needle felting with my own children, as well as with friends.

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Chris DuBois

My 24 year residence in Alaska (Bethel to Fairbanks) has been occupied by my loving partner Nancy, nursing, farming, and being a b&b host; as well as a life long DIYer. Growing up in rural Colorado I learned it was important to learn a broad range of skills to maintain daily needs. Also, I value learning common techniques and skills used in past daily life.
It was my good fortune to meet Randy Brown many years ago and learn from his passion for bowl carving. I’ve been carving since 2015 and still learn something new in every bowl. My 2 favorite quotes are “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” by William Morris and “If you need it, make it” found on an unauthored sign in a shearing shed in South Australia.

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Dwayne Eager

Dwayne Eager (Eager Spinners Farm)
I have been a social studies teacher at Ryan Middle School in Fairbanks for 19 years. I started
raising sheep as part of my daughter’s 4H project and now we have nine Tunis cross sheep and
two goats that live in our back yard. I learned the drop spindle five years ago to do something
with all the fiber we were producing and to have something to do with my hands. Now I am
always spinning whenever I am sitting around the house. I also have interests in other fiber arts
including dying and felting.

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Ryan Edwards

Ryan is always excited to teach music, whether in groups or private tutoring sessions. He began teaching guitar lessons for beginners in 2005 at Grassroots Guitar where he also worked as an instrument technician. He now teaches lessons at various levels on multiple instruments. He currently teaches group guitar classes for the Young Native Fiddlers.

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Elizabeth Eero Irving

Elizabeth Eero Irving is a lifelong Fairbanks gardener, having first learned food production from her (amazing) gardener Mom. Elizabeth went on to work for 10 years in production and retail sales greenhouses in all genres of gardening and landscape planting. She believes growing our own healthy, organic food is the utmost form of self-sufficiency (plus, it’s fun!) and it’s a skill she loves teaching anyone who will listen.

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Lara Fahnlander

Lara has been teaching arts since 1997. She has a BS in Elementary Education with minors in Art and Early Childhood and is on the verge of completing her Master of Arts in Art Education this April. She’s been a muralist since 2004 and her work is viewable at or on Facebook/CreativeHeartMurals. She also loves traveling and learning about arts around the world. To see more arts from her travels visit

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Robin Feinman

I have been teaching Art for my entire adult life in one setting or another. In the past ten years I have been teaching for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, in addition to private instruction and workshops. I have a BA in Painting and Printmaking, and an MFA in Ceramics. I am an active member of the Fairbanks arts community and show locally. I am an illustrator, a painter, a potter, a singer, a knitter, a gardner, a cat-lover and a teacher.

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Suzienne Fiera

Suzienne Fiera has 15 years in practice as a clinical western herbalist. She is a 2003 graduate of the Northeast School for Botanical Medicine and a 2012 graduate of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. She spends summers in Fairbanks, Alaska and winters in Mexico.

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Christine Fik

I have been a runner for 15 years. Progressing and learning over time, I have come to enjoy the barefoot and minimalist style most. I have made these hurraches for a few seasons and I thought teaching this class would be a fun way to meet more minimalist runners in Fairbanks!

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Larry Fogleson

I have been in Alaska for 51 years and since getting out of the army in 1964, I have been a carpenter/contractor. I enjoy building things as well as remodeling and repairing things already built. I became a canoeing enthusiast about 30 years ago at which time I bought two wood and canvas canoes. One was a fairly decent 15’ footer, the other a 20 foot wreck. About 27 years later the wreck made it into my shop and was rebuilt – a learning experience for sure. I had help and advice from several friends and the project was successful and fun. Over the years I have acquired several more canoes in various stages of disrepair and have learned quite a lot about canoe repair and re-canvassing.

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Avril Freeman

Avril has been crafting with fiber since she was a small girl and loves everything to do with wool–spinning, knitting, dyeing, and felting. Her farm, Avril*Cultural, is home to a small herd of pygora goats that she raises for their fiber.

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Beverly Frey

I’ve been a creator all my life. Much of my learning is self-taught, though I have spent the last 17 years taking a variety of classes in the Art Department at UAF. I’ve been in love with paper for as long as I can remember. I’ve spent time making, cutting, folding, painting, rolling, sculpting and marbling paper. The bulk of my time the last five years has been spent experimenting with paper jewelry.

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Liz and Sarah Furman

Sarah and Liz Furman are Fairbanks herbalists who wildharvest and cultivate herbs for food and healing the mind and body. They are owners of the local business, Twinflower (, which makes herbal salves, extracts, teas, and syrups.

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Julie Gonnering Lein

Julie Gonnering Lein earned her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, where she’s also worked as a poetry editor of Quarterly West and a postdoctoral research fellow. Her poetry and scholarship have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Best New Poets, Terrain, Phoebe, Modernism/modernity, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Larry Levis Memorial Poetry Prize (Academy of American Poets); her poetry/nonfiction chapbook Glacier: Perfect Tense was released in 2015 from dancing girl press. She has taught literature and creative writing for numerous university and community groups, and looks forward to new classes at The Folk School.

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Somer Hahm

Somer Hahm is a local artist, living and making art in Fairbanks since 2005. She received a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2008. During her time at UAF, she instructed a variety of beginning painting and drawing courses, and gained experience teaching young people at the Summer Visual Arts Academy.

Her passion for art led her to working for many years as a gallery assistant at Well Street Art Company, where she is currently represented. Somer has a robust involvement in the arts community in Fairbanks. She has worked directly with the Fine Arts Collections Curator at the Museum of the North, been a docent for the Rose Berry Art Gallery, and spent countless hours at Fairbanks Arts Association helping to install rotating exhibits.

These days, Somer is raising her two little ones, building a house with her husband, picking blueberries and mushrooms, and finding time to draw and paint somewhere in between.

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Kerri Hamos

Kerri has a background in recreation management and elementary education, and has been involved in fundraising and event planning for various local organizations. She is a mom to three children, and thoroughly enjoys camping, hiking, traveling and other outdoor pursuits, along with knitting and embroidery.

Kerri has been camping and hiking with her kids for 19 years (and for many years prior to having children), and has spent hundreds of nights camping in Alaska and in the lower 48. She feels that sharing a love of the outdoors is one of the best gifts you can give your kids.

Kerri Hamos has been homeschooling her kids for 13 years, often without the monotony of published curriculum, and she is looking forward to sharing the love of library books with parents who are jumping into homeschooling.

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Wesley Hathaway
I grew up in Indiana with a large family and many friends. Art and making stuff was always important to my parents so growing up was full of just that. I continue to create but I think what it really is, is continuing to learn.
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Glenn Helkenn

Glenn Helkenn grew up on an Alaskan homestead not far from Wrangel St. Ellias National Park, and has spent many years exploring the natural world, studying primitive wilderness skills, and engaging in traditional subsistence practices. You can read some of his musings and (Mis)adventures at if you’d like.

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Wren Helmericks

Having grown up in a conservative Christian environment, Wren never would have predicted becoming fluent in tarot, but the delight she found working with the cards outweighed any negativity.

A lover of Story and language, Wren incorporates cards of all kinds – tarot, oracle, and even vocabulary – into brainstorming fictional characters and building new worlds while writing novels for her own entertainment.

You can find her tarot work at

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Chase Hensel

Chase has made handles (knife, ulu, adze), jewelry (earrings, hairpins) and other objects (spoons, rice paddles, salad servers, pressure point tools, dog chew toys) out of antler, bone and teeth intermittently for 40 years. The materials are tough, durable, beautiful, and relatively easy to work.

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Jesse Hensel

Jesse Hensel was born and raised in Alaska. In sixth grade Cathleen Carlo had an artist residency in his classroom and he was instantly hooked on mask making. Jesse studied art in Alaska, Italy, New York and San Francisco, before returning to Alaska to be an artist and educator. He currently teaches Kindergarten and First Grade at Arctic Light Elementary.

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Sara Hensel

Sara Hensel graduated with her BFA in ceramics from UAF in 2018 and loves empowering others through clay. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has found inspiration for her ceramic work in the uniquely Fairbanksan potluck culture that so beautifully celebrates food, friendship, and the abundance of the Alaskan landscape.

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Scott Holladay
Scott Holladay has lived in Fairbanks since 1976. His high school
elective studies were welding, drafting, woodworking and metals. He
developed skills in carpentry during a career in construction. The
need for specialized construction equipment led him to design and
build trailers, crane booms, man baskets and other steel fabrication.
In the early 1990s, Scott’s focus turned to woodworking, and he
developed his skills and style while continuing to work construction.
In the mid-90s Scott started Alaskan Woodworker, a business creating
varied wooden items, furniture, and canoes. His attention to detail
and refinement of design gained him recognition in the woodworking

Having a working knowledge in many creative directions, Scott was
often asked to help with design and construction. Often his solutions
combined wood, copper and steel. Artistic work in mixed media led him
to help other artists with framing, bases, and new ways to display
their art.

Scott had taken art classes over the years and in 2013 he decided to
focus toward a degree. He returned to UAF to study sculpture,
printmaking, drawing and painting. This study allowed him to
incorporate fine art into his woodworking, leading to new ideas and
furniture designs.

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Sandy Jamieson

Sandy built his first log cabin in 1966, and starting building full scribe cabins in 1970. Sandy is an expert in log building preservation and restoration and he worked on the oldest surviving log structure in Alaska – the Russian blockhouse that sits just outside The Museum of the North at UAF:

Other recent projects he has been involved in are the Black Rapids Roadhouse in the Alaska Range, the Dunkle Street cabin in downtown Fairbanks, and the Russian Log Fort near UA Museum of the North.

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Scott Jerome

A cross country skier for over 30 years, Scott Jerome began skijoring in 2014. He’s now an avid racer with five-year old litter-mates Bjorn & Odin.  Scott and his wife, Kriya Dunlap, also own five yearlings  — Simi, Grover, Kikkan, Diggins, and Rosie — who will begin racing this winter.  Scott has won two-dog events at the Gold Run and the North Pole Championships.

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David Jonas

David has been pursuing local living skills since he was a child.  Though largely self-taught, he has also benefited from numerous apprenticeships both formal and informal, resulting in a diverse skill set tailored to life in the northern forests. In addition to his subsistence lifestyle, he has been a summercamp counselor, log-builder, fur trapper and hidetanner.

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Jenna Jonas

Jenna grew up in a family that built kayaks in the living room outside of Detroit, Michigan.  She fell in love with Alaska in 2009 when she came here as an intern for the Northern Center.  Ever since then, she has been hard at work exploring the arctic and interior by boat, ski, dogsled, bike, and foot.  Jenna currently splits her time between working for the Tanana Valley Watershed Association in Fairbanks and building a primitive homestead on the Tanana River.  She entertains five dogs, dabbles in herbalism, and strives to sleep outside more than inside.  She is excited to share her connection to the bountiful Tanana River as the co-director of the Folk School’s “A Week on the River” program.

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Len Kamerling

Len Kamerling is Curator of Film at the UA Museum of the North and Professor of English at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He is an award winning documentary filmmaker, a specialist in film preservation, and a prior member of the Board of Directors of The Folk School.

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Toni Kaufman

Toni’s love of making pots spans many years and a variety of different disciplines. She has taught pottery in Fairbanks (at the University of Alaska and her studio) and has shown her work throughout the community. The process of working with clay has been a journey of discovery, frustration and delight which she loves sharing with others.

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Margo Klass

Margo left Washington DC to come to Fairbanks over ten years ago. Here she continues her teaching career while creating artist books and box constructions in her home studio. Her work is widely shown in Alaska. She has been involved with Northwoods Book Arts Guild since it was founded in 2011.

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Carol Kleckner

Carol is a 35 year Alaska resident who loves to play music (ukulele and harmonica being her favorites) but was deathly intimidated by going to jams.  After getting brave and attending a few jams, she would love to share her thoughts and get more people out enjoying the fabulous music scene in Fairbanks.

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Brandy Klindworth

Brandy Klindworth is the artist, entrepreneur, and art educator behind her business Ladder Mouse, creating flora, fauna, and fungi illustrations. She currently resides in Fairbanks, AK and has become most inspired by the forest floor with growing interest in mycology and botany. After a near-death ice climbing experience in 2017 that caused Brandy to lose some dominant hand-function, she has become a passionate advocate in encouraging others to pursue their purpose and utilize their gifts and abilities to their fullest extent. This is what has made her passionate about teaching you how to depict nature on paper – she knows you have what it takes inside of you. She displays and sells her nature illustrations online and locally, and also teaches art classes focused on drawing and painting nature both online and locally. In 2019 she won 1st place in the United States Air Force international art contest, travelled internationally to Dubai in 2017 to complete a 4-wall jungle mural for Emirati entrepreneur Mohammed Bin Zaal, and illustrated children’s book “Me and My Big Friends” written by author Laura Fitterer.

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Lisa Kljaich

I am a retired elementary general music teacher. I also taught beginning steel drums at UAF and directed the UAF steel drum band. I continue to teach online classes at UAF for the music department.

I fell in love with the ukulele 2 years ago, and am still learning more about this adorable instrument every day. I developed a series of lessons to help adult learners interested in playing the ukulele with Derby City Strummers in Louisville, KY last winter. They encouraged me to continue to reach out and teach ukulele because they found my instruction so helpful.

Check out Lisa’s Facebook page.

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Rachael Kvapil

Rachael Kvapil is a lifelong road cyclist who fell in love with fat biking in 2014. In 2016, she competed in the Icicle Bicycle multi-stage winter race and after a recreational ride with a top Alaskan fat biker, decided to train for several ultra-distance races including the White Mountains 100 and the Susitna 100. Despite participating in a number of competitions, Rachael is a commuter at heart and considers her form of winter training and racing as “aggressive tourism.” She seeks to create an inclusive riding environment for both recreation and competitive riders of all ages and all abilities.

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Matthew Labrenz

Matt’s connection with trees has led to work in carpentry, cabinet-making, silviculture, and environmental education. His first woodworking project that he remembers really obsessing over was a clipboard. He has since built cabins, cabinets, and furniture. While most of the things he cares about have a clear link to trees, he does enjoy other things, including gardening, ski-joring, and fishing. Matt currently works in UAF Cooperative Extension’s agriculture program. 

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McKain Lakey

McKain Lakey is a musician whose work investigates themes of oppression and empowerment through the richness of American folk traditions. An instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, McKain performs as a solo artist, as part of the duo Woolly Breeches, and with other bands by invitation. She is an educator and facilitator who works with groups of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their understanding of the historical and technical foundations of music and to encourage personal exploration of voice and creative power. She tours nationally, and was recently selected to be one of six songwriters to participate in Hedgebrook’s prestigious 2019 songwriter residency. McKain holds a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

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Rebecca Lawhorne

Rebecca Lawhorne is a writer, reader, and researcher living in Fairbanks Alaska. 

She started the poetry pop-up, PoembyBecca in 2015. She has written poetry on-demand in multiple states across the United States and has been a vendor at the Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market in Fairbanks, Alaska since 2017. 

Rebecca uses unique strips of ethically harvested Birch tree bark to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Communications at UAF, where she teaches public speaking courses.

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Deanna Lazarus

Deanna Lazarus has made her home here in the interior with her husband and son for the last 17 years. Deanna has a passion for all things vintage – fashion, cooking, sewing and handicrafts. She takes the time to learn how people lived from the 1920s to the early 1950s and feels that this gives her a greater connection to her grandmother and other women who made it through the depression, WWII, and those who homesteaded in Alaska.

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Kathy Lenniger

I started driving dogs in Nenana in 1976, learning many things the hard way until I met experienced racers who taught me how to finally be a dog driver. I started doing tours in 1980, and in 1985 started Sled Dog Adventures with a partner. I became the sole owner in 1997. I have driven teams in many areas in the state, full-time all winter since 1980. I am listed in the UAF Archives in the History of Dogmushing, and was featured in the News-Miner in January 2017. I am still learning and I have a deep respect for the amazing Alaska husky, and have raised some and owned many through the years. I now take in unwanted or retired race dogs who still love to take visitors into the beauty of nature.

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Jennifer Lent

Jennifer lives in Fairbanks but works in Bethel. While in Bethel, Jennifer has met many artitsts from the area and the surrounding villages. She has learned how to harvest grass from the banks of the Kuskokwim River and sew baskets. She has learned to tan and sew with fur. Her most unique skill acquired thus far is the working knowledge of tanning and sewing with fish skin and animal gut. Jennifer sews many items for friends, family, and customers. You may have seen her work most recently at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center First Friday art event in December, 2014.

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Rebecca Levey

Rebecca Levey is a registered Institute for Excellence in Writing teacher.  She also teaches essay writing with the Circe Institute’s Lost Tools of Writing curriculum.  She teaches both High School and Elementary students.

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Steve Levey

Steve Levey has an MA in history from the University of Colorado. He taught high school history for ten years. Many of his students in Honors World History at West Valley High School took the World History AP test without AP-specific preparation. His class, World History: An Early College Survey Course, started as a whimsical dare from a colleague and a challenge to students. Over the years, all but one student passed the exam to merit college credit for their achievement in 10th grade.

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Mary Baarlaer Maisch

A recently retired teacher, I relish the time I now have available to pursue my artistic interests, primarily book making and quilting. I have been a member of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild since it’s inception in 2011, and have been delighted to be involved in a thriving book arts community in Fairbanks. I am grateful to be able to share art projects at our beautiful Folk School Fairbanks campus.
In addition to art making, I enjoy travel, skiing, canoeing, hiking, camping, gardening and reading.

Karen Malone

Karen has lived in Fairbanks for 37 years. She grew up in Iowa where she learned to sew in 4-H at the age of eleven. She has been a fabric collector and sewer ever since. In those 50+ years she has sewn everything from clothes, sports gear, home decor, costumes, toys, art dolls, and many other items requested by her family. She enjoys trying most techniques she hears, sees, or reads about just to see if she might enjoy it.

She dyed her first batch of fabric in 2008 and finds she can’t get enough of it. She remembers running through the house looking for just one more white item needing color. She loves the serendipity of dyeing and other fabric art techniques. The thrill of discovering new techniques and the joy of revisiting old methods keeps her engaged with the subject. She is always excited to find new friends to enjoy the rewards of creating.

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John Manthei

John has been a carpenter/cabinetmaker for nearly half a century and now spends a considerable amount of time teaching through The Folk School. He is one of the founders of Week in the Woods and The Folk School. John’s intimate connection to the land and rivers of the interior drives most everything he does.

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Phil Marshall

Phil has studied traditional hand woodcarving in Austria and Norway, and studied under German and Italian masters in the U.S.  “Woodworking smooths and hones my life. This revelation surprised me twenty-three years ago when I tried my hand at woodcarving. There had never been any signs this pursuit would become such a joy. I had not manifested artistic talent. But a visit to a remote Colorado gallery of hand-carved, wooden sculpture inspired my wife to present me with a set of beginner’s chisels and gouges; I grabbed an instruction booklet and gave it a go, solo. Perhaps she had sensed something I had not: the time was right in my life for the conjunction of hand, head and heart. Quite unforseen was the equanimity this handcraft brought. Hitherto, many of my endeavors had been struggles full of frustration. This woodcraft flowed calmly, full of acceptance, even with setbacks. Here was a clear, inexplicable pleasure replete with satisfaction even with miniscule advances, nay reverses, in pursuing the skill.

If we join to grow together, I shall try to nurture this fulfillment for you by sharing in small, definite steps; reinforcing them frequently; sequencing them slowly to handle growing complexity; and then bringing it all together in a supportive manner to reduce stress. I proffer a hand for you to discern your destiny.”

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Kendalyn Mckisick

Kendalyn Mckisick is a recent creative writing MFA graduate of UAF who now lives in Anchorage. Though she has spent the past few years in Fairbanks writing poetry and teaching writing, she is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, where she taught several vegan cooking classes and owned a restaurant specializing in raw vegan options with “cooked food Fridays”. She is passionate about food literacy and showing others how to prepare delicious plant-based meals for longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Martin Miller

Martin is a third generation weaver. He has been teaching various weaving, needle, and wet felting workshops for longer than he will admit. He is currently working on training the fourth generation.

Susan Miller

Susan Miller has lived in Interior Alaska for 25 years. She made her first coiled basket as an elementary student in Minnesota and has been practicing a wide range of fiber arts since the age of six. She lives in a yarn shop with her husband and cats.

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Beret Nelson

Beret is an art quilter living in Fairbanks with her family, three large dogs, and one brave cat. She loves to create and teach, which eventually led to designing. Beret is always learning and loves to pass on the things she has learned. Through teaching, her blog, and other forms of social media, she hopes to get others excited about working with their hands.

Jennifer Nu

Jennifer Nu is a freelance writer, photographer, and multimedia storyteller specializing in wellness, the environment, traditional food systems, and stories about people and community. Her work has appeared in Edible Alaska magazine, Alaska Dispatch, Capital City Weekly, and the Juneau Empire. She enjoys backcountry trekking, packrafting, home cooking, and foraging. She is grateful to friends across the state who have shared their teachings and wisdom with her.

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Nick Nugent

Nick Nugent was born in west central Indiana and grew up there. He was in Cub and Boy Scouts. He was also a Merit Badge Counselor for the Midnight Sun Council while his son was in scouting. He has been in Fairbanks since July of 1977. Nick enjoys primitive outdoor skills. Nick studies Alaska History and more broadly the history of North America prior to 1840. His interests also range to the use of carbide lamps and vintage pressure stoves.

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Lars Erik Odsather

Lars Erik Odsather has pursued his performance career and taught all levels of students since the completion of his education in 2003. He has both his Masters (U of Arizona, Tucson 2003) and Bachelors (U of Idaho, Moscow 1999) degrees in Classical Guitar Performance.

Lars Erik grew up in Fairbanks. He lived outside of Alaska for many years after pursuing his music education. Over the past 5 years since his return, one of his goals is to add another layer of musical fortitude to the already established artistic and musical community.

Becky Oviatt

Becky Oviatt is an award-winning fiber artist, owner of AK Frayed Knot, a local online yarn and specialty shop, and co-owner of the Fibering Squad, a fiber craft studio in Anchorage, AK.  She teaches spinning with wheel or drop spindle, beginning weaving, fiber painting, and fur sewing.

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Mary Pagel

Mary moved to Alaska in 2003 in pursuit of adventure. She has not been let down. She is an avid canoeist and kayaker, and a volunteer instructor for the Becoming An Outdoors Woman program. She makes her living as a Civil Engineer.

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Carolyn Parker

Carolyn has done botanical surveys throughout Alaska and in other far northern landscapes for over 30 years. The rest of the time she stays based at the University of Alaska Museum while gardening, hiking and ski-joring in the boreal forest around Fairbanks.

Kaari Parrish

Kaari has lived in the Interior since 1974. She has been obsessed with fiber and textiles her whole life and has been fascinated by weaving since her first class in 1995. A main focus in recent years has been on narrow bands and the techniques used to both produce the yarn needed and weave them. Most of her yarn has been spun by walking the dog.

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John Peirce

John began woodworking in earnest in 1985 when he apprenticed with Maine furniture maker David Margonelli. About the same time he discovered green woodworking. Guided by books by Drew Langsner, J Alexander and Roy Underhill, he started with post and rung chairs and snowshoes. Over the years has made spoons, kuksas, wooden skis, and other items beginning with a freshly cut tree rather than lumber yard wood. Currently John does cabinets and carpentry as Boreal Woodworks to pay the bills, but for fun he works on boats, bowls, and bodgers benches!

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Christie Pelzer

I have a BS in Holistic Nutrition and I am a certified Health Coach. I am very interested in cooking, baking and preserving foods to get optimal health benefits. I am also an artist working with many different mediums…..clay, glass, wood, fabric just to name a few. I have lived in Alaska since 1981 with my husband and children.

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Tracie Pendergrast

Tracie Pendergrast is the co-owner of Alaska Canoe School. She has been combining two of her favorite things, food and wilderness canoe canoeing, for over 20 years. Whether it be on a journey for two over a long weekend journey, or a longer fly in expedition for 10, she is dedicated to never eating another pre-packaged freeze dried meal again.

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Rachel Pernick

Rachel Pernick splits her time between Fairbanks and Detroit, Michigan. At present, she works seasonally for a handful of botanical research projects, but maintains an active home printmaking practice, emphasizing in relief techniques. Her interest in printmaking started as a teenager, and she continued her study at The University of Michigan Residential College.

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Robert Prince

Rob Prince is an Associate Professor in the Communication & Journalism Department teaching courses in video production and documentary film making. In 2014 he created Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska with the goal of sharing the real Alaska with the world. Since then the live show has drawn audiences of over 800 to Hering Auditorium and the podcast has over 1000 subscribers.

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Tim Quintal

Tim is a tinkerer and there is nothing he loves better than to be presented with a problem to solve. He considers himself a “jack of all trades and master of none.? He enjoys working with wood, metal, and computers.

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Nita Rae

I’m a musher and I love living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I’ve always enjoyed hand crafts of every type and anything done outdoors. Raised on a farm in NC, I learned early in life to make do with what was on hand – gardening and processing foods and taking care of farm animals.

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Andy Reynolds

Andy is a lifelong boataholic and watersports junkie and has been self employed as a woodworker/builder for 4 decades.

Andy has been working with wood for 50+ years starting with a Soap Box Derby car and later a family project, Folbot kit, followed by Alaska cabin and outhouse construction, progressing through rough (and crude) carpentry, to finish carpentry and eventually cabinet making and custom joinery. Recently and most relevantly, more boatbuilding has provided ongoing challenge. He has been partly self-taught, mentored and inspired by many friends, family, and co-workers, as well as attending workshops by various well known artisans and craftsmen and women, and has attended the Woodenboat School in Brooklin, Maine.  Andy has taught paddle making, canoe and kayak repair and paddle board building classes for TFS since 2013. In his spare time he likes to be on, or in, water, in all its many forms.

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Jim Richardson

Jim is a retired general contractor. Most of the work he did was residential.

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Phil Schad

Phil Schad moved to Fairbanks in August of 1974 and worked on the Trans Alaska Pipeline as a Laborer. His 6 years of carpentry experience in Texas prior to moving to Fairbanks allowed for more employment opportunities during the growth of Fairbanks. Phil continued to work at Prudhoe Bay in the winters and built houses during the summer, building a log cabin at Harding Lake and 4 houses in the Goldstream Valley for himself. In 1988 he got a job in the Maintenance Division of the Fairbanks North Star Borough where he was employed for almost 19 years. During that time he was cross trained in all aspects of building maintenance. Phil designed and built all of his houses with the latest energy efficient methods and currently has a solar hot water system at his home. His entire career has been in the construction and maintenance fields and his passion has always been to do it right and to keep it simple.

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Natalie Schuldt

Natalie was born in Fairbanks and raised on her parents’ homestead in Salcha between the Piledriver Slough and the Tanana River. Childhood winters meant mushing and reading by gas lights, summers meant being outside more than in, and autumn meant berry picking until snow forced her inside. She has lived all over the country, including Dallas, New Orleans, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Because the boreal forest is imprinted on her soul, she made her way back to Fairbanks and plans on staying forever. Since moving back to Alaska, she has recovered her childhood love of cross-country skiing, berry picking, and generally getting lost in the woods. She loves all things folksy and is passionate about learning how to make things by hand in the old ways. Natalie has an art degree from UAF and is a work-at-home printmaking artist and mother. She lives in Goldstream Valley with her husband Gabe and her two sons, Charlie and Ole.

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Christie Shell

Christie is an avid knitter, fiber enthusiast and one of the farmers at Calypso Farm and Ecology Center.  She has been teaching knitting and other fiber arts at Calypso for several years.  

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Mary Shields

Mary Shields has delighted in waking up out in the wild country, having traveled there with the help of her small but faithful team of huskies. Now at age 74 , Mary’s body has given up, but her Spirit stills yearns to be on the long, Spring trails. She shares some of the joys of those trails, nearly 50 years worth, in her six books and one PBS featured program, and in over 40 years sharing her “Tails of the Trail,” with visitors to Fairbanks. Perhaps a better title for this class would be Robert Service’s line from The Spell of the Yukon; “The Freshness, the Freedom, the Farness, oh God how I’m stuck on it all”.

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Charles Simmons

Charles is a lifelong Fairbanksan. He has lived on Ester Dome since 1969, and has been working wood since the early 70’s. He says he is still actively learning because there is so much to know, and he feels he has barely scratched the surface of woodworking.

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Doug Sims

I have been working with clay since my early college years and continue to be fascinated by the limitless possibilities it presents to the artist, craftsperson or hobbyist. I continually seek to push my own limits with clay and enjoy sharing basic wheel throwing skills with curious students.

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Frank Soos

Frank Soos is the 2015 Alaska State Laureate Writer and instructed creative writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for nearly two decades. Frank is author of several books, including several Bamboo Fly Rod Suite (essays) and a forthcoming book of essays from the University of Washington Press.

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Brian Sprague

Brian Sprague is a lifelong woodworker and hand tool enthusiast. Brought up in rural Michigan, his occupations have ranged from white collar engineer to aircraft mechanic to fuels crew sawyer, and counting. He is particularly fond of tree work and began running a saw at the age of 12 (It was a Stihl.).

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Marly Stasi

Marly Stasi has been working in early childhood education for over ten years. She received her Montessori Assistants to Infancy (birth-3 years) diploma from The Montessori Institute in Denver, CO and her masters in early childhood education from Loyola University in Maryland. She is an advocate for positive parent-child communication, a toddler whisperer, and an avid crafter, making homemade learning material from her cabin in Goldstream Valley. A recent Alaska transplant, she grew up in New Jersey and has slowly moved west living in Colorado and Wyoming.

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Marianne Stolz

Marianne was born and raised in Germany where she completed a wood carving apprenticeship. Her passion for mountains and ice climbing brought her to Alaska in 1985. She now works as a professional wood carver, ice carver and artist.

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Tobin Stolz

I have always loved airplanes and I also like making them. I spent some time with a friend who helped me with my first glider and since then I have made quite a number of airplanes, some of them with R/C controls in them. I also like teaching people skills that I learn.

Connie Stricks

I have lived in Fairbanks since 1972, have been engaged in various forms of book binding since 2011, and have loved every minute of it!

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Sara Tabbert

Sara has been making prints for quite some time! She has a MFA in printmaking from the University of Nebraska and has taught printmaking to ages kindergarten through college. She’s excited about The Folk School’s new location and hopes to help grow a print shop around the press that Bill Brody donated. Look for more printmaking classes ahead. We can talk about what you are interested in to plan for future classes.

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Corlis Taylor

Corlis Taylor recently retired after a 40 year career in healthcare. Corlis is a wife, mother, quilter, water colorist, and book artist. She began her first books in 2007 while taking at UAF from Margo Klass. Corlis has been making, learning and teaching book arts ever since. Corlis is a founding member of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild.

Harvey Van Patten

Harvey holds a BS in Science Education and has 9 years of experience as a classroom teacher in public schools systems in Michigan and Oregon. He has 20 years of experience teaching “Twigology”. Harvey is also a dog musher and enjoys taking long distance trips annually in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

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Tomas Vrba

Coming from the Czech Republic where amazing and affordable bread is readily available in any little corner shop, delivered daily from local bakeries, living in the US and UK was sometimes a bit of a nightmare for me. From the bread point of view that is. Well, what better solution than to start making my own?
I first started experimenting with sourdough sometime in 2013 and a year after that during the last year of my undergraduate studies in Stirling, Scotland, two of my flatmates and I ended up opening a community supported sourdough bakery ( While I am not looking to be a full time baker, it is hard to stop baking and experimenting once you get into it so I am selling bread on Saturdays at the Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market and continuing to share my skills and knowledge through the Folk School.

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Joe Weber

I have been removing problem trees professionally since 1996. I have also been an educator since 1996.

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Arvid Weflen

I am interested in nearly everything, especially the old crafts where you get to make something.  Thus, it was probably only natural that I took up birch bark basket weaving some years back (along with a gazillion others  – blacksmithing, book binding, sewing winter gear, carving, rosemaling, woodworking, wheelwrighting, coopering, knitting socks, and now starting to learn shoemaking – the list could go on, but you get the idea).  From there it was a short step to sharing the joy of creating things by teaching others how to do the same.  I’ve been teaching much of my life, recently “retired” as a professor in the rather more modern craft of aircraft maintenance.  As I put it, I failed the retirement class and spend time both at the University and sharing the fun of learning new skills.  To stay well rounded and to keep from getting too bored, I also enjoy flying my airplane that I built from scratch, cross country skiing, bicycling, farming, crossing the ocean on an old square rigged sailing vessel and once in a while I even sit down and read a book.

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Roy Wilbur

Roy is a master sheet metal fabricator with over 50 years of experience and loves passing this knowledge on to others . Weather you refer to Roy as a tinker, tin smith or sheet metal worker the underlying magic is he can see a complex three dimensional object in a flat piece of sheet metal and know just what cuts to make, where to bend it and in what sequence. Another benefit of hanging around with him is he knows Fairbanks history better than most. Not only can he tell you stories from his grandfathers time but he can point to objects all over his shop from that time period. Roy is a fascinating character and a rich source of information.

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Susan Willsrud

Susan Willsrud is a co-founder of Calypso Farm and Ecology Center. She loves growing vegetables and also loves creating beautiful warm things out of the mountains of wool provided by the farm’s flock of Shetland Sheep! She has been spinning yarn for over 10 years and has been drawn to “seeing what happens when you break all the rules” since the beginning.

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David Withoff

Dave is an amateur artist and tinkerer who has been making sculptures in wood, ceramic, glass, ice, and snow for many decades. Like most folk craftspeople, Dave is interested in doing interesting stuff efficiently with cheap local materials, which in Fairbanks means snow, ice, wooden poles, and anything that can be scrounged at the transfer site.

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Jeff Yacevich

Jeff blames his obsession with experimental hunting and gathering on having to read Hatchet in sixth grade. Twelve years after moving to Alaska, his mind is never far from the boreal forest. He has spent a year alone on the Tanana River endeavoring to make all his food, shelter, tools, and clothing from the land. Lately he has been working on a walking trap-line based around deadfalls and sinew snares. Jeff earns money seasonally by leading a chainsaw crew. Most importantly, he is lucky to be partnered with an extremely understanding wife.

Molly Yazwinski

Dog mushing initially brought Molly to Alaska. She has since discovered the thrill of skijoring and can now be found touring the trails around Fairbanks towed behind just one or two dogs.  She is excited to introduce other people and dogs to the joys of skijoring and the abundance of winter trails in Fairbanks.

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Lucia Zaczkowski

I believe that writing is thought turned inside out. Paying attention to writing helps students think better and read better. My name is Lucia Zaczkowski, and I am a certified teacher in Alaska. I’ve taught with the Alaska Gateway School District in Dot Lake and Tok for eight years. This summer I moved to the big city and am working on my own writing, a book called Epeth in a Heap.

My writing instruction is influenced by these texts:

A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers by Erika Lindemann

The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph

Guthridge Writing Systems by George Guthridge

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Tom Zimmer

Tom is a co-founder of Calypso Farm and Ecology Center. He loves working with his hands – whether it be shearing sheep, building farm outbuildings, designing greenhouses, irrigation systems or tinkering in Calypso’s blacksmith shop. He loves sharing his knowledge and skills with others. He began teaching at age 16 and has been teaching in one way or another ever since. He is one of the primary instructors of Calypso’s workshops and Farmer Training Program.

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John Ziv

John is a custom woodworker from Anchorage, Alaska. He specializes in making tools for spinning, weaving, cord-making and other fiber arts.

John has been doing fiber arts in various form for most of his life and since becoming a professional tool
maker has been surrounded by fiber arts nearly non-stop for the last 8 years. He likes to help people find crafts
that let them both relax and express themselves.