Aprovecho offers a series of Technology for Simple Living, or “Appropriate Technology” courses. In these courses, students will develop real-world skills that empower them with the ability to implement simple, energy-saving technologies in the home, on the farm or in the field. By working with professionals in the field, students will be exposed to potential career pathways in technology, green vocations, sustainability, and beyond.
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2018 Technology for Simple Living Courses
Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 8th, 2018
INSTRUCTOR: Kiko Denzer
Forge your own blade(s), then learn to carve spoons and bowls; includes basic blacksmithing, hardening/tempering, sharpening, knife use/grips/techniques, use of a shave-horse and draw knife, basic principles of carving, sculpture, and design, as well as discussion of traditional and appropriate technologies and their histories. Traditional foot- and/or bow-powered lathes may be available for practice/demonstration. LEARN MORE.
TUITION: $525-$625 Sliding Scale
Wednesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 22, 2018
INSTRUCTOR: Bear Diriwachter
This course offers an all inclusive metals program for the sustainable farm and home. It includes Blacksmithing, Welding, Metal Acquisitions, Problem Solving and the use of metal shop tools, including, but not limited to: forges, welders, gas torches, grinders, drill press, and a variety of hand tools. With a focus on safety and proper use. Several small and one large project will be completed during this course. The projects made by students will be taken home by students.
The course will begin with shop safety and tool identification, followed by an intensive introduction to basic forging skills. In this part of the class students will make 4-5 small hand forged items including wall hooks, door pulls, chisels and screwdriver. The class will then move into proper layout and the use of metal layout tools followed by torch brazing and MIG welding instruction. These parts of the class will combine skill sets to build a small but complicated project. Finally each student will, using the skills they have learned, build a Broadfork for their farming needs.
Because the class takes place in an active metal/blacksmithing/repair shop serving the farming community of Cottage Grove, Oregon, we will also use any incoming job as a potential learning situation. Given the opportunity we will assess, diagnose, and discuss metal shop solutions for any applicable scenarios. LEARN MORE
Wednesday, April 25 – Saturday, April 28, 2018
INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Corson-Finnerty
In this four day course, learn how to build, repair, and maintain human-powered machines.
Together the group will collaborate to construct a pedal-powered blender, as well as repair a pedal-powered water pump and a flour mill on Aprovecho’s campus. Topics covered include the basic principles of utilizing human power, human-powered machine maintenance, OxyAcetelyne brazing, SMAW welding, how to use basic metal working tools and basic wood working tools. By the end of the class each student will have the skills to build themselves a pedal powered blender, as well as a set of instructions to take home with them. LEARN MORE