In 2024, there will be one workshop in English:
Sunday, June 2nd, 10:00–20:00 (in English)
Welding may seem like black (literally) magic, where two cold and hard pieces of iron become one. While it’s a complex and messy technology, the good news is that anyone can handle it! This compact 10-hour course provides an overview of various welding methods, focusing on the most common one—Mig/Mag welding with shielding gas. Tig and electrode welding are also introduced. Participants get to try different welding techniques using scrap metal pieces. After initial attempts, those interested can start assembling a welding puzzle using different machines. The goal of the crash course is to develop a sense of proper welding to understand the limits and possibilities of metal.
Course fee includes:
Instructor: Certified welder Andrei Puzõrjov, who studied at Tartu Vocational Education Centre and has ten years of experience as a welder, specializing in Tig and Mig/Mag welding.
What to Wear: Participants are advised to wear sturdy natural-fiber clothing (e.g., hoodie and jeans) that can get dirty, and closed sturdy shoes, preferably made of leather or strong fabric. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle!
Note: This workshop can be booked for groups! Make inquiries here.
Come and join us! Register and pay with an invoice here.
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The Japanese tool box is both a practical and poetic beginning to woodworking skills: it is one of the oldest tool boxes made in the same way, with a wedge-locked lid. Why a toolbox? Because it is important for woodworking that the tools are organized and stored, the blades are sharp and the try squares are in the right angle.
During the compact master class, divided into two days, you can try all the basic stages of woodworking — you will learn to measure and mark, cut wood, and you will also have to try out some joints (dado, dovetail joint). Drafting and finishing follows. The work is mostly done with hand tools. We also talk about wood as a living material.
Those who have completed the training can independently continue processing wood with hand tools, design and execute simpler wooden objects. The training is more for advanced people who already have some woodworking experience.
The price of the training includes the following:
– 14 hours of training (including 2 x 30 min lunch breaks)
– All materials and tools to carry out your project (subject to time and skill limits)
– Protective equipment (safety glasses, headphones)
– Tea or coffee and a small sweet upon arrival at the workshop
– Sandwich, fruit, tea or coffee for lunch
The training is conducted by joiner Silver Meejärv, who has been working with wood since 2008. He has studied as a wood technologist at the Haapsalu Vocational Education Center. Silver enjoys subtle and clever wood joints, geometric shapes and ways to combine traditional woodwork with modern technology.
You could come to the training in comfortable clothes that don’t hurt to get dirty. If you want to protect your hair from wood dust, bring your own mist. Bring your water bottle!
Fri, 1.12.2023 at 18–21, Sat, 2.12.2023 at 10—17, €179
When thinking about blacksmithing, many imagine scenes from a historical film set in the Middle Ages, filled with smoke and soot. Today, it’s quite different! Blacksmithing is a relatively clean and accessible craft for everyone! The workshop welcomes all, regardless of gender and age, who are interested in trying their hand at blacksmithing, creating something exciting, experiencing, and experimenting. No prior experience is necessary!
The goal of the workshop is to offer participants the opportunity to acquire basic techniques, technologies, and safety knowledge for working in a blacksmith’s workshop. The workshop involves the hot processing of metals, teaching hands-on blacksmithing skills, introducing traditional and modern blacksmithing tools. The course helps understand the mindset for approaching blacksmithing, also presenting the history of forging, the basics of blacksmithing design (and design in general), and discussing the importance of craftsmanship.
Those who complete the workshop will be familiar with and able to use the basic equipment and tools of a blacksmith’s workshop, know the main techniques, and be aware of the workshop’s safety requirements.
The workshop fee includes:
Blacksmithing is taught by blacksmith Joonatan Mäggi, who has been involved in metalwork since primary school. He graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a specialization in blacksmithing and has practiced in active blacksmith workshops under the guidance of experienced masters.
Participants are advised to wear sturdy clothing made of natural fibers (e.g., a hoodie and jeans) that can withstand stains. Footwear should be closed and preferably made of leather or strong textile. Be sure to bring your water bottle!
NB! If needed, the workshop can be conducted in parallel in English. English-speaking enthusiasts are welcome to participate.
NB! This workshop is available for groups! Make an inquiry here: https://forms.gle/d3WgVxWrkunT52ix9
NB! This workshop is half-price for young people aged 12–18, provided they participate with a supervising adult. Young participants receive a discount from the Estonian Folk Culture Centre.
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Register and pay by invoice here: https://forms.gle/YEitUn4wHF922PRh6
Workshops this year
Sat, 02.12. at 11–15 (2 AVAILABLE SPOTS)
Workshops in 2024
Sat, 10.02. at 11—15
Sat, 6.04. at 11—15
Mon, 6.05. at 17–21
Sat, 1.06. at 11—15
Tufting with a tufting gun, born as a trend on TikTok, is something you can try with us today! In reality, it’s a very old embroidery technique that the modern electric tool has made fast and accessible. The result is completed in a few hours, and the preparatory work is minimal. We offer 4-hour tufting sessions where you’ll create a unique tufted rug (approximately A3 size, with the longest side not exceeding 35–40 cm), and a sense of satisfaction from engaging in this enjoyable activity is guaranteed.
The workshop aims to introduce participants to the tools and materials of hand tufting and practice practical techniques. After completing the workshop, participants will have all the necessary knowledge to continue practicing the technique independently if desired. We start with tufting small and simple designs to learn how to handle the machine and achieve a correct methodology and understanding, making it easy to tackle more complex projects in the future.
At the end of the workshop, participants will become familiar with various rug finishing options, including the backside. After completing the training, participants will take home a wealth of knowledge and their first hand-tufted, finished, and cleaned handicraft rug.
Watch the TV3 clip about hand tufting, the segment starts at 1:30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58P0zaC796s
The workshop is suitable for everyone, regardless of gender and age, and no prior experience is required. Those under 13 are welcome to join with a supervising adult. The workshop can be conducted in both Estonian and English.
The workshop fee includes the following:
! 4 hours of guided workshop
! All materials and tools for your rug with a longer side of up to 35–40 cm
! Coffee break and a delightful snack
The workshop is led by textile designer Anni Kivisto, who graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in the textile design department in 2021. Her main focus is crafting rugs using tufting and punch needle techniques.
NB! This workshop can be booked as an exciting (company) event for groups! Make an inquiry here: https://forms.gle/d3WgVxWrkunT52ix9
Come and join us!