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Central Community College (CCC)

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October 19, 2018

Indigo:  It must be the magic

Indigo is THE most fascinating and spectacular of all the natural dyes Mother Nature offers mankind. Why? Because not only does indigo produce highly desirable alluring shades of blues – from the palest to the deepest blue-blacks – it's also the process of getting the dye to develop that makes indigo so special.

It's nothing short of magic!

This Fall in Columbus join me for a hand-on, fun-filled workshop on the beautiful fall campus of Central Columbus Community College.  I'm demonstrating vat preparation and demonstrating a paste-resist technique.  Then I'll  teaching participants some basic shibori techniques and setting them lose to create their own creative indigo creations. 

You'll want to see it. You'll want to experience it. You'll want to do it over and over again!

Please bring 2 yards of 100% cotton or silk, long plastic gloves and wear clothing you don't mind getting soiled.

October 19, 2018.

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Tallgrass Vernacular

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Fall Rocket Stove Workshop

Friday, November 2-4th, 2018.

Visit Facebook: Tallgrass Vernacular to sign up.

Facebook: facebook.com/tallgrassvernacular

This offering is for a weekend workshop on Rocket Stove Building! We will be constructing a Batch Box style Rocket Mass Heater in Calandra and Sam Cooper's greenhouse in North Omaha/Florence at their Hidden Roots Urban Farm at Lower Scotland location to extend their growing season using supplemental wood-heat.

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This class will be an in depth, hands-on build which will empower participants to take this knowledge to create their own similar system.

The principles of the build, although focused on greenhouse heating, will also be applicable to a variety of applications including home heat, cooking and hot water production as well.  

The class will run from Friday Evening (Nov. 2nd) through Sunday Afternoon (Nov. 4th) and will begin with a lecture and overview on fire-science as well as a group discussion.

High tunnel heating

Rocket stove heating in urban agriculture

Saturday and Sunday will be build days and we should be able to complete construction of the heater by late in the day on Sunday.

Topics covered will include code and legalities, foundations, brick laying, cob making, clay based mortars, clay plasters and heat transfer.

Dinner will be provided the first night, as well as lunch for Saturday and Sunday. If you are traveling from out of town, we may be able to facilitate in lodging you.

This class is being offered on a sliding scale from $150 - $250. The sliding scale is put into place to allow a wider demographic of students to attend the workshop. If you are able to pay on the high end, you are encouraged to do so as this allows us to offer scholarships and opportunities for attendance to those that are monetarily restricted.

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Tallgrass build

If you are interested in attending but are limited by money, please contact me directly and explain your situation.  

If you are wanting to register, or would like more information, please write me (Jim) at tallgrassvernacular@gmail.com If you are interested in other workshops or future builds, please feel free to check out the website at http://tallgrassvernacular.com

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Central Community College


Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM  2:00 PM

Experience weaving on a wooden frame loom as we explore the variety of colors, designs, and textures of this popular fiber art.

Learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines, learn basic stitches, explore color, pattern and texture and create a woven modern wall hanging that will add some instant charm to your space. 

Location: Central Community College

Date & Time: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 10am-2pm

Class duration: 4.0 hours

Skill Level: Suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. No experience necessary. All supplies included, however please bring additional yarns you’d like to incorporate into your tapestry.

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