Instructors

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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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Penelope Gold

I’m Penelope, longtime homeschooling mom to many and a sewist by trade. I have been teaching sewing for several years and enjoy my job. I look forward to every new class and to watching everyone grow in ability and in new friendships and new interests.Read More

I’m Penelope, longtime homeschooling mom to many and a sewist by trade. I have been teaching sewing for several years and enjoy my job. I look forward to every new class and to watching everyone grow in ability and in new friendships and new interests.

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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 and a visitor living and working on the ancestral lands of the Tanana Dene peoples, also known as Fairbanks, Alaska. She received a BFA from University of Montana, Missoula in 2005 and an MFA, with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing, from University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2008. With robust involvement in the Fairbanks art community, Somer exhibits her work statewide.…Read More

Somer Hahm is a visual artist and a visitor living and working on the ancestral lands of the Tanana Dene peoples, also known as Fairbanks, Alaska. She received a BFA from University of Montana, Missoula in 2005 and an MFA, with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing, from University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2008.

With robust involvement in the Fairbanks art community, Somer exhibits her work statewide. She is a teaching artist, and instructs painting and drawing workshops for The Folk School of Fairbanks and Well Street Art Company, and is Adjunct Professor of Drawing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Somer has dual roles in the arts community of Fairbanks, and is employed at Fairbanks Arts Association as Exhibition Technician. Somer enjoys working one-on-one with nationally known and Alaskan artists in all career stages and hands-on with a diverse variety of artworks installing the art exhibitions at FAA’s Bear Gallery.

Motivated to create community involvement and interest in public art, Somer founded the Far North Quilt Trail in 2019. Alaska’s first barn quilt trail is a community-wide, creative place-making endeavor that has activated the visual landscape with vibrant public art. Hahm has received support for her work through a 2020 Rasmuson Individual Artist Project Award, the Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts to further her artist-led endeavor of creative place-making, initiating Alaska’s first barn quilt trail. Somer is a mother of two young children.

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Becky Hammond

Becky is an avid spinner and fiber artist who has been raising angora goats for 30 years. She loves working with the fiber from the animals that she raises. Lock spinning is one of her favorite ways to spin because it preserves the natural beauty of the mohair locks.Read More

Becky is an avid spinner and fiber artist who has been raising angora goats for 30 years. She loves working with the fiber from the animals that she raises. Lock spinning is one of her favorite ways to spin because it preserves the natural beauty of the mohair locks.

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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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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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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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Willow Q. Jones

Willow Q. Jones was born and raised in Northwestern Alaska in a traditional Inupiaq community and later on a cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Willow was constantly surrounded by creative people who could easily pick up any tool and make something useful to living life. This skill has made it natural for her to delve deeply into broom making and carving wooden utensils for everyday use.…Read More

Willow Q. Jones was born and raised in Northwestern Alaska in a traditional Inupiaq community and later on a cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Willow was constantly surrounded by creative people who could easily pick up any tool and make something useful to living life. This skill has made it natural for her to delve deeply into broom making and carving wooden utensils for everyday use. Willow’s brooms and spoons stem from a deep commitment to beautiful and practical tools for the basic necessities of life. She holds a bachelors in art from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Willow first studied spoon carving with Tony Perelli over five years ago and also has been deeply informed and influenced by Emmet Van Driesche these past five years. Currently she cooks, builds, and produces food for her family of four, weaving brooms and carving in her spare moments when not occupied with her young family.

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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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Carol Kleckner

In Memoriam Carol was a 35 year Alaska resident who loved 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.  Read More

In Memoriam

Carol was a 35 year Alaska resident who loved 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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Lisa Kljaich

Lisa Kljaich, aka The Ukulele Fool, has been teaching music full-time since 1983, with teaching experiences from pre-school to Osher Lifelong Learning and everything in between. She has been teaching online for UAF since 2009. It has been wonderful to have students as elementary kids catch up with her again at UAF, and then teach their parents through The Folk School.…Read More

Lisa Kljaich, aka The Ukulele Fool, has been teaching music full-time since 1983, with teaching experiences from pre-school to Osher Lifelong Learning and everything in between. She has been teaching online for UAF since 2009. It has been wonderful to have students as elementary kids catch up with her again at UAF, and then teach their parents through The Folk School.

In 2019 she officially launched a career as a YouTuber, focusing on deliberately paced, detail-oriented ukulele instruction for beginners and advanced beginners. This has given her an international reach with students all over the globe – folks logging in the wee hours of the morning in Australia, to night owls staying up late in Central Europe to catch the same lesson.

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.Read More

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 is the Forest Products Specialist with the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service. He has over a decade of work experience in carpentry that includes framing houses, building timber frame cabins, working in a cabinet shop, and building custom furniture and built-ins. He has taught woodworking classes at The Center for Wooden Boats (WA); Shelburne Farms (VT); Yale Creek Ecology Center (OR), and The Folk School.…Read More

Matt is the Forest Products Specialist with the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service. He has over a decade of work experience in carpentry that includes framing houses, building timber frame cabins, working in a cabinet shop, and building custom furniture and built-ins. He has taught woodworking classes at The Center for Wooden Boats (WA); Shelburne Farms (VT); Yale Creek Ecology Center (OR), and The Folk School. Matt can be contacted at matt@folk.school for inquiries and class requests.

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Ethan Lauesen

Ethan Lauesen is a visual artist, gallery technician, and framer based in Fairbanks, Alaska. They earned their BFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2019. The body of work they create focuses on the cultural aspects of gender and LGBTQIA+ identity and how they are perceived in communities, specifically Interior Alaska. The work they produce is more intimate as a response to cultural perceptions of themselves due to inter-sectional issues of race, gender, and sexuality and as a result the prints, paintings, and drawings created represent a personal narrative documenting cultural change.Read More

Ethan Lauesen is a visual artist, gallery technician, and framer based in Fairbanks, Alaska. They earned their BFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2019. The body of work they create focuses on the cultural aspects of gender and LGBTQIA+ identity and how they are perceived in communities, specifically Interior Alaska. The work they produce is more intimate as a response to cultural perceptions of themselves due to inter-sectional issues of race, gender, and sexuality and as a result the prints, paintings, and drawings created represent a personal narrative documenting cultural change.