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Robin Dale Ford

Robin has always made music the center of her life. She started her training on piano, but at an outdoor festival she stumbled upon musical icon Taj Mahal playing "Colored Aristocracy" in the Clawhammer banjo style and it changed her direction. She found a fine, old Tubaphone banjo and headed to Alaska where she joined an Old-Time string band called The Sidewinders.…Read More

Robin has always made music the center of her life. She started her training on piano, but at an outdoor festival she stumbled upon musical icon Taj Mahal playing “Colored Aristocracy” in the Clawhammer banjo style and it changed her direction. She found a fine, old Tubaphone banjo and headed to Alaska where she joined an Old-Time string band called The Sidewinders. That started a five-decade career performing live on banjo and in numerous dance bands on electric bass, writing and recording original songs, teaching private lessons and co-owning 10th Planet Recording Studio with partner Pat Fitzgerald for thirty years. She has recently made a joyous return to the piano as a limitless songwriting tool. Stay tuned.

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Beverly Frey

I have worked with my hands my whole life. My curiosity and ADHD has led me to learn to work in multiple media: paper, wood, glass and metal, to name a few. I spent about 20 years taking metalsmithing classes at UAF from Jack Finch. In my former work life, I gained experience teaching classes in web design and HTML at UAF.Read More

I have worked with my hands my whole life. My curiosity and ADHD has led me to learn to work in multiple media: paper, wood, glass and metal, to name a few. I spent about 20 years taking metalsmithing classes at UAF from Jack Finch. In my former work life, I gained experience teaching classes in web design and HTML at UAF. I’ve taught classes at the Folk School in Pysanky Egg Decorating. I’ve also taught Suminagashi Paper Marbling at the Folk School and through UAF’s OLLI program. I discovered Straw Marquetry on Pinterest and taught myself how to make jewelry and cover wood boxes through trial and error during Covid. I’m currently playing a lot with paper weaving and cutting. And I’m always making some new jewelry in paper.

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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 (www.twinfloweralaska.com), which makes herbal salves, extracts, teas, and syrups.Read More

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 (http://www.twinfloweralaska.com), which makes herbal salves, extracts, teas, and syrups.

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Raelyn Geron

My name is Raelyn Geron (Rae) and I am a born and raised Fairbanks lady. My husband and I started a small farm in 2017 with the idea of using plants and fungi to create a diverse farm that focused on sustainability and simplicity. I started growing microgreens in January 2021 as an addition to our small farm.…Read More

My name is Raelyn Geron (Rae) and I am a born and raised Fairbanks lady. My husband and I started a small farm in 2017 with the idea of using plants and fungi to create a diverse farm that focused on sustainability and simplicity. I started growing microgreens in January 2021 as an addition to our small farm. They have completely engulfed me and I can’t wait to try more varieties and share them with my community. In the beginning I was seeding about 4-6 trays a week, now I am doing around 50-60 trays a week. Microgreens are forgiving in the area where if you make a mistake you can just try again in 10 days or so. After seeding and harvesting hundreds of trays I’ve developed some methods that work well for me and am excited to share them with my community.

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Dorian Granger

Hi, I'm Dorian! As a lifelong Alaskan who grew up biking and skiing around Fairbanks, I have always wished we had more access to friendly, prompt, reliable bike and ski services in our community. I enjoy the ongoing learning journey, and love providing expert service to our community. I'm the owner and operator of Bankstown Bike and Ski and my goal is to bring expertise and friendly service to more of our community, and make it easier for everyone to have their gear worked on by a professional.Read More

Hi, I’m Dorian! As a lifelong Alaskan who grew up biking and skiing around Fairbanks, I have always wished we had more access to friendly, prompt, reliable bike and ski services in our community. I enjoy the ongoing learning journey, and love providing expert service to our community. I’m the owner and operator of Bankstown Bike and Ski and my goal is to bring expertise and friendly service to more of our community, and make it easier for everyone to have their gear worked on by a professional.

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Somer Hahm

Somer Hahm is a visual artist living and making work in Fairbanks, Alaska. With robust involvement in the Fairbanks art community, Somer has spent time teaching painting and drawing workshops for the Folk School of Fairbanks and Well Street Art Company, has created performance art with the Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling, and enjoys her employment as Fairbanks Arts Associations Exhibition Technician, installing the rotating art exhibits at the Bear Gallery.…Read More

Somer Hahm is a visual artist living and making work in Fairbanks, Alaska. With robust involvement in the Fairbanks art community, Somer has spent time teaching painting and drawing workshops for the Folk School of Fairbanks and Well Street Art Company, has created performance art with the Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling, and enjoys her employment as Fairbanks Arts Associations Exhibition Technician, installing the rotating art exhibits at the Bear Gallery.

Somer’s recent body of work has been inspired by the wealth of the American Patchwork, and directly investigates the timeless beauty of quilt block designs. Motivated to create community involvement and interest in public art, Somer founded the Far North Quilt Trail Project in July of 2019. In 2020, Hahm was selected as a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award recipient and received grant funding from the Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation for her artist led endeavor of creative place-making initiating Alaska’s first barn quilt trail in Fairbanks.

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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.…Read More

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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Cole Harmon

Cole Harmon is a musher, trapper, skin sewer, parka maker, and traditional tanner who lives in the Goldstream Valley with his eight sled dogs. He has honed his skills creating items for long distance mushers, trappers, and freighters of the Interior and Southeast Alaska. Striving for quality in each item, Cole uses only the most simple hand tools without the aid of a fur sewing machine, preferring instead to hand stitch each item from start to finish.Read More

Cole Harmon is a musher, trapper, skin sewer, parka maker, and traditional tanner who lives in the Goldstream Valley with his eight sled dogs. He has honed his skills creating items for long distance mushers, trappers, and freighters of the Interior and Southeast Alaska. Striving for quality in each item, Cole uses only the most simple hand tools without the aid of a fur sewing machine, preferring instead to hand stitch each item from start to finish.

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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.Read More
 
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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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.Read More

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.Read More

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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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.…Read More
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
community.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: https://news.uaf.edu/museum-completes-russian-blockhouse-preservation/.…Read More

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: https://news.uaf.edu/museum-completes-russian-blockhouse-preservation/.

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.Read More

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.Read More

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.Read More

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.Read More

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.Read More

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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Courtney King

Courtney King is the owner of Solstice Soap Studio. She has been soaping for about five years. After teaching herself how to soap, she took classes to expand her knowledge on the subject. She is a certified soap maker. She is from Mobile, Alabama originally but always felt drawn to Alaska. She homeschools her young children and enjoys gardening, camping, reading, and a plethora of crafts.Read More

Courtney King is the owner of Solstice Soap Studio. She has been soaping for about five years. After teaching herself how to soap, she took classes to expand her knowledge on the subject. She is a certified soap maker. She is from Mobile, Alabama originally but always felt drawn to Alaska. She homeschools her young children and enjoys gardening, camping, reading, and a plethora of crafts.

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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.Read More

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.