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Gain confidence in using a wide array of power tools safely in this three-week component of BARN's Intro to Woodworking series.
You will build a sturdy, two-step stepstool of solid wood and plywood. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common stationary and portable tools in the woodshop:
The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.
Required: Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Class size is limited to 4.
Contact Doug Salot: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Have you longed to make a classic, Oxford-style button-down-collar shirt for that special someone but didn’t know where to start? Start here! If you can sew a straight line, you can sew a classic shirt with all the fixin's!
In this course, you will learn how to make knife-sharp collar points and tidy collar bands, how to match prints across center front, topstitch the yoke, attach two-piece sleeve plackets, sew cuffs that look great inside and out, and make easy flat-felled seams and rolled, curved hems. You'll discover the best interfacing for shirt sewing, efficient layout and cutting, notable notions, sewing fundamentals, how to "chunk it up" for speedy sewing order of operations, and how to choose specialty sewing feet (and know whether you need them) . . . and more!
Leah will demonstrate each part of making an entire shirt over three, 2-hour Zoom sessions. Sew along with her, or just sit back, relax, and learn. You'll have plenty of time to ask questions and watch each technique. And at the end of class you’ll have LOTS of resources: access to the recorded class plus individual, step-by-step video tutorials on Leah’s Away We Sew website, plus pdf handouts with professional, full color illustrations (a $30 value). You'll have skills to sew any kind of shirt, and you'll be confident that you can sew a classic, Oxford-style button-down-collar shirt IN A WEEKEND!
Choose one of these shirt patterns for the class:
FreeSewing.org: “Simon" (men's styling) or "Simone" (women's styling)—available free online as a pdf (highly recommended!)
Liesl Pattern Co.: “The Classic Shirt" (women's styling)—available on paper at Esther's Fabrics on Bainbridge Island
Thread Theory: “Fairfield Button Down" (men's styling)—available on paper at Esther's
You'll also need fabric, thread, buttons, and interfacing as needed for your size, as noted on the pattern. Leah recommends ProWOVEN Shirt-Crisp interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply but any lightweight or shirt-weight interfacing you find in a fabric store or online will work.
If you're planning to join along, set up your Zoom in your cutting space and have your fabric laundered and both your interfacing and fabric ready to cut!
Note: If you go into Esther's Fabrics store, mention that you're buying supplies for this class when you check out at our partner, Esther's Fabrics, at 181 Winslow Way East, Suite D on Bainbridge Island and you'll receive a 10% discount! Esther's Fabrics has the Liesl and Thread Theory patterns in stock, plus many beautiful shirting fabrics, quilting cottons, rayons, flannels, and an excellent selection of specialty shirt buttons!
Leah Boyan is thrilled to contribute to the BARN Fiber Arts Studio. She has taught online and in person at Esther’s Fabrics on Bainbridge Island. She's also a national sewing speaker, having presented at the Virtual 2020 American Sewing Guild National Convention, and several national ASG chapters, and she is scheduled to present at the 2021 National Convention. Leah started her company, A Way We Sew, to combine her two passions, sewing and thinking about sewing. She develops and teaches innovative ways to sew faster, with fabulous results, all while having fun!
Join us via Zoom to learn more about the Certificate of Craft: Advanced Jewelry Apprentice (AJA) program. In this 60-min seminar you will get a visual tour of the Jewelry Studio and see some of the projects past students have made. We will discuss the broad range of class topics covered in the AJA and how they apply to modern, on-demand manufacturing. You will learn of career possibilities and AJA program expectations. Q & A is available throughout the presentation through the “chat” feature in Zoom as well as the last 15 minutes of the seminar.
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Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and internationally since the 1980’s. She authored the book, “Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a national AM&P Excel Award in 2018.
Instructor: Greg Engemann
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.
Instructor: Jeff Williams
Help build a Tiny House for one of the Tiny House Villages that are providing warm, secure shelter to homeless people in Puget Sound communities.
BARN is partnering with the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle on this community service project. LIHI, a non-profit organization, is providing plans and materials; BARN will provide the volunteer labor. LIHI currently operates eight Tiny House Villages with 442 houses in Seattle, Olympia and Tacoma. Five more villages with 173 units are scheduled to open this year in Skyway, Bellingham and Seattle.
The houses are insulated and dry, but they don't have kitchens or bathrooms. Each village provides shared dining and bathing facilities.
The plan is to build BARN's first house over four sessions in June. BARN members with experience in residential construction will supervise the work of up to eight other volunteers each day. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Besides helping people who need housing, volunteers will also learn how to build a small building using a variety of tools.
Project leader: David Grant. If you have questions, please email him at David.Grant@bainbridgebarn.org
* This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
Because they cut fast and loud, routers can be one of the scariest woodworking tools. But they are also one of the most versatile. With a router, you can create your own molding for picture frames, cut joints, detail edges, create inlays, make multiple matching parts, and much more. Whole books are written about routers and what they can do.
This class focuses on the basics and safe practices so you can confidently set up and use both hand-held routers and table-mounted routers. The class is limited to four students to ensure hands-on time for everyone.
At the first session, you will learn how to use the router table safely. You will change router bits, adjust the fence, and run softwood and hardwood samples, to see how the effects vary. While the class won't focus on creating a project, you will wind up with skills that you can use later to create picture frames or other projects.
The second session will focus on hand-held routers. You will learn about the different types and will install and adjust edge bits. You will shape edges and create edge rabbits.
Instructor: Don Johnson has been using routers for more than 30 years to create a variety of furniture pieces and table stands. He especially appreciates the way using a router adds a level of sophistication to any wood project He's found that routers are perfect for creating rabbits for glass or stone insets.
The Writers Studio is happy to announce the revival of Word Sprint-- a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we'll write for twenty-five minutes, take a break, repeat. There is no sharing or critique of your writing, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It will be fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions will help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting.
The sessions will be led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice
We have added a new Word Sprint Tuesdays to our calendar as a new set of sessions starting July 6th. Please register for this new set of sessions again if you want to continue to attend. To register, click here. The Zoom link will remain the same as this one.
A Zoom link will be sent one day prior to each session to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. Signing up does not mean you have to commit to all the sessions.
Studio Lead: Mary Sloat Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
This class has prerequisites. See below.
Learn the basics of designing and building Euro-style cabinets, also known as frameless cabinets, as you build one cabinet with the dimensions and combination of drawers and/or shelves that you want.
The class will start with an overview of cabinet styles, with an emphasis on Euro-style cabinets and their components. There will also be a discussion about cabinet materials and useful tools. At the first session, you will also sketch the cabinet you want to build and learn how to make a cut list and estimate the materials you will need. You will be asked to pay for the materials so that they can be ordered and delivered before the second session. Bring approximate dimensions to the class!
At the remaining sessions, you'll build your cabinet. You'll learn how to accurately and safely cut down sheets of plywood and how to assemble the pieces into sturdy, square cabinet boxes. You'll also learn how to add components: shelves, doors and drawers. You'll have to install the cabinet on your own after the class, but the class will teach you the process.
Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
Instructors: Dave Whitacre, Scott Weigle and Wayne Chang.
Dave moved to Bainbridge in 2013 after he retired as a petroleum engineer in Alaska. Woodworking has been his hobby for the past 40-plus years. He's enjoyed designing and building traditional-styled furniture and hopes to broaden his skills and techniques now that he has more time to devote to the craft.
Scott has been a woodworker since his early days in a high school shop class. He looks forward to sharing his joy of wood, tools and the creative process with participants in this introductory course, and he bets you will discover there is no better place than the BARN to exercise your creativity with this amazing medium.
Wayne enjoys the challenge and problem solving that goes along with woodworking. In the past, most of his woodworking involved rebuilding his 100-year-old house. Now it revolves around anything that his daughter asks him to build. He also coordinates the community service projects done in the Woodworking Studio.
*This class is for invited past registrants of the "Intro to Laser Cutter" class. A Registration code is required and has been emailed to past students. We will be offering this class to the public starting in July.
Learn the basic features of LightBurn, essential software that controls both of our new laser machines. This is the software you'll use whether you are quickly cutting out some parts for your project or are fine tuning your complex etching. LightBurn software replaces RetinaEngrave you may have used previously.
This class will get you started and will help you implement your own creative laser designs. This class is not a substitute for "Intro to the Laser Cutter".
Who should take this class?
If you took "Intro to the Laser Cutter" on the Full Spectrum Laser, this class can get you up and running with our new laser cutters. If you've taken "Intro to the Laser Cutter" on the new lasers and are ready to see how to get more from LightBurn, this class is for you. If you used Inkscape and RetinaEngrave with the FSL and didn't like the software, this class is for you. If you loved using Inkscape and RetinaEngrave, you'll learn how LightBurn fits into your workflow.
The class covers the basics of LightBurn in the laser cutter workflow. It also covers setting laser parameters for cutting and engraving, importing your designs, vector graphics (line art) vs raster graphics (pixel art), manipulating shapes and tuning images, using the laser libraries, and previewing your work.
Prerequisite: Intro to Laser Cutter
Class size is limited to 4.
Mike Schrempp is enjoying retirement after spending 39 years in the design and development of computers. He’s done product development, mechanical part design, engineering management, and architected servers used in big data centers at Amazon and Microsoft. Now he enjoys making things -- from wood, plastic, metal, food, and Python code -- and showing others some of the tricks he’s learned along the way.
Effective and enjoyable woodturning is dependent on sharp tools that have quality profiles. Learn to sharpen the tools you need to turn spindles, bowls and other projects on the wood lathe.
This class is strongly recommended for students enrolled in Introduction to Bowl Turning and graduates of Introduction to Woodturning. This class is required for any turners who wish to use BARN turning tools on an ongoing basis. You will receive hands-on training for sharpening gouges (roughing gouges, and spindle and bowl gouges) A brief overview of sharpening other tools such as parting tools, skews and scrapers will be included, based on the skills learned in this class.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for several years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning classes. She is past Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.
Share your woodworking successes and challenges and learn what others in the BARN woodworker community are doing in a new series of online meetings.
These sessions will usually begin with a small bit of prepared content, such as pictures of projects that members want to show, or interviews with local pro woodworkers, or tours of home shops — whatever content members of the group suggest. After the prepared content, we’ll have a chance to touch base on areas of interest with each other. You can ask technical questions, share lessons you've learned, suggest classes you'd like to take.
If you have pictures to share or a topic to suggest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor: Jeanne Huber
To use the shop, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Woodshop Tool Safety 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time and in classes that require certification in these tools:
This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
Studio Lead: Mary Sloat Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Interlocking lines and spaces worked in geometric precision that defy traditional Moyouzashi grids and create patterns that fill up your fabric to thrilling effects ... don’t be intimidated! They look much more complicated than they really are (but we won’t tell if you won’t). With a little forethought into drawing Moyouzashi Key Forms and stitching them in proper order, you’ll be a sashiko boss in no time at all!
Prerequisite: Sashiko Essentials or equivalent
Supplies needed: ring thimble with plate, Sashiko needle, 12-weight or Sashiko thread, 8” x 8” fabric swatch, marking pen suitable for the swatch, thread snips, graph paper, pencil, ruler. Optional kits and supplies are available to purchase available at: shibaguyz.com. Order by June 11th to ensure your supplies arrive on time!
This class is part of our summer Sashiko series. Here are the other classes coming after Moyouzashi -- Key Forms:
Take all of them, or take just one! Enjoy!
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz,the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.
The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.
Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
Shannon and Jason's Social Media Links:
The best characters are much more than their physical characteristics; they are fully rounded, multi-dimensional, and capable of plunging a reader into an emotionally fulfilling adventure, another world and another life. In this workshop we will look at the psychology of characterization, self concept, backstory, and the emotional arc as tools for creating intricate and complex characters with conflicts, motivations, challenges and pasts that bring them alive on the page.
Megan Chance is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of several novels. Her novel Bone River was an Amazon Book of the Month, A Drop of Ink was an Editors' Choice of the Historical Novel Society, and An Inconvenient Wife was an IndieNext pick. In addition to her historical fiction novels, Chance is the author of the young adult Fianna Trilogy, short stories, and eight historical romance novels. Her novels have been translated into several different languages. She is also a popular workshop speaker whose speaking credits include the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Romance Writers of America National Conference, Edmonds Write on the Sound Conference, the Seattle Assistance League, Timberland Regional Libraries, and many others.
Help paint a Tiny House for one of the Tiny House Villages that are providing warm, secure shelter to homeless people in Puget Sound communities.
*** This class is for ages 21+ Only.***
Join Stephen Schreck as he takes your taste buds on a journey through the Salish Sea. Students will learn about the science and art of eating oysters on the half shell as well as learn how to shuck them and make a classic mignonette to accompany these seafood delights! To top it all off students will also learn about what are the best wines to accompany oysters.
What’s on the menu for this fun Oyster Happy Hour at the BARN Kitchen:
Oysters on the half shell with Mignonette
From Eleven Winery: Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc
Let’s indulge in what makes the Puget Sound such a special place. We are blessed to be in the Salish Sea that provides us with some of the best shellfish in the world. Take your taste buds on a journey with Stephen Schreck as he provides some background on oyster restoration, how to shuck oysters,, make a classic mignonette and of course indulge in some complimentary local Eleven Wines.
Please note this class will be a hands-on class held in BARN's Kitchen Studio with appropriate social distancing. Masks will be worn during instruction and hands-on cooking.
Stephen Schreck has a background in Marine Restoration. He moved to Bainbridge Island in 2017 to work with Puget Sound Restoration Fund. It was there that he gained an intimate knowledge of the Salish Sea and assisted with marine restoration projects. Turns out that this special place needs some assistance in restoring Olympia oysters, the Pinto Abalone and of course kelp!
Stephen founded Salish Sea Greens, a food company focused on offering sustainable kelp based foods, pop-up oyster bars and private dinner parties. Today, he also works with Eleven Winery as the sales manager and has an intimate knowledge of local wines and the wines that pair best with sea foods.
Prerequisite: Intro to Laser Cutter
Class size is limited to 4.
**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.**
In this two-day class, participants will learn how to use Alcohol Burners with spatulas and Electric Wax Pens with different tips. All will be demonstrated. Cutting a seat for a faceted stone into a wax and attaching prongs for setting will be a focus, as will carving details and repairing breaks with hot wax tools.
Important Information about this class - please read through this before registering:
Class will begin at 9:30 AM and go until 11:30 AM each day. During that time the instructor will be demonstrating techniques. There will be a break in the session to allow students to practice some of the techniques presented in class. You can work from home if you have tools and bench set up.
The session will pick up again at 4:00 PM and go until 6:00 PM. You will use the same link you were sent in the reminder email to rejoin the online class.
Tools for your home workbench:
Students are encouraged to collect/order as many of their own tools as possible before class begins. Tools such as old wood files, Exacto knives, hacksaw frames, or Dremel tools with burs can be used for wax carving. If you already have some tools and wish to use your own, check the list below for the required tools for this class.
Order numbers listed below are from Rio Grande Jewelry Suppliers.
MATERIALS/KITS WE DO PROVIDE:
No Lost Wax Casting is included in this class.
Casting by Proxy (casting of your waxes into your choice of brass or sterling silver by BARN jewelry experts) will be available at a date TBD.
LOANER TOOL PACKAGES Available:
We have 6 loaner tool packages that can be checked out and picked up at BARN by local students. If you would like to have a loaner tool package to use prior to the class, you will need to email the instructor at NanzA@bainbridgebarn.org. These are available on a first come, first serve basis.
We will notify the 6 students who reserved the tool packages. You will be notified when they are available for pickup from BARN. All loaner tools require a security deposit of $175 via a check. When kits are returned on Monday, June 28th, you will receive your check back.
Nanz Aalund’s wide-ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. She holds a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her jewelry has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She authored, "Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009, and “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, which received a Silver Medal in the national AM&P - 2018 Excel Awards.
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
If you are looking for a new way to create interesting fabric with your yarn, this class will certainly interest you. While making a lovely scarf, you will learn about weaving terminology, setting up the loom, and how to insert weft yarn to make an interesting cloth. Weaving is a great way to use your yarns in a new way that is relaxing, enjoyable, fun and fast.
The class is divided into two sessions: 10 am - 12 pm, (2 hour break), 2 pm - 4 pm
Homework: Prepare the space where you will be working. You will need a clear area that is 72” - 80” long. This space does not have to be on a tabletop, you can stretch over an open space, but need to attach the loom and clamps to a solid surface at either end. If it is possible for your area to be counter height, your back will thank you! All your yarn and supplies should be close at hand
Supplies to have at home: Rigid heddle loom with at least 8“ weaving width, clamps, warping peg, 7.5 or 8 dent reed, sley/threading hook, shuttle, scissors, tapestry needle, tube from inside a paper towel roll, 2 brown paper grocery bags, measuring tape, post it notes, 300 yards smooth, strong, non-hairy, and at least 2 ply yarn that is preferably variegated colors. Yarn should be wound into balls before class.
A limited number of looms are available for members to borrow for this class, but must be picked up in person. For more information, contact email@example.com
Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the United States. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Deborah loves helping people discover the joy of weaving and during the past several years, has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms. Until recently, she traveled extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise. She is known as a generous teacher who makes weaving accessible and exciting to students of all levels.
Deborah is the co-author of The Weaving Explorer: Ingenious Techniques, Accessible Tools & Creative Projects with Yarn, Paper, Wire & More and has a new book coming out in 2021 that focuses on rigid heddle weaving.
Want to make an electric guitar, a wooden sign with engraved letters or a sculpture or toy with interlocking parts? Or do you want to precision-cut wooden parts from expensive wood while minimizing waste? The Woodworking Studio's CNC router is the tool for you — but for many woodworkers, using it can be daunting.
By signing up for a Custom CNC Router Project class, you will get one-on-one help (or two-on-one help if you want to team up with a friend and share the cost) in carrying out your project. The help available will be tailored to what you need. If you have nothing other than a pencil sketch, you'll be matched with a BARN instructor skilled in design and use of the Fusion 360 or VCarvePro design programs. If you already have a design in a digital program and just need help in translating that design into the code that controls the CNC router, securing your work, and running the router, that's the help you will get.
Custom CNC Router Project classes are set up for an initial two-hour session. If you already have a design in Fusion 360, you may be able to complete your project within that time. If you are starting from scratch, the initial session may not be enough but you will get a better idea of the scope of work involved and you will be able to schedule the additional time you need.
Because every project is different, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and give an idea of what you want to do. Include a sketch if you have one. Other times are available, so if this scheduled class doesn't work for you, please include in your email several times when you are generally available.
This is an internal BARN Kitchen Arts class specifically for our list of Kitchen Arts volunteers.
This hands-on introduction to BARN's Kitchen allows participants time to work through a recipe, be trained on various pieces of equipment (ovens, induction burners, Kitchen Aide mixers, and/or food processors), as well as, orient themselves to BARN's Kitchen. BARN's Kitchen is permitted by the Kitsap Health Department. This requires food novices to become familiar with appropriate methods of food preparation for public consumption, storing food and kitchen cleanliness. These standards will be reviewed and practiced as a part of the orientation production.
To comply with WA State Health Department guidelines, please wear closed-toe shoes to class and keep your hair up.
Instructor: Charles Sharpe
Haiku is more than counting syllables, and you can apply its refined techniques as a literary art to other kinds poetry and prose. Haiku can teach you how to control the sharp image, an emphasis on now, implication vs. explanation, seasonal awareness, objectivity vs. subjectivity, and more. This interactive class will dig into haiku to generate common "targets" (not rules) for haiku in English, and help you improve your haiku or apply haiku strategies to all your writing. We'll also cover some of the history of haiku in Japanese and English, and end with writing exercises plus optional sharing and discussion.
Michael Dylan Welch is president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword, and for 15 years has also curated Redmond's monthly SoulFood Poetry Night. He has served two years as Redmond poet laureate. Michael is also cofounder of the Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996), founder of the Tanka Society of America (2000), the Seabeck Haiku Getaway (2008), and National Haiku Writing Month (2010).
He currently coedits First Frost, a new haiku journal. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, anthologies, and his own books, in at least 20 languages, and he was won first place in numerous haiku contests. In 2012, one of his waka translations from the Japanese was printed on the back of 150 million U.S. postage stamps, and in 2013 he was keynote speaker for the Haiku International Association conference in Tokyo. Michael's website, devoted mostly to haiku and other poetry, is www.graceguts.com.