summer course catalog 2016
North House Folk School
North House Folk School is situated on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior and at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Our campus is located harbor side in the vibrant, artistic village of Grand Marais, Minnesota. A number of colorful timbered structures on the harbor serve as classrooms, defining the campus’ flavor. An outdoor masonry oven and community fire ring are scattered amidst a central courtyard. Small, handcrafted wooden boats line the beach and our 50’ schooner, the Hjørdis, is docked at the water’s edge. Prior to the beginning of classes, students gather to share a cup of coffee or tea, enjoying the morning stirrings on the harbor. Classes typically start with a campus greeting, and then students spend the morning engaged in their respective crafts. A midday break gives students the opportunity to gather for a brown bag lunch at a beachside picnic table or to check out one of the numerous eateries within walking distance of campus. At day’s end, students congregate to share their learned experiences and often on Saturday night enjoy wood-fired pizzas baked in the harborside masonry oven. Students are as diverse as the course offerings themselves. Many are discovering a new craft for the first time, and others are continuing to pursue a lifetime hobby or trade. From breadbaking to knitting, basketmaking to woodcarving, we invite you to page through this catalog and see what suits you.
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Enriching lives and building community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a studentcentered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind. Five basic tenets underscore all programs and classes at the folk school: · Create a rich, positive environment that inspires life-long learning in a non-competitive setting · Help students recognize and develop their creativity, talents and interests in a studentcentered environment · Promote and preserve the knowledge, skills and stories of the past and present · Foster the concept of intergenerational learning · Provide creative and meaningful opportunities for individuals, families and groups
Stop by the North House campus anytime and one thing is immediately apparent – North House thrives thanks to the creativity, investment, involvement and generosity of many people. Individuals, families, businesses, funders–it’s the collective strength of North House’s diverse community that lets us thrive. How have donors helped move North House forward? Currently underway, Sharpen The Saw, a three-year commitment to use annual support to improve our classrooms. Another great example - in 2008-2012, donor giving fueled our Raise the Roof Campaign, generating $850,000+ of capital improvements to our campus. Our Outdoor Commons, the expanded & enclosed Blacksmith Shop, a new teaching kitchen–all donor supported and volunteer empowered. Donors also help make programs thrive by funding featured speakers, welcoming guest instructors and ensuring accessibility via our Work Study program. Put simply, North House’s family of supporters make a world of difference! Every donor and every gift matter! And it’s simple to get involved. Become a North House donor/member. Become a volunteer. Even both! Donors receive a number of benefits throughout the year. Two annual catalogs, our newsletter “Shavings,” and our annual report. The “Members Event Pass” is a great resource at all of our special events. See page 55 for details.
N o r t jewelry h House
Post Office Box 759 500 West Highway 61 Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604 phone: toll-free: fax: e-mail:
On the harbor
elcome to North House’s 2016 Summer Course Catalog! With its release, we launch our 19th year of programming, bringing to life North House’s vibrant mission to “enrich lives and build community through the teaching of traditional northern crafts.” What a journey it has been! Inside the catalog’s covers you will find iconic experiences that have been part of North House since our earliest years: Basic Timber Framing, Hide & Canvas Mukluk Making and Sausage Making, to name a few. Equally abundant, the rich story of craft and our steadily advancing array of course offerings. New additions like Viking Era Smelting, Turned Lidded Boxes and Celestial Navigation beckon. Where to begin? It’s a great question. Most importantly, do exactly that – Begin. Creating the catalog is always a bit like jumping into some kind of a time machine. It pushes us forward, inviting us to smell the fresh wood shavings in the boat building shop, reach down to touch the tanned hide & raw canvas on the workshop’s cutting table, and jump into line with the many smiling faces at the Wooden Boat Show’s annual Chowder Feed. And it pulls us back, walking deep into the woodland to carefully harvest birch bark in early summer, feeling the steam on our faces as we pour hot water on soon-to-be-bent cedar canoe ribs, and sensing the instinctual purpose in our hands as they joyfully engage meaningful work. As each class is set in place, North House’s vision to connect the past, present and future comes to life. If North House’s journey underscores any truth it is perhaps simply this: there is power in our hands to make this world a better place. Whether you are a new student keeping alive the story of craft as you nervously arrive for your first class, a willing volunteer excitedly returning to campus to help move us into our new building (see page 4!) or host our annual Wooden Boat Show, or an active supporter who understands that your investment will preserve and advance the world of craft – each act is, has been, and always will be essential. The things our hands touch become real. The coming year is filled with promise. We hope to see you on campus soon! - Greg Wright, Executive Director
Inside about north house 2 on the harbor 3 news to note 4 special events 5 basketry 6 blacksmithing & tool making 8 boatbuilding 11 clothing 13 fiber arts 15 foods 20 jewelry 25 music & stories 26 northern ecology 27 calendar 28-29 outdoor skills 31 painting & photography 33 sailing 35 shelter 37 sustainable living 39 timber framing 40 traditional crafts 42 woodcarving 44 woodworking & furniture craft 46 instructor profiles 50 registration & membership 55
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North House Folk School is supported in part by hundreds of contributing members as well as the Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, Cook County Community Fund/Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.
A 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, North House Folk School welcomes charitable contributions that support its educational mission and vision. Gift types include annual support, memorials, in-kind donations and planned giving. For more information on giving, please contact us at 888-387-9762. ©2015 North House Folk School
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The Lost Forty Connect with the songs and stories of the Great Lakes logging era at this year’s Wooden Boat Show, June 17-19! The event’s featured speakers, Brian Miller and Randy Gosa of The Lost Forty, will perform Sunday afternoon, sharing Irish-influenced songs of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king. The Lost Forty show features Brian and Randy’s rich arrangements of old traditional folk songs adapted from field recordings and manuscripts of singers from the Great Lakes region along with stories about the source singers, contextual information about the songs and projections of historical photos. Miller is a 2016 recipient of a Folk and Traditional Arts Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for his “Lost Forty Project” for which the duo is focusing on a batch of old songs recorded from two northern Minnesota-based singers in 1924 which Miller discovered through his research. The singers, one from Akeley, MN and one from Virginia, MN, provide a rare glimpse into the lives and music of early Minnesotans.
North House Moving North!
Photo by Bryan Hansel
A New Home (Page)
N O I T C RU T S N O C R E D UN more details, more photos:
North House is moving North! Well, only about 40 yards north- with the addition of a new building for our campus. On March 1st North House officially secured the classic “building next door.” Located just across Highway 61 from the rest of campus, the building will be quickly remodelled so that we are ready to move in during the 2016 Volunteer & Service Learning Weekend (helping hands welcome). The move has many advantages, including an additional classroom space (which means more classes on the schedule for students!) and brings staff members a better, more unified work space. More improvements are planned elsewhere, too. The bookstore and front office will be moved from the Blue Building up the hill up into a remodeled Yellow House. When you stop by campus this summer the game of musical chairs will be over. Ribbon cutting is planned for WBS weekend Be sure to stop by to check out our new digs.
Hang ‘em up! Improvements at North House will make classrooms work better for everyone. Case in point: the Red Building. Not often seen by students, the lofts on the North and South ends of the building now have easy access via a permanent set of stairs and a catwalk to make storing (and retrieving) classroom materials much easier. What’s up there? Canoe-building strongbacks, bowl carving benches, and more. Along with the nine new OneWay lathes for wood turning, we added an electric lift to move them in and out (or up and down) of storage with ease. Another promising improvement: a new handcrafted tool storage system on the north end of the woodworking shop. Filled with clever Scandinavian design touches, the system was built by 2015 program intern Ben Byron and facility manager Russ Viton. Everything has a spot, and it will be easier for students and instructors to find the tools they need (and then also contentedly put them away!). We’ll call it sharpening up campus!
Building seems to be a theme this year, and such is the case in the digital world! Work is currently underway to upgrade and update our website. The goal: make it as easy as possible for you to find and stay in touch with North House! In addition to easier navigation, and an engaging look, the site will be mobile and tablet friendly so you can easily check course dates or tools lists on the go. You’ll still find the same great information about coursework, but we’ll have more pictures to convey the class and campus experience, as well as simple tools for sharing information with your family and friends. The site is set to go live in July, so keep an eye out and let us know what you think about our new home on the web. 4
special events Service Learning
Wooden Boat Show
April 22-24, 2016
June 17-19, 2016
It’s still early in the year, but 2016 has already been a big one for North House! We purchased a neighboring building, and it will become our new administrative space as well as house an overflow classroom/meeting space. Get a sneak peek into new digs and help us with the big transition. Any way you slice it, you’ll get a few square meals out of the deal–including wood-fired pizza–and time wellspent with friends at North House. On Friday and Saturday, there will be projects for eager volunteers to dig into from emptying the office, to painting classroom floors, to carting desks across the street. Please give us a call to RSVP. Another great way to learn new skills while also helping North House is by participating in a Service Learning course. This year, you can carve signs for campus (p45) and buiild exterior doors (p47).
Northern Landscapes June 3-5, 2016
Discover the birds, wildflowers, geology and more of the dynamic and rich Northern landscape. The Northern Landscapes Festival features a series of interrelated, field focused courses, complimented by featured presentations and programs.
summer solstice festival
It’s the biggest celebration of the year! Try your hand at a workshop or course, be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers and plan your next adventure. Featured speakers are Brian Miller and Randy Gosa of The Lost Forty who will share songs and stories of the Great Lakes logging era. Read more at left. Our Featured Guest Instructor is Swedish woodworker Beth Moen, While on campus, Beth will teach two courses (p44 & 48) and speak during the event. Beth is the primary instructor of the woodworking program at the Sätergläntan Institute of Handcrafts in central Sweden and is regarded as one of the premier woodworkers in Sweden. Of course, all of the returning favorites will be on the schedule: the Lake Superior Chowder Experience, the boat parade, the Boats-to-Tools auction, abundant craft demonstrations, boats on display, speakers and hands-on learning. Oh, and puppets for the Saturday night solstice pageant. Hope to see you here!
Unplugged XV: celebrating
Sept 15-18, 2016
North House’s classic fall event is on the horizon. See concert info below–but music is just part of the story! Learn a new craft in mini courses and public programs, meet the makers in the Craft Artisan Market, make your own music in jam sessions, and more! As always, Celebrating Craft and Community is at the event’s core. Friday and Saturday enjoy two nights of music featuring Jon Vezner and returning Unplugged alumni with different performers each night. Also returning this year, the popular Backstage Bash fundraising event and online Points North auction. In the upcoming months more details about the event will be released. Tickets go on sale July 1, so mark your calendars now and prepare to enjoy the best of fall and music on the North Shore this September.
This year, we are pleased to welcome Gary and Joanie McGuffin as featured speakers. Since 2008, Gary and Joanie McGuffin have have been exploring northern Ontario in search of the places that the world-renowned Group of Seven artists immortalized in their paintings 100 years ago. This ongoing cultural anthropology research locates, identifies, and documents these painting sites. But even more astonishing than walking in their footsteps is our discovery that these landscape paintings actually depict real places that still exist today. Learn more as they share about their journey and screen a film on the project. 888-387-9762
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Antler Basketry with Cathryn Peters 7/1/16-7/3/16
The graceful curve of the deer antler provides a creative springboard for the emerging folk-art form of antler basketry. In this course students learn to weave stunning rib-style baskets from dyed and natural rattan reed, incorporating a deer antler as the handle or focal point of the design. The project will be a wall pocket basket, incorporating the Southern “cross over turn-back” weaving technique, spacing the ribs and many more tips that comfortably introduce the skills of basketmakers. Antler basketry is a creative, colorful way to spend the weekend with friends–old and new! Dimensions approx. 14”H x 8”W x 4”D. Note, materials fee is payable to instructor during class.
length (days) 2.5 hours Days 1/2: 9am-4pm, Day 3: 9am-noon tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $175 materials varies (approx. $55)
Basswood Bark Coiled Basketry with Tina Fung Holder
Coiled basketry has existed throughout the world for centuries; some ancient pieces have been found dating back to 5000 B.C. Traditionally natural materials–grasses, stems, leaves, roots are used in this style, though in modern times industrial materials have been substituted even while using the traditional stitches. Culturally stitches have evolved in a variety of styles. In this workshop students will learn techniques and stitches from tropical regions using a uniquely northern material: the inner bark of the basswood tree, which has many of the same qualities as palm fibers and raffia, opening up a new range of possibilities to northern basket makers. Students will learn the mariposa, figure 8, long & short stitches for both structure and decoration. All materials provided and no experience is needed.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $25
Birch Bark Berry Basket: Workshop and Field Harvest with Dennis Chilcote 6/24/16-6/26/16
Antler Basketry Basswood Bark Coiled Basketry Birch Bark Berry Basket: Workshop and Field Harvest Birch Bark Mason Jar Basket Black Ash Basketry: An Introduction Black Ash Pack Baskets Boundary Waters Travel Basket Up the Trail Cattail Weaving: The Northern Fedora Coiled Basketry: The Pine Needle Pouch Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket more details, more photos:
Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket
Etched Birch Bark Basketry Northwoods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket Pine Needle Basketry Russian Birch Bark Weaving Tutorial with Vladimir Yarish Sustainable Bark Harvest For Basketry Sweet Grass Basketry The Harvest Basket: Red-Osier Basketry Tuesi: Birch Bark Canisters with Vladimir Yarish Weaving the Hand Bag Basket 6
Fully experience the craft of making a traditional birch bark basket for the gathering and storage of berries or anything you please. This course includes time focused both on basket making and on material preparation. Day one includes an extended session in the woods to harvest the birch bark in preparation for basketry. Then, make your own individual basket from a single piece of birch bark with stitched sides and a rim wrapped with split root. The instructor provides the peeled and split root, bent willow rims and required tools.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $270 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $40
Birch Bark Mason Jar Basket with Beth Homa-Style 7/2/16
Birch trees have a variety of uses that can be seen all around North House. Discover the sturdiness and the beauty of the White Paper Birch by weaving with its bark. In this day-long course, you will learn about the bark harvest, how to process & treat the materials, and use the double-diagonal plaited weave. Each student will craft their own small birch bark basket that will comfortably fit a pint mason jar. Transform a jar into a great portable hot beverage container (vase, jam jar swaddle, or whatever other handy purpose you might dream up) and open the door to weaving many more crafting projects at home.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20 age with adult 14+
Black Ash Basketry: An Introduction with Dennis Chilcote 4/30/16-5/1/16
Black ash splint is extremely flexible yet sturdy, making it a most elegant and functional material. In this course you’ll learn the craft of preparing splint from the black ash tree, then use it to make a small black ash basket. Class discussion and hands-on experience include learning to recognize black ash trees of basket splint quality and the technique involved in producing weaving material. Students will pound a log with a mallet to produce splint and should be physically fit for the task.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $25
Black Ash Pack Baskets with Ian Andrus
The black ash pack basket: It’s beautiful, highly functional and can be made using simple materials. The first part of the class will be spent preparing black ash splint for your basket by pounding a locally harvested log. Next, you’ll weave the basket and finish it with a rim, handle, runners, straps and harness, using a free form weaving technique. The finished basket will stand 16”-18” high, and be perfect for forages in the woods, excursions to the grocery store, canoe camping, ice fishing, or bigger adventures further afield. It’s a classic project you’ll enjoy for years to come.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $30
Boundary Waters Travel Basket: Up the Trail with Paula Sundet Wolf 10/28/16-10/30/16
Join us for a unique North House experience up the Gunflint Trail! This course invites you to immerse in the rich ecological beauty and cultural history of the Gunflint Trail while harvesting materials and creating a one-of-a-kind basket. Using materials you will gather from the Boundary Waters area during the class, students will make a twined “nest” basket, approximately 8”-10” in size. In addition, students will learn the coiled basket technique and make a small ornament from materials collected over the weekend. Since you’ll be collecting materials as you travel, your baskets will tell the story of where you’ve been. Gunflint Lodge offers lodging options to students at special rates, allowing them to enjoy the beauty and northwoods hospitality of one of Minnesota’s premier wilderness resorts and immerse in traditional northern craft.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 7-9pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-noon tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $10
Cattail Weaving: The Northern Fedora with Tina Fung Holder 8/13/16-8/14/16
Traditional northern craft meets Don Draper? Fedoras are definitely back in fashion, DIY is all the rage, and in this fun course you can combine them both. Put a northern twist on a southern hat weaving tradition and make a woven cattail hat to protect yourself from the sun during outdoor activities. Palm fronds are the materials most commonly used for this “strip plaiting” weaving project; however, native cattails work as a northern substitute. Learn how to weave your own hat and get some foundational basketmaking skills along the way in this fun project. And, might we add, you’ll look fedorable? All the materials are provided.
Coiled Basketry: The Pine Needle Pouch with Jean Poythress Koon 10/14/16-10/16/16
In this three day intermediate basketry course, students will take their coiling skills to a new level. Using an innovative mold-method developed by Jean, students will use a variety of easily harvested materials to create a pouch-shaped basket. The use of grasses and needles in coiled baskets has long been a tradition in the Great Lakes region, and materials used will include prairie grasses, marsh grasses, pine needles, sweetgrass, birch and cedar barks, roots and stones. Impromptu nature walks near campus will encourage students to see their local environs as sources for coiling materials and inspiration. Emphasis will be placed on identification & gathering methods of materials which can easily be found in many environs, thus extending the learning experience beyond the Folk School. Students will be encouraged to make a totally unique pouch reflecting their own tastes. Located in Grand Marais, the “great swamp,” North House provides the perfect location to delve into the materials and traditions of coiled basketry of the Great Lakes while learning a modern method. Students should have prior experience with basketry and should know how to form a coil.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials varies ($100-$150)
Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket with Lindsay & Lee Zeike Lee 10/13/16-10/15/16
When northern European emigrants came to North America they brought with them a host of crafts and skills necessary for survival in their new world. The basketry tradition known as ‘stake & strand’ was one such craft, as baskets were used to store nearly everything around the homestead. Learning to weave with sticks of willow is a little different from reed, wood or bark. Willow yields to strong hands, giving beautiful results, and class members will make a sturdy and functional round basket with a handle using a variety of weaves. You’ll learn the techniques behind the terms slath, twining, 4-rod wale, French randing and border weaves. Class discussions will cover willow cultivation and harvest, traditions and lore.
with Emily Derke
The northwoods is full of beautiful, colorful material suitable for basketry: you just have to go out there and get it! Willow shoots, birch bark, tamarack bark, and willow bark are just a few of the options. In this class we will venture out to a nearby field location to identify, discuss, and harvest some of the material we will weave into our baskets. Students will learn the rules and ways of harvesting in a hands-on setting, and also engage in discussion of basketry traditions, weaving techniques and seasonal harvest practices. We will spend approximately ½ day harvesting, and 1 ½ days in the classroom at North House. Using a variety of commonly used weaving techniques, each participant will create a unique, sturdy basket that reflects the northern Minnesota landscape and gain the knowledge to continue the craft on their own.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $30
Pine Needle Basketry with Paula Sundet Wolf 10/1/16-10/2/16
Create a traditional coiled basket from locally harvested red pine needles. Starting with either a pliable birch bark base or an elegant agate base, you will work with a variation of the spiral stitch to form a basket with a distinct spiral pattern inside and out. Samples of pine needles from other pine species and information on how to gather and store materials will also be discussed. Assorted found natural objects may also be incorporated into the basket. No previous basket weaving experience is necessary, just your enthusiasm to learn.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-4pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $17
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5-8 pm, Days 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $50
Etched Birch Bark Basketry with Jarrod StoneDahl 4/15/16-4/17/16
When birch bark is harvested at a certain time of the year, it has a very thin layer that oxidizes and turns very dark. This bark is called “winter bark” and is prized for basketry because designs can be scratched into the surface. In this class we will cut and fold “winter bark” into a basket, sew it together with split root, and lash the rim on with black ash splint. After the basket is put together, we will focus on the etched design. The possibilities are endless; the technique is simple. The basketry style being taught focuses on the basic principles of working with birch bark while allowing students to make 1 of 2 different styles of the folded and sewn type baskets. length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 1-5pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $175 materials $55 age with adult 14+
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $15
Northwoods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket
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Russian Birch Bark Weaving Tutorial with Vladimir Yarish
Tuesi: Birch Bark Canisters with Vladimir Yarish
with Vladimir Yarish
North House is pleased to welcome returning scholar, artisan, and teacher Vladimir Yarish, of Veliky Novgorod, the capitol of Novgorod Province, Russia to teach this tutorial course. After scouring museums and archeological sites all around the world, Vladimir has authored a definitive guide focused on the history and myriad traditional uses of birch bark, as well as general instructions for basket-making and plaiting. This tutorial course welcomes basketmakers and weavers of varied levels for two days of instruction in a wide variety of projects. This year, Vladimir offers five new intermediate/advanced projects: the hen, the bunny, the duck salt cellar, the dog and the cat, as well as an array of other options suitable for beginners and intermediate students alike. Students will gain insight into Vladimir’s approach to preparing bark and choose from any of 20 birch bark projects, including decorative and useful, traditional and contemporary options. Note, materials fee is due to the instructor at the time of class and is based on which projects the student selects.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials varies, (typically $80 and up) age with adult 15+
Sweet Grass Basketry
with Vladimir Yarish
Solid-sheet birch bark canisters called tuesi have been made in Novgorod, the hometown of esteemed basket maker Vladimir Yarish, since at least the 10th century. Though many kinds of bark canisters were made across the other parts of Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltics, the tuesi was typical for the end of 19th and early 20th century in Novgorodian province. Used to store perishables like milk, sour cream and honey, this challenging form is regarded as the highest art of birch bark craft. Using carefully harvested single sheet cylinders Vladimir will provide from Russia, students will create a water-tight canister and a lid with a handle. The diameter of the cylinder varies based on the size of the tree from which it is harvested, but the finished product will be roughly five inches in diameter. Take your basketry skills to the next level in this intermediate to advanced level course with a beloved international guest instructor.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $285 materials $150 payable to instructor
Weaving the Hand Bag Basket with April Stonedahl
with Paula Sundet Wolf 8/20/16-8/21/16
Work with locally harvested sweet grass, cattails, and sedges during this two-day class while learning the art of coiling a sweet grass basket. We’ll incorporate an elegant agate as a base for the basket. Hands-on instruction provides students with an introduction to the traditions and skills of basket weaving, and discussion about how to identify sweet grass and gather materials for future projects. No previous basket weaving experience is necessary, just your enthusiasm to learn.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-4pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $17
The Harvest Basket: Red-Osier Basketry with Tina Fung Holder 4/30/16-5/1/16 10/8/16-10/9/16
The bright burgundy-red branches of the red-osier dogwood make this native regional shrub a standout in the northern landscape and a prime candidate for basketmakers in the north. With straight, flexible twigs, red-osier is perfect for learning basic basketmaking skills and creating inspiring pieces. In this class students will make a frame basket with a handle (also known as melon style). First they will learn how to spin cordage with iris leaves, braid cattail leaves, and then shape and weave the basket using the cordage and red-osier stems. Experienced basketmakers will enjoy exploring new horizons working with red-osier.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $30
This basket, made with black ash splint, is highly functional for everyday needs. It can appear rustic or refined. It can be filled with veggies from the market, groceries from the store, or binders and paperwork for meetings. It can also be a perfect fit for in-between the bucket seats of most automobiles. The course will start with an in-depth discussion of the harvesting process, including log pounding and material storage. From there, students will try their hand at splitting using two techniques: hands and a “splitting brake,” followed by prepping our pre-selected raw materials using sharp knives, scissors and a slitting gauge. Participants will learn about twill and start/stop weaving, and tension and form as we lay-out and weave our baskets. After drying, we will construct the rim system, prep thicker splint for handles, and finally, wrap the handles with choice splint. The finished basket will measure approximately 4” x 13” at the base, 9” x 16” at the opening, with a height of 11”. With handles attached, this brings the overall height of the basket to 17”. Weighing in at just under a pound, it will be capable of carrying up to ten pounds quite comfortably. Note, this project requires some hand strength to complete.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $75
Woven Birch Bark Basketry with Beth Homa-Style 9/14/16-9/15/16
Birch trees are one of the most versatile trees of the northern forest. From bark to wood to sap, there are abundant uses for this easily-recognizable tree. Discover the sturdiness and the beauty of birch by weaving a medium-sized basket from its bark. In this course, students will learn the history of birch, how to obtain & prepare the bark, and how to use the double-diagonal plaited weave, which opens the doors for more complex patterns. This two day class allows students to elaborate further on their birch bark basket by adding a black ash rim and handle to their baskets.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 16+
Blacksmithing: Crafting the Tools of the Trade
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blacksmithing & tool making
Basic Flintknapping Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels Crafting the Throwing Axe Crafting the Traditional Pattern-Welded Puukko Knife Damascus Folding Jackknife: Make Your Own Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook Forge-Welding a Damascus Blade and Other Items Forging the Scandinavian Small Forest Axe Hand-Forged “Using” Knife Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology
toolmaking Crafting the Carver’s Drawknife Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv Norwegian Knifemaking: Crafting the Everyday ‘Hverdags’ Knife Sharpening Tutorial Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others
Basic Flintknapping with Robert Keiper
Have you ever wondered how our ancestors produced sharpened tools of stone like axe heads, knife blades, and arrow points? Learn how flintknapping evolved and how to identify appropriate base materials from which you can produce a variety of sharpened stone tools. This class will introduce the basic techniques of pressure flaking and percussion, providing the basis for years of frustration, small cuts to the hand, and the exhilaration of crafting a thing of beauty and utility from a rock. Materials fee includes practice stone and tools for class use, a 3/4 “dia. Bopper for percussion work, a hand pad for pressure flaking, a small pressure flaker, a coarse abraider, 1-biface and several pieces of high quality flint flakes.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $85 includes 7 piece knapping kit
Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade with Dave Hanson/Cody Myers 5/12/16-5/14/16 6/20/16-6/22/16
Crafting the Carver’s Drawknife with Kerry Lambertson 10/1/16-10/2/16
Outfit your own blacksmithing tool chest while developing and refining your skills on the forge. In this course, you will create the set of tools needed to become a backyard blacksmith, while simultaneously learning the basics of blacksmithing. Initial tool projects will include tongs and fire-tending tools. Heat treatment, forging, fire types and more will be covered as you cultivate both your skills and your tools. Chisels and punches will also be crafted as time allows. Forge-welding may be discussed. This class is suitable for beginners and those who would like to continue their learning. Materials fee includes the use of coal/ gas for forgework and the cost of steel, etc. An optional fourth day is available upon request for $85 plus a $45 materials fee.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $195
Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond with Dave Hanson/Cody Myers 4/26/16-4/28/16 6/9/16-6/11/16 9/9/16-9/11/16
Always wanted to try your hand at the forge? This is the place to start and continue to develop your blacksmithing skills. You will be introduced to the basic skills of the blacksmith including safety, fire control, tools and equipment in both a classroom and ‘on the forge’ setting. Student projects will be tailored toward individual skill levels. The class will begin with basic projects such as decorative nail-in-hooks to learn hammer skills. More advanced projects such as basic tool making and decorative/ornamental work will be encountered as class progresses. The first day, the class will use coal forges and the remainder of your time may be on either a coal or gas forge. This course is tailored to meet your needs on the forge while ensuring consistent and quality work. You will leave with a higher skill level regardless of where you start. Materials fee includes the use of coal/gas for forgework and the cost of steel, etc. An optional fourth day is available for students who would like to continue learning for an additional $85 in tuition, $45 in materials.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $195 age with adult 15+
Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels with Robert Burns
In this course we will cover historic methods of reproducing Viking era fire steels. The book of matches or lighter to people of a by-gone era, a fire steel is a tool that has aided mankind in making fire for several thousand years and reached its peak of artistry during the Viking period in Northern Europe. This course is perfect for those who want to expand their knowledge of blacksmithing and forge work, and a great fit for beginners as well. Techniques covered will be drawing, tapering, upsetting, scrolls, forge welding, and chisel work. Students will work on several projects over the four days, allowing participants to watch their skills grow. On the last day, students learn to make fire with their new tools.
For woodworking projects from chair making to spoon carving and beyond, a small sharp drawknife is an ideal tool. Used in conjunction with a vise or shaving horse, this tool can rapidly remove large amounts of material or delicately create smooth finished surfaces on both flat planes and compound curves. In this course students will create this drawknife, shaping the blade from high carbon tool steel and carving hardwood handles. A wide range of foundational wood and metal working skills will be covered in this course, including shaping, hardening, and tempering steel, wood selection and carving, tool sharpening, technique, and use. If time allows, students will also make a leather sheath for their finished drawknife. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 16+
Crafting the Throwing Axe with Cody Myers/Dave Hanson 9/2/16-9/4/16
Popularized today by many historical reenactors of the fur trade era, the throwing axe is a weapon that is deeply embedded in North American history. Akin to the hatchet it offers the ability to split and chop wood but is also designed to be used as a hand to hand or throwing weapon. The axe will be constructed out of one solid piece of high carbon steel featuring a drop punched eye for the handle. In this class students will learn the whole process of making a steel-headed throwing axe. Starting with an understanding of the forges and tools, students will move on to learn forging techniques, manipulating and moving the steel to profile, forming an eye for the handle and heattreating the steel for field use. Also covered in this course will be basic techniques and examples for proper use of the throwing axe. Some blacksmithing experience helpful, but not required.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $195 age with adult 16+
Crafting the Traditional Pattern-Welded Puukko Knife with Robert Burns
For hundreds of years the puukko knife has been the prized tool of Northern Europe and Scandinavia for its versatility and simple elegance. In this course you will learn how to perform the traditional techniques used by Northern craftsmen for centuries including the forging of the blade, fitting and crafting of the handle, and the making of a sheath. The blade will be a damascus blade (or pattern welding), a steel that was used by the Vikings to create their tools and weapons. The handle will be made out of birch bark and small pieces of wood. Small birch bark squares will be stacked one on top of the other and laminated together to form a solid and beautiful handle. We will sew the sheath from leather. This course will bring these ancient techniques back to life to create a functional and beautiful tool.
length (days) 7 hours 9am-5pm tuition $510 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $450 materials $305 age with adult 14+
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $340 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $300 materials $135 age with adult 14+
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Damascus Folding Jackknife: Make Your Own
Hand-Forged “Using” Knife with Robert Schulz
with Dave Hanson/Cody Myers 7/13/16-7/17/16
The folding pocket knife needs little introduction as a handy and vital tool to have in your pocket. Starting with a folding jackknife kit, students will learn blacksmithing skills by modifying the blade and handle--it’s the perfect way to begin! Students will receive a Damascus steel billet, and will learn to forge it to shape, pack the cutting edge, and shape, draw, temper and normalize this high-quality blade. Students will then make the sides of the knife, called scales, from antler and wood, making a useful knife that is easy to carry. Students will also gain an understanding of knife assembly, which is important knowledge to have when it comes time to design a custom knife! The finished knife will measure approximately 3.25” in size when closed. All materials will be provided. length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $475 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials $195
Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook with Marybeth Garmoe
Broom making meets blacksmithing in this multi-disciplinary course, where students will be able to get a taste of two classic traditional crafts, resulting in one beautiful project. Day one will be spent in the blacksmith shop, learning to fire a forge and hammer iron to make a basic hook and an individualized hearth broom handle that will be both decorative and functional. This is an excellent opportunity to learn basic blacksmithing methods and safety. On day two, students will use traditional Appalachian methods to tie a broomcorn sweeper onto their forged handle to create a unique hearth broom. Attach the hook to a wall near the woodstove or fireplace, hang the broom up and get ready for winter days around the fire! No specific experience is required for this class, but please be advised that a certain amount of hand and forearm strength will be beneficial.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $65 age with adult 15+
Forge-Welding a Damascus Blade and Other Items with Dave Hanson/Cody Myers 5/24/16-5/29/16 8/2/16-8/7/16
Highly prized for centuries for its uncanny strength, ability to hold an edge and distinctively beautiful swirling and flowing patterns, Damascus steel is art: forge welding at its finest as you combine different types of steel, forge them through fire and hammer into one solid billet. Like a baker uses kneading and folding to create a loaf of marble rye bread, the blacksmith uses welding, folding and drawing techniques to create a completely unique piece of steel. Through this course you will learn how to forge weld a Damascus steel billet and will then turn the billet into a knife. Knife style and profile are open ended and students are encouraged to come with something in mind. By giving a detailed look at topics like annealing, normalizing, heat-treating, thermal cycling, grain structure, grinding techniques, polishing and finishing this course is meant to give a thorough understanding of working with steel. The class is open to students of all skill levels, from students anxious to pick up a hammer for the first time to experienced smiths looking to develop new skills. Depending on skill level students may or may not go home with a finished blade but everyone will leave with a solid foundation and understanding of knife forging and working steel. Materials fee includes the use of coal/gas for forgework and the costs of steel, etc. An optional Day 7 is available for students who would like to complete more intricate handle work. $85 tuition, $45 materials.
length (days) 6 hours 9am-5pm tuition $570 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $510 materials $305
Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv with Gene Tokheim
Crafting the “tollekniv” (whittling knife) is a rich cultural tradition of Norway, kept alive by many Norwegian smiths and knifemakers today. Knifemaking explores three common craft traditions – metal work, leather work and wood work. Using Norwegian knifemaking techniques and shared characteristics amongst Norwegian knifemakers, learn to fit a hand-forged blade to a wooden handle that you shape and finish by sewing a decorated leather sheath with hand-polished silver and brass embellishments. Dating back to the Iron Age, the craft has been passed down person to person, with specific materials, tools and equipment to make the best quality knives known throughout the world. The blade is made by a Norwegian blacksmith to ensure the best quality available and the “flaming” birch wood for the handle, known for its stunning character and superior strength, is imported directly from Norway. Working with Italian leather, preferred by knifemakers for its rich, smooth texture, you will also have the opportunity to solder, shape and polish the silver and brass work that makes the finished product stylistically represented as a Norwegian knife.
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $425 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $375 materials $130 age with adult 10+
Norwegian Knifemaking: Crafting the Everyday ‘Hverdags’ Knife
The Scandinavian small forest axe was designed to be light and portable, commonly used while hiking to gather wood, and used in wood carving. Students will learn to forge the axe head, harden and temper, and fit the handle with bladesmith Robert Burns. The heads will be created using the wrapped and forge-welded method of construction which uses a low carbon steel body and high carbon steel for the edge. The heads will then be forged to shape and refined by hand with files. Students will leave with a fully functional and razor sharp axe ready to use for camp chores, felling, or carving. Small adjustments to the alignment, shape, and grind of the bit can greatly affect the axe’s performance in different applications. Students will be able to subtly tweak their axe for best performance. Some forge welding experience and knowledge of basic forging techniques such as drawing out, bending, and punching (the more the better) is very helpful.
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length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $60
Forging the Scandinavian Small Forest Axe with Robert Burns
Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology
This class is just what the title suggests- making a knife that is meant to be used- in the garden or forest, for cooking or hunting. We will begin by hand-forging a blade of high-carbon steel, starting from round stock. With the blade forged to shape, we will do heat treatments of annealing, hardening, and tempering to get a knife that is able to hold an edge while being “tough” enough to withstand use. Students will then either forge guards, or cast bolster and pommel fittings. All finishing and sharpening will be done with files, sandpaper, and stones. We’ll work with antler, wood, or bone for handling our custom, hand-made knives, ready to be used. Students are encouraged to bring their own special handle material, though the instructor will have plenty available. This class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths.
with Gene Tokheim
The “tollekniv” or whittling knife is a rich cultural tradition of Norway. In this class you will make a “hverdags kniv,” a style of knife gets everyday use in the fields or forest. Women often like the “damekniv,” a smaller knife to use around the house. In this 2-day class we will use the finest materials imported from Norway to fit a hand-forged blade to a wooden handle that you shape and finish by sewing a leather sheath of your own design. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $110 age with adult 10+
length (days) 6 hours 9am-5pm tuition $510 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $450 materials $145 age with adult 14+ 10
Sharpening Tutorial with Dennis Chilcote 3/18/16-3/19/16
“Get the Edge” might be another appropriate title for this course. Chisels, planes, gouges, knives, scissors, spokeshaves and more--these tools of the trade function at their best when the cutting edge is truly prepared for business. Ready to slice butter? This comprehensive overview of sharpening will help you understand the types of cutting edges, characteristics of steel, tempering, and the difference between grinding and honing through a series of demonstrations and hands-on applications. Power sharpening and hand sharpening will be explored. You are strongly encouraged to bring up to five hand tools to sharpen as a class project.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $15
Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others with Paul Linden
This course is an introduction to working with and heattreating the common high-carbon steels used for edge tools. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different steel types and put this knowledge into practice by creating several tools. We will analyze a number of different tools and compare their performance. Can you really make a nice, working knife from an old file? Blacksmiths and tool-makers know that you can, and we will do it in this class. We will each make a scratch awl and a small carving knife to start, but additional tools like marking knifes, scrapers, small chisels, and larger or curved knives are all possibilities. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials varies ($25-$40) age with adult 12+
Viking-Era Smelting: Approach new Ato Contemporary Iron-Age Technology
with Wayne Potratz
We’re no stranger to taking materials back to the source: woodworking courses regularly head out to harvest birch; basket makers can be spotted in local ditches cutting willow, sweetgrass and cattail; and we even have the occasional sheep on campus for the fiber folk. But taking metalwork straight to the source—that’s something new around here! Enter Wayne Potratz, well-known sculptor and ironworker. In this unique experience, Wayne will lead students in building two types of smelting furnaces: a Viking-era style furnace and a brick hybrid furnace, then use them to make steel through the direct reduction of Minnesota Magnetite Iron ore into high carbon steel. The resulting steel blooms can be consolidated and hammered into billets suitable for tool and blade making. This course will be of interest to knife-makers, blacksmiths, sculptors, metallurgists, and students of the history of technology. Each student should come away with a piece of high carbon steel in an amount suitable for a small blade or other tool.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $380 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials $100 age with adult 14+
Wood-Canvas Canoe: Build Your Own with Guest Instructor Jerry Stelmok
boatbuilding build your own
Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle Oar Construction: Make Your Own Set Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram Wood-Canvas Canoe: Build Your Own with Guest Instructor Jerry Stelmok 11
learn the techniques Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions
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Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction
Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle
Explore the history, construction and use of the Native American birch bark canoe in this hands-on course. Paddled for centuries on the lakes and rivers of the interior, all the necessary materials can be sustainably harvested from a healthy boreal forest: birch bark, cedar, spruce root and spruce gum. During the course you will work on several birch bark canoes in different stages of construction. Coursework includes harvesting and processing materials, canoe design characteristics, hand tool usage, traditional construction techniques, and historical use. This is a rare learning opportunity for anyone interested in the construction and history of the birch bark canoe.
Create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. In this course, a North House classic, students will learn about wood selection and wood grain considerations as well as paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. Choose from a variety of different classic paddle designs and leave the course with a custom-designed paddle constructed with simple hand tools, including a traditional spokeshave and blockplane. Many students have shared this experience with a child or grandchild, creating two paddles and memories that will last a lifetime: children 12+ welcome with an adult, a 25% tuition discount for the child applies.
Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals
Oar Construction: Make Your Own Set
with Erik Simula
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $360 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials included
with Mike Schelmeske 6/25/16-6/26/16 7/9/16-7/10/16
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 12+
with Ken Koscik
with John Beltman
With more than just aesthetic appeal, cedar-strip boats are known for being lightweight, strong and quick to build. Gain the know-how and confidence to complete a boat project in your own backyard through seven days of hands-on instruction building a tandem canoe with other students. Techniques involve setting up the strongback and templates, planking, fiberglassing and fitting out the canoe, as well as other boatbuilding skills. Just like the title says, a solid foundation of the ‘techniques and fundamentals’ provides the skills to complete your desired cedar-strip boat building project. At the close of the course, the student-built canoe project will be for sale at a defined price to interested students (cost of materials). If multiple students are interested, a raffle will decide who will go home with the tandem canoe. An easy project to cartop back to your waterway and start your paddling adventure!
Give your boat a taste of traditional nautical life by handcrafting a classic set of wooden oars. This two-day workshop provides a thorough, hands-on introduction to the craft of oar making. You’ll use traditional hand tools including a spokeshave, drawknife and block plane to shape a custom set of oars from basswood and learn about finishing the oars using traditional leatherwork for handles. Create a set of oars from a variety of patterns and styles, or you can design your own to specifically fit your boat. There’s nothing like an early morning or sunset row - get equipped and out on the water. Under the instructor’s supervision, participants may experiment with a variety of handcrafted wooden oars and wooden boats on campus to determine their preferred sizes, limited to 8ft in length.
length (days) 7 hours 9am-5pm tuition $560 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $525 materials included age with adult 14+
Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak with Ken Koscik
Enjoy the contrast of light and dark wooden strips, the quiet lapping of water on wood and the pride of craftsmanship that stems from building your own cedarstrip boat. From start to finish, cut thin cedar planks and learn to assemble an appealing pattern for your canoe or kayak. Students may choose from three cedar-strip boat projects: an 18 1/2’ tandem cruiser canoe, a 16’ tripping canoe or a 17’ kayak. Students must bring a partner, family member or friend (or two!) to help…this can be a great project that will result in a lifetime of memories. Due to the nature of this course and intensity of instruction, this class is limited to one boat project per session. length (days) 11 hours 9am-5pm tuition & materials $4,500 per boat age with adult 14+
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length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials varies, approx $110
Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram with John Beltman
Take this one-of-a-kind opportunity to build a customsized, traditionally built wooden lapstrake boat, originating in design and construction from the fjords and fishing villages of Norway and Sweden. Over 12 days, students will complete the Norse Pram, an inshore craft that makes an excellent tender or rowboat at the lake, and is often referred to as the “water wheelbarrow” of the fjords of Norway. In consultation with the instructor, you build and design your own 10’ to 16’ pram using traditional materials including white spruce, white pine, oak and copper fastening to meet your intended uses for the boat. Students interested in building the pram as a sailing vessel are welcome to do so. The pram is built using old-world, simple and honest construction techniques. Students will learn to ‘loft by eye,’ making it a great project for the first-time boat builder, who will walk away with a lifetime of skills, or experienced builders interested in this unique style of construction. In the traditional fashion, the boat will be finished with pine tar, linseed oil and turpentine. Students are encouraged to bring a partner to help…this can be a great family project that will result in a lifetime of memories. The instructor will consult with each student six weeks prior to start of the course to assess materials needed for the intended boat to be built. 12
This Build Your Own option allows you and your friends/family the option to build the Norse Pram, a boat with a rounded, more complex ‘sweep’ to it, allowing it to gracefully roll over swells.
tuition $3225 per boat **Norse Pram: 12 days - $1,400-$1,700 for materials **Swedish Pram: 10 days - $1000-$1200 for materials hours 9am-4pm
Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions with John Beltman
An old Norse saying goes, “A man without his boat is a mere prisoner.” This class is a one-of-a-kind study and hands-on look into the techniques of traditional Norwegian and Swedish boat builders: We’ll explore the developments and skills required to build wooden lapstrake boats that have plied the fjords and fishing villages for centuries - stemming as far back as the Viking era and into today across Scandinavia and the Baltic. In a group setting, you will build a 10-16’ wooden rowing pram. Along the way, you will learn how to ‘loft by eye,’ design and build a full-size rowing pram using lapstrake techniques, bevel watertight planking, cut compound bevels for framing and riveting while working on a full sized boat. After this course you’ll be capable of returning to your own backyard and building a pram at minimal cost. Simplicity of boatbuilding, use of readily available lumber (from your own lumberyard!), no mold construction, minimum number of tools including simple carving knives, versatility of creating different shapes or customizing the boat to your needs, (which may include sailing, iceboating and a variety of rowing positions, depending on how many people wish to use the boat), make this approach to boatbuilding a valuable investment of time and energy.
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm (some evenings) tuition $455 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials included
Wood-Canvas Canoe: Build Your Own with Guest Instructor Jerry Stelmok with Jerry Stelmok
8/23/16-9/5/16 Most years, you have
to travel to the East Coast to build a wood canvas canoe with master canoe-builder Jerry Stelmok of Island Falls Canoes, who has literally written the book on history of the craft. However, in 2016, Jerry will take up residence in the North House boatshop for two weeks to build these beautiful vessels with up to three students, who will no doubt go on to have myriad adventures in their hand-built boats. From steam-bending ribs to stretching and filling canvas, you and a partner will be fully immersed in the building process under Jerry’s careful guidance. Participants generally build the 17’6” Atkinson Traveler, but the 16’6” Otter or Lutre models are possibilities as well. Canoes are built, canvassed and filled during the class and then taken home, painted and varnished – and will provide many years of pleasure on the water. Many hands make work light, and students should plan to bring a partner (or two!) to help…this can be a great family project that will result in a lifetime of memories. length (days) 14 hours 9am-5pm tuition $3150 for 2-3 builders per canoe early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $2950 materials $2200 some variation is possible age with adult 14+
Custom Leather Sandal Construction with Candace LaCosse 5/7/16-5/8/16
A pair of sandals that fits just right is a highly prized possession—and all the better if they are attractive and one-of-akind. Create a pair of custom hand-stitched leather sandals to enjoy for years to come. Students will begin by making a duct-tape cast of each foot, then spend some time sketching ideas and discussing execution, working from a few basic designs the instructor will provide. Students will then hand cut and hand stitch their sandals, adding a leather sole with a waffle tap for traction and waterproofing. The course willl include learning skills that may be applicable to a number of various other leatherworking projects.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $85 age with adult 16+
Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks with Jo Wood
Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid unbreathable footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the north: mukluks. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows moisture to escape. In this course you’ll be guided through the process of pattern making, and handcraft your own pair of hide mukluks with knee high or shorter uppers. Booties or liners must be purchased or made before the workshop. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.
length (days) 2.5 hours Nov session Day 1: 3-7pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials $80
Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Up the Gunflint Trail with Jo Wood
North House is pleased to announce an opportunity to experience the rich ecological beauty and cultural history of the Gunflint Trail AND immerse in the traditional northern craft of mukluk making. This session of Expedition Footwear: Making Mukluks will be taught by long-time North House instructor Jo Wood at Gunflint Lodge.
Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks
Nålbinding Hats Nålbinding Mittens, Socks, Caps: The Scandinavian Textile Craft Scandinavian-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric for Garments and Home Furnishings Sewing the Saami-Inspired Tuomisalo Hat
Custom Leather Sandal Construction Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Up the Gunflint Trail Sewing Deerhide Baby Booties Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop
Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid unbreathable footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the north: mukluks. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows moisture to escape. In this course you’ll be guided through the process of pattern making, and handcraft your own pair of hide mukluks with knee high or shorter uppers. Booties or liners must be purchased or made before the workshop. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary. Gunflint Lodge will offer a variety of lodging options to students at special rates, allowing students to enjoy the beauty and northwoods hospitality of one of Minnesota’s premier wilderness resorts, and leave with a sturdy pair of hand-crafted mukluks to keep their feet warm & snug when the snows begin to fall.
length (days) 2.5 hours Nov session Day 1: 3-7pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials $80
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Nålbinding Hats with Larry Schmitt
Learn the ancient craft of nålbinding by creating a syltemjölkskopp (milk strainer cap) from southern Sweden. These beret-like caps were found in Denmark and southern Sweden in the 18th and 19th centuries and the original caps were based on the shape and contour of the nålbound milk strainers of the day. The caps were originally worked in nålbinding and later in knitting. This course covers the basics of Scandinavian-style nålbinding and explores the connections between nålbinding and knitting. You will learn how to make your needle and how to construct the syltemjölkskopp and other traditional styles. Time will be devoted to the history and folklore of nålbinding as well as nålbinding’s influence on the development of Scandinavian knitting. Several hat patterns in nålbinding will be shared, along with, in some cases, correlating patterns for knitted versions. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $20
Nålbinding Mittens, Socks, Caps: The Scandinavian Textile Craft with Larry Schmitt
Discover the textile craft tradition known as nålbinding and explore its Scandinavian roots. As a course project, students choose to create their own pair of mittens, socks, or a syltemjölkskopp – a “milk strainer” cap. Or draw from tradition to inspire a project of your own design in consultation with the instructor. Nålbinding is a way to make a looped structure fabric with a single needle and, when worked in wool, it is valued for warmth, durability, and practicality. The course covers the basics of nålbinding and explores those related crafts that are often incorporated in Scandinavianstyle nålbound items. You will make your own nålbinding needles. Time will be devoted to the history and folklore of nålbinding as well as nålbinding’s influence on Scandinavian craft traditions. Scandinavian-style nålbinding reflects both place of origin and local culture. Students at North House will create nålbound items inspired by Scandinavia and infused with the spirit of Grand Marais! length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $375 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $350 materials $30
Scandinavian-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric for Garments and Home Furnishings with Karen Rognsvoog 3/18/16-3/20/16
Move over Marrimekko—make your own Scandinavianinspired fabric for clothing and home furnishings! The classic repeated block printed look of Scandinavian textiles has long brought color and nature into the home in a fun and playful way. In this three day hands-on course, students will carve Nordic-inspired images and patterns on small linoleum blocks and then use fabric inks to print with their blocks onto a variety of fabrics. Using design elements like mirroring, multi-directional random repeats and single direction patterns, students will use shapes and colors that are inspired by nature and Nordic folk art themes. In addition to block printing, the course will also experiment with the use of natural dyes prior to block printing on fabric. Students will take home several yards of hand-printed fabric to make into garments, table runners or placemats as well as the blocks they have created to continue work at home if desired. Fabrics will include linen, cotton, silk and some synthetics.
Sewing Deerhide Baby Booties with Jo Wood 10/22/16
Reports from new parents suggest that a pair of handmade, deerhide booties make a great baby gift: not only do they stay on those tiny feet, but they are awfully cute as well. Join instructor Jo Wood for a half day workshop to learn the process for cutting and stitching the booties. She’ll share some of her hints and tips for working with leather, and the re-useable pattern sized for newborn to 6 months. There will be a few color choices and some simple decorative variations. No sewing experience is necessary.
traditional crafts meaningful in today’s world ?
length (days) 0.5 hours 1pm-5pm tuition $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials $15 add’l supplies available for purchase by request
Sewing the Saami-Inspired Tuomisalo Hat with Elma Strom Tuomisalo 9/23/16-9/25/16
What would you wear to wrestle reindeer on the arctic tundra? The Saami people dress in warm, functional clothing that is outrageously colorful and unique. In this course we’ll explore a bit of that cultural playfulness while constructing a Saami-inspired elegant winter hat. The project includes fine hand sewing techniques and wonderful fabrics – wool outside and cotton inside – with flexibility for your own creativity and preferences. In addition to sewing demonstrations, coaching, and time to sew, we’ll also enjoy stories, music, and traditional Finnish treats. Treat yourself to three days of peaceful sewing, good company, and come away with a hat that really is both practical and elegant.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $225 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $195 materials $40 age with adult 14+
Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop with Molly Grant/Candace LaCosse 7/14/16-7/17/16
Learn the age-old art of being a cordwainer. Using the original patterns designed in the mid-1930s by Paul and Edward Mathews of The Cordwainer Shop, Molly and her apprentice Candace will teach you to hand-stitch and handlace your own pair of Cordwainer Classics of the same design worn by Hollywood legends such as Caesar Romero, Shirley Temple, Mary Pickford and the original Henry Ford. Class will begin with a brief presentation on the history of the business and the original designs. Then we will move on to leather and color selection, cutting of patterns, and hand lacing using antique hand tools. The uppers will then be laced to the soles, placed on shoe lasts and baked before finishing. Made of non-synthetic materials, your handmade, one-of-a-kind shoes will only get better with time and last a lifetime if well-cared for. Upon enrolling, students will be sent a foot outline form, with explicit directions, to be sent back to the instructor prior to class. Students can choose to add a crepe sole or dress lightweight tread for an additional cost of $50. NOTE: Due to materials preparation needs and sizing, students must register for this course 6 weeks in advance.
length (days) 3.5 hours Days 1-3: 9am-5pm, Day 4: 9am-1pm tuition $350 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $330 materials $220
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $60 age with adult 14+ more details, more photos:
“The traditional handcrafts are rooted in our
Using our hands to make things
cuts to the very core of who we are as humans.
For many millennia, people have used their hands to make the things they needed for everyday life:
tie us to the natural world,
as they always have, made from materials
direct and raw, and shaped by
our hands and minds.
They bind us to our very nature.”
- Jarrod Stonedahl, Traditional Craft 14
Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series with Jo Wood 10/15/16
Discover the magic of “painting with beads” through your choice of seven different signature beaded lapel pin projects. In a reflection of the art and craft of bead embroidery, artist Jo Wood will lead you through your choice of one or two bead-embroidered projects, time permitting. The birch tree pin captures the essence of this tree species of the North. The lady slipper pin reflects the natural beauty of Minnesota’s state flower. The Christmas tree pin is just a perfect touch for a holiday gift. The dragonfly pin is playful in color and dimension. For the beginning beader this course offers an opportunity to learn basic stitches. For the experienced and returning beader it’s a unique, rewarding project to expand your creative palette of painting with beads.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies ($18-$70) age with adult 12+
Bobbin Lace Making with Kelly Marshall 10/7/16-10/8/16
Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery
Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series Bobbin Lace Making Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug Intermediate Rug Hooking Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding Leaf Printing in the Steambox Needle Woven Beadwork Primitive Rug Hooking: Beginning Techniques Wool: The (Really) Full Experience-Dyeing, Felting, Spinning & Warp-Weighted Looms
Natural Dyes in the Steambox Natural Plant Dyes Red, Yellow, Purple, Blue: Exploring Extracts for Dyeing Shades of Blue: Intro to Indigo
felting Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners Felted Bags Felted Rugs No-Knit Felted Hats Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps 888-387-9762
Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More
Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class Kids Knit! Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft
Spinning Series: At the Wheel Spinning Series: Exploring Fibers Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers Spinning the Luxury Fibers!
Easy Weaving on a Cardboard Loom Finger Weaving Inkle Loom Weaving Mohair Cinch Weaving Tablet Weaving Tapestry Weaving: Painting with Fiber Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves Woven, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle 15
Bobbin lace making is one of the traditional forms of making lace. In most lace techniques such as crochet, knitting, tatting and needle lace, a single thread is used to make the lace. Bobbin lace is the only technique that uses multiple threads at one time to create the lace. The technique has some similarities to weaving but is made on a portable board with wooden bobbins holding the thread. Kelly learned bobbin lace, or knyppling, while studying in Sweden where the lace was often made for folk costumes. It can also be used as a decorative edging on clothing or household items such as curtains, pillow cases, and hand towels. Come discover the Scandinavian Torchon technique in this introductory class, as we explore basic stitches while making an ornament to hang in the window or as a holiday decoration.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $6
Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery with Jo Wood
Autumn brings a riot of color to the landscape of the North Shore. This workshop is your opportunity to capture a bit of the season with beads. Each participant will bring an autumn image to inspire their design. From your image you will create a unique “bead painting” embroidered on felted wool (material provided). Your piece can be made into a pin for a wearable work of art, or framed for display. This workshop is for all skill levels. Bead artist Jo Wood says her goal is to demystify the basic materials and process of bead embroidery. You can learn the basics of beading on fabric or explore the possibilities of beads in your other needle arts. Jo will introduce you to her favorite techniques for “painting” with beads. While working with colors and textures, you will also learn some simple principals of composition, transferring patterns, and how to add depth & dimension to your work.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $25 age with adult 12+
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Easy Weaving on a Cardboard Loom
with Traudi Bestler
Weaving …the principles are basic no matter what type of weaving you do, but the equipment can be a bit daunting for a curious beginner. Treadles? Harnesses? Shafts? The truth is, you don’t need a fancy loom to make quality objects. Working with instructor Traudi Bestler, you can use a simple cardboard loom to learn to make two styles of bags: with a flap and without. Students will be able to finish two or three bags during the day, and learn basic principles that can be applied to other, more complex styles of weaving. All materials will be provided by the instructor, but students are welcome to bring yarns they wish to use. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $75 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $65 materials $10
Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners with Elise Kyllo
Warm up winter by making your own woolen slippers or short boot liners. Using the ancient no-knitting wet felting technique, you will make a cozy, warm pair of slippers or boot liners. The craft hasn’t changed in centuries except we now can choose plastic instead of animal skins and soap instead of ash or urine. It’s a simple, almost magical technique that transforms fluffy wool into a durable thick material that is sculpted to the owner’s foot through patient, energetic agitation. We will discuss options for adding soles. Supposedly, the all-wool liners are warmer than the poly fiber mix that is so prevalent, but you’ll have to be the judge of that yourself.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials varies ($35-$50)
with Mary Reichert
Felt is hard to resist- it’s soft, light, durable, beautiful, and brings such a feeling of warmth to the home. For centuries wool has been crafted into clothing, like boots, hats, and coats, but felt can also be a home furnishing. In the homes of many Central Asian nomads, felt rugs covered the walls and floors for warmth and beauty. In modern homes, felt rugs can add a beautiful and useful touch to any floor. Design and craft your own felted rug in the nomadic tradition, but reflecting your own taste and design sensibilities. We will begin by making prefelt, cover elements of design, and then dive into laying out and felting a rug which will begin about 3’ by 5’ and shrink to a 2’ by 3’ rug. The shrinking process is all done by hand, so please come prepared to be on your feet and fully physically engaged in your project. Partners may choose to work together on one project but pay only one tuition & materials fee.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $110 age with adult 10+
Finger Weaving with Tina Fung Holder 8/12/16
Finger weaving is an ancient weaving structure which requires no loom equipment. It was therefore, a very convenient and portable way for nomadic people to produce fabric even though limited to narrow bands. From voyageurs sashes to contemporary hatbands the technique developed into many traditional patterns. Students will be taught the basic weave and terminology, and advance towards techniques used to create traditional designs. We will use acrylic yarns as they are easiest to work with for beginners, but feel free to bring woolen yarns if preferred. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $15
Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery with Jo Wood
Bring a favorite North Shore image to class: four-legged, swimmer, winged, rooted, or creepy crawler. You’ll use that image as the subject of your bead embroidery and make your own unique beadwork on felted wool (material provided). Your piece can be made into a pin for a wearable work of art, or framed for display. Bead artist Jo Wood will introduce you to her favorite techniques for “painting” with beads. Her goal is to demystify the basic materials and process of bead embroidery. While working with bead colors and textures, you will also learn some simple principles of composition, transferring patterns, and how to add depth & dimension to your work. This workshop is for all skill levels, those new to beading on fabric as well as for those wishing to explore the use of beads in their needle arts. The use of beads has spanned cultures across the globe for more than 6000 years. Learn how this traditional needle art can be used in an innovative way. Come join us for a fun and relaxed creative experience and learn a new skill for your future projects.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $25
Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug with Traudi Bestler
The three-strand braided wool rug is reminiscent of an era when rag rugs were considered an affordable way to reuse worn clothing and blankets to create a rug for the home. Early American immigrants and rural pioneers handcrafted the rag rug and created a fiber tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. In this class, you will learn the craft of braiding rugs by making your own oval rug (about 2’x3’). You are welcome to bring old blanket-weight wool to incorporate into your own rug, though the instructor will bring enough colors of wool, braiding tools, and other supplies for creating your own heirloom rug.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($50-$60) age with adult 14+
Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class with Kate Hartman
This class is an enjoyable, two-day beginning knitting class which focuses not only on basic stitches and skills, but also on recognizing and correcting common mistakes which often frustrate the beginner. Topics include basic knitting skills, yarn basics and pattern reading. You will be provided with a beginning book, one pair of size 8 (Am) knitting needles, practice yarn and several easy project patterns to help you get started in this enjoyable craft and past time. Children and adults may choose to participate together on this learning experience, taking advantage of a special intergenerational rate.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $20 age with adult 10+
Inkle Loom Weaving with Traudi Bestler
Inkle looms are a great way to get started with weaving: they require little additional equipment, are easy to use and understand and are easily stored. Specially designed to be used for making strong, patterned bands, inkle looms are used for weaving belts, laces, bookmarks, guitar and other instrument straps, leashes--anything that requires strength, durability and beauty. On the first day of class students will warp the loom and learn how to design and weave bands. The second and third day they will design and weave projects of their own choosing while learning further ways that the inkle loom can be used. Students in this class have 2 choices: bring their own inkle loom.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $15
Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding more details, more photos:
Natural Plant Dyes
Intermediate Rug Hooking: Open Session with Carol Dunn
Take your rug hooking to the next level. This is an open class, meaning that Carol will work with you on a project you are currently doing, any pattern you choose to bring from another source or you may purchase a pattern from her. She will work with each student individually to color plan, answer questions and discuss her/his project. Because of the nature of the classroom, large and open with several types of seating, students will have the option of working with the group for social rug hooking, moving to a separate spot to work quietly, or weather permitting, moving to the deck to work beside the lake. In addition, many sample hooked rug projects and a generous display of hand-dyed and mill-dyed ready to hook wool will be available for inspiration. Carol notes: “Many of us, as we evolve into ‘hookers,’ feel the need to tell our own stories with our rugs; family history, pets, homes we’ve lived in and favorite places.” It promises to be a relaxing and creative three-day class inspired by the beautiful setting at North House on the shore of Lake Superior. A minimum of basic rug hooking skills and knowledge is required for this class. If you have never hooked or don’t have basic skills, we suggest Carol’s beginning rug hooking class in June.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies
with Allen Holzhueter/Kate Hartman 10/22/16
Get started on a lifelong hobby by learning the basics of knitting. Expert knitters and very patient teachers Allen Holzheuter and Kate Hartman will help kids learn how to maneuver those needles and have them knitting by noon. Kids can be accompanied by an adult (even old dogs can learn a new trick right?) or are welcome to attend on their own. Needles and yarn will be provided so students will be able to take their knitting home and continue to learn. length (days) 0.5 hours 9-11am tuition $25 $40 adult/child pair early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $20 $35 adult/ child pair materials $5 per knitter age with adult 9+ w/o adult; 7-8 w/adult
Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft with Kate Hartman 7/22/16-7/23/16
Build your own boat and timber frame your own home - so why not knit your own socks? After all, “you can’t go barefoot,” as your mom used to say. In this day-long introduction to knitting socks, you’ll be on your way to making your own socks for the rest of your life. Learn the skills to make socks, including reading knitting patterns, circular knitting on double point needles, shaping the heel and shaping and closing the toe. You start on a model sock and are encouraged to bring a sock pattern you would like to make in the future. The instructor will guide you through these sometimes daunting instructions.
length (days) 1.25 hours Day 1: 5-7pm Day 2: 9am-5pm tuition $95 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $85 materials $25 age with adult 10+
Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding
Natural Dyes in the Steambox
with Traudi Bestler
The simple three-stranded braid most of us learn in childhood is only a glimpse of the deep historical and cultural roots of traditional braids. In this one day workshop, you’ll focus on technique that reaches back centuries, but can be used as a vehicle for very modern beaded jewelry. After a brief look at history, we will learn to make braids to be used as a fun, easy bracelet. Learn how to design colors and patterns, and a few jewelry techniques to create lovely things to wear. Everything will be supplied, but students can bring size 6 and 8 seed beads and any other beads they might like to add to their bracelets. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $15 age with adult 12+
Leaf Printing in the Steambox with Karen Smaby
with Cheryl Larsen/Karen Smaby
Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam, hot water and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and wait an hour…the results are extraordinary. Who knew all the colors of nature were hidden in plain sight? In this course, you’ll learn a bit about the history, chemistry and new innovations in natural dyeing processes and using a variety of materials that will vary seasonally. You never quite know what you’ll pull out of the steambox, and working with other students allows for a wide variety of experiments and collaborations to occur. The materials fee will include three silk scarves students will complete during the course.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $34
Natural Plant Dyes
Eco-prints are one of a kind prints made by steaming leaves against paper. No inks, dyes or paints are used to create them – the colors come just from the plants themselves. The colors are sepia-toned, the patterns are beautiful, and the process is non-toxic. Leaves are collected, pressed and or pounded, arranged on paper, stacked and tightly bound together. These bundles are put to steam in the steambox. When the bundles are opened, unpredictable images and complex patterns remain, a faint memory of the leaves themselves. With a bit of folding, tearing, and sewing and the use of brads to bolt the whole thing together, several of the prints will be used to as a cover for a simple signature journal we will bind as our bundles steam away. length (days) .5 hours 9am-1pm tuition $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials $20
Mohair Cinch Weaving with Pop Wagner
Crafting tack for your horse using traditional techniques and materials is a gratifying experience. In this class, firsttime students will start with a basic 17-strand tied cinch. We will then make a combination roper with two layers of cord that are tied at the ends with woven bars. Advanced students will make a woven cutter or roper style or design a project of their choosing with assistance as needed. Students who are already making cinches will move directly to custom projects. Mohair cinches are traditionally used on Western saddles but we will discuss using these techniques for English, Dressage and Australian style girths as well. We will cover how to source material through suppliers of ready-made cinch cord. We will also discuss all steps of creating mohair cord for cinches, from the goats to the mill to the final step of hand-plying the yarn into cord. As a follow-up tool, participants will receive written instructions for making the basic 17 strand tied cinch and a wooden loom as well as a list of sources for tools and materials for cinch making.
with Karen Rognsvoog 7/29/16-7/31/16
Enjoy the “thrill of discovery” in the many colors which can be achieved, and the variation of color that can be found in nature’s palette, by learning the complete subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is more than a craft, it’s a fascinating and inexpensive hobby. Students will learn how to gather their own plant materials (the class ventures into the field to gather dye materials) and learn how to prepare dye baths to extract the color. We will cover the process of using different mordants - the mordant sets the color to prevent fading and determines the color of the final product. We will dye wool, silk, and cotton fibers too. Along the way, you will learn how to grow dye plants, and get tips on pruning, harvesting and storing plant materials to get the color you want. Students will leave the class with recipes, handbooks, 8 oz. of wool yarn and two silk scarves dyed “shibori” style with colors from nature.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $55
Needle Woven Beadwork with Tina Fung Holder 7/22/16
Small glass beads were introduced to both the African and American continents when contact with Europeans was made. Initially used as a trade item, the beads were soon incorporated into items of personal and decorative adornments. In the hands of artisans and craftsman, the beads were not only strung on a single string but soon evolved into “fabric-like” forms. Some of these were created on a loom while others were made with a needle. This workshop will introduce stitches from both continents. Students will decide to make a bracelet or more complex necklace forms. The designs can also be used to decorate baskets and other items. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $35
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $380 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials varies ($40 and up per project)
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No-Knit Felted Hats with Elise Kyllo 3/20/16
What kind of hat do you want? You can probably make it with wool, without knitting, just felting. Felting is an ancient technique of making material, predating spinning and weaving, from slippers found in East Asia 2,700 years ago to yurts in Mongolia to hats and mittens in Scandinavia. Simply combining wool fibers with water and soap and adding patient agitation, (this is not a washing machine project!) you will shrink and sculpt your wool into a desired form to fit your head. You decide whether it is a camo hunters cap, a beret, a toque, a rolled brimmed hat, a hat for winter or a hat for fashion. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $30 age with adult 12+
Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps with Elise Kyllo
Scarves: Many of us don’t leave home without them. They are imperative in the winter but they can also simply be fashionable. In this class you will learn the modern wet felting technique called Nuno which creates a durable, elegant and warm material by combining wool with silk or other lightweight fabric. They will be of your own design, and definitely unique, beautiful and warm. Nuno felting is especially exciting because it is a bit like painting with wool on a silk canvas with an unpredictable outcome. Students are invited to bring silk, organza, nylon or chiffon scarves to be transformed by adding wool fibers. Silk scarves will be available for purchase if needed. Come with a sense of adventure and patience!
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1:5-8pm Day 2: 9am-5pm tuition $135 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $125 materials $25 age with adult 12+
Primitive Rug Hooking: Beginning Techniques with Carol Dunn
If you have longed for a therapeutic yet utilitarian craft, then rug hooking is for you! Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada, when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen or burlap with a curved hook much like a crochet hook. In this class, each student will hook a small design that can be used as a rug, wall hanging, table mat or pillow top. Proper techniques of hooking and finishing will be taught. There will also be an opportunity to choose and color plan a second project to take home and work on.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies (approx $50 and up) age with adult 12+
Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket with Becky Utecht
Unfortunately, traditional sheepskin blankets with a tanned leather back require that the sheep make the ultimate sacrifice. Yet it doesn’t have to be so! Instructor Becky Utecht has developed a modern approach to an age-old craft. Using felting techniques, students in this course will start with an unwashed sheep fleece and transform it into a luxurious, wooly and warm blanket, all without harming a sheep, but retaining the lovely natural form of the fleece. Shepherds and fiber lovers will appreciate the efficiency of washing and felting a fleece at the same time, and fans of fuzzy blankets & rugs will enjoy discovering the different types of wool available, as there will be ample conversation about the nuances and qualities of different breeds. Note, students will need to bring an unwashed fleece to class, something the instructor can help you track down by prior arrangement.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-noon tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $125 materials $35
Red, Yellow, Purple, Blue: Exploring Extracts for Dyeing with Stefania Isaacson 8/27/16
In this class we will explore how to make a color way: five different dyes extracts, five different color ways! Reds, yellows, purples, blues! We will cover some color theory, the history of the dyes, the mordanting process, the dyeing process, and how to weigh and measure the fiber and dyes. We will also create and dye with an indigo vat to over-dye with each color as well as get a gradation of blues. During the time things are “cooking”, we will do some shibori work which we will dye in indigo. Students will take home many samples, dyeing instructions, information on each dye used, and source lists on where to get them. length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $35
Shades of Blue: Intro to Indigo with Stefania Isaacson 8/28/16
From the blue stripes on the first flag of the US to the extraordinary textiles of the Edo period in Japan to the blue of your favorite pair of jeans, indigo is a color at once exotic and familiar. Indigo dye has been used for centuries in cultures across the globe to produce the shades of blue that were once impossible to find elsewhere in the dye palette. Today, indigo is much more readily available and offers dyers the various shades of blues, green and purples and the possibility of over-dying other natural dyes. In this half-day workshop, students will learn to set up and maintain an indigo vat, a process that is a bit more complex than other dyes, but very manageable with a little know-how. Students will head home with instructions on how to dye with indigo and many samples. length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-1pm tuition $55 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials $22
Spinning Series: At the Wheel with Allen Holzhueter 7/21/16 10/20/16
Can’t find the yarn you want? Have really great fiber that needs to be transformed into yarn? Just curious about how a wheel works? Spinning your own yarn is the answer. First invented in the late 15th century, the spinning wheel still is an efficient tool for creating yarn. Modern wheels may look different, but the spinning mechanism has not changed in these 500 years. In this one day class we will concentrate on becoming friends with the wheel and training hands and mind to create the desired yarns for later projects. We will be using prepared roving provided by the instructor. There are wheels available if the student does not have access to one. Let the school know if you need a wheel for class. Each day of the Spinning Series is a stand-alone one day course that will expose students of any level to a particular set of skills related to spinning. However, students are highly encouraged to enroll in both days for the fullest possible introduction to this engaging craft. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $10
Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics
Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers
with Elise Kyllo
Combine wool, soap and water, a felting needle and agitation and the sculptural possibilities are endless! This is a day to experiment with the amazing sculptural flexibility of wool and go beyond the basics. Using a variety of fill or building a wire armatage students create a sculpture of their imagination. Some experience with wet felting is helpful but not necessary-- students are encouraged to register for Wooly Critters the day prior to gain experience. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 add’l fees may apply depending on project
with Allen Holzhueter
One of the secrets to spinning the yarn you want is good fiber preparation. We will begin by working with a raw fleece, learning where and what to look for in buying a fleece for the best fiber for your project. We will go through the steps for washing the fleece and preparing it for carding or combing. Using hand cards, a drum carder or combs we will create the roving for spinning. The best method, carding or combing, for the various fibers will be discussed. We will also explore blending fibers on the drum carder. Each day of the Spinning Series is a standalone one day course that will expose students of any level to a particular set of skills related to spinning. However, students are highly encouraged to enroll in both for the fullest possible introduction to this engaging craft. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $15
Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners more details, more photos:
Tapestry Weaving: Painting with Fiber with Traudi Bestler
Spinning Series: At the Wheel
Spinning Series: Exploring Fibers with Allen Holzhueter 7/23/16
The fiber from sheep, wool, is the most commonly used animal fiber. With over 200 breeds of sheep, each with its own fiber characteristics, it can be overwhelming when trying to choose the one you want to use. In this class we will work with fiber from 10-12 breeds, concentrating on breeds easily found in the upper Midwest. The qualities of each breed will be discussed and the importance of choosing the best fiber for the project in mind and the proper preparation for spinning it. There will also be time for spinning alpaca and other more exotic animal fibers. Each day of the Spinning Series is a stand-alone one day course that will expose students of any level to a particular set of skills related to spinning. However, students are highly encouraged to enroll in 2 or 3 days for the fullest possible introduction to this engaging craft. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $15
Spinning the Luxury Fibers! with Stefania Isaacson 8/26/16
Silk, cashmere, yak, alpaca, mohair–all fibers that have been coveted around the world for centuries! Learn to spin them all as you explore the ins and outs of the more exotic fibers. In this class, students will blend a variety of these fibers with wool and also spin them by themselves. There will be extensive discussions on the characteristics of these fibers, how best to spin them, and the most appropriate uses for them in making an article of clothing. Students will use alpaca, llama, mohair, angora rabbit, dog, and cat as well as downy fibers like cashmere, yak, or quiviet. Take home information handouts on the fibers and many hand-spun samples. Students should have some experience spinning. length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25
Tablet Weaving with Traudi Bestler 6/28/16
Not all types of weaving require complex equipment or techniques. In this one day workshop, you will learn how to use simple cards with holes in the corners to create a mini “loom” for weaving narrow bands. The bands work well as book markers, handles for bags, hatbands, and trims for table linens or garments. Weaving tablets were found in Norway as early as 600AD. We can use this ancient technique to create modern textiles based on those designs. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $10 age with adult 12+
Woven tapestries are said to bring the northern landscape alive through geometric, curved, representational or abstract images. Using the North Shore landscape as inspiration, (a place of artistic expression for visual artists), you’ll explore this colorful craft and create a landscape tapestry of your own. In this 3-day class, you will assemble and warp a frame, then weave a small tapestry of your design. Proper mounting and hanging techniques will also be covered. Each student leaves with their tapestry frame, encouraged to continue crafting in their own setting. This course is appropriate for beginning weavers as well as those looking to build on their skill set.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $30
Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves with Traudi Bestler
Learn to weave on the rigid heddle loom while making a beautiful, lightweight scarf perfect for spring evenings. Using the instructor’s rigid heddle looms, students will learn how to set up the loom, weave the scarf, and finish it with a lovely fringe. No previous weaving experience is required to enjoy this class, and many students have gone on to purchase these relatively inexpensive looms and weave a wide variety of projects at home, including winter scarves, table runners and other woolen goods. For those who are intrigued with weaving but not ready to commit to a giant floor loom and big projects, the rigid heddle offers an accessible place to start learning the warp from the weft and other weaving intricacies. Tall Tale Yarn Shop, a local business, will provide a variety of yarns to choose from; plan to spend $25-$40.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($25-$40) age with adult 12+
Wool: The (Really) Full Experience-Dyeing, Felting, Spinning & WarpWeighted Looms with Elise Kyllo/Martha Owen/Elizabeth Johnston 6/2/16-6/5/16
Wool is an incredibly versatile, durable and beautiful fiber that can take many forms. Start at the very beginning of the process in this team-taught class, as you shear sheep, wash, dye and card the wool on Days 1/2. On Days 3/4, you will have a choice of projects: felting, spinning and weaving on a warp-weighted loom. Each student can experience two of these crafts, but will learn a bit about all three as you share your experiences as a group. The course will be led by three fiber experts: returning guest instructor Martha Owen of the John C. Campbell Folk School, international guest Elizabeth Johnston of Shetland, Scotland and long-time North House faculty Elise Kyllo, feltmaker extraordinaire who loves to use wool to create useful and whimsical things. This is a unique opportunity to fully immerse in wool craft. Songs and storytelling, as well as a public presentation on warpweighted looms will round out the experience. Days 1/2 will be large group sharing, washing, dying and carding wool. On Days 3 & 4, students will be able to choose a project. Day 3: Yarn Design and color, Flat Felting or Warp-Weighted Looms. Day 4: Hand-Carding, Spindle and Wheel, Felted Slippers or Warp-Weighted Looms. See northhouse.org for more information.
Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting with Elise Kyllo 6/16/16
Wool has the amazing capability of taking on great shapes, strength and forms when wet felted. In this class we will use the ancient practice of felting wool to sculpt a purely aesthetic and charming menagerie of creatures, both real and imagined. Using recycled wool, students will make a rough animal form, and then apply dyed wool roving over the form. Through the process of agitation, hot water and soap, a felted creature will emerge. Everyone will go home with a creature of their own design and an understanding of felting which could be transferred to other projects. This is an especially great opportunity for young imaginations to put their creative inclinations to work. length (days) 0.5 hours noon-5pm tuition $60 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $55 materials $15 age with adult 10+
Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More with Elise Kyllo
Since the party always seems to end up in the kitchen, it’s the perfect place for handmade felted woolen goods that are fire, mildew and odor resistant as well as beautiful and durable. In this two day course, students will work with wool to create potholders, coasters, trivets, placemats, table runners and more. The focus on flat felting techniques allows for the use of needle felting to create designs that ought to hang on the wall, not hide in a drawer. Students also have the option of registering for just the first day of this course to focus on smaller projects ($75/85). Students who enroll in the full two days will be able to complete a larger variety of projects. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 single day option $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 single day option $75 materials varies ($25-$35)
Woven, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle with Larry Schmitt 3/8/16-3/11/16
The intricate and colorful band weaving that is sometimes found on lusekofta (Norwegian ski sweaters) can be woven on a “spaltegrind.” This workshop will show how to transform a standard rigid heddle into a spaltegrind, a modification developed in the 1930s and 1940s by American weavers, to weave colorful, decorative bands that may include names, dates, and mottoes. In peasant crafts from Scandinavia, pattern is often laid upon pattern for dazzling effect. The use of these colorful bands in combination with two-color knitting is but one example of this approach to design. Students learn how to modify a standard rigid heddle and the basics of pick up weaving for bands. If desired, students can make appropriate shuttles – a small woodworking project.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $340 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $300 materials $25 age with adult 12+
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $380 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials varies ($70 and up) 19
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All Fired Up: Cooking with Fire with Eric Edgin 9/15/16
Humans domesticated fire a few hundred thousand years ago, but most people today take fire for granted. The easy access to controlled heat on stovetops or ovens causes little reflection into what a fire does for us. In this class, we will discuss the different types of heat that one can utilize to cook food, and the science that relates to these methods. We will use an open wood fire to acquaint ourselves with the different types of heat, and the techniques and types of foods that correspond to each type. The principles learned will provide a better understanding of what is happening in your kitchen when cooking, and will deepen and broaden your camp cooking skills. We’ll feast upon the meats, vegetables, and roots that we cook, which will result in a full sensory experience of fragrant smells, warmth from the fire, eyes on the fire and feast, and delectable tastes. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25
All Ground Up: Sausage Making with Jay Arrowsmith Decoux 10/1/16-10/2/16
All Fired Up: Cooking with Fire All Ground Up: Sausage Making Artisan Cheesemaking Braunschweiger: Love Your Liver in the Wurst Way Butchery Basics for the Home Cook Charcuterie Beyond the Basics: Traditional & Modern Methods of Meat Preservation Cluck, Cluck: A Chicken in Your Pot Cooking with Eggs Crafting Cider: Hard and Sweet Exploring Fermented Foods Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles Home Cheesemaking: Intro to Fresh Cheeses In a Jam and a Pickle: Stocking Up! Mother Sauces to Move Your Kitchen Forward Northwoods Cuisine: A Wild Culinary & Ecological Experience Pork Butchery for Home Use: Nose to Tail more details, more photos:
Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice
Make your own sausage flavored the way you like it using your favorite meats. As a class, we will make and take home 4-5 kinds of sausage of your choosing from a list of about 10 varieties. These will be fresh, non-smoked, non-cured sausages like bratwurst, breakfast sausage, Moroccan, Polish, Italian, Chorizo and more. Sausage meats include pork, chicken, beef and your own wild game (e.g. venison). Learn how to grind, season (using no MSG, no preservatives), stuff, cook, eat, and serve the best sausages in the world - taking home about 25 lbs of fresh sausage! Homemade, handmade, fresh from your kitchen, it doesn’t get any better than this.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials varies (approx $60-$90) age with adult 10+
Reinventing Rhubarb: Savory and Sweet Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods Sausages for the Summer Grill Smokin’ Sausage Solstice Cooking: Celebrating our Longest Days Springing into Spring Foods: From the Forest & Garden Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice Up in Smoke: Meats, Sausages and More Whole Foods Made Simple
baking Artisan Breads I Artisan Breads II Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads Small Breads: Pretzel Rolls, English Muffins & Bagels Whole Grain Bakery 20
Artisan Breads I with Amy James
Hand-crafted, long-fermented, hot-hearth baked - these are the hallmarks of artisan bread. In this course we’ll explore pre-ferments and a long cool rise to extract maximum flavor from the grains. We’ll practice skills that will help you achieve consistency in your baking, shape beautiful artisan loaves, and use techniques to fit baking into your busy life. In Artisan Breads I we will make Pan au Levain, Sourdough Boule with variations, and Herbed Flatbreads. We will bake in North House Folk School’s wood-fired oven, and you will learn how to create the hot-hearth experience in your home oven. Open to beginning and intermediate bakers, this course requires the ability to stand for periods of time, to knead dough by hand, and to walk to and from the teaching kitchen and the outdoor wood-fired oven. Artisan Breads I is not a pre-requisite to Artisan Breads II.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 5-9pm Day 2: 8am-4pm tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $125 materials $30
Artisan Breads II
Butchery Basics for the Home Cook
with Amy James
Hand-crafted, long-fermented, hot-hearth baked: There are so many kinds of breads to explore! This course covers the same underlying concepts of artisan baking found in Artisan Breads I, with a focus on using whole grains. You’ll learn how to use soakers and pre-ferments to extract flavor and nutrition from the grains, and techniques to fit baking into your busy schedule. Recipes include Ciabatta, Whole Grain Boule with variations, and Whole Grain Pita. We will bake in North House Folk School’s wood-fired oven, and you will learn how to create the hot-hearth experience in your home oven. Open to beginning and intermediate bakers, this course requires the ability to stand for periods of time, to knead dough by hand, and to walk to and from the teaching kitchen and the outdoor wood-fired oven. Artisan Breads I and II do not need to be taken sequentially. length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 5-9pm; Day 2: 8am-4pm tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $125 materials $30
Artisan Cheesemaking with Gary Colles 6/7/16-6/9/16
Can’t whey-t to take your home cheesemaking to the next level? Make your favorite cheese anytime you want. You will learn the basics of cheese making during class and then be able to replicate and experiment at home. We’ll cover milks, starters, bacteria, molds, and common household equipment for cheese making that you probably already have in your kitchen. We will make at least six cheeses, working our way through simpler cheeses like mozzarella and cream cheese towards more complex cheeses including feta and farm house cheddar. On day 3 we will make Caerphilly and a Norwegian cheese. The hard cheeses will need to be finished at home. Bring your cheese appetite (no guarantees that your cheeses will make it home intact!)
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $30
Braunschweiger: Love Your Liver in the Wurst Way with Craig/Dianne Peterson
Commercial liverwurst (braunschweiger) can’t hold a candle to the real thing. Learn to make your own healthful liverwurst out of ingredients that you choose, with flavors that you can adjust. Craig and Dianne Peterson have always enjoyed eating various forms of liver, in gourmet recipes, liver pate and of course, braunschweiger. Good braunschweiger has been increasingly hard to find, expensive and full of preservatives. After a few years of R&D, Craig and Dianne have finally come up with a predictable recipe that produces a tasty, healthy product with the right creamy consistency and flavor balance. Join them and learn to love your liver…wurst. Plan to take home plenty to share. length (days) 0 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20
with Scott Graden
It’s time to take your knife skills to the next level! In this two day course, New Scenic Cafe’s Chef Scott Graden will guide students through two days of the art of butchering poultry, meat, and fish. Each student will learn to sharpen and care for their knives, then dive into the fine points of breaking down and preparing duck, pheasant, rabbit, suckling pig, arctic char, and herring. Once you learn to work with whole animals, a new world of economical and high quality ingredients will open up! The course culminates in a shared meal for students and one guest in a harbor-side celebration of learning, community and delicious food.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $180 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $160 materials $85 includes daily lunch & dinner for 2 on Day 2
Charcuterie Beyond the Basics: Traditional & Modern Methods of Meat Preservation
with Craig/Dianne Peterson, Eric Edgin, Jay A. Decoux 3/31/16-4/2/16
In days gone by, eating meat meant butchering whole animals. A whole animal meant, pardon the pun, going “whole hog” into the preparation and preservation of all the parts of that animal. Today, many of those skills have fallen out of daily use, but here´s your chance to reclaim the simple and natural ways to keep meat in your diet all year-round. Through both hands-on participation and demonstration, we’ll cover a wide variety of skills and products. We’ll render lard, dry meats, prepare fresh sausages, smoke bone-in meats, fish and sausage, and cover freezing, brining, and curing a variety of meats as well. Students will take home a basketful of samples and the knowledge to tackle meat preservation in their home kitchens.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($65-$75)
Cluck, Cluck: A Chicken in Your Pot with Karalyn Littlefield 5/21/16
Forget about going in whole hog; this class is all about going in whole bird. Learn to break down and utilize all of the parts of a chicken in various recipes, including chicken picatta, soup and others. Each student will start with a whole chicken, and break it down through the class. Understanding how to utilize all parts of a chicken carcass allows for versatility in cooking and can also lend an economic advantage over purchasing prepared parts. Increasingly, thanks to farmers markets and backyard chicken coops, it’s easier to find whole, fresh chickens ready to be turned into several tasty meals. The course will include a discussion of food safety specific to handling raw meat. All levels of cooking experience welcome—prepare to leave with a belly full of chicken and a head full of ideas! length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies ($30-$40)
Cooking with Eggs with Karalyn Littlefield 5/22/16
Get egg-cited about the incredible, edible egg. Whether you raise backyard chickens or simply love ‘em by the dozen, the egg is a versatile cooking ingredient and an inexpensive protein. There are numerous delicious dishes that can be made with eggs. In this class, students will prepare elegant but manageable dishes such as popovers, flan and eggs Benedict. The course will explore eggs in general and food safety aspects of eggs and start cooking with eggs. Come prepared to learn and eat. All levels of cooking experience are welcome, including intergenerational participation from ages 10+. length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-noon tuition $55 per adult-child pair early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 per adultchild pair materials varies ($15-$20) age with adult 10+
Crafting Cider: Hard and Sweet with Lindsay Lee 10/16/16
From traditions reaching deep into American and European history, the art of making fine craft ciders is at once satisfying and simple. In this class we will start by pressing some juice, you’ll also learn about blending, yeast choices, racking, bottling and we’ll finish the day with a tasting session. All supplies like apples, carboys and samplers will be provided for demonstration in class. Participants are welcome to bring their own apples and containers if they are interested in starting a batch of their own. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20 ages 21+
Creative Condiments with Jenny Breen 8/20/16
Sometimes a little salsa, ketchup, aioli or chutney can take something great to the next level. We use condiments all the time, they are often the most interesting, or creative part of a meal, but rarely do we prepare them from scratch. August brings abundant fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices with which to create myriad flavors and textures that will add layers, and zing to your fresh proteins, veggies, and grains. Prepare and taste a wide variety of offerings, and take home recipes and samples to create in your home kitchen. length (days) 1 hours 9am-2pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25
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Exploring Fermented Foods
Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles
Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour
with Eric Edgin
Fermentation…not just for brewers anymore! These days, fermented foods that can be easily prepared in the home are increasingly popular, as people begin to appreciate the healthful and delicious qualities of this ancient method of food preparation. In this overview course, you’ll explore the science behind fermentation and various cultural traditions that employ these methods of food preservation. Prepare kraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, yoghurt, idli, and dosas, all easytolove and delicious recipes that provide a great springboard into the wide world of fermented foods. End the day with a smorgasbord of fermented foods provided by the instructor, and leave inspired to ferment further! You will also take home several samples to get you fermenting with excitement.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $50 age with adult 12+
with Ian Andrus
Have you always been interested in gathering wild foods but just weren’t sure where to start? This class is a great first introduction to spring edibles as we focus on just five common, nutritious and often abundant plants. These early risers sprout up almost as soon as the snow is gone, so you can be eating nutritious local green vegetables long before the farmers market gets rolling. We will start in the evening with introductions, ethics, and identification. The next day will consist of two field trips to locate and harvest the spring bounty. We will then come back to the classroom and prepare some simple dishes using what we collected. Participants should be prepared to hike 1-2 miles in the woods.
length (days) 1.25 hours Day 1:3-5pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm tuition $110 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $95 materials included
Home Cheesemaking: Intro to Fresh Cheeses with Rob Wells
with Amy James
The use of sprouted grain flour is on the forefront of whole grain baking. Made by sprouting nutritious whole grains, drying the sprouted kernels, and then grinding them into flour, this naturally sweet, nutritious, and easily digestible flour can be made from a wide variety of grains. One of the advantages of using these flours is that dough can be mixed and baked the same day and still achieve the maximum flavor potential from the whole grain – no need to pre-ferment the dough! Experiencing success using sprouted grain flour, however, does require techniques that take into consideration its unique characteristics. Each student will make, bake, and take home 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, Multigrain Crackers, and a Whole Grain Loaf, all using sprouted grain flour. Open to beginning and intermediate bakers, this course requires the ability to stand for periods of time, to knead dough by hand, and to walk to and from the teaching kitchen and the outdoor wood-fired oven. length (days) 1 hours 8am-4pm tuition $95 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $85 materials $35
No cheesy puns here, just an opportunity to spend a day learning how simple home cheesemaking can be. The main emphasis will be three fresh (non-aged) cheeses – mozzarella, ricotta, and soured milk cheese, but we will also learn the technique for a short-aged (one month) ricotta salata cheese. We’ll touch upon the history and culture of cheeses, as well as the differences between the varieties of cheeses – aged vs. fresh, rennet vs. nonrennet, waxed, mold-ripened, and more! At the end of the class, we will be using our new-found skills to make a great lunch, featuring our handmade mozzarella. This course is a great, though not required intro to the longer cheesemaking course offered later in the year.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-2pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 includes lunch
In a Jam and a Pickle: Stocking Up! with Beth Dooley 10/28/16
Preserve the glorious harvest of apples, pears, berries, root vegetables, onions, pickles, peppers, all from the garden, all good. We’ll review the basic preserving techniques and provide guidelines for different, sure-fire methods. Using less sugar and no added pectin, we’ll create healthy condiments that shine with natural flavors. Depending on what’s in season, we’ll create such recipes as: raspberry-rose hip jam; scarlet bell pepper and chile conserve; apple-juniper jelly; black currant vinegar; cardamom carrot relish; classic chutney, pickled beets, spiced crabapples. This class will focus on small-batch preserving for quicker, easier, and fresher results well suited to the way we eat and live today.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-3pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $50 includes jars age with adult 10+
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Mother Sauces to Move Your Kitchen Forward with Scott Graden
A simple but well-made sauce often sets apart a fine dining experience from rushed home cooking, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Join Chef Scott Graden of the New Scenic Café to learn the techniques and history behind the Mother Sauces of European cuisines, including béchamel, espagnole, hollandaise, tomato, and velouté. Sounds intimidating? These recipes might be more common and useful than you think. Your new arsenal of saucy skills will brighten, enrich, and simplify your cooking, whether you prefer to toss together dinner at the last minute or prepare multi-course feasts for friends on the weekend. Students should bring jars or containers to take some of the sauces home. The course culminates in a shared meal for students and one guest in a harbor-side celebration of learning, community and delicious food.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $180 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $160 materials $85 includes lunch each day and dinner on Day 2
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Pork Butchery for Home Use: Nose to Tail with Eric Edgin
Artisan Breads I
Northwoods Cuisine: A Wild Culinary & Ecological Experience with Eric Edgin 7/8/16
Experience Northwoods cuisine like never before while we expand the realm of possibilities for “local” food. This course is both a culinary experience and field-based exploration of the boreal forest. To begin, we’ll head into the field for a plant-walk in several habitats, learning how to identify and sustainably harvest our ingredients, along with an overview of the ecology and natural history of the area. The afternoon will be spent on campus preparing our dinner. Some dishes will be new recipes inspired by the ingredients themselves. Other dishes will employ methods and styles of regional cooking from around the world, utilizing the ingredients that exist in the northern environment. That evening, we will consume an interactive tasting menu with 12 courses, comparable to a fine dining experience that will feature dishes sure to expand your palate. Woven into the entire class will be discussion of food chemistry and physics, natural history, sustainability, foraging and wild crafting, cooking styles and techniques as they relate to each dish and the ecology each ingredient was derived from. This promises to be an unforgettable and unique experience on the North Shore.
length (days) 1 hours 9 am - 5 pm tuition $135 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $125 materials $75
Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven with Derek Lucchese
Hearth loaves, wood-fired cooking, traditional baking - all potential uses for the wood-fired masonry oven pioneered and made popular by Alan Scott. This workshop will explore the history of masonry ovens, oven construction, mixing dough and brick oven baking. Over the four days of the course we will, as a class, build a 27” x 36” oven starting with hearth construction, followed by the oven walls, arches, door and façade in succession. Construction will end with the façade arch and chimney, as time permits. The building of the foundation, block walls and the finishing of the oven façade, its insulation and housing will be explained in detail. Interspersed with oven building we’ll be mixing dough and baking bread! The focus of this portion of the class will be naturally leavened (sourdough) whole grain breads such as whole wheat, rye, spelt and kamut. By class end you’ll have natural leavened and baked bread to take home, plus all the knowledge needed to build your own oven and bake in it. To provide hands-on experience for all students in each of the aspects of building, this class is limited to 10 students.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $445 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials $20
In this class, we will learn and discuss the anatomy, cuts, and corresponding cooking methods of pigs. We will then use this knowledge to break down a pig together as a class using the traditional American style of butchering, which notably includes boston butt, picnic butt, ham, side, jowl, blade steak, etc. Throughout this process we will continue our discussions and sample various simple preparations. Day 3 will be spent on any remaining butchering tasks, before the class works together to prepare our cuts for an early dinner. We’ll enjoy a sumptuous meal we create as a class that you can re-create at home, honoring the pig by eating every last bit, nose to tail. Students will go home with pork cuts and sample preparations.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $100 age with adult 15+
Reinventing Rhubarb: Savory and Sweet with Kim Ode 6/26/16
No one is on the fence about rhubarb. But rhubarb lovers don’t mind the haters because that means more rhubarb for us! Still, even devotees can fall into a familiar pattern of pies, sauce and crisps. This class takes rhubarb in new directions -- as pickles, as curd, in appetizers, in salads, even paired with fish! Join Kim Ode, author of “Rhubarb Renaissance,” in exploring the savory side of this vegetable (yup, it is!), as well as learning some new twists on dessert. You’ll help prepare several dishes during the morning session, then enjoy them for a light lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll learn about growing and preserving rhubarb as we prepare more delights. We’ll wrap up the afternoon with “cocktail hour” with a fresh rhubarb beverage and eats. Bring an apron! length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20 includes lunch
Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods with Eric Edgin
Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads with Erin Swenson-Klatt 7/23/16
Soft rolls filled with cheese; crisp bread piled with savory toppings; and thin soft breads browning on the hearth Scandinavian flatbreads go far beyond Wasa crackers and lefse! In this course, students will work with northern whole grains, traditional spice combinations, and North House’s wood fired bread oven to create classic Scandinavian recipes, including crisp knäckebröd, soft tea cakes, and more. We will also discuss how breads are served at various mealtimes, enjoy a traditional Swedish fika (coffee break), and share tips for baking these simple breads at home. Bakers of all levels will enjoy exploring recipes and techniques still uncommon on this side of the Atlantic! Note, wood-fired baking techniques can be adapted to the home oven. Child/adult pairs are welcome, but this course requires the ability to stand for periods of time, to knead dough by hand, and to walk to and from the teaching kitchen and the outdoor wood-fired oven. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20 age with adult 10+
Sausages for the Summer Grill with Jay Arrowsmith Decoux 5/12/16 6/20/16 7/15/16
It’s the summer season and time for a course to enable the grill master in all of us to make our own sausages for the BBQ. Designed to teach you how to make several kinds of sausage for those easy summer meals--from andouille to Polish. You will learn to grind, season, mix, stuff, package, prepare and serve your favorites. Once you learn the basics you will be limited only by your own imagination in what you can create for your own grilling pleasure. Fire up the grill and don your apron, it’s a perfect course for summertime! length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies (approx. $35-$50) age with adult 10+
Small Breads: Pretzel Rolls, English Muffins & Bagels with Kim Ode
Historically a homebased craft and staple of diets and life the world over pre-twentieth century, cured meats and fish have sustained humans and cultures for generations. In this class we will reacquaint ourselves with the traditional knowledge of meat preservation with recent scientific understanding threaded throughout. You will learn how to dry cure whole cuts of pork, using the Italian method of salumi, which differs from other methods of meat curing because it uses no smoke. Instead, whole cuts of meat are salt cured, providing a simple and relatively easy introduction to meat curing that can be applied to a variety of animals. On day one, we’ll discuss the tradition and science of the process to develop our understanding. On day two, we will start with a side of pork to break down to whole cuts for curing. Dry curing, done with whole cuts, makes for a simple introduction to meat curing which can be applied to a variety of animals. On day three, we will start the cures using three main ingredients: salt, meat, and time. Your materials fee includes dry cured meats to take home as well as a shared celebratory community meal.
Discover the satisfaction of making your own pretzel buns for brats or sliders, griddling fresh English muffins for breakfast, getting the perfect “chew” in a bagel, and making a great cracker in no time. Baking your own bread is fun, and economical, but it also enables you to vouch for every ingredient. No preservatives needed because it’s eaten so quickly! We’ll use the commercial ovens in the North House teaching kitchen in this focused, one-day class so you’ll be able to make everything at home. We’ll eat our labors over lunch, and there will be extra bread to take home at the end of the day. Beginners are welcome, along with more experienced bakers. Bring an apron, and bags for take-home bread. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20 includes lunch
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $100
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with Jay Arrowsmith Decoux 6/21/16-6/22/16 7/16/16-7/17/16
Smoking can be good for you—if it’s sausage that is! The process of smoking has been around for centuries as a way to preserve meat. Smoked sausage takes on an entirely new character, is fully cooked, ready to eat, and has an extended shelf life. Smoking sausage is far more involved than either smoking whole meats or making fresh sausage. Learn the steps, ingredients and equipment necessary to create many varieties of smoked sausage. We will have several kinds of smokers and types of wood to work with and discuss during the class. Our class will include making kielbasa into links and rings and summer sausage in the familiar 2.5” casing. These and other recipes will be available along with some of each sausage to take home and enjoy. Some sausage making experience is much preferred, so if you have only eaten sausage we would encourage you to register for the Sausages for the Summer Grill course preceding this class. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $30
Solstice Cooking: Celebrating our Longest Days
with Jenny Breen 6/17/16
Solstice is a time to celebrate the arrival of long summer days, being outside and enjoying the season. What better way to enjoy the solstice than to create delicious dishes incorporating the freshest ingredients of the season (and maybe a few from seasons past too). We will work with fresh greens, herbs, onions and ramps, as well as some storage crops that connect us to the seasons we just weathered. Come prepared to dig into the meaning and history of symbolic solstice foods, and to chop, saute, simmer and roast our way to an abundant and flavorful meal. Lunch will be included in the class, as well as foods to take home. length (days) 1 hours 9am-2pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 age with adult 15+
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Springing into Spring Foods: From the Forest & Garden with Beth Dooley 6/11/16
Suddenly, it’s spring. And just as we shed wool for cotton, our menus lighten and brighten with the good things coming up in our gardens and along the wooded paths. This class will cover eating season/local in the times of transition, covering the great early greens (fiddleheads, baby lettuces, and early asparagus) along with some of the wild mushrooms, wild greens, watercress, nettles, and roots available this time of year. Depending on what’s in season the menu might look like this: Smoked Whitefish Pate with Horseradish Mousse, Chicken Liver Pate with Rhubarb Chutney, Amaranth Crackers, Roast Pork Loin with Juniper-Orange Coulis, Medley of Braised Jerusalem Artichokes, Parsnips & Carrots, Polenta with Wild Mushrooms & Nettles, Salad of Wild Greens & Dried Berries & Hazelnuts in Maple Vinaigrette, and Rhubarb Pavlova. A shared late lunch and recipe packet will round out your experience. length (days) 1 hours 9am-2pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 includes lunch
Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice with Ian Andrus 9/2/16-9/4/16
Manoomin, Zizani aquatica, wild rice… the symbolic grain of the North. Wild rice has been a significant food source for the people who have inhabited the Great Lakes region for centuries and who have harvested this annual grain generation after generation. In this course, you will paddle to a historic ricing bed for a day of harvesting and gain insight into the finishing of the grain. You’ll then learn about drying, parching, hulling, hand-winnowing and food preparation methods, and you will go home with your own finished rice. Participants are required to bring canoes (one canoe per pair - rentals available) and have previous paddling experience. Students who plan to rice on their own in the future should consider enrolling in one or both of the preceding courses to make the tools necessary to harvest and process rice, the pole and winnowing tray.
Whole Foods Made Simple with Jenny Breen 7/22/16
What is the RIGHT way to eat? What are WHOLE FOODS, and why do they matter? This course addresses some of the most basic, and important health related diet information while also exploring the infinite possibilities of cooking with fresh whole foods. We will dig into some of the advice and information that is out there, break it down, and determine the simplest, and most delicious ways to cook and eat whole foods.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-2pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 inlcudes lunch age with adult 12+
Whole Grain Bakery with Amy James
Expand your baking horizon by learning to craft tasty whole grain breads using soakers and pre-ferments to coax the most flavor and nutrition from the grain. Students will create whole grain wheat and rye breads, some supplemented by seeds and grains for extra texture, flavor, and health. The focus of at least one recipe will be how to bake with sprouted grain flour -- a naturally sweet, nutritious, and easily digestible alternative to standard whole grain flour. Breads will be baked in North House’s harbor side wood-fired oven and the teaching kitchen ovens. Information will be included about creating a hearth oven baking experience in your own home oven. Participants will go home with bread, recipes, one wild yeast culture, and the knowledge to bake these breads with confidence. Open to beginning and intermediate bakers, this course requires the ability to stand for periods of time, to knead dough by hand, and to walk to and from the teaching kitchen and the outdoor woodfired oven.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Days 2/3: 8am-4pm tuition $215 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $45
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $20 age with adult 14+
Up in Smoke: Meats, Sausages and More with Jay Arrowsmith Decoux 8/25/16-8/27/16
Smoking meats and sausage is a method of preservation that has been around for centuries. It adds a whole new level of flavor to any meat. In this class you will use a variety of smokers and have a wide selection of woods to choose from to learn how to marinate, brine, cure and smoke beef for corned beef, pork belly for bacon, pork butts, poultry, fish, sausage and even cheese. Since curing and brining are longer-term processes, some cuts will be started in the cure a week before the class so they will be ready to complete the smoking process during our three days together. Other cuts will be available so the course participants will be able to start the cure process. Plan to take home many kinds of smoked meats, lots of recipes and great ideas.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($50-$75)
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North Shore Pebble Jewelry: Extended Experience with Molly Sharp/Meredith Middleton Burns 10/5/16-10/9/16
By popular demand, Molly Sharp and her assistant Merideth Middleton Burns offer an extended version of this popular course. The five day immersive experience will allow students to create a number of pieces, or work on more complicated projects. If you’ve ever collected perfectly smooth pebbles from the shores of Lake Superior or other places in the world and wondered what to do with them, this course offers the perfect solution. Students will spend an hour or so the first day gathering pebbles and then will use diamond-encrusted drill bits to drill holes in them. The pebbles can then be made into pendants, necklaces, bracelets and rings. Sterling silver wire, chain, tubing and sheet will be used to fabricate unique pieces of jewelry. Discover the song of the jeweler’s saw, the hum of the drill, the intrigue of cold connections and the thrill of completed pieces of jewelry using age-old techniques…truly treasures from the North Shore. Some soldering skills will be introduced.
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $475 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials varies ($55-$85) age with adult 13+
On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting with Michael Seiler
If you’ve ever picked up a rough stone and wondered what’s inside, it’s time to try your hand at the magic of stone cutting! Veteran goldsmith and stone cutter extraordinaire Michael Seiler will lead students through the process of cutting, finishing, and polishing a variety of agates - perfect for your next craft or jewelry project. While the class will focus its exploration on the properties of fancy agates and jaspers, students are invited to bring their own stones to work with, and the techniques learned in this course will apply to creating all kinds of cabochons, or polished gemstones. It’s time to empty those jars of pebbles and reveal the unique and natural beauty of cut and polished stones!
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $270 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $95
Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet with Liz Bucheit Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette
jewelry Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings North Shore Pebble Jewelry: Extended Experience On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette Viking “Knit” Chain Bracelet
Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings with Todd Hawkinson 11/11/16-11/13/16
Rings on fingers have been around since the beginning of civilization. Egyptian and Greek legend place the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand, because of a belief that the vein of that finger directly traveled from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this the ‘vena amoris’, which is Latin for ‘the vein of love’. In this class, students will carve a ring to be cast in sterling silver. The result will be a lovely, personal piece made to fit, by hand. Wax carving, casting set up, torch melting, spin casting and polishing well be demonstrated and practiced. No previous experience is necessary to make a beautiful ring. Tools and materials will be provided.
3/12/16 7/1/16 9/14/16
The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Saami adornment incorporated elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this course you’ll explore the traditional techniques of triple braiding coiled pewter wire and sewing the finished braid to a softened reindeer hide strip. A reindeer antler button finishes off the bracelet. With a 30 year background in Scandinavian jewelry arts, Liz uses the finest quality vegetable tanned “svart” (black) reindeer hide and pewter wire comprised of 96% tin and 4% silver imported directly from Sweden. A materials fee of $95 per student will be collected by the instructor at the conclusion of class. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies (approx $95)
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1:4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $175 materials $45 25
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation with Liz Bucheit 3/13/16 7/2/16
Expand on your Saami bracelet skills! In this class we will create a wide multi braided bracelet with a variety of intricate braids and coils using traditional spooled pewter coil. If you loved the single braid style of the Saami bracelet class and want to experiment with different braiding combinations this is your opportunity to individualize your style. Besides the traditional “svart” or black choice of leather choose from a variety of reindeer leather colors including antique brown, moss green, cornflower blue and tomato red. New students interested in this course are encouraged to enroll in the Saami Bracelet class offered the prior day. All tools and materials provided. A materials fee of approximately $125 per student will be collected by the instructor at the conclusion of class. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies (approx $125)
Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette with Michael Seiler
Shiny objects catch your eye? Ready to create your own designs in silver? In this class you will learn the basic foundations of silversmithing. Bring your creativity and an aptitude to try new things. We will cover soldering, fabricating and hand forming metal into your own design. This class offers students creative rein with their projects, including rings, necklaces, earrings or simple metal objects. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the basics or grow as a fledgling jeweler. All the tools will be provided to create your masterpiece. Sterling silver will be available for purchase at the time of the class (see materials fee).
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials varies ($65 and up)
Viking “Knit” Chain Bracelet with Liz Bucheit 9/15/16
Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique, to create a beautiful silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps. Historically, this unique method of weaving resembles “nalbinding” knitting and was used to fabricate everything from sweaters to netting for catching fish! You’ll have the opportunity to complete a bracelet in a single day – no previous experience required – and all tools and materials will be provided. Add a charm for an additional charge or bring one of your own! length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $80 materials varies (approx. $95)
The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming
music & stories Stringed Instrument Maintenance for Musicians The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming
Traditional American Dance: Freestyle Clogging Traditional American Dance: Keep On Clogging
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The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming with Eric Mase
The timeless beat of the drum stems back to a time when we made our own music literally from the ground up. Before drum shops and before Putumayo, materials were hand-harvested from the forest to create wonderful sounds and were used to find rhythm in the world. In this course you will learn to carve a cedar hand drum from a hand-harvested log and then explore hand drumming patterns for lifelong skills with music. You will also work with softened rawhide as it is stretched to a desired tension and tone in the drum head. Although every drum will vary, the finished drum will be approximately 9” in diameter and 8” in depth.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-Noon tuition $160 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $50
Stringed Instrument Maintenance for Musicians with Dave Seaton
We all know the myths but what are the facts concerning your prized instruments? How does cold effect my guitar? Do I have to change strings one at a time? What should I use to clean my Mandolin? Why won’t my banjo play in tune? Knowing how to use and take care of your stringed instrument properly will save you money and protect your investment. Dave Seaton is a luthier who does lots of repairs on stringed instruments, many of which could have been avoided with proper maintenance. This will be an interactive class with lots of discussion around the instruments and issues presented.
length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-Noon tuition $35 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $25 materials included
Traditional American Dance: Freestyle Clogging with Andy Lambert 7/16/16
Turn your feet into percussive instruments by learning the fundamentals of Appalachian freestyle clogging! This course covers everything from the historical roots of clogging, to the basic steps and poly-rhythmic layering. Clogging (a.k.a flatfooting and buckdancing) was the original percussive accompaniment to old time string band music, which dates back to the early 1800s. As with freestyle cloggers back then, you’ll learn to think like a drummer and become an accompanying instrument. Previous dance experience helps, but beginners welcome. length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included
Traditional American Dance: Keep On Clogging with Andy Lambert 7/17/16
Can’t get enough clogging? Once you start this traditional American form of folk dance, it can be hard to stop. In this session, we’ll expand on what you already know, learning new more complicated steps and stringing together longer patterns. Previous clogging experience (including the introductory course offered the day before) is highly recommended, as we will move more quickly in this intermediate session.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included
northern ecology Beekeeping Basics Birding Basics Birding By Ear Boreal Birding Workshop Field Botany Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes 27
Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota’s North Shore What’s This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN’s Central North Shore more details, more photos:
24-26 Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner’s Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community p. 39
18-20 Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
31-4/2 Charcuterie Beyond the Basics: Traditional & Modern Methods of Meat Preservation p. 21 31-4/3 Mohair Cinch Weaving p. 17
1-3 Mosaic Garden Art p. 43 2-3 Oar Construction: Make Your Own Set
14-17 Outdoor Timbered Benches p. 40
2-4 Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving p. 45 2-4 Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls p. 49 2-4 Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions
3-4 Norwegian Knifemaking: Crafting the Everyday ‘Hverdags’ Knife p. 10
6 Embellishment Techniques for Wood
6 Marking Time: Making Your Own Norwegian Primstav Calendar Stick
p. 45 p. 45
6 Saving Face: Carving Facial Details
8-16 Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames p. 41 8-11 Woven, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle p. 19 11-12 Capturing the Frozen Shore: Photographing Lake Superior in Winter
11-13 On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting
11-13 Whole Grain Bakery p. 24
12 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
13 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation p. 26 18-20 Adirondack Chair Building p. 47 18-19 Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps p. 18 18-20 Scandinavian-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric for Garments and Home Furnishings p. 14
16-17 Spindle Turning on the Spring Pole Lathe p. 48
27-29 Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
& Service Learning Weekend
27-28 Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles p. 22
22-24 Carve Signs for Campus: Incise Letter Carving Service Learning Session p. 45 22-24 First Impressions: Building Exterior Doors Service Learning Course p. 47
27-29 Friction Fire Starting: Bushcraft Skill Building p. 32 27-29 Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves p. 19 28-30 Tuesi: Birch Bark Canisters with Vladimir Yarish p. 8
26-28 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
28-5/8 Building the Fur Trade Rifle p. 42 29 Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way 30-5/1 Black Ash Basketry: An Introduction
1-5 Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes p. 31
30-5/3 Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven p. 23
2-5 Wool: The (Really) Full Experience-Dyeing, Felting, Spinning & WarpWeighted Looms p. 19
30-5/1 The Harvest Basket: Red-Osier Basketry
3 Beekeeping Basics p. 30
p. 43 p. 7
3 Birding Basics p. 30
3-4 Boreal Birding Workshop p. 30 3-4 Northern Landscapes Photography
4-8 Basic Timber Framing p. 40
4-8 Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop p. 37
4-6 Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building
3-5 What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota’s North Shore p. 30
6-7 Artisan Breads II p. 21
4 Birding By Ear p. 30
7-8 Custom Leather Sandal Construction
4-5 Field Botany p. 30
7-8 Green Wisdom for the Spring Season
4-5 Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond p. 30
7-9 Artisan Cheesemaking p. 21
8 Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour
7-10 Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder’s Workshop
11-14 Knife, Bowl & Spoon: Four Days of Woodcraft p. 47
8-12 German-Style Timber Framing p. 40 9-11 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
12-14 Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade p. 9
12 Sausages for the Summer Grill p. 23
13-14 Focus! The Basics of Photography
13-15 Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair
21-4/1 Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram p. 12
14-15 Mother Sauces to Move Your Kitchen Forward p. 22
21-25 Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions p. 12
16-20 Nålbinding Mittens, Socks, Caps: The Scandinavian Textile Craft p. 14
16 Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting p. 19
Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival
17 Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics
17 Solstice Cooking: Celebrating our Longest Days p. 24 20-22 Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade p. 9 20-23 Bowl Carving in the Swedish Style with Beth Moen p. 44 20-21 Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own
20-26 Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals p. 12
20 Sausages for the Summer Grill p. 23
20-22 Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation p. 45 21-25 Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) p. 36 21-22 Smokin’ Sausage p. 24 22-23 Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own
23-25 Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial p. 47 24-26 Birch Bark Berry Basket: Workshop and Field Harvest p. 6
25-28 Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction p. 12 25-26 Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle
25 Small Breads: Pretzel Rolls, English Muffins & Bagels p. 23
26 Reinventing Rhubarb: Savory and Sweet
28 Tablet Weaving p. 19
29 Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding p. 17
30 Easy Weaving on a Cardboard Loom
1-3 Antler Basketry p. 6 1 Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” p. 32 1-3 On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting
1 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
2 Birch Bark Mason Jar Basket p. 6
2 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation p. 26
5-8 Fly Fishing The North Shore p. 32 5-8 Build Your Own Yurt p. 37
9-18 Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation p. 36
10-12 Build a Bamboo Fly Rod p. 32
9-11 Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making
11-12 Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery p. 16
11 Springing into Spring Foods – From the Forest & Garden p. 24
13-17 Staved Containers-An Introduction to White Cooperage p. 48 14-16 Primitive Rug Hooking: Beginning Techniques p. 18 28
15-17 Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving p. 45
24-26 Tapestry Weaving: Painting with Fiber
1 Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” p. 32
12-14 Woodblock Printmaking p. 43
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22 Cooking with Eggs: Kids in the Kitchen
26-27 Russian Birch Bark Weaving Tutorial with Vladimir Yarish p. 8
18-19 Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance p. 32
20 No-Knit Felted Hats p. 18
22 Carving Folk Toys & Tricks p. 42
16-17 Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft
20 Home Cheesemaking: Intro to Fresh Cheeses p. 22
24-29 Forge-Welding a Damascus Blade and Other Items p. 10
18-19 Sharpening Tutorial p. 11
21 Willow Plant Supports for the Garden
16-17 Butchery Basics for the Home Cook
28-5/1 Build Your Own Yurt p. 37
2-4 Nordic Relief Carving: From the Acanthus Plant to Dragon Motifs p. 45
23-25 Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
15-17 Etched Birch Bark Basketry p. 7
2-4 Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes p. 45
21 Cluck, Cluck: A Chicken in Your Pot
21 Pattern,Texture, Paint: Personal Expression through Craft p. 45
1-3 Black Ash Pack Baskets p. 7
20-22 Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others p. 11
april Herbalism Apprentice: Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community
20-22 Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions p. 35
15-17 Hand-Forged “Using” Knife p. 10
8 Northwoods Cuisine: A Wild Culinary & Ecological Experience p. 23
9-10 Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle
9-10 Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag p. 43 9-10 Net Making: The Carrying Sack p. 43 9-10 Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket p. 18
13-15 Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making
13-17 Damascus Folding Jackknife: Make Your Own p. 10 14-17 Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop
14 Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way
15 Sausages for the Summer Grill p. 23
15-17 Weaving the Hand Bag Basket p. 8
16-17 Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons p. 47
16-17 Smokin’ Sausage p. 24
16 Traditional American Dance: Freestyle Clogging p. 27
17 Traditional American Dance: Keep On Clogging p. 27 21-23 Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial p. 47 21-22 Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class p. 16
21 Spinning Series: At the Wheel p. 18
22-23 Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft
22 Needle Woven Beadwork p. 17
22-23 Shaker Box Tradition: Make a Stacking Set p. 48 22 Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers p. 18 22 Whole Foods Made Simple p. 24 23-24 Basic Flintknapping p. 9 23-24 Basswood Bark Coiled Basketry p. 6 23-24 Natural Botanicals: Wild Medicine Workshop p. 39
23 Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads
23 Spinning Series: Exploring Fibers p. 19 24 Shaker-Style Carriers: Further Exploration p. 48
26-29 Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology
27-31 Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session p. 34
28 Craft of Sail p. 36
10-14 Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv p. 10
12 Finger Weaving p. 16
20-30 Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak p. 12
13-14 Handmade Photography: Intro to Cyanotype Printing p. 34
15-20 Forging the Scandinavian Small Forest Axe p. 10 18 Natural Dyes in the Steambox p. 17
24-25 Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook p. 10
19-21 What’s This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN’s Central North Shore p. 31
24-25 Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More p. 19
20-21 Sweet Grass Basketry p. 8
6-7 Northwoods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket p. 7 10-13 Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels p. 9
1-2 All Ground Up: Sausage Making p. 20
1-2 Crafting the Carver’s Drawknife p. 9
26-28 Rosemaling: Os Style p. 35
1 Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” p. 32
26 Spinning the Luxury Fibers! p. 19
1-2 Pine Needle Basketry p. 7
27 Red, Yellow, Purple, Blue: Exploring Extracts for Dyeing p. 18
28 Shades of Blue: Intro to Indigo p. 18
8-9 Exploring Fermented Foods p. 22
8-9 The Harvest Basket: Red-Osier Basketry
11-13 Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks p. 13 11-13 Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings
16-17 Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners 16-18 Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods
13-15 Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket p. 7
8 Braunschweiger: Love Your Liver in the Wurst Way p. 21
8-17 Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation p. 36
10-11 Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery
5-7 Turned Lidded Boxes p. 49
7-11 Basic Timber Framing p. 40
4-6 Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair p. 49
8-9 The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming p. 27
2-4 Crafting the Throwing Axe p. 9
9-11 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
4-6 Pork Butchery for Home Use: Nose to Tail p. 23
8-9 October Skies: Night Photography Workshop p. 34
9-10 Artisan Breads I p. 20
17-20 Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own p. 32
1 Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” p. 32
31-11/2 Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Vessels on the Lathe p. 48
7-9 Windsor Stool: On the Lathe p. 49
New Fall/Winter Course Dates Available Online
31-11/2 Making Your Mark: Adding Color and Texture to Your Work p. 48
7-9 Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner’s Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community p. 39
5-9 North Shore Pebble Jewelry: Extended Experience p. 25
7-8 Bobbin Lace Making p. 15
31-9/5 Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) p. 36
10-13 Yurt Building: Design and Construction
1-2 Hand-Twisted Cattail-Rush Footstool Weaving p. 43
26-28 Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen p. 47
28-30 Boundary Waters Travel Basket Up the Trail p. 7
25-27 Up in Smoke: Meats, Sausages and More
27-29 Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session p. 49
4-6 Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Up the Gunflint Trail
1-2 Canvas & Leather Firewood Sling: Build Your Own p. 42
14-16 Coiled Basketry: The Pine Needle Pouch
14-16 Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug p. 16
14-16 Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table
15-16 Celestial Navigation p. 36
15 Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series
6-7 Felted Rugs p. 16
27-29 Art of the Box: Contemporary Woodworking in Traditional Forms
3-4 Turning with a Skew Chisel p. 49
23-9/5 Wood-Canvas Canoe: Build Your Own with Guest Instructor Jerry Stelmok
2-10 Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames p. 41 5-7 Woodshop Intro for Women p. 49
22-28 Crafting the Traditional Pattern-Welded Puukko Knife p. 9
5-7 Traditional Hide Tanning p. 43
29-10/1 Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions
20-21 Traditional Paper Rush Chair Seat Weaving p. 48
2-7 Forge-Welding a Damascus Blade and Other Items p. 10
28-10/2 Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Fall Equinox Session p. 34
20 Creative Condiments p. 21
27-29 Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Utensils on the Lathe p. 48
28 In a Jam and a Pickle: Stocking Up!
23-25 Sewing the Saami-Inspired Tuomisalo Hat p. 14
18 Craft of Sail p. 36
11 Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour
23-25 Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge p. 44
1 Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” p. 32
21-25 Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop p. 37
13-14 Cattail Weaving: The Northern Fedora
29-31 Natural Plant Dyes p. 17
16 Natural Dyes in the Steambox p. 17
12-14 Timber Carving Tutorial p. 46
29-31 Black Ash Pack Baskets p. 7
29 Leaf Printing in the Steambox p. 17
19-21 Nålbinding Hats p. 14
2-4 Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice p. 24
29-31 Intermediate Rug Hooking: Open Session p. 17
16 Stringed Instrument Maintenance for Musicians p. 27
12-14 Inkle Loom Weaving p. 16
29-31 Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood
15-18 Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven p. 23
16 Crafting Cider-Hard and Sweet p. 21
14 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
20-21 Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class p. 16
14-15 Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette
21-23 Rosemaling: Valdres-Style p. 35
20 Spinning Series: At the Wheel p. 18
14-15 Woven Birch Bark Basketry p. 8
21 Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers p. 18
15 All Fired Up: Cooking with Fire p. 20
22 Kids Knit! p. 17
15 Leaf Printing in the Steambox p. 17
22 Sewing Deerhide Baby Booties p. 14
15 Viking “Knit” Chain Bracelet p. 26
27-29 Artistic Bark-Edged Bowls p. 47 29
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Boreal Birding Workshop
with Jeanne Wright/Mark Ditmanson
Hobby beekeeping is growing as people realize how rewarding it can be to collaborate with the amazing honey bee. A few pieces of equipment, a little bit of training, and a lot of patience can lead to not only delicious honey for you and yours, but a new relationship with the environment as you “tune in” with the bees. Join local beekeepers Mark Ditmanson and Jeanne Wright for a primer on how to get started in beekeeping. They’ll cover the basics of equipment and hive management, discuss how to obtain bees, how to maintain and over-winter hives in the harsh northern climate, and how to cultivate the landscape for your bees. Get your questions answered and leave inspired to become an apiarist in your own backyard. Weather permitting, we’ll include a visit to a local beekeeper’s hives. length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-noon tuition $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials included
Birding Basics with Nate Johnson 6/3/16
The spring migration of birds can be overwhelming, with multitudes of different species singing and passing by all at once. While it is exciting to finally catch of glimpse of a rare warbler, it is just as good to finally know the difference between a Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, or to recognize the song of the ubiquitous Goldfinch. This class will focus on nailing down the most common birds of the area, as well as highlighting a few of the more difficult - but still prevalent - warblers and waterfowl. This day will give students a solid foundation in the basics of birding in Minnesota, allowing for expansion into the complexities that await. Due to the early start of this class, please plan to check-in at North House on the day preceding at 5pm for a brief introductory session. length (days) 1 hours 7:30am-3:30pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included
Birding By Ear with Ann Russ 6/4/16
Most birds are not known for sitting still. By learning to recognize their songs, calls and the habitats they live in, you can have a satisfying birding experience every time you step outdoors, with or without your binoculars! In this one day workshop we’ll travel to various habitats and birding hotspots in Cook County, listening and watching for spring migrants. Ann will share tips and tricks for remembering bird songs. Bring your binoculars, but be prepared to listen to the birds. length (days) 1 hours 6am-2pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included age with adult 14+
with Bob Janssen
Spring in northeastern Minnesota is truly alive with life. After a winter of cold and white, there is a veritable explosion of all things feathered. The Boreal Birding Workshop is field focused, offering students a rare opportunity to immerse in this world and develop an appreciation for the wide range of bird species that thrive in the region’s range of habitats. Utilizing shared van transportation that allows discussion between stops, students will explore many of the area’s classic destinations (i.e. multiple state parks, the Susie Island overlook, High Falls, Oberg Mtn) and will emphasize both visual and voice identification skills. Typically 10-15 species of warblers, including Blackburnian and Black-Throated Blue Warblers, are recorded. Boxed lunches (included in materials fee) will also be provided both days to maximize flexibility in the field. Instructor Bob Janssen has been an active Minnesota birder for almost 60 years. He is also an author, award-winner and inspiring teacher. As time and weather allow, classroom sessions on northeastern Minnesota birds may be included. This course is part of the annual Northern Landscapes Festival. Due to the early start of this class, please plan to checkin at North House on the day preceding at 5pm for a brief introductory session.
length (days) 2 hours Day 1: 7am-4pm Day 2: 7am-4pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $75 (incl van transport and two lunches) age with adult 14+
Field Botany with Nate Johnson 6/4/16-6/5/16
It’s June and here they come, the plants are coming! This course heads into the woods just as the plant life is bursting and take a detailed look at the structures and relationships of what’s in the boreal forest, as well as the general plant ecology of the environment. Day one will focus on trees and shrubs, learning to ID approximately 25 species by twigs, leaves, bark, and overall form, and then go in depth with their possible uses in traditional craft, both current and historical. Day two will focus on emergent wildflowers and the multitude of other green things are also growing - grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns, and more. Expect to walk away with a better understanding of plant identification, families, and structure, as well as a more broad knowledge of the lesser known types of ground cover. A walk in the woods will never be the same! Students are welcome to register for each day independently ($75/$85) to focus on a particular area.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 single day $85, specify which at registration early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 single day $75, specify which at registration materials included
Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond with Jim Gilbert
Nature has its own rhythms and these days, it can be hard to predict! Phenology is the recording of the natural calendar—the arrival times of various migrating birds, lake ice-outs, blooming dates of wildflowers, harvest times for crops, and tree leaves changing color in the fall are all events that help us understand the pulse of the landscape. Join co-author of the Minnesota Weather Guild Calendar Jim Gilbert for a hands-on exploration of spring phonological events on the North Shore. We’ll go into the field to observe what’s happening in a variety of habitats, including wildflower and other plant identification, as well as observation of birds, insects and the water. Since long-term phenology monitoring helps us keep track of the changing world, the events that we observe and record during this class will be compared with several years in the past. Jim will get you started with your own phenology journal or list of nature’s happenings, which will draw you deeper into a relationship with the environment.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-4pm, Day 2: 9am-noon tuition $125 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $115 materials $5
What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota’s North Shore with Jim Miller
How many times have you walked along a cobbled beach or a rocky ledge along the North Shore and wondered: What’s this rock? Where did it come from? Why is it here? And Lake Superior agates – what do they look like? Where do I find them? How do they form? This is your opportunity to not only have those questions answered by an expert on North Shore geology, but to also learn some basic observational tools that will help you identify many rocks along the shore and understand the story they tell. After an introductory lecture, the remainder of the course will be in the field along the North Shore. We will examine volcanic rocks that tell the dramatic story of spectacular lava eruptions that spilled across a vast barren landscape over one billion years ago. We will also investigate sediments and landforms created by enormous continental glaciers that have intermittently filled the Lake Superior basin over the past two million years.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1:5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-2pm tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials included age with adult 10+
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota’s North Shore
What’s This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN’s Central North Shore
with Jim Miller
Lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating geology of the North Shore with UMD geology professor Jim Miller. Using only your powers of observation, we will “read” the rocks along the Lake Superior shoreline to unravel its billion year-old geological story - a tale that can be best characterized as one of Fire and Ice. After an introductory presentation on Friday night, the class will travel to Tettegouche State Park on Saturday morning and visit classic North Shore exposures on the way back to Grand Marais. The day-long trip will include stops at Cascade River, Sugarloaf, and Temperance River. Sunday morning starts out with a hike up the Cascade River, followed by rock-hounding on the shore of Lake Superior. After this excursion, you’ll never see the North Shore the same way. length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Day 2: 8am-5pm Day 3: 9am-2pm tuition $180 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials included age with adult 10+
Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes
with Margie Menzies/Lisa Tracy
North House Folk School is excited to partner with Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center and University of Minnesota-Extension to host the Northwoods-Great Lakes Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course on the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior. Dig into northern ecology in this five day immersion course that offers a wide variety of field experiences to explore a variety of area plant and animal communities, amazing geology, and Lake Superior, while also investigating human interactions in these ecosystems. Situated on the Grand Marais Harbor, North House offers an exceptional launching place for learning about the Northwoods and Lake Superior. This session will be offered during the Northern Landscapes Festival, a week when some of Minnesota’s finest naturalists converge at North House to take in the emerging spring season through birding, phenology and geology field experiences as well as evening lectures-- no doubt a few of these experts will drop-in to share their knowledge, an added bonus to the already highly qualified lead instructors Margie Menzies and Lisa Tracy. Join us for a tightly packed whirlwind of adventures and learning! This course qualifies participants to become Master Naturalists after a capstone project is completed, as well as the commitment to volunteer for 40 hours during the year. Registration is available through the University of Minnesota Extension at www.minnesotamasternaturalist. org/courses/. length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm, some evening sessions tuition $375 materials included
Fly Fishing the North Shore
Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making Build a Bamboo Fly Rod Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” 31
Fly Fishing The North Shore Friction Fire Starting: Bushcraft Skill Building Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance more details, more photos:
Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Tradi- Fjord Horse Experience: tional Long Bow & Arrow Making Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving”
Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own
with Rick Yonker
with Philis Anderson 6/1/16-10/15/15
This course takes students through the step-by-step process of crafting a wooden longbow, wooden-shafted arrow and bow string. To facilitate learning about constructing a traditional bow, students start with a roughcut stave of hickory. Bows are backed with flax-fiber linen. Arrows include field point and feathers. String is made using the traditional Flemish twist technique. Throughout the course participants learn the basics of working wood with a drawknife, carpenter’s scraper and other traditional hand tools. Class discussion includes design theory, different bow shapes, and the art of tillering a bow (getting it to bend correctly). As time and weather permit, students will practice shooting techniques on campus.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $260 age with adult 12+
Build a Bamboo Fly Rod with Kris Kristufek 6/10/16-6/12/16
Prized for the elegance and soft, graceful action they offer, traditional bamboo fly rods have been used for millennia. Today, there is a renaissance amongst traditional fly fisherman to return to this noble fishing tool, crafted from carefully harvested and prepared materials. Building a bamboo fly rod will allow the student to understand and appreciate how these tools are assembled and used. Students will use British Chapman pre-made bamboo blanks using vintage tapers, German Nickel Silver rings and ferrules, flor cork, British bronze snake guides and fine Japanese silk whipping threads. Students will learn the vocabulary of rod building, along with the skills necessary to build a complete a two piece, two tips 4/5wt fly rod that is 7.5ft long. After completion of the rods, the class will head out on a short fly fishing excursion to a nearby stream or lake to try out their new fishing rods, as time and weather allow.
length (days) 3 hours Day 1: 9am-6pm, Day 2/3: 8am-5pm tuition $330 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $300 materials varies, approx $750 payable to instructor
Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod with Kris Kristufek 5/27/16-5/29/16
There’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish, but this course lets students go a step beyond fishing and build their own fishing rod. We’re not talking sapling, string and safety pin: under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek, students will build a technically perfect spin or casting rod up to 7’ long using high quality American-made materials. There will be plenty of opportunities to personalize the rod with a choice of blanks, action/power, colors and inscriptions. This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and supplies are furnished. Over three days, students will learn how to build a fishing rod from carbon fiber, attach the handles and reel seats, find the spine, guide placement, wrap guides, apply epoxy finish, and learn basic decorative thread cross wrapping. On the last day, students will head to a nearby lake and try out their hand-built creations. Why settle for a big box store rod when you can build your own?
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, 7-9pm, Day 3: 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $200 age with adult 14+ more details, more photos:
Enjoy a two-hour experience with Norwegian Fjord Horses, a unique breed of gentle horses, while learning the basics of pleasure driving a horse and cart. Selectively bred for more than 20 centuries, Norwegian Fjord Horses might best be described as short and stocky, friendly and versatile. Whether pulling boats along Scandinavia’s fjords, working in farm fields, or pulling a cart to market, fjord horses were important partners for generations of farmers. Lessons begin in an outdoor arena and progress to beautiful trails through the quiet woods above Grand Marais. This experience is open to all, including those who would prefer simply to relax and take a pleasure drive with a team of fjord horses driven by the instructor. Up to four additional family members or friends are welcome to share in the cart/wagon ride pulled by these gentle giants, for an additional $25 per person. Available most days June 1 to October 15, weather permitting. length (days) 0.5 hours 10am to Noon or 2-4pm tuition $75 ($25/for additional friend/family member) early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included age with adult 12+
Fly Fishing The North Shore
with Rueben Swenson/Jan Shepherd/Erik Swenson 7/5/16-7/8/16
The North Shore area of Lake Superior provides some highly prized fly fishing opportunities. Several inland lakes stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout are accessible by float tubing. In the spring, the streams entering Lake Superior offer steelhead and coaster brook trout fishing. This course is designed for the beginner or advanced fly fisher who wants to learn about the proper equipment, necessary knots and casting techniques, as well as how to identify fish forage and match the flies to use. The course includes extensive float tubing practice on inland lakes. Each day begins in the classroom with lecture and discussion and then moves outdoors to apply skills in a series of on-the-water field sessions on inland lakes using float tubes to seek trout, bass or pike. This course is designed not only to teach skills necessary for fly fishing the North Shore but to provide a good foundation for fly fishing lakes and streams anywhere. Course materials provided by the instructors include fly tippet, leaders, fly box, a dozen flies, and some other useful gear.
length (days) 4 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2/3: 1-9:30pm, Day 4: 10am-6pm tuition $395 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $380 materials $95 age with adult 12+
Friction Fire Starting: Bushcraft Skill Building with Kyle “Lindy” Lind 5/27/16-5/29/16
From fungi to birch bark, rocks to lichen, the boreal forest is home to many useful things that can be used to spark a flame: no matches required. Through a mix of field-based and on-campus experiences, students will discover how to make fire by friction and how to identify and prepare the most useful natural tinders & kindlings found in the northern forest. Students will construct and learn to use a friction fire kit that includes a bow drill and hand drill, as well as gain experience preparing char cloth and using flint and steel. Additional instruction will include hands-on demonstrations of highly effective modern survival fire lighting techniques and tools. For the serious camper, the bushcraft enthusiast or the backyard bonfire specialist, this is a great in-depth opportunity to focus on the essential (and fun!) skill of fire starting.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5-9pm Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $25 age with adult 12+ 32
with John Beltman
Carve, bend and lace your own pair of wooden ash snowshoes in the traditional Ojibwe style. Pointed at both ends, this snowshoe design is efficient for travel through both wooded areas or across frozen lakes and open expanses. During the evening session, students will steam bend and shape ash frames and mortise in crosspieces with simple hand tools. For the remaining two days of class will learn traditional techniques for lacing their shoes using lightweight, hollowed nylon cord. Traditional bindings will also be provided and their uses will be covered in detail. For an additional cost, students may choose to lace their snowshoes with traditional rawhide. Course discussions include a variety of binding types and their application. The end result is a satisfying reflection of craftsmanship and skills handed down through the generations. Most students do not completely finish lacing in 2 days, but leave with the knowledge to do so on their own. Students are highly encouraged, though not required, to attend the Thursday evening to bend their frames. Class will recommence on Saturday-Sunday to complete the project, allowing students to participate in the Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival on Friday. Students unable to attend the Thurs session will have frames prepared for them by the instructor.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $65 age with adult 14+
Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance with Marco Good
A chainsaw is a powerful tool that requires a specific set of skills to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are only put to use on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will be one part logging history, one part maintenance and one part in-the field experience. Day one will cover how to remove, clean, replace and adjust the bar and chain, clean the air filter and how to hand-sharpen the chain and dress the bar. An emphasis will be placed on safety practices and good maintenance habits. The second day will move into the field to a nearby the felling site where each student will have the opportunity to fell a tree. Students will learn some tricks of the trade, such as judging wind direction, tree position on the hillside, as well as the use of felling wedges, comealongs, push-poles and how to make an “Indian Jack” to change the mind of a stubborn tree. The goal is simple: learn to safely and effectively use this powerful tool— and have fun while doing it. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $35 age with adult 16+
Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making
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Rosemaling: Os Style
painting & photography
Rosemaling: Os Style Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions Rosemaling: Valdres-Style
photography Capturing the Frozen Shore: Photographing Lake Superior in Winter 33
Focus! The Basics of Photography Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session Northern Landscapes Photography Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Fall Equinox Session October Skies: Night Photography Workshop more details, more photos:
Capturing the Frozen Shore: Photographing Lake Superior in Winter with Bryan Hansel
On the north shore, Lake Superior first begins to freeze in late February. Waves and wind push the ice against the shore where it piles up into infinite shapes and shades of blue. These unique ice features, combined with winter sea smoke, (which rises off Superior only during the winter months), open water, and the sun, make for one-of-a-kind images. Join instructor Bryan Hansel for a photography workshop along Superior’s frozen shoreline. Participants should bring a digital camera, (preferably a DSLR), extra batteries, memory cards, a laptop, a sturdy tripod and ice cleats. This workshop is an intensive day and a half day course. During the first evening, Bryan covers the basics of keeping your camera functioning during a cold winter day. He also discusses different strategies for capturing unique images during the sunrise and sunset. On the second day, the workshop takes to the field for a sunrise on Lake Superior. Bryan will lead you on a photographic exploration of the frozen shoreline. Afterward, you’ll warm up at the North House and share the images you captured. length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 5-8pm; Day 2: sunrise-5pm tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $135 materials included age with adult 14+
Focus! The Basics of Photography with Bryan Hansel
Photography is more than quick snap shots of friends and family. Photography is a rewarding way to explore and discover the world, and engages ones curiosity, creativity and imagination. Merging art with craft, science and math, photography engages the mind completely. As the modern iteration of the ancient craft of observation of the landscape, photography has long been a passion for many who visit the stunning beauty of the north shore. These days, cameras can seem complicated with more bells and whistles than needed: that complication takes away from one’s ability to effectively utilize curiosity, creativity and imagination during the creation of a photo. In this course, instructor Bryan Hansel will demystify camera settings, such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus systems and more. Students will learn to shoot in manual mode and feel confident using those bells and whistles to accomplish their goals by the end of the class. This is a great introduction to a variety of photography workshops taught at North House.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 5-8pm; Day 2: sunrise-5pm tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $135 materials included
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Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session with Layne Kennedy 7/27/16-7/31/16
Grand Marais & Beyond is a unique opportunity to photograph and explore the pristine shores of Lake Superior with editorial photographer Layne Kennedy (www.laynekennedy.com). The course is designed for the enthusiastic photographer, amateur or professional, with an emphasis on storytelling with your photography. At the conclusion of the workshop, each photographer will learn to edit and prepare up to 10 images for inclusion into a self-published book of all individual workshop stories. You will explore and photograph the scenic shores of Lake Superior, create portraits of local folks, point your lens at the iconic images that identify Grand Marais, and explore the pine-laden Superior National Forest near the picturesque community of Grand Marais. Participants will learn to “light-paint” in numerous situations, developing new techniques to enhance your personal photographic vision.
length (days) 5 hours Day 1: 6-9pm; Day 2-4: Sunrise to 5pm; Day 5: Sunrise to 11am tuition $450 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials included
Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Fall Equinox Session with Layne Kennedy 9/28/16-10/2/16
Grand Marais & Beyond is a unique opportunity to photograph and explore the pristine shores of Lake Superior with editorial photographer Layne Kennedy (www.laynekennedy.com). The course is designed for the enthusiastic photographer, amateur or professional, with an emphasis on storytelling with your photography. At the conclusion of the workshop, each photographer will learn to edit and prepare up to 10 images for inclusion into a self-published book of all individual workshop stories. You will explore and photograph the scenic shores of Lake Superior, create portraits of local folks, photograph history of the region at the Fort at Grand Portage, point your lens at the iconic images that identify Grand Marais, and explore the pine-laden Superior National Forest near the picturesque community of Grand Marais. Participants will learn to “light-paint” in numerous situations, developing new techniques to enhance your personal photographic vision.
length (days) 5 hours Day 1: 6-9pm; Day 2-4: Sunrise to Sunset; Day 5: Sunrise to 11am tuition $450 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials included
early bird discount
The early bird gets the worm (or the early gull gets the herring?) For most coursework, we offer a reduced tuition rate for students who sign up at least six weeks in advance. more details, more photos:
Handmade Photography: Intro to Cyanotype Printing with Beth Dow
The first book illustrated with photographic images was made by Anna Atkins in 1842. Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions was a beautiful collection of rich blue photogram prints and hand-lettered text made by placing specimens directly on coated paper exposed to the sun. This class will combine elements of photography and the book arts, focusing on the slow pleasures of craft. Students will learn about the simple chemistry behind this iron-based process as we print on paper and fabric. Students can make prints of pressed flowers from their home gardens, favorite hand tools, or patterns made with cut paper negatives or found objects. Students are encouraged to experiment! The course will also cover the fundamentals of book binding techniques, constructing portfolios and small books to contain the new cyanotypes. Come explore the handmade side of photography. No camera is required for this class.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $150 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials included
Northern Landscapes Photography with Bryan Hansel 6/3/16-6/4/16
The countdown to the summer solstice snaps into mind at the beginning of June. It’s a fresh time of the year when suddenly the world smells like summer. The stunning landscape of Cook County, with its miles of wilderness and incomparable Lake Superior views starts to come alive with incandescent summer greens and haunting morning mists. In this workshop, we’ll concentrate on learning compositional techniques to capture the budding summer season. Students will learn how to select simple compositional elements, how to balance those elements and create relationships between them. The instructor uses a unique approach to composition that will require some poetic practice, but will provide excellent results.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-7pm Day 2: sunrise to 4pm tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $135 materials included age with adult 14+
October Skies: Night Photography Workshop with Bryan Hansel
When you combine the autumn nights, the north shore of Lake Superior and a passion for photography, something interesting and beautiful is bound to happen. In this course, you’ll join photography instructor Bryan Hansel in the darkness to capture images of star trails and the moon over Lake Superior. During the night we’ll also experiment with spinning flaming steel wool, light painting and making light orbs with LED lights. The course starts with a presentation and then heads out into the field after twilight and stays out until after midnight. We’ll meet up mid-morning the next day for an image review session. It’s certain to be an unforgettable experience.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-1am; Day 2: 10am-1pm tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $135 materials included
Rosemaling: Os Style with Kim Garrett/Mary Schliep 8/26/16-8/28/16
Rosemaling means “rose painting” in Norwegian, and is done in many styles reflective of specific regions in Norway. The Os region in western coastal Norway is known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling. In this course you’ll study and practice basic techniques of this traditional decorative painting style. You will decorate a Christmas ornament and then apply the same techniques to the creation of a plate. If you have rosemaled before you can even bring your own woodenware and develop a design in class. Plenty of one-on-one instruction will be provided. Students interested in building a solid base of skills are encouraged to register for the optional fourth day of instruction for $50. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 Optional 4th Day: $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($5-$10) age with adult 15+
Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions with Mary Schliep/Kim Garrett 5/20/16-5/22/16
Rosemaling means “rose painting” in Norwegian, and the Telemark region in southeastern Norway is known for the classic look of its painting with asymmetrical scrolls and varied placement of leaves and flowers. In this course you’ll study and practice basic techniques of this traditional decorative painting style. You will decorate a plate and then apply the same techniques to the creation of Christmas ornaments. Plenty of one-on-one instruction is provided. Students interested in building a solid base of skills are encouraged to register for the optional fourth day of instruction for $50. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 Optional 4th Day $50 additional early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials var-ies ($5-$10) age with adult 15+
Rosemaling: Valdres-Style with Mary Schliep/Kim Garrett 10/21/16-10/23/16
Rosemaling is a decorative painting style which originated in Norway where it traditionally decorated churches, homes and farmhouse interiors. The Valdres style of rosemaling originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif. This course emphasizes the basic techniques of painting these traditional floral bouquets. You will apply your skills to decorating a plate or a small chest (12”x 8”x 5.25”) available from the instructors for $35. Students interested in building an even more solid base of skills are encouraged to register for the optional fourth day of instruction for $50. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($5-$10) age with adult 15+
Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session
Craft of Sail Celestial Navigation Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) 35
Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation
Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) more details, more photos:
Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation
Celestial Navigation with Mark Gordon
Celestial navigation is one of the oldest of all forms of navigation and for thousands of years has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern electronics, one can now cross oceans with little more than a smartphone to find their way - making celestial navigation as well as other traditional forms of navigation all but a lost art. As a mariner, there are few things more satisfying than finding your way across the waters using a few basic tools, a sharp pencil and a little bit of luck – none of which requires electricity. This course will introduce the art of Celestial Navigation. It will cover the basic theory and concepts of navigating by celestial bodies, the care and use of the sextant, the use of the Nautical Almanac and easy to follow steps on how to take sun sites and work out the Noon Sight for Latitude.
length (days) 2 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2: 9am-3pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials included
Craft of Sail with Matt Thomas 7/28/16 8/18/16
Spend a day on Lake Superior aboard the Hjørdis, a traditional gaff-rigged 50’ schooner, learning the craft of sail. This course offers the student a full day of hands-on experience learning points of sail, seamanship, ropework, sailing terminology and boat handling technique. As a floating classroom, the Hjørdis is a relaxed learning environment offering a variety of skills to be gained by an interested sailor. The sailing experience will be determined by weather and varying lake conditions. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and have an enjoyable sail.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-4:30 pm tuition $160 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials included
Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) with Mark & Katya Gordon 6/21/16-6/25/16
Join us for an adventurous sail training expedition that combines the rigors of offshore sailing with the more tranquil waters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The trip will begin at the North House Folk School dock as we prepare for the 46-mile open water crossing to the Apostle Islands. During the crossing you will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of sailing Amicus II - from sail handling to steering to offshore navigation. Once in the Apostle Islands, we will enjoy the beaches and explore the islands and then prepare for the 37-mile crossing to Knife River. During this leg you will learn about anchoring, coastal navigation and chart reading. If all goes according to plan, we will spend the first night at the North House Folk School Dock, three nights in the Apostle Islands and cross to Knife River on the last day. Limited to four students – discounts for a group of four. Tuition includes food and lodging throughout the course. Separate tuition payment & cancellation policies apply to this course. length (days) 5 hours Day 1: start at 5pm, Day 5: arrive in Knife River at 3pm tuition $650 includes all meals and lodging early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $600 materials included age with adult 13+ at full price
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with Mark & Katya Gordon 6/9/16-6/18/16 9/8/16-9/17/16
In the northwestern portion of Lake Superior is a unique and remote island archipelago. Isle Royale National Park preserves 132,018 acres of land that were federally designated as wilderness in 1976. The park consists of one large island surrounded by over 450 smaller islands, located in the largest fresh water lake in the world. Isle Royale’s unique ecosystem led to it being designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980. Set sail for an adventure that only miles of wilderness, a seaworthy sailboat, and a seasoned captain can provide. NHFS is partnering with Amicus Adventure Sailing to provide a 10-day circumnavigation of Isle Royale. The island provides an ideal setting to bring you into a world without cell phones and other modern “conveniences.” The hundreds of secluded bays and inlets around Isle Royale are ideal for exploring from a sailboat, and we will also bring two kayaks and a rowing dinghy for exploring the bays and streams around our anchorages and accessing the hundreds of miles of hiking trails that lace the island. Bring your sense of adventure and get ready to discover one of Lake Superior’s most precious gems as we sail, kayak and hike our way around Isle Royale National Park. As a participant you will have the total sailing experience: from sail handling to navigation and anchoring you will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of sailing and cruising Amicus II. There will be plenty of time for hiking the trails and exploring the bays and streams by kayak and dinghy. Discussion topics throughout the trip include the unique ecosystem of Isle Royale, the biology and geology of Lake Superior, fish and exotic species, and the rich history of the island. By the end of this adventure you will have developed a new appreciation for the lake, formed a unique bond with your shipmates, and gained some incredible sailing experience. This course is open to children (ages 13+) but the tuition rate is the same as adults. Maximum group size is four, discounted rate for groups of 4. length (days) 10 hours Day 1: 5pm start; Final Day: 3pm finish tuition $1550 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $1550 materials included age with adult 13+ at full price
Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)
with Mark & Katya Gordon 8/31/16-9/5/16
This sail training trip is a favorite of the Captain. It has a great mix of offshore sailing and protected island cruising. The route takes you from Knife River to the Apostle Islands (a 35 mile crossing), usually spending two to three days exploring the Islands before crossing to Grand Marais, MN (a 45 mile crossing) and ending the trip at North House Folk School. Students participate in all aspects of the trip from navigation and steering to sail handling and anchoring. It’s a first rate sailing experience that has something for everyone. Limited to four students – discounts for a group of four. Tuition includes food and lodging throughout the course. Separate tuition payment & cancellation policies apply to this course. Rate for booking a group of 4: $2680 early bird, $2920 regular
daily sails Reservations open 5/1/16 Lake Superior Schooner Adventure: Two-hour Sail Memorial Weekend through September
Departure times - 9am; 11am; 1pm; 3pm & 5pm
Set sail on Lake Superior aboard Grand Marais’ signature boat, the Hjørdis - a 50’ traditionally rigged schooner. Your two-hour sailing adventure includes an introduction to the craft of sail and, as opportunities arise, a colorful look at the ecology, geology, and history of Lake Superior. The twohour sail begins with a tour of the Grand Marais Harbor, and as conditions permit, a journey past the lighthouse and onto the largest freshwater lake in the world - Lake Superior. Your sailing experience may include views of the Sawtooth Mountains along the North Shore or nearby commercial fishing nets set up to 200 feet deep. Sails most days of the week from Memorial Day weekend through September. Sign up online or call for reservations - six passenger maximum. Some sailing times may vary by month - check the website for more info. Cost - $45 for adults/$35 for children under 12 All 9 am sails are $35 per person
Sunset Over The Sawtooths Sail July through September
Departure 1 hour before sunset
Hop aboard the Hjørdis as she sets sail at dusk, capturing the spectacular sunsets on the North Shore of Lake Superior. As the sun creeps behind the Sawtooth Mountain range in the west, you will enjoy the ‘red’ skies over the Sawtooth Mountain range along the shore. As the sun sets, a feast of rising stars is a dazzling experience not to be missed. Starting times vary depending on the time of sunset - sign up online or call ahead. Cost - $55 for adults and children
Superior Full Moon Sail July through August
Departure times - dusk
Set sail aboard the Hjørdis at dusk and witness the full moon rising over Lake Superior. Get mystified by moonshadows and learn more about lunar cycles and ‘tides’ on Lake Superior. Enjoy the rising stars as they make their way across the sky. Starting times and dates vary depending on time of moonrise- sign up online or call ahead. Sails are scheduled the evening before, after and the actual full moon dates. Cost - $55 for adults and children
length (days) 6 hours Day 1: 5pm start, ends at 3pm Day 6 tuition $780 includes all meals and lodging early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $720 materials included age with adult 13+ at full price 36
Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop with Randy Schnobrich 5/4/16-5/8/16 9/21/16-9/25/16
Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course with the skills needed for building virtually any small structure. Jack studs to joists, fly rafters to d-edge, birds’ mouths to top plates -- students will learn the use of basic hand and power tools, and develop knowledge of the materials and techniques used in frame or “stick” construction. Together, students will construct a 10’ x 14’ cabin based on Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” cabin, with an added sleeping loft. In addition to hands-on experience focused on framing and roofing, discussion on foundation options, siding, and window and door installation will be integrated into each day. The class begins by assessing strategies for leveling the building site, and the project goes up from there. Wall layout with door/window openings, sheathing techniques, roof pitch and ridge placement, roof systems that will keep water out – abundant hands-on experience defines every day. By the end of this class, your tool belt will do much more than simply improve your good looks. Once built, the Thoreau Cabin will be for sale to interested students at a set price (a raffle will take place on the final day if multiple students are interested).
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $425 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $375 materials included
Build Your Own Yurt with Ian Andrus
Create yourself a comfortable living space: a spare bedroom, office, studio, sauna or whatever else you can dream up. The 18-foot yurt is an excellent shelter option that provides comfortable living arrangements for all four seasons. Working with skilled yurt builders, you’ll build a simple yurt, complete with a door and two windows, ready to be loaded into your car and set up for any purpose you can imagine. This includes constructing the wooden framework and sewing the fabric cover, building the rafter ring, windows, and door. The skylight and windows are made of Lexan plexiglass and the cover is sewn from durable acrylic coated polyester (choice in color may be possible). Whether you want to have a unique guest room in the backyard or you are interested in a lifestyle that includes living in a circular space with the wilderness outside your door, you can build your own livable shelter in a week and move in the next day!
Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop Build Your Own Yurt Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building 888-387-9762
Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder’s Workshop
Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder’s Workshop Yurt Building: Design and Construction
To make this large project possible, students need to also recruit a group of assistants who journey to North House together to participate in the project (minimum group size 4, max 6). Evening sessions will include a yurt homestead visit, films, a yurt slideshow, or more work on the yurt. Given the unique nature and small size of this course, please note that North House uses separate tuition payment & cancellation policies for managing this course. length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $4695 includes finished yurt early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $4695
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Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building with Eric Moshier 5/4/16-5/6/16
Is it a cookstove? Is it a bake oven? Can it heat water? Does it heat up to 700 sq.ft.? Does it burn wood efficiently and extremely safe? Is it small and unobtrusive? The answer is yes to all! Meet the multipurpose masonry mass stove, down-sized for a smaller spaces. This is the mini-Swiss Army knife version of the masonry stove. Perfect for small homes and cabins, the masonry stove has been heating homes in Europe since the 8th century. In this class you will learn some of the history and basic theories of good stove construction plus we will get dirty and learn to lay firebrick and common clay brick in clay mortars. The cabin stove is just a smaller cousin to some of the behemoth 15,000lb masonry heaters that are built daily in North America and Europe. This class will cover the same basic principles and some of the construction techniques that the Masonry Heater class covers but only in a smaller, simpler version. The skills learned on one of these smaller stoves could be used to build a larger version, though that will require a different set of plans.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $60
Yurt Building: Design and Construction with Ian Andrus
Whether you’re looking for a spare bedroom, office, studio, tent, sauna, summer cabin, or just looking to reduce your footprint, the yurt may be the answer. Yurts are ancient, portable shelters and one of the classic inventions of human history: simple, efficient, easy to heat, sturdy, and beautiful inside and out. In this course, students will work together to build a 14’ diameter yurt, and will cover the basic principles of yurt design and construction. This includes constructing the wooden framework and stitching the fabric cover, building the rafter ring, windows, and door options. When completed, students will have the experience and skills necessary to construct a yurt of their own. The team of instructors and small class size ensures that each student will get hands-on experience with all parts of the process. Once built, the yurt will be for sale to interested students at a set price (a raffle will take place on the final day if multiple students are interested).
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $380 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $360 materials included
Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder’s Workshop with Lonnie Dupre 6/7/16-6/10/16
Want to learn the classic dovetail log home construction technique, also known as American heritage or Appalachian log homes? This course provides the opportunity for students to learn by constructing an 8’x8’ shelter with a 4’ porch using 4”x8” pine timbers from foundation to roof, including window and door placement and framing, that can be outfitted as a small guest cabin or sauna. This course will begin with discussions on building strategies and foundations, a site visit to a finished dovetail cabin in Cook County, hands-on application of dovetailing and milling timbers, instruction in chinking, and techniques for cutting in and framing doors and windows. Whether you’re a potential do-ityourself home or cabin builder, or an experienced contractor looking to expand your skill set, this workshop covers all the techniques to get you on your way to a successful building project.
so I sheepishly confess:
My favorite fleece vest was made of pop bottles in China.
begin conversations with strangers and unlike the factory vest,
my wool vest has a story
about the sheep, the land, my ancestors, and the joy of creating something so durable and beautiful.
“I’m a felter
Ideally I’d wear a wool vest I crafted. Its uniqueness would
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traditional crafts meaningful in today’s world ?
It was free, so I wear it.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $360 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials included age with adult 16+
work, study, accessibility – it’s your opportunity to earn course tuition credit for lending a hand around campus. Options include weekly, or week-long commitments. See the web for info!
grounds us in the past, in the now, & connects us to a
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- Elise Kylo, Fiber Arts 888-387-9762
Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner’s Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community with Gigi Stafne
Desire to be more self-sustainable with your health care and home? Dipped your toes into the deep waters of herbalism, and ready to learn more? Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, apprenticing with a Master Herbalist for an intensive weekend. Core components include: foundations in natural & botanical medicine, cross-cultural herbalism, herbs for the life cycle, top 20 herbs in North America, botanicals not only for physical health, but for contemporary life stressors such as stress, anxiety, depression, and environmental factors. Learn to create your own herbal apothecary and take home handcrafted preparations including teas, tinctures, lotions, oils and flower essences. This course is a special offering certificate level; a strong pathway and prerequisite for those who desire to pursue a future Master of Herbalism degree.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $45 age with adult 14+
Natural Botanicals: Wild Medicine Workshop with Gigi Stafne
Explore nature-based green medicines in this intensive botanical class. You’ll discover a bounty of foods and plants to use during the seasons and cycles of plant life to create your very own natural medicine kit, including over 30 botanical and herbal mixes and applications. The course tailors to individual needs as we investigate specific applications of green medicines that resonate with your body type. Learn how the solar and lunar cycles affect optimal wellness and craft herbal blends for cleansing and detox purposes useful in the sauna or during meditation. Both wild and cultivated plants will be covered.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 14+
Willow Plant Supports for the Garden with Emily Derke 5/21/16
Willow Plant Supports for the Garden
sustainable living Green Wisdom for the Spring Season Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner’s Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community Natural Botanicals: Wild Medicine Workshop Willow Plant Supports for the Garden 888-387-9762
Green Wisdom for the Spring Season with Gigi Stafne
After a long winter, all northern creatures relish fresh spring breezes, emergent greenery and the flickering energy of the wild about to burst into bloom. Begin this new season and cycle by stepping into your wilder edges exploring botanicals to boost your health and wellness. We’ll handcraft some first wild greens and taste the goodness unfurling before us. Join Master Herbalist and Naturopath, Gigi Stafne, for two days of creating wild botanical blends: Spring Tonic herb teas, Swedish Bitters, wild leaf tinctures, nutritious elixirs, green smoothies and more.
Wild willow is an abundant and resilient resource that can be easily harvested in any number of habitats. With its long, straight and pliable stems, it can be made into a perfect trellis for peas, beans or any other climbing plant in your garden. Learn to make a simple obelisk shaped plant support using locally harvested willow. We will first go to a nearby location and teach identification and proper harvest techniques and then harvest some of the material that we will work with. Each student will complete their own trellis to take home. Selecting sticks, sorting, and willow characteristics will be discussed. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $10
length (days) 2 hours 9am-4pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 14+ 39
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Basic Timber Framing with Peter Henrikson/Tom Healy 5/4/16-5/8/16 9/7/16-9/11/16
Learn the planning, layout and joinery necessary to construct a traditional timber frame (post and beam) structure, such as North House’s blacksmith shop, bread oven shelter, fish house classroom and other structures around campus. The course begins with the basic mortise and tenon joint, and then expands on these techniques to cover through-tenons, shouldered mortises and scarf-joinery. In both thorough classroom sessions and hands-on experiences, you will explore the use of traditional tools and techniques of timber framing as well as adaptations using common and specialized modern tools. We will also discuss foundations, enclosing the frame, wiring and plumbing issues, and basic frame and joinery design. The course culminates with the raising of a full-sized timber frame completed by the group on the final day of class.
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $450 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials $30
German-Style Timber Framing with Gerald David 6/8/16-6/12/16
Before Sketch Up and other CAD programs, timber framers brought a low-tech but highly skilled approach to layout. Techniques for lay-out varied depending on geography: German methods, French methods, Japanese methods and American methods all differ. Using the method he learned in German trade school, instructor Gerald David will lead students in the building of a 10’x16’ cabin with distinctively German look and features. A few lines snapped on the shop floor will provide enough information to lay out the walls of rough sawn timber, though significantly more lines will be necessary for the layout of the hip roof. This is a perfect opportunity for students with prior experience in timber framing to learn a new style and approach or for beginning timber framers to pick up a chisel and get started. The finished project will be available for sale at a fixed price at the end of the course. In the event that multiple students are interested, a raffle will be held on the final day of the course. length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $450 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials $15
Outdoor Timbered Benches with Randy Schnobrich 4/14/16-4/17/16
build your own
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg or German-Style Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames more details, more photos:
Basic Timber Framing
learn the techniques Basic Timber Framing German-Style Timber Framing Outdoor Timbered Benches
A sturdy, timbered outdoor bench will invite years of use and is perfect for long conversations, a short break from walking or simply watching the world go by. This unique bench design borrows joinery common to timber-frame construction and utilizes rough cut, sustainably harvested white pine timbers. It’s beautiful, comfortable and highly durable. We should know: North House has built several benches in this style for our campus as well as downtown Grand Marais. Over three and a half days, you’ll use professional timber-framing equipment to construct a 4.5 ft bench, ready to be finished and located in a spot with a view. Due to the size of this project, students are highly encouraged to bring a partner at no extra cost.
length (days) 3.5 hours Day 1: 5-8pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $160 age with adult 16+
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames
call to schedule for 2016
Summer 2016 Full; call to schedule for 2017
with Peter Henrikson
This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of Norwegian timber framing by building a custom-designed structure in the Grindbygg style. Whether creating a woodshed, carport, getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the unique beauty and durability of a Grindbygg structure offers a unique opportunity to literally build your own home. The basic form of a Grindbygg frame is similar to many European and American timber frames: posts held together by tie beams and topped by wall plates supporting common rafters. Yet there are no mortises or tenons. The tie beam sits in a slot cut into the top of the post – a bridle joint. The “plate” sits on the tie beam and against the top of the post. All the bracing is let into the sides of the wall timbers and pegged. Braces can be straight but are commonly made from naturally curved birch or root knees. To participate in this course, students will work with the instructor to design a frame to meet their individual needs. To make the project possible, students also recruit a group of assistants who journey to North House together to participate in the project. Interested students will consult with the instructor to determine scheduling and project timeline. Throughout the class, participants will engage in lessons in the traditional layout and joinery techniques unique to grindbygg frames. Working together, the group of family or friends physically lay one timber on another to mark the joinery for subsequent. cutting. Each day, another portion of the frame will be marked, cut and assembled. By the end of the course, the completed frame will be fully assembled and raised, ready for end-of-class photos and subsequent dis-assembly and transport home. Every project includes a complete set of timber frame plans. The plan set includes 3-D and 2-D views of the frame, timber list. Tuition and course length varies depending on frame and group size (minimum four participants). Custom course dates are created for each project and each group of students. Given this, advance planning and scheduling is essential. Separate tuition payment & cancellation policies apply to this course. North House uses only certified sustainably harvested timbers. Project costs will vary, but one example: 14’x20’: $7425 tuition & materials length (days) 4 or more hours 9am-5pm ∙14’x20’ – approx. $7,425 ∙custom frames – tuition and design fees vary based on project
with Peter Henrikson
This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of timber framing by building a larger and/or a custom-designed timber frame structure. Whether creating a getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the beauty and durability of a timber frame structure offers a unique opportunity to literally build your own home. To participate in this course, students select from a list of stock full-sized frames or custom design a building to meet their individual needs. To make the larger projects possible, students also recruit a group of assistants who journey to North House together to participate in the project. Interested students will consult with the instructor to determine scheduling and project timeline. During the first days of class, participants engage in lessons on timber frame terminology, joinery and layout. Working together, the group of family or friends actively cut timbers for the structure every day. Ultimately, students complete all or most of the joinery on the structure and develop timber framing skills that will last a lifetime. Near the completion of the course, a raising rehearsal demonstrates pre-assembly and raising techniques. Students may choose from a variety of base/stock frame of different sizes or may develop their own custom frame. Every project includes a complete set of timber frame plans. The plan set includes 3-D and 2-D views of the frame, detailed drawings with a 3-D view of each timber as well as a timber list. Tuition and course length varies depending on frame and group size (minimum six participants). Some prior exposure to timber framing is recommended but not required. Custom course dates are created for each project and each group of students. Given this, advance planning and scheduling is essential. Separate tuition payment & cancellation policies apply to this course. North House uses only certified sustainably harvested timbers. length (days) 10 or more hours 9am-5pm ∙16’x24’ with loft – approx. $9,750 ∙28’x24’ with loft – approx. $12,500 ∙custom frames – tuition and design fees vary based on project
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames
with Peter Henrikson/Gerald David with Gerald David Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997. 3/8/16-3/16/16 8/2/16-8/10/16
During the first days of class, participants engage in interspersed lessons on timber frame terminology, layout, and joinery. As the course progresses, each day prioritizes students actively cutting timbers for their structure. Ultimately, students complete all or most of the joinery on the structure and develop timber framing skills that will last a lifetime. Near the completion of the course, a raising rehearsal demonstrates pre-assembly and raising techniques. All that’s left is to load the timbers into a truck or trailer and then raise the frame at home. The Build Your Own course emphasizes smaller timber frame structures that can be completed in a single session (for larger frames see Timber Frame: Build Your Own Larger Frames). Students may choose from a variety of different stock frames. Changes to the stock frames as well as custom small frames can be completed but this needs to be arranged in advance with the instructor. Tuition and course length varies depending on the frame selected. Students may work alone or with a partner on their frame for no additional charge. A partner is required for the sauna frame. Tuition covers instruction and all materials, including timbers and pegs, as well as use of specialized timber framing tools. Traditional and modern tools will be used and/or demonstrated during the course. The frames listed below are often completed by individual students; however, working with a partner on the project is recommended for the larger projects. Plans are provided for all of the standard North House frames. Separate tuition payment & cancellation policies apply to this course. North House uses only certified sustainably harvested timbers. length (days) varies, see below hours 9am-5pm ∙10’x12’ - 7 days - $2,250 ∙10’x16’ - 9 days - $2,850 ∙13’x13’ Sauna - 14 days -$3,695 (assistant required)
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames
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Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own with Mark Bartell
Simple and classically designed, these envelope-style canoe packs are the originals. Made for hauling the essentials over portages, they’re tough, trustworthy and will last a long, long time. Learn how to make your own with the product manager of Duluth’s renowned Frost River pack company. He’ll provide the materials & know-how, you bring your willingness to learn. Students will learn the basics of sewing with industrial machines, as well as the history & construction of traditional canoe packs. Start with cutting the canvas, fashion padded leather backstraps, attach solid brass hardware and pound and set harness rivets. Every step will start with raw materials. Students will truly create their very own piece of canoe country history that will last a lifetime and can be passed on to following generations of Canoe Country travelers.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $120 age with adult 10+
Canvas & Leather Firewood Sling: Build Your Own with Mark Bartell
Sure, you can go to the store and buy one of these, but it’s much more satisfying to the soul to build one from start to finish using raw materials of the highest quality. The canvas and leather firewood sling is an excellent beginning project to learn the history of canvas and leather construction, from canoe packs to modern day messenger bags. Learn the skills needed to build this useful item, perfect for hauling wood and displaying on the wall. Starting with a brief history of canvas and leather and introduction to techniques, we’ll work step-by-step to cut, sew and hand-rivet this eminently functional piece you can use, abuse and proudly show off for years to come.
Building the Fur Trade Rifle Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own Canvas & Leather Firewood Sling: Build Your Own Carving Folk Toys & Tricks Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag Hand-Twisted Cattail-Rush Footstool Weaving Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft Mosaic Garden Art Net Making: The Carrying Sack Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way Traditional Hide Tanning Woodblock Printmaking more details, more photos:
Building the Fur Trade Rifle
Building the Fur Trade Rifle with Brent Gurtek
Students will learn the history and craft of the flintlock Trade Rifle, a muzzle loading firearm associated with the 19th-century American frontier, including the Great Lakes fur trade. Rugged, accurate yet inexpensive, it fully answered the big game shooting needs of this era and still remains a fine hunting arm. A brief history of the Trade Rifle and the conditions leading to its design will fuel discussion as students undertake this challenging but rewarding project. Hand tools will largely be used in constructing an authentic Trade Rifle from a preshaped, semi-inlet maple stock, using essentially the same techniques employed by the early makers. This project is appropriate for first-time gun makers, but past experience in woodworking will be helpful. During the 11-day course, students will begin their project with a preshaped stock of seasoned maple (suitable for an authentic flintlock Trade Rifle), a proper flint lock mechanism and heavy, rifled barrel. From there they will complete the inletting of the barrel, lock and other period-correct metal components, some of which they will fashion themselves.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 10+
Carving Folk Toys & Tricks with Kyle “Lindy” Lind 5/22/16
Calling all tricksters! Drive your friends & family crazy (and have fun!) with these deceptively simple folk toys & riddles you can make: the magical whimmy diddle, the mind bending button hole puzzle, and the musical bullroarer. These easy tricks and toys will keep the young and old occupied for hours trying to decipher the code, but are relatively easy to construct using simple materials and tools. After some initial exploration of folk toys, everyone will construct and learn to use the gee haw whimmy diddle. Students will then make a second project of their choice during class: perhaps a deceptively simple button hole puzzle, a buzz saw or a bull roarer. There’s a great variety of simple toys and noisemakers that can be whipped up in minutes around a campfire or stuffed into trick or treat bags & stockings. Rest assured, you’ll leave with a pocket full of tricks and the know-how to wield them! length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 per adult-child pair early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 per adultchild pair materials $15 per adult-child pair age with adult 10+
length (days) 11 hours 9am-5pm tuition $825 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $775 materials $600 some variation possible ($650)
Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag Mosaic Garden Art with Candace LaCosse 7/9/16-7/10/16
A beautiful and sturdy leather tote can last a lifetime. This class will introduce leatherworking skills and design techniques that may be applied to a variety of future projects. In this class, we will make a handstitched, leather tote – perfect for toting a laptop or several books. The finished bag will measure approximately 18”x12” in size. Customization can be discussed and additional pockets or strap enhancements can be considered for an additional material fee. For an additional $35 in tuition and $30 in materials, students can stay an extra half day to complete a matching wallet or clutch. length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2: 9am-noon, optional 1-5pm session tuition $125 add’l half day $35 tuition early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $115 materials $100 add’l $30 optional project
Hand-Twisted Cattail-Rush Footstool Weaving with Cathryn Peters
Learn the age-old traditional craft of weaving chair seats using easily harvested natural cattail leaves, the ‘goods from the swamp’ that are found throughout Minnesota. In this course you will hand-twist the cattail leaves into a rope and weave on a footstool, beginning on the outer rails and end up in the center. This technique goes back to the early 1400s and before and is found in many of the chairs made during the 17th century such as Hitchcock and Sheridan and remains popular even today. Highlights will be learning how to gather and prepare the rush, twisting the leaves to make the rope, making perfect right-hand turns, packing and stuffing and final finishing techniques. No prior experience is necessary, but prior paper rush weaving very helpful. Moderate hand strength is needed and there is repetitive movement with the technique.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $80 includes footstool
Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft with Faith Clover
Luffarslöjd is an old craft that is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use using one’s hands and simple tools. Farmers used wire to mend fences and make and repair basic tools around the house and barn. Hobos traveled across the country offering to make things in exchange for food or permission to spend the night in the barn. Leftover bits of wire were used to make items like whisks, trivets, or egg baskets, as well as more decorative items like candleholders, birds and hanging ornaments. With simple tools and wire of various gauges and materials, students will learn the basic techniques of wirework and explore creative applications of wire working. During class, we will make a variety of objects, including hooks, candlesticks, bowls, jewelry, and trivets. The design of wire items is really limited only by one’s imagination.
with Jeanne Wright 4/1/16-4/3/16
Mosaic, the ancient art of using tile and found objects to make a design, meets the 21st century in your backyard! It may be just a bit too early to get your hands into the dirt in your garden, but this course will inspire you to embrace spring colors in a different format. During the class you will learn how to mosaic or expand your skills using materials and techniques specific to outdoor projects. Colorful and whimsical mosaic designs can range from gazing balls to flower pots to cement sculptures. Bring your own form or choose from a variety of options that the instructor will have available to purchase. Ceramic and glass cutting, using adhesives and grouting will all be covered so you can continue on and fill your garden with whimsy.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $40 age with adult 14+
Net Making: The Carrying Sack with Mercedes Tuma-Hansen 7/9/16-7/10/16
Nets aren’t just for catching fish! In this class you will learn an ancient technique to make a netted sack for everyday use. To make a net, you only need to learn to tie one knot. The craft of net making has remained unchanged for thousands of years, a universal skill from the ancient Egyptians to the Scandinavians to the American Indians. This medium allows for so much creativity that you can make anything you imagine-- a hammock, a fish net, abstract art. In this beginner course you will make a netted sack. The dimensions are up to you—from small for hanging fruit in the kitchen to large enough for groceries, laundry, or kids’ toys. The beauty of netted items is how ultralight and compact they are. You will go home with your completed sack, your own netmaking tools, and the knowledge you need to make your own netted projects at home.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2: 9am-1pm tuition $125 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $115 materials $15 age with adult 8+
Traditional Hide Tanning with Nate Johnson 8/5/16-8/7/16
Get ready to take a deer hide, soak it in wood ashes, scrape off the hair, saturate it with brains, stretch it while it dries, and fill it up with smoke. What may sound like minor madness is actually one of the oldest, and best, ways to make buckskin, one of the most useful handmade materials there is. This soft yet strong fabric is perfect for clothing, shoes, gloves, mittens, bags, backpacks, mukluks, moccasins, and countless other uses. This class will focus on the traditional method of “brain tanning” to turn a raw deer skin into finished leather. Hide tanning is possible regardless of a student’s size, gender, or strength – the most important attributes are persistence and determination. However, students must be able to undertake three very physical days with lots of arm work. At the end of the class, each person will leave with their own tanned hide. Participants may also choose to register with a friend and work on a single hide together, though both participants will need to pay tuition.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $50 age with adult 12+
Woodblock Printmaking with Nick Wroblewski 5/12/16-5/14/16
Students will investigate the methods of relief woodblock printmaking as Nick gives an introduction to the basics of creating a multicolor woodblock print. Techniques covered include transfer, carving, reduction, and multi-block methods, simplifying the world of layers, reverse imagery, registration, and printing. Also included are guided discussions on imagery, abstraction, and conceptual intent. A collaboration between the Art Colony and North House Folk School, this course allows students to experience two unique Grand Marais cultural institutions. On day one students begin their work in the North House woodshop. Days two and three take place in the Art Colony’s professional printmaking studio, where students will use a Takach printing press.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $315 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $300 materials $60
Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way with Jeanne Wright 4/29/16 7/14/16
Soap - so simple, yet so misunderstood. Have you ever pondered the ingredients contained in a typical bar of soap? Petroleum distillates, sulfates, and many other unpronounceable additives. Whatever happened to that good ol’ fashioned soap that Grandma made? Using the same ingredients Grandma used, animal fat and lye, learn how to make gentle, natural soaps, and explore the history and science of this cleanser. You’ll leave with at least two varieties of handmade soap, information and resources, and plenty of experience to make soap at home. length (days) 0.5 hours 1pm-5pm tuition $55 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials $15 age with adult 12+
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $25 age with adult 10+
Net Making: The Carrying Sack
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Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood with Cecilia Schiller
Cranks wind, gears turn, dragons chomp and birds fly. Welcome to the whimsical world of automata: simple wooden machines that delight and amaze. Join Cecilia Schiller for a three-day exploration of the principles of making wooden machines and the simple mechanisms that make things move. Beginning with the design process, students will learn techniques to draw, drill and cut gears, cams and levers, and how to assemble machines that will actually work. There will be ample time to discuss design considerations and allow for experimentation with different combinations of mechanisms and the resulting movements. Students will choose from 2 or 3 projects designed by the instructor. Past projects have included a galloping horse, a dancing man, a gymnast and an eagle being chased by a crow. You will leave with ideas and inspiration for your own mechanical marvels. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $65
Bowl Carving in the Swedish Style with Beth Moen with Beth Moen
Featured Instructor Beth Moen will teach a four day course in carving wooden bowls, inspired by the traditional Swedish “trug” design. These are large, open vessels historically used for separating milk on Swedish farms. Many people have also found these large, low, open bowls to be very useful for mixing and proofing bread dough. Students will begin with a birch log, create half log bowl blanks, and then use a variety of hand tools, including carving axes, adzes, scorps, gouges, planes and shaves for the hollowing, shaping and finishing. Beth will demonstrate the use of several specialty tools made by Swedish blacksmiths and not yet in common use in the US. There will be examples of finished bowls to study, from an austere traditional finish to beautiful bright colors and/or decorative carving. This four day course provides students an opportunity to immerse in the world of green woodworking with a premier Swedish craft instructor. This is an active and physical course, but with proper instruction, anyone with the interest and motivation can have success. This is a gateway project for students wishing to learn about working with green wood and offers an excellent opportunity practice successful drying techniques, an integral part of the process.
woodcarving Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood Bowl Carving in the Swedish Style with Beth Moen Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge Carve Signs for Campus: Incise Letter Carving Service Learning Session Embellishment Techniques for Wood Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes Marking Time: Making Your Own Norwegian Primstav Calendar Stick more details, more photos:
Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $380 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials $40
Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge with Jon Strom
Nordic Relief Carving: From the Acanthus Plant to Dragon Motifs Pattern,Texture, Paint: Personal Expression through Craft Saving Face: Carving Facial Details Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation Timber Carving Tutorial Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions 44
Make the wood chips fly! This course is for students ready to stand at the chopping block and learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools – the adze, axe, gouge and push knife. Topics including selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing, use of sharpening skills, and techniques for finishing will be explored. Students start with a birch log and end with a spectacular bowl (or two!) with graceful lines and smooth surfaces. The shape and style of the bowl connects directly to how the tools themselves function – the hand-crafted lines echo the Scandinavian bowl carving tradition that reaches back hundreds of years. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $15 age with adult 16+
Carve Signs for Campus: Incise Letter Marking Time: Making Your Own Carving Service Learning Session Norwegian Primstav Calendar Stick with Jock Holmen
with Lucy Tokheim
Make your mark at North House by carving signs for campus! Put your carving skills to good use or learn the basics of incise carving – letters, numbers and other forms – while creating unique signs that will direct students and visitors at North House. A useful course for woodworkers of any skill level, students will learn to use a variety of carving tools, from v-gouges and chisels to a simple carving knife. Take skills honed in this service-based class and put them to use doing detail work at home, or simply admire your handiwork every time you stop by North House! This course is part of the Volunteer and Service Learning Weekend. Lunches are provided for each day of coursework, as well as our community pizza bake and other fun gatherings.
How did folks keep track of seasons of the year before there were numeric calendars? Or farm tasks like when to take the sheep to pasture in spring or pray for rain to turn the miller’s wheel in fall? Isolated Norwegian communities used versions of the Primstav calendar symbols into the 1700’s to do just that. Students will carve some of these fascinating ancient pictographs on a basswood stave to create a decorative folk art calendar using simple kolrosing tools and techniques of coloring the wood.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $75 includes lunch each day early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included
Embellishment Techniques for Wood with Jock Holmen 3/6/16
Learn to add decorative details to woodenware with the “Norwegian termite,” Jock Holmen. Jock will teach a variety of carving techniques using gouges, chisels and carving knives that students will practice on a freshly turned bowl (courtesy of Cooper Ternes of Nordic Woodware). Simple repeated patterns and marks can add creative and personal flourish to wooden objects of many sorts-- spoons, bowls and more, and can even be used to make the most of imperfections and cracks in projects. The materials fee includes a small ale bowl to practice on, but students are encouraged to bring their own work to embellish. The instructor will have tools to borrow. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $95 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $85 materials $15 age with adult 14+
Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes with Paul Linden/ Jim Sannerud 3/2/16-3/4/16
The shrink box is a wooden container that relies on a simple trick: Freshly cut (green) wood and dry wood behave differently. The body of the vessel is made from green wood that changes in size as it dries (putting the “shrink” in shrink box). The bottom of the vessel is made of dry wood. As the green wood dries out, it shrinks, tightens and locks around the dry bottom. If done correctly, this will create a water-tight vessel. Though they are called boxes, these containers are typically cylindrical in shape because they are usually made from hollowed tree branches. Centuries ago, the Vikings made tight fitting lids for shrink boxes and used them for storing salt and spices. This course, team-taught by two accomplished woodworkers, will serve both newcomers to the craft of shrink boxes and woodworkers with previous experience who are looking to further explore the possibilities of shape and/or surface decoration. Students may choose to make one special box or perhaps several of them, depending on their skills and desires. Traditional paints and decorative carving will be demonstrated and available for students to practice. Both instructors bring a wealth of knowledge of green woodworking traditions, skills and techniques, providing a highly supportive environment and diverse perspectives for student learning.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $95 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $85 materials $40 age with adult 10+
Nordic Relief Carving: From the Acanthus Plant to Dragon Motifs with Phillip Odden/Else Bigton 3/2/16-3/4/16
The “Dragon” or “Stave Church Style” of carving is perhaps Norway’s greatest contribution to the carving world. The Mediterranean acanthus plant, adopted from ancient Greek stone work, was adopted by woodworkers in Scandinavia in the 18th and 19th centuries. These two styles continue to be primary forms of adornment in Scandinavian woodcarving today. This course welcomes both beginning woodcarvers interested in relief carving, as well as experienced carvers who would like to develop new relief carving skills within the Nordic tradition. Beginners will be introduced to basic relief carving tools and techniques. Then, with a provided practice blank gain the basic skills needed for the class project. All students will then choose individual projects, including such household items as plate shelves, candleholders or bread servers, incorporating relief work based on acanthus plants or Dragon-style motifs. Tool selection and sharpening and finishing techniques are included. Tools may be available for loan and/or purchase.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials varies ($10-$25/blank)
Pattern,Texture, Paint: Personal Expression through Craft with Jim Sannerud 5/21/16
Handcraft is a personal expression of its maker. Color choice, texture, symbolism, or simple embellishment of folk art aesthetics all reflect the landscape, values, tastes, and whims of the person behind the object. Through conversations and presentations during this course you will explore the history of symbolism used in European folk arts and develop your own palette of personal expression. You will learn how to use many types of traditional paint like milk paint, egg tempra, and other natural pigment based finishes. See how the color interacts with surface embellishments and texture carved in your piece to emphasize the tactile satisfaction of your work. Students can choose to bring a small woodenware project of their own to complete during class or they may simply create a series of practice pieces with materials provided to allow for a wide ranging exploration of techniques. Students may also choose to register for Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl held prior to this course to produce woodenware suitable for embellishment.
with Harley Refsal 3/6/16
Eyes, nose, mouth and a dozen other intricacies grace the human visage; artists and craftspeople have attempted to capture the essence of their fellows from time immemorial. Carvers: it’s your turn. Face your fears and rid yourself of fear of faces in this one-day intensive course. Harley will lead students in carving a “face stick,” a 1”x1” piece that provides ample opportunity to practice facial elements and expressions. At long last, a course dedicated to carving faces. Who knows…maybe the secret to carving human likenesses is right under your nose? Sign-up for this course to find out. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $95 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $85 materials $10 age with adult 12+
Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving with Harley Refsal
This course provides beginning carvers with the opportunity to carve several figures in the Scandinavian flatplane style. Beginning with tool sharpening, the course provides hands-on carving experience as you complete a figure in step-by-step fashion. You will then paint the figures and apply a final oil finish. After this initial figure, you will carve additional pieces independently while the instructor offers assistance on an individual basis. Sharpening equipment and finishing supplies are also covered. Band-sawn wooden cutouts may be purchased directly from the instructor and he will also have a supply of basic carving tools for purchase for students who do not have their own. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials varies age with adult 12+
Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation with Harley Refsal
Another appropriate name for this course could simply be: “Let’s Keep Carving!” It is an inspiring immersion for students with prior carving experience, including seasoned figure carvers, as well as new-to-carving folks who have just completed the three-day Scandinavian Style Figure Carving course. Need some inspiration or a few new ideas? Carving blanks and patterns for over 40 different characters will be available. Workshop discussions and demonstrations will be facilitated by master carver Harley Refsal. Pick up your knife and get carving!
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials varies age with adult 12+
length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies ($15 and up)
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $45
Saving Face: Carving Facial Details
Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes 45
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Timber Carving Tutorial with Jock Holmen
Meet Jock Holmen, the “Norwegian Termite:” when it comes to carving on timbers, you can’t “stump” him. From blueberries to little people, lettering to logos, Jock can help you chisel your ideas into white pine as you design and carve decorative embellishments for your home. Choose from a variety of projects: a post suitable for outdoor or indoor use, a door casing and header, or other outdoor installations and take home a work of art that will be a treasured family heirloom for years to come. Day one will be focused on design work, moving to physical carving on days 2 and 3, adding texture, detail and refinement as time allows. The optional day 4 ($50 additional tuition), added by request of course alumni, allows students time to embellish and fully complete their work, with additional instruction in lettering and dating. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 Optional 4th day $50 tuition early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($45-$65)
Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions with Fred Livesay/Jarrod Stonedahl 3/2/16-3/4/16 9/29/16-10/1/16
Carving wooden spoons is an old folk tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, seasonal income and to give as gifts. The techniques, designs and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft tradition globally. World class spoon carvers and instructors Fred Livesay and Jarrod Stone Dahl team up to offer a course suitable for beginners and advanced students alike that will cover the basic techniques, but also delves into design, ergonomics and layout, woods and wood grain, sharpening, finishing, painting and decorating and history and theory of practice. This tutorial format with two instructors allows students to pursue their own project interests with more support while enjoying the company of other spoon enthusiasts. Students are strongly encouraged to register for an optional 4th day at a discounted cost of $50. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 optional 4th day $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $10
Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair
woodworking & furniture craft Art of the Box: Contemporary Woodworking in Traditional Forms Woodshop Intro for Women Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons First Impressions: Building Exterior Doors Service Learning Course Knife, Bowl & Spoon: Four Days of Woodcraft Making Your Mark: Adding Color and Texture to Your Work Shaker Box Tradition: Make a Stacking Set Shaker-Style Carriers: Further Exploration Staved Containers: An Introduction to White Cooperage
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Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl Making Your Mark: Adding Color and Texture to Your Work 46
wood turning, continued
Spindle Turning on the Spring Pole Lathe Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Utensils on the Lathe Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Vessels on the Lathe Turned Lidded Boxes Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session Turning with a Skew Chisel Windsor Stool: On the Lathe Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls
furniture craft Adirondack Chair Building Traditional Paper Rush Chair Seat Weaving Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table
Adirondack Chair Building First Impressions: Building Exterior Art of the Box: with Randy Schnobrich Doors Service Learning Course Contemporary Woodworking 3/18/16-3/20/16 with Randy Schnobrich in Traditional Forms Without question, the Adirondack chair is a timeless claswith Michael Cullen
Investigate different approaches and forms that a box can take using both hand tools and machines. This course will focus on exploring ideas in box making that fall outside the typical six-sided container. Emphasis will be on shaping and sculpting pieces to create pleasing curves, unusual shapes and just about anything that falls into the category of fun and zany. A primary focus will be on carving pattern and applying color in a myriad of ways to the surface. Tools used but not limited to will include: carving tools, chisels, files and rasps and some machinery. Workshop is open to all levels. Several wood turning and green wood working courses will be on campus simultaneously, which promises informal evening sessions, fostering creative collaboration and conversation. Students will be invited to participate in an Open Shop day on Sunday, October 30 for no additional tuition; details in summer of 2016.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $375 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $330 materials $50
Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial with Lou Pignolet
6/23/16-6/25/16 7/21/16-7/23/16 10/27/16-10/29/16
This tutorial is intended for students with some experience with bowl turning on an electric lathe, and who want to learn more advanced woodturning methods. We will explore turning asymmetrical forms from bark edged bowls to unusual end-grain pieces and burls. The tutorial will include selection of wood, cutting of bowl blanks, and techniques of mounting and turning unusual bark edged bowls. We will also discuss the details of drying and finishing (sanding and oiling) of a turned bowl. Each student will turn at least four bark-edged bowls suitable for artistic display (or serving food) and learn many tricks of the trade. Limited to three students, the session will be tailored to each student’s prior experience and expectations. The main tutorial takes place in the instructor’s fully equipped wood turning shop on the shore of Lake Superior in Hovland, a 20 min drive east of Grand Marais. We will initially meet at the North House Folk School campus the previous evening for an orientation, demonstration, and turning practice.
length (days) 2.25 hours Day 1: 5-7:30pm, Days 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $225 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $200 materials $75
sic - its high back, large armrests and contoured seat and back are unmistakable. For many, the Adirondack chair defines the ideal deck or lawn chair for a well-deserved break. This course is the perfect opportunity for you to learn and expand basic woodworking skills. During the weekend, you will learn to utilize various woodworking hand and power tools safely and proficiently. You will cut, shape, sand, and assemble your own rot-resistant cedar Adirondack chair. The dimensions of the chair will be approx. 28” wide, 38” tall and 34” deep. After returning home, you will have the knowledge and ability to build its match. So let the sawdust fly and imagine how good it will feel to relax for many years to come in a chair you built yourself.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $160 materials $95 per chair age with adult 14+
Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen with Harley Refsal/Mike Schelmeske 8/26/16-8/28/16
Stacked handle flatware is classic aesthetic of the Nordic kitchen. From cheese planes to spatulas, serving spoons to filet knives, the handles of these items are a reflection of three basic Scandinavian natural materials – birch wood, stacked birch bark and reindeer antler. Starting with these essential materials, learn to shape and layer the handles, and then fasten to the Nordic metalware provided by the instructor. From there, design and shape a custom fit handle using traditional carving techniques, then sand to a smooth, finished product. You’ll have stories to tell the next time you cut, slice or serve with your stacked handle flatware. Materials fee covers the cost of the Nordic crafted metalware.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $270 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials varies ($45-$65) age with adult 16+
Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons with Jon Strom
Create beautiful and useful things for your kitchen using simple hand tools and birch wood. Participants in this course will be introduced to the Swedish traditions of ‘köksredskap,’ or the process of carving functional utensils, including butterknives, small spoons or bread boards. Students will start by splitting a green log, then using classic hand tools to carve their desired project. Instruction will cover how to properly care for your creations so that they will be durable and functional for years to come. No experience necessary as we provide the tools, wood and direction. Students will leave with two to three hand carved projects that are reminiscent of yesteryear. No trips to Ikea here, just innovative designs following the folk art traditions of Sweden.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $15 age with adult 16+
You only have one chance to make a solid first impression (and goodness knows the importance of preventing cold drafts). So, building new front doors, both beautiful and functional, for North House’s campus is nothing short of serious business. Opening any front door is a momentous occasion: behind you, the outside world, in front of you, home. Learn to construct sturdy layered exterior doors in this hands-on workshop. Each session of this course will build four exterior doors (we need thirteen total!) with large windows that will welcome students and visitors alike. The techniques and skills covered are easily transferable to interior doors. Each day will include instruction in and use of the table saw for material preparation and mortise & tenon joinery. Door finishing, hardware and hanging will also be discussed. length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5-9pm Days 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included
Knife, Bowl & Spoon: Four Days of Woodcraft with Jim Sannerud
Four days of handcraft can be the beginning of a passionate relationship that will last a life time. Immerse yourself in craft step-by-step at North House during this unique four day course with Jim Sannerud. On day one you’ll turn simple ale bowls concentrating on form and thickness. Day two will focus on knife skills by making a butter spreader and learning about how to add food safe colors to your project with Milk Paint. Days three and four will allow you to develop more turning skills by making more bowls. In the afternoons practice your knife skills by making a spoon or spatula and add carved decorations to your bowl. On one of the days you’ll also head into the woods to harvest materials for use in some projects, and draw a direct connection between tree and craft. Four full days of craft, stories, laughter and undoubtedly some new friendships… a truly wonderful immersion. Optional evening activities and film screenings will enhance the session.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $360 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials $65
Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl with Jim Sannerud
The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty - an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern birch as you learn detailed lathe handling and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, working with fresh cut wood, learn how to identify the best parts of a tree for a bowl blank and how to orient stock for the best grain patterns to match the outcomes you desire. To ensure longevity and finishing of the bowl, drying techniques will also be covered. Take home a traditional utility bowl for the kitchen as well as an artistic form for the coffee table. Your materials fee includes all wood for projects plus the use of individual lathes and set of tools.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $40
Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session
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Making Your Mark: Adding Color and Texture to Your Work
with Michael Cullen
Explore the use of pattern, texture and color on both flat and three-dimensional surfaces. In this collaborative course, there will be two main projects: an inspirational group effort and an individual work. Students will get their creative juices flowing in a group project using saplings to produce a unique outdoor sculpture, making marks with hand tools, color and even by fire. Switching gears to the individual project, students will create a patterned and textured wall piece comprised of either single or multiple tiles. Through many examples Michael will introduce his methods of creating surface patterns using traditional tools and techniques. He will demonstrate what makes a successful pattern and how effective color can be when added to a piece. He will show students how to get clean cuts and how to make patterns play with light and shadow and how to make that pattern clear, crisp and dynamic. We will primarily use milk paint as our color medium but also investigate pattern burning, graphite and even branding.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $375 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $330 materials $35
Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Utensils on the Lathe
with Michael Hosaluk
North House is pleased to welcome Michael Hosaluk back to campus to further explore the intersections of traditional methods and contemporary ideas on the lathe. Using green birch, this session will investigate utensils, ladles and drinking vessels and how these forms can be interpreted for everyday use and as art objects. The course will feature instruction in subtraction techniques, wood bending, carving and the use of color for decorative ideas. Under Michael’s practiced eye, students will explore surface design, looking for a personal direction of design and content. As always, attention will be paid to clean cutting techniques using cutting tools, hook tools and hollowing tools. Several other turning and green wood working courses will be on campus simultaneously, which promises informal evening sessions, fostering creative collaboration and conversation. Students will be invited to participate in an Open Shop day on Sunday, October 30 for no additional tuition; details in summer of 2016.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $400 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $375 materials varies ($50 and up)
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Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Vessels on the Lathe with Michael Hosaluk
In this second session of Traditional Forms and Contemporary Ideas, Michael will focus on vessels. Drawing inspiration from traditional forms, students will create unique objects on the lathe by adding and subtracting, bending and carving material. Instruction will include adding legs, lids and handles as well as turning end and flat grain wood. Students will experiment with unconventional techniques, such as cutting apart and reassembling work in new ways. Surface design and personal expression will also be covered, as well as clean cutting techniques using cutting tools, hollowing tools and hook tools. Several other turning and green wood working courses will be on campus simultaneously, which promises informal evening sessions, fostering creative collaboration and conversation. Students will be invited to participate in an Open Shop day on Sunday, October 30 for no additional tuition; details in summer of 2016.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $400 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $375 materials varies ($50 and up)
Shaker Box Tradition: Make a Stacking Set with Bob Ristow
There was a time when households had few belongings, and clutter from too much stuff was not an issue. Basics such as matches, glue powders and paint pigments, and sugar, coffee, tea, and spices needed containers. Before the age of canisters and Tupperware, Shaker craftsmen made and marketed their oval boxes to meet this purpose. Explore the traditions of the Shaker box as you learn to make a stacked set of boxes (five total), reflecting on both the traditional uses and production methods, as well as more decorative touches such as the use of cherry woods rather than plain maple and wood finishes suited for the coffee table rather than cupboard. The Shaker Box is a box for all occasions, utilitarian as well as decorative. Its charm and grace make a difference whatever role it plays.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $60 age with adult 12+
Shaker-Style Carriers: Further Exploration with Bob Ristow 7/24/16
The simple and practical design of Shaker woodworking is not limited to boxes: A wide variety of containers and carriers can be made using straight-grained thin wood strips bent and tacked into shape. In this one-day course, students will craft either a set of nested carriers, a swing handle carrier or a divided carrier. Using traditional hand tools and some modern tools, this is a simple project with a utilitarian product that can be finished in a plain style, or painted and embellished further at home. Students are encouraged to enroll in the two-day Shaker boxes course scheduled before this session, or take this class as an introduction to this style of woodworking. The materials fee for this course will vary depending on the number of projects a student chooses to complete. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies ($25-$35/project) age with adult 12+
Spindle Turning on the Spring Pole Lathe with John Beltman
Learn to make spoons, ladles and other simple kitchen utensils on the spring pole lathe. Long before the industrial revolution, craftspeople turned objects – from the everyday to the ornate – using a simple machine made of wood, iron and rope: the spring pole lathe. Press the pedal to engage the natural elasticity of a small diameter pole, watch the stock spin back and forth, and listen to the thumping rhythm of this ancient tool. Learn to use a set of chisels and gouges to form the spinning stock into a useful object. In this class, you will use a spring-pole lathe to create a wooden ladle or spoon. Starting with a green birch log, you will split out turning stock, and practice spindle-turning fundamentals on the lathe before starting your own project. Additional projects – including rolling pins and tool handles–may be an option. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $55
Staved Containers: An Introduction to White Cooperage with Beth Moen
Discover the fascinating process of white cooperage with Featured Instructor Beth Moen of Sweden. White cooperage is the creation of staved vessels with straight or tapered sides, a style commonly associated with buckets, churns, and tankards. This style differs from barrel making (and is much more approachable for the beginner) as the process does not involve bending, nor require the fitting of a matching top and bottom. Because of the reduced stress on these containers, materials other than metal, such as bent wood can be used for the supportive hoops. In the more advanced application of this craft, the carving and fitting of these specially joined hoops makes for an extremely beautiful object. All students will create a small bucket with an integrated handle, called a “piggin” learning the process of fitting the staves by hand with drawknives, planes, and shaves. Additional projects may be possible including low, footed buckets and small tankards. Some advanced techniques in creating locking lids will be demonstrated as time allows.
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $475 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials $40
Traditional Paper Rush Chair Seat Weaving with Cathryn Peters
In this two-day course you will learn how to weave the rush seat design pattern, which forms four distinct triangular envelope shapes that meet in the center. Students are encouraged to bring their own post and rail chair frame, but by prior arrangement, a vintage chair can be purchased from the instructor. You will be using a continuous strand of rolled paper rope, a product that was invented in the early 1900s and made to resemble the hand-twisted natural bulrush or cattail leaves found in older chair seats. Take home a completed chair and a new interest. If your bring a chair, the paper rush material only will be approximately $25-$35, payable to the instructor. If purchasing a chair from the instructor, total material fee for the chair and material will be $75. Moderate hand strength is needed and there is repetitive movement with the technique.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials varies ($25-$75)
Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen
Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair with Cathryn Peters
Bring your worn-out chair to class and learn the nearly lost art of the traditional, seven-step method of chair seat weaving commonly known as “hole-to-hole caning.” During the course, you’ll have ample time, instruction, and all the tools required to restore your vintage chair by recaning the seat to its original condition. Whether a family heirloom chair or the one you picked up at the antique store that needs a little brushing up, vintage chairs that need seat work are welcome in this course that will be tailored to your specific project. Chairs need to have predrilled holes around the perimeter of seat and be in good condition (not in need of re-gluing or refinishing). Each student will consult with the instructor prior to the start of the course to assess the chair’s needs.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials varies ($20-$40)
Turned Lidded Boxes with Alan Lacer
Though one usually thinks of turned objects being round in nature, this does not have to be the case. Explore more angular forms while learning to turn lidded boxes on the lathe. In this class Alan will explore the issues in hollowing end-grain (the most common type of turned lidded boxes) as well as consider the face-grain turned box. Students will have the opportunity to turn between three and four boxes over the three day course. There will also be the chance to try hand-chased threads as one of the types of fits on a box. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $285 materials $30 age with adult 12+
Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session with Jarrod StoneDahl
In this three day tutorial open to students of all levels, participants be guided through the process of turning wood on a pole lathe according to their skill level and personal goals. We’ll cover both the basics and more advanced techniques. Starting with open form bowls, the class will move into turning end grain cups and, depending on skill level and experience, will turn handled bowls and cups. Time will be spent in the blacksmith shop making hook tools and discuss their design and maintenance as well. This will be a great class for any skill level from beginners to folks with some pole lathe turning experience.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $40
Turning with a Skew Chisel
Windsor Stool: On the Lathe
with Alan Lacer
Challenged by the skew chisel? This is the course to overcome fears and problems and discover the amazing capacity of this woodturning tool. Alan will take students through the shaping and tuning of the tool and how to create “scary sharp” edges. Next students will tackle between eight and ten different cuts. From there each student will apply the information learned to create several small projects such as tops, eggs, door stops and tool handles. Often a neglected or avoided turning tool, the skew chisel can become one of the most versatile of tools if turners take the time to learn how to prepare it and present it to the wood. While it’s not a face-grain bowl tool, the skew has a place with any object where the grain runs parallel to the lathe’s axis.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials $20 age with adult 10+
Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair with Paula Sundet Wolf 5/13/16-5/15/16
The twig chair is the hallmark project for someone who appreciates the traditional craft of twig furniture making. In this course you will work with native alder and willow following a basic twig chair design that can be individualized with curved, bent, or straight twig furniture techniques. A harvesting field trip will provide an opportunity to gather some of the materials that will personalize each chair, in addition to providing a chance to field identify twig furniture materials. During the first day of class, students will construct a basic chair frame using materials provided by the instructor. On the following morning, students will take a field trip to identify brushwood species and to gather materials for the chair seat and back. By afternoon, students will start constructing the seat and back using gathered materials. By day three students will finish their chair and talk about other applications such as footstools, tables, etc. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $225 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $195 materials $35
Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table with Paula Sundet Wolf 10/14/16-10/16/16
The complexity of geometric patterns complemented by a rustic, handcrafted look best describes the craft of twig mosaic. Twig mosaic is an early American folk art form using full or half rounded branches nailed over a frame creating a geometric pattern that provides volume and intricacy, delicacy and geometry. You will work with native brush and tree species such as red-osier dogwood, willow and alder to make the visually striking table top - a great complement to any handwoven rug on the floor or used as a reading table next to the sofa at the cabin. The base of the table and legs will also be constructed using a variety of rustic twig furniture joinery techniques including the woven and entwined method and the nailed stick method. A field trip will provide an opportunity to identify useful brush and tree species and to cut and gather materials for your specific project. Size options include 12x12”, 12x16”, 16x16”, or 16x24”. Students new to carpentry are strongly encouraged to start with a smaller project. Please indicate your preference when registering for the class.
with John Beltman
This course is an overview of Windsor design and construction. Explore the origins and history of Windsor stools and chairs along with the traditional methods and tools used to construct them. Students learn how to select appropriate materials, split green wood for legs and stretchers, and sculpt a seat using hand tools. Students will experience both an electric lathe and a spring-pole lathe, a simple foot-powered wood turning device, for shaping rough lumber into legs. Simple joinery methods will be used for the final assembly. During class students will assemble one stool and as time allows, will create the pieces for a second. Maximum course size is six.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $100
Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls with Roger Abrahamson 3/2/16-3/4/16
Wooden ale bowls are an excellent example of functional Scandinavian folk art. These ceremonial drinking vessels were used both for serving on special occasions and in the brewing process. In this class, students begin with a green birch log. Using axes, knives, hook tools and a foot-powered spring-pole lathe (plus lots of vigorous work), you’ll create an ale bowl to take home and use. Tool sharpening and proper cutting techniques will be taught. There will also be lively discussions on the design, function and culture surrounding these objects, as well as the history of woodturning. The instructor will have several antique bowls from his collection for study and inspiration. Skills taught in this class will also be very useful to modern bowl turners.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $35
Woodshop Intro for Women with Cecilia Schiller 8/5/16-8/7/16
If you’ve never really had the opportunity to gain experience in the woodshop before, the prospect of working with power tools can be a bit daunting. They’re loud, they’re powerful and it’s no secret they can be dangerous. However, the chop saw, the planer, the table saw, the jointer and the rest are all just tools: once you know what you’re doing and gain some practice and confidence, they make life better, easier and open up new worlds. Join wood artist Cecillia Schiller in a hands-on exploration of woodworking basics: the how, when and why of safe and effective power tool operation. Using the jointer, planer, table saw and band saw, you will learn step by step how to take a rough sawn piece of lumber and make an attractive cutting board. Then, you’ll gain additional practice, skills, and confidence by making a beautiful keepsake box. By request, this class is open to women only.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $50 age with adult 16+
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 3pm-7pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $35 age with adult 10+ 49
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Jenny Breen - Minneapolis, MN
Jenny Breen has been a professional chef, restaurant owner and caterer since the mid 80’s in the Twin Cities. For the last 10 years, she has focused on cooking for health, well being and sustainability, and in 2011 recieved her MPH in Nutrition from the U of MN. She currently teaches an undergraduate cooking class at the U of M, teaches community classes through various non profits, works with school foodservice workers around the metro to develop more healthful menus, and is developing ‘food as medicine’ cooking classes for medical students. She is passionate about food, well being, sustainability and food access, and committed to bringing joy to the process.
Liz Bucheit - Lanesboro, MN
Liz is owner of Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, Minnesota and has been a goldsmith for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s degree in metalworking and jewelry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and has trained in traditional jewelry and metalworking techniques both in Ireland and Norway. Liz has been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Sons of Norway, and the SE Minnesota Arts Council. Known for her Scandinavian-inspired bridal crown and wedding jewelry, Liz was recently awarded a MN State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Grant to complete her “Ibsen Adorned” filigree jewelry collection. Preview her designs at www.crowntrout.com.
instructors Roger Abrahamson - Minneapolis, MN
Roger is a traditional bowl turner. Using a spring pole lathe, handforged tools and freshly harvested native woods, he specializes in the creation of Norwegian ale vessels. Roger’s fascination with these objects has its roots in his immigrant grandmother’s ale bowl, which is still in the family. Roger has demonstrated his trade at the Nordic Fest, Norsk Hostfest, the Minnesota State Fair, the Smithsonian Institute’s Viking Exhibition and several other historic sites. He has been a turner for 18 years, working with a pole lathe exclusively for the past 12.
Ian Andrus - Grand Marais, MN
Ian lives in the woods outside Grand Marais without running water or electricity in a yurt he built himself, spending much of his time gathering wild foods, firewood and craft materials. He is inspired by traditional lifestyles and is always seeking to uncover the lost art of living off the land. Aside from yurts Ian makes black ash and birch bark baskets, birch bark canoes, and other utilitarian crafts. Ian is a former North House Folk School intern. Ian’s website: www.superioryurt. wordpress.com
Jay Arrowsmith Decoux - Grand Marais, MN
Although Jay is a native of southern Minnesota, he has made Grand Marais his home over the past few years. As a former North House Intern and wilderness guide, Jay brings a mixed bag of skills and stories to the classroom. Apart from making mouthwatering meats, Jay is currently writing a North Shore Adventure Guide with Adventure Publications and runs the Art House Bed and Breakfast with his wife (and fellow instructor) Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux.
Mark Bartell - Duluth, MN
Mark Bartell is currently the product manager at Frost River in Duluth, MN. A music major in college, Mark followed his true passion in life-paddling-- and sought /literally begged for a job building canoe packs. After spending several years learning the canvas and leather craft, Mark quickly moved along and started in the design and function aspect of building. He loves to share the materials and techniques he believes are “the best there is.” Mark speaks on the surge of urban manufacturing and on the history and function of canoe packs both canvas and otherwise. He looks forward to sharing his craft with anyone who will listen.
John Beltman - Nashwauk, MN
John is a master woodworker who specializes in working with traditional hand tools and utilizing traditional building techniques. His students consistently comment that this approach permeates every class he teaches. John has recently concentrated his efforts on traditional early American methods of woodworking, including spring-pole lathe turning, the construction of snowshoes, and hand-crafting Windsor chairs & stools. John’s training includes work with the Rockport Apprentice Shop in Maine, Strong’s Canoe Yard in Vermont, and the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire.
Traudi Bestler - Long Lake, MN
Traudi has been weaving and creating textile projects for over 30 years. Her prime interest is passing along the history and joy of making fiber art. Traudi studied weaving, spinning, and dyeing at the Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota, The Weaving School and Sievers School of Fiber Arts. She currently teaches weaving and dyeing at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and has been a workshop presenter for the last 25 years at the MN Federation of Weavers conferences. more details, more photos:
Robert Burns - Chaska, MN
Robert has been fascinated by metalwork and traditional crafts particularly in how they connect to history, since childhood. Robert began studying blacksmithing under James Hoffman learning the American colonial style of blacksmithing. He then went on to learn the craft of bladesmithing joining the American Bladesmith’s Society (ABS) where he hopes to achieve the rank of master smith. Robert works full time out of his shop in Chaska Minnesota creating knives, woodworking tools, and historic reproductions.
Dennis Chilcote - Minneapolis, MN
Dennis has a great appreciation for historical crafts and a long-standing fascination with the way our ancestors expressed art through craft. In that vein, he uses baskets, brooms and traditional woodwork as both canvas and palette for his art. His work can be viewed at www. mnartists.org/dennis_chilcote.
Faith Clover - St Paul, MN
Born and raised in Minnesota, Faith has always been a crafter of eclectic interests. After 27 years of living and teaching in Oregon and Arizona she moved back to Minnesota in 2000 to finish her career at the U of M. As the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants she immediately immersed herself in all things Swedish, worked with educational programs at the American Swedish Institute, has led student trips to Sweden to study crafts, researched the history of Swedish home crafts, and personally practices several crafts including figure carving, birch bark weaving, and spoon carving. In Sweden she discovered luffarslöjd and has taken classes at Sätergläntan, the national folk craft school in Dalarna, Sweden, to learn more. She is anxious to share this relatively unknown craft with others.
Carol Colburn - Duluth, MN
Carol teaches sewing workshops at North House that incorporate traditional Scandinavian textile traditions along with contemporary craft. Through her travels, she has found inspiration in everyday as well as the festive textile and clothing traditions of Scandinavia. Her numerous publications discuss the design, techniques, and meanings behind Norwegian folk textiles, including clothing and household items. She taught period clothing design, pattern making, and sewing in universities before she began teaching focused heritage sewing workshops at Vesaas Farm Studio in Telemark, Norway, Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, and at North House. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary custom garments that are ultimately practical for the northern climate.
Gary Colles - Charlotte, MI
Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for sixteen years. He and his wife live in Charlotte, Michigan. He has taught in Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama and Iowa. Gary trained at Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada and been guided by Ricki Carol of New England Cheese Making Company for sixteen years. He also took a short cheese course from Michigan State University. The last training he has had was from Peter Dixon in Pennsylvania on Farmstead Cheese Making. Gary is always reading more on cheese making. He has over fifty books in his library on cheese and cheese making. Gary enjoys meeting and teaching people cheese making. He says he usually learns something new in each class that he teaches.
Michael Cullen - Petaluma, CA
Michael Cullen’s interest in furniture design evolved from his background in mechanical engineering and love of art. During the past decade, his work has been featured in both trade and design publications and has received numerous awards. His work is shown and collected throughout North America and Europe. Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa 50
Barbara (1983) and worked for several years in machine design before deciding to pursue a career in studio furniture. He chose to study furniture making and design under the direction of David Powell at Leeds Design Workshops (1986-88) in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Upon completion of the program, Michael moved to Boston to work with Jamie Robertson (1988-90) at the well-known Emily Street Workshops. Presently, Michael divides his time creating furniture, teaching, and writing articles on design and technique. His work is shown and collected throughout North America and Europe.
Gerald David - Duluth, MN
Gerald has roots on both sides of the Atlantic: He was born and raised in Germany by an American mother and a German father. Upon completion of his apprenticeship as a Zimmermann he left his hometown of Aachen to live, travel and work for three years as a traditional journeyman on the ‘Wanderschaft’. This journey took him throughout Germany, Europe and the US, where he moved in 2006. Gerald has taught timber framing at TFGuild events in Poland, Vermont and Texas, as well as for the Virginia Military Institute. Together with his Minnesotan wife he has recently settled in Duluth.
Mark Ditmanson - Grand Marais, MN
Mark Ditmanson moved to Cook County in the spring of 2001 to be the pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In 2008 after learning more about the losses of pollinators world-wide and receiving encouragement from a beekeeping friend who knew of Mark’s life long interest in entomology, Mark created an apiary in his backyard and has been surrounded by bees since. Acquiring local bees from a Cook County beekeeper Mark’s apiary has grown to six hives. He has chosen to practice a style of beekeeping that could be called ‘natural.’ He uses no pesticides or medications and looks to rearing bees that are adapted to our northern clime.
Beth Dooley - Minneapolis, MN
Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for twenty-five years: she writes for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, and Heavy Table and appears regularly on KARE 11 (NBC) television and MPR Appetites . She is author of Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook, The Northern Heartland Kitchen and coauthor with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland, among other books.
Beth Dow - Minneapolis, MN
Beth Dow is an artist and teacher from Minneapolis. She calls herself analog-retentive, and is interested in contemporary applications for traditional crafts. She has an MFA in photography, and her work has been exhibited around the world. Beth also makes saddle-stitched leather goods, artist books, and is an obsessive spoon carver. She takes a playful approach in her classes, encouraging students to experiment and have fun while mastering process. In her spare time Beth likes to play her ukulele with friends and she sings with the Prairie Fire Lady Choir.
Carol Dunn - Hackensack, MN
Carol is a retired middle level English teacher. As a way to relax and maintain her calm easy-going personality (read “therapy”) she became a “hooker” when a friend taught her to rug hook in 1989. In the 27 years since then, Carol has attended many hooking retreats and workshops and like many traditional folk artists has learned her skills through experience and learning from a very talented community of rug hookers and teachers. She has taught both beginning and intermediate/advanced classes. Carol and her husband Bart have been coming to Grand Marais on their summer vacation for many years. She has been teaching rug hooking at North House for 8 years. See samples at - https:// www.etsy.com/shop/PrimitivesByCarolRae
Lonnie Dupre - Grand Marais, MN
During an Arctic career spanning more than two decades, Lonnie Dupre has traveled over 14,000 miles throughout the high Arctic regions of northeastern Russia, Lapland, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. He has led five major Arctic expeditions and participated in six. Lonnie’s expeditions have been featured in “Reader’s Digest,” “Sports Illustrated,” “Outside,” and “National Geographic Online.” In 1991, he organized and led the Northwest Passage Expedition, making a 3,000-mile transit of the Canadian Arctic by dog sled while comparing changes in Inuit culture since Knud Rasmussen’s expedition in 1923. Recently, Lonnie worked on the One World Expedition project, a trip from Greenland to the North Pole, pulling and paddling specially modified canoes across shifting sea ice and open ocean to raise awareness of global warming and climate change. Visit www.lonniedupre.com.
Eric Edgin - Duluth, MN
Eric grew up in rural southern Illinois fishing, hunting, foraging, and gardening as a way of life. He has continued to build on the skills and knowledge of his roots by attending a naturopathic school, woodworking and teaching self-sufficient food classes, harvesting his own food, and perfecting food preservation and fermentation methods from around the world in a local context.
Tina Fung Holder - Washburn, WI
Since 1996, Tina Fung Holder has lived and worked in northwest Wisconsin after moving from the urban city life in Chicago. While pursuing her formal education in Chicago, Tina did extensive research in basketry techniques at the Field Museum. Since moving to the north woods she has explored both traditional and new applications of the available natural materials and thinks that anything that grows flexible is fair game. Tina enjoys developing new basket designs and teaching them in workshops. Her basketry is sold in galleries in the region.
Marybeth Garmoe - Two Harbors, MN
Marybeth is enchanted by nature and passionate about traditional craft. She strives to maintain an interconnectedness among her interests, turning to the natural world to sustainably supply the wood for carving and turning, saplings for broom handles, bark and roots for basketry, plants for dying, and foods for daily sustenance. Marybeth has spent much of the past fourteen years traveling to learn how ecosystems form regional tradition, but she now calls the forests and lakes of Northern Minnesota her home.
Kim Garrett - Ely, MN
Kim started rosemaling 6 years ago by taking a class at the North House Folk School with rosemaling instructor Mary Schliep. She fell in love with it and has been painting ever since. Kim has studied with several Vesterheim Gold Medal winning rosemaling instructors. She has also studied with Norwegian instructors here in the US and while studying traditional rosemaling and other Scandinavian folk art in Norway. Kim’s goal is to bring together a blend of traditional Scandinavian folk art with modern techniques and point of view.
Nancy Haarmeyer - Grand Marais, MN
Nancy especially appreciates projects with materials found in the outdoors. Wool, paper, silk, plant materials, and the odd scrap of a colorful cast off are fun to play with both at home and on camping trips. Inspiration from the local Northwoods Fiber Guild guides her creative path.
Bryan Hansel - Grand Marais, MN
Bryan likes spending his mornings and evenings along the shore of Lake Superior making photographs of the sun creating new colors in the sky. He learned photography over 20 years ago in the black and white darkroom. Now, he makes his living taking photos. Not only is he a professional photographer, he writes freelance articles for magazines with credits including Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic, Backpacker and more. Bryan loves the north shore and shares his passion for the area teaching photography workshops and writing. Learn more about him at www.bryanhansel.com.
Dave Hanson - Duluth, MN
Metalworking has always been important in Dave’s life, learning from his cousin who owns one of the largest machine shops in Iowa. Known to have one of the largest travelling blacksmith shops in the five-state area, Dave spends countless hours around the Midwest demonstrating his work and skills to the public at rendezvous and special events. Dave founded the Lake Superior Metal Smith Club. Other pastimes include training and caring for his horses, woodcarving and pottery.
Kate Hartman - Madison, WI
Ted lives on Wisconsin’s “north coast” of Lake Superior with his wife and two daughters. He missed the boat for the first time as a young boy and has been doing it since then as a hobby. He’s also been a charter captain since 1985. Among the many marine classes Ted has instructed are Wisconsin boater safety and the U.S. Coast Guard license exam review course. He is the founder of North Coast Community Sailing.
Kate first learned to knit in high school. Since then, she has explored a variety of knitting traditions, including both the English/American and Continental knitting techniques, lace knitting, Aran, and the multicolored Fair Isle and Scandinavian techniques. Kate enjoys making sweaters, socks, mittens, and other garments in a variety of styles and materials, using many of her own wheel-spun yarns. She likes teaching and believes that enjoyment and enthusiasm are necessary as adults learn a new craft. Kate currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and has the good fortune of to be married to a knitter/spinner.
Jim Gilbert - Waconia, MN
Todd Hawkinson - St Paul, MN
Ted Gephart - Bayfield, WI
Since 1998, Jim has been an instructor of environmental studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Previously Jim served as a Hopkins Public School science teacher and naturalist for 30 years. He is a consulting naturalist for WCCO Radio, co-author of the Minnesota Weatherguide Calendars, author of three books on nature in Minnesota and writer of a weekly newspaper column.
Mark & Katya Gordon - Two Harbors, MN
Mark and Katya Gordon are co-owners of Amicus Adenture Sailing, a small family-owned charter business that operates out of Knife River, MN. Mark (captain) has more than 25 years experience in leading trips and over 18 years as a licensed Captain and EMT. Katya (first mate) is a lifelong sailor and is a veteran of outdoor wilderness experiences, with more than 15 years of experience leading trips in mountains, lakes, deserts, rivers and oceans. Together they have sailed thousands of miles on Lake Superior and beyond with their two daughters Cedar and Lamar.
Scott Graden - Two Harbors, MN
The regionally-renowned creative force behind the sustainable, local & distinctly northern cuisine at the New Scenic Café, Chef Scott Graden does not hesitate to share his cooking artistry with others. Chef Graden has taught at the Blue Heron, the Kitchen Window, and the Minnesota State Fair, among other places. His passion for culinary arts, industriousness, and wry humor are revealed in his tutelage. He teaches in systems and philosophies, shifting the focus from memory-based methods.
Molly Grant - Deerfield, NH
Molly Grant began leatherworking in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather Shop at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. She became a juried member in 1989 of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and while showing her line of handbags had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months time Molly was traveling to national craft shows with Paul and learning the art of being a Cordwainer. The original patterns and designs that Paul and his father Edward Mathews designed beginning in the1930’s are still used today. Molly continues to make handbags, but her main business is showing her line of custom hand made footwear and teaching shoemaking workshops at her shop in New Hampshire, as well as traveling nationally to craft schools to teach the art of shoemaking.
Brent Gurtek - Duluth Township, MN
Brent Gurtek has been professionally fashioning authentic, custom muzzle loading firearms since 2001, having made over 70 such weapons, to date. He is a member of the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association and the Contemporary Longrifle Association. He has successfully hunted white tail deer and black bear with firearms he has made himself. He lives with his wife, Ann, just north of Duluth in French River, in a period house they built themselves, along with much of the furnishings.
Todd Hawkinson has been handcrafting jewelry since 1971. His apprenticeship under both Ray Grobe and Robert Burke was an old world learning experience unavailable today. As an educator, Todd was the head of the Jewelry Manufacturing & Repair Program at both the Minneapolis Community & Technical College and the Southeast Technical College in Red Wing Minnesota. Currently his direction is in historic jewelry manufacturing techniques. From 1890 to 1915 jewelry design was going through dramatic changes. The Victorian Era was coming to a close, Art Nouveau was at its peak, Edwardian designs were introduced and the Arts & Crafts movement was flourishing. Jewelry of this period had an enduring quality. With a workshop in St. Paul Minnesota he continues to produce history inspired jewelry of quality.
Tom Healy - Whitefish, MT
Tom is a professional timber framer, a member of the Timber Frame Guild of North America, and a biology graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition to teaching, Tom served as codirector of North House from 1997 to 2000, and as a member of the North House board. He and his wife Meagen raise Wirehaired Pointing Griffons and operate a Nordic Ski Lodge in Whitefish, Montana. www. stillwatermtnlodge.com.
Peter Henrikson - Grand Marais, MN
Peter settled in Grand Marais after a transient career of log building, basket making, timber bridge building, and teaching timber skills on public lands. He is now a professional timber framer and designer and has been teaching timber framing at North House since 1998. Peter has taught black ash basketry and paddle making courses, but now focuses on timber framing and spending time with his family (he’s a man who’s rich in daughters).
Jock Holmen - Burnsville, MN
Jock Holmen, “The Norwegian Termite,” has been a professional woodcarver for over 30 years. He is a gold medal winner at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American National Juried Exhibitions in Decorah, Iowa, and won the First Place Carving award at the 2005 Northern Woods Exhibition in Minneapolis. In addition to his commissioned projects, Jock is a contributing editor at American Woodworker magazine, and teaches woodcarving classes. He has received training and tutoring from various American and Norwegian master carvers.
Allen Holzhueter - Madison, WI
Allen has been knitting since the 1980s with an interest in multicolor knitting techniques. He has focused on the knitting traditions of Northern Europe and the British Isles and has taught traditional Scandinavian, Fair Isle and Latvian projects using the multicolor technique. Allen has expanded on his fiber interests to include spinning his own knitting yarns on one of his several spinning wheels. Allen lives in Madison, where he divides his time among knitting and spinning projects and spoiling the family Greyhounds.
Beth Homa-Style - Minneapolis, MN
Beth Homa-Style is a full time basket weaver in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After studying painting in college and working as a caseworker for the homeless, she interned at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. At the Folk School, Beth learned many traditional crafts including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. This sparked her obsession with birch bark, which is now her main medium. She locally and sustainably harvests and processes her own materials by hand. Beth is always trying to figure out what she can make out of birch bark next and how to share this durable and beautiful material with people.
Michael Hosaluk - Saskatoon, SKT
Michael Hosaluk’s love of woodworking is not only for the beauty and mystery of the material, but in the inventing of new techniques and processes to create objects. The materials he uses relate to the objects he makes. At times a piece of salvaged wood will become a starting point of design. Other times, a design will call for a piece of wood with incredible grain. Using plain wood like birch allows me to approach the objects as a three dimensional canvas to apply a variety of surface design techniques to express an idea. Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally and in Canada as one of the world’s most creative wood “turners”. Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is selftaught. Hosaluk’s work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture and is full of reference to architecture, nature and culture. In 2003, he participated in the French Association of Turned Wood’s conference Artistic Woodturning Worldwide in Puy St. Martin, France. Hosaluk has also been the coordinator of the biennial International Wood Furniture/Turning Conference since 1982.
Stefania Isaacson - St. Charles, IL
Stefania has been a life-long knitter, and started spinning and dying to supply herself with the best yarns in the world! She got her Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning from the Handweaver’s Guild of America in 1997. Since then she has opened her own business called Handspun by Stefania and taught numerous workshops in natural dyes, spinning and basket making. She has spoken about the fiber arts to numerous groups, and has appeared on Home & Garden TV as a guest on the Carol Duvall Show. She sells handspun, natural hand dyed yarns, original knitting kits using her own yarns and patterns, hand dyed roving dyed with natural dyes, and handmade baskets. She was previously a high school English teacher, and now enjoys teaching spinning, dyeing, and knitting to fiber enthusiasts. Recently, Stefania authored a book on natural dyes called In Search of the Perfect Green–and Orange, Too!
Amy James - Grand Marais, MN
Amy taught herself to bake using a free Fleischmann Yeast booklet back in 1972. She has been a teacher almost as long, in settings from traditional school classrooms to wilderness, with students from preschoolers through seniors, and covering topics from life science to sea kayaking. Combining her passions for teaching and baking, with a little science and history thrown in for good measure, Amy leads bread baking courses for new to intermediate bakers.
Bob Janssen - Golden Valley, MN
Bob first journeyed to the North Shore and Grand Marais when the main highway was still gravel. Since then, Bob has continued to travel the entire state in pursuit of his passion, birds. Past president of the Minnesota Ornithologists Union (MOU), Bob served as editor of the MOU journal “The Loon” for 38 years and has received multiple awards for his birding efforts. Actively involved in numerous bird surveys around the state, including all of Minnesota’s 71 state parks and over 50 scientific and natural areas, Bob has published three books on Minnesota birds.
Nate Johnson - Saginaw, MN
Born and raised in northern Minnesota, Nate likes to craft the crafts, know the plants, eat the mushrooms, make the tools, trap the animals, tan the hides, weave the baskets, catch the fish, fiddle the fiddle, sing the songs, watch the birds, work the woods, sew the clothing, knock the rice, make the canoes, and bend the snowshoes. Nate has traveled the continent studying wilderness living, traditional crafts, natural building, wildlife tracking, botany, birds, mushrooms, and ancient skills in general. He now makes his living sharing his learning with others. See more at www.ivegottwohands.com
Elizabeth Johnston - Shetland Isles, Scotland
Elizabeth Johnston is a Shetland spinner and knitter. She learned much of her craft as a child, observing and learning from family and friends. She uses these age old skills, handed down through generations, to turn Shetland fleece into beautiful soft yarns, and knitted Fair Isle and lace items in her business, Shetland Handspun. Interest in the long history of Shetland textiles led to research into historic fabrics and the warpweighted loom. She is author of 2 chapters in ‘Shetland Textiles 800 BC to the Present’, edited by S.Laurenson. Elizabeth has demonstrated, lectured and taught workshops in Spinning, Lace and Fair Isle knitting in Shetland, through the UK, Europe and in the USA. more details, more photos:
Robert Keiper - Fountain City, WI
For 40 years, Robert Keiper has been turning stone into tools, using both the aboriginal approach and 21st century conveniences in developing his skill as a flintknapper. He has taught hundreds of students to flint knap, keeping an ancient skill alive. Robert’s work has been published in several journals. He currently runs his own flintknapping workshop and studio in Fountain City, WI.
Layne Kennedy - Minneapolis, MN
Layne Kennedy is a nationally recognized magazine photographer. His assignments take him all around the globe for publications like “Smithsonian,” “National Geographic,” “Traveler,” “Islands,” “Backpacker,” “Time,” “Newsweek,” and “National Geographic Adventure,” to name a few. Layne is the founder and director of the Superior/Gunflint Photography Workshop, conducting wilderness adventure photography trips. Visit his website www.laynekennedy.com.
Ken Koscik - Monona, WI
Canoes and canoeing are Ken’s passion. If he’s not building canoes for the local Kiwanis club, he’s paddling them in the Quetico. Ken first learned to build canoes in 1968 and has added over 75 new projects to his list since then. A former student at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine, Ken keeps refining the cedar strip construction technique. The chevron has become his trademark. Recently, Ken was invited to teach a woodstrip building class in Norway. Visit Ken’s web site to learn more about cedar-strip canoe building www.kencanoe.com.
Kris Kristufek - Breez y Point, MN
Kris Kristufek builds award winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating fisherperson at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of 36 in the U.S. He has built over 2,300 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the “Rod Professor” as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of Custom Rod Building. When not building rods he is a medical courier and travels the world.
Elise Kyllo - Grand Marais, MN
Elise is a gardener and visual artist. She finds balance in the urban chaos by engaging the seasons. In the summer, she is usually outdoors in somebody’s garden; in the cold months, she is making art. The simplicity and endless possibilities of working with wool intrigue her, especially creating felted creatures inspired by her experiences as a painter and printmaker. “I can’t think of a more meditative, pure and organic medium than working with wool and water and reusing old socks.”
Alan Lacer - River Falls, WI
Alan Lacer has been involved in the turning field for 40 years as a turner, teacher, writer, exhibition coordinator, expert witness, demonstrator and past president of the American Association of Woodturners. His work has appeared in a number of regional and national exhibitions. Alan has been a regular instructor and demonstrator of the craft, having presented in all 50 states as well as five foreign countries. He has published more than 150 articles, columns and tips, covering technical aspects of woodturning, many specific projects, stories related to both contemporary and historical woodturning and the turning traditions of Japan and Germany. He has also produced five videos on his own, with three of them winning a total of five national awards. In 1999 the American Association of Woodturners awarded him their Lifetime Honorary Member Award for his contributions to the field. He has also appeared on national TV woodturning programs on PBS and DIY.
Candace LaCosse - Duluth, MN
Candace LaCosse is the owner of Hemlocks Leatherworks, a one-woman operation based in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. With a degree in graphic design and journalism, Candace has an eclectic professional background in fashion journalism, education and art. Candace interned at North House Folk School, where she made her first pair of shoes, and then went on to apprentice with master cordwainer Molly Grant of The Cordwainer Shop, a one-hundred year old family business based in Deerfield, New Hampshire. With Grant she participated in American Craft Council and Smithsonian craft shows, as well as private trunk shows in Manhattan. In 2015, Candace was selected as one of eight nationally emerging artists to participate in the American Craft Exposition in Chicago. She was also featured as one of fifty national artists in the American Craft Council Holiday gift guide. Her work can be found in boutiques in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and of course, her shop in Duluth.
Andy Lambert - Minneapolis, MN
Andy accidentally fell in love with traditional Appalachian clogging in 2004 when he saw the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers perform in south Minneapolis. It’s with this group that he learned, performed and started teaching. Along the way, he joined Pert Near Sandstone as the band’s percussionist and has to date recorded 5 albums and clogged with the band all over the country. Andy has been lucky enough to perform on domestic and international stages at places such as: First Avenue, A Prairie Home Companion, Big Top Chautauqua, Wood Songs Radio Hour, Music City Roots and folk festivals worldwide. more details, more photos:
Kerry Lambertson - Two Harbors, MN
Kerry Lambertson lives in northeastern Minnesota. With a background in forestry and trained as a boatbuilder, he is fascinated by the interrelationship of traditional woodcraft and forest ecology. Kerry now builds houses, boats, and furniture, and anything else that strikes his fancy, out of wood, and cannot help but see craft as the intersection of history, culture, science, art, and ecology. This aside, he feels that the most critical ingredients in a successful woodworking experience are a healthy sense of humor and a spirit of curiosity and exploration.
Cheryl Larsen - Grand Marais, MN
Expressive movement is the essense of what sparks her imagination and kindles her inspriration. Whether it be in the form of interpretive dance, rythmns of nature, the play of words or the smooth flow of dyes across silk, it is what Cheryl seeks. As a fiber artist, she has purposely developed skills in a multitude of techniques to allow her to combine various mediums, textures and embellishments in individual pieces. Cheryl’s passions also include spending lots of time outdoors, writing and learning about new places and other cultures.
Lindsay & Lee Zeike Lee - Decorah, IA
Lee and Lindsay have operated their perennial flower nursery in NE Iowa for the past 20 years. Willow work has followed them during these years as a serious sideline and passionate pastime. Together they grow a sizeable cultivated willow patch, offering their willow to craftspeople across the country. Their own willow work combines functional and beautiful baskets with garden and fencing projects. Lee and Lindsay are excited to share their knowledge and experiences about basket making, willow lore, history and culture with their students.
Lindsay Lee - Decorah, IA
Lindsay Lee is a life long gardener, nursery owner and garden designer from Decorah, Iowa. As a horticultural adviser to the Seed Savers Exchange, he is involved in their Historic Orchard project that now hosts over 700 varieties of apples. Lindsay is passionate about teaching grafting skills to those outside the realm of commercial orchards and nurseries. “These are simple techniques that should be common among gardeners,” Lindsay says. “It’s a little bit whittling, a little carpentry, with a little horticulture and timing thrown in.”
Kyle “Lindy” Lind - Grand Marais, MN
After leading a Huckleberry Finn-esque childhood Lindy was naturally drawn to the world of Bushcraft. His passion for wilderness and the wilderness way of life is palpable, and has led him to seek out the traditional knowledge and crafts of northern indigenous cultures. In addition to teaching wilderness survival and Bushcraft in the Rocky Mountains and northern Minnesota, Lindy was a North House Folk School Intern in 2013 where he built a 17 foot birch bark canoe. Today Lindy is putting his knowledge of bush living to the test as he, and his wife, pursue a subsistence life style from their off grid-water access only property at the edge of the BWCAW. They are currently building a trapper style log cabin to serve as their home and base camp for wilderness adventures, and Bushcraft experimentation. True to form, and in keeping with his dedication to the wilderness way of life, they are building the cabin with a minimum of simple hand powered tools out of trees from the property.
Paul Linden - Minneapolis, MN
Paul Linden is an artist who lives in Minneapolis and works in the Art Department of the University of Minnesota. He has taught courses and workshops in sculptural woodworking, metal fabrication and metal-casting and has a deep love for craft-based techniques. Paul has almost never met a tool that he didn’t like, and proves this by his everexpanding collection. He takes great satisfaction from using self-made tools and is constantly modifying, remaking, and learning the use of old and new hand tools. Paul tries hard to spend all of his extra time either in the wood or metal shop, or outside with his kids
Karalyn Littlefield - Turtle Lake, WI
Growing up on a farm near Turtle Lake, WI, Karalyn started her career in food industry working in the family bakery/café. After several years of moving around the country for education and a career in the food industry, she is back on the farm. As a life long learner, Karalyn continues to take classes around the region, and at North House (from Boat building to Yurts, starting in 1999). She writes a cooking column for the St. Croix Valley Master Gardener Association’s newsletter and currently teaches in the Animal and Food Science department at UWRiver Falls.
Fred Livesay - Willarnie, MN
Fred discovered his woodworking skills at age 10. He later trained as a wheelwright and carriage-builder for seven summers and then went on to study Scandinavian folk art, decorative arts, art history and museum studies. Fred currently makes his living as a carpenter but hopes to make teaching and craftwork his fulltime job. Fred has taught at North House since its beginning, has studied crafts in Sweden and demonstrates crafts in the five state area. Fred also teaches at the Milan Village Art School, Ingebretsen’s, the American Swedish Institute and Woodcraft. 52
Derek Lucchese - South Gillies, ONT
Derek was an understudy and longtime friend of the famed bread oven builder Alan Scott. In fact, Derek’s first run-in with Alan happened during one of the first bread oven building workshops that North House ever hosted. Since then, Derek has gone on to build a wood-fired bakery of his own on a homestead just outside Thunder Bay, Ontario. Derek runs a portable wood-fired pizza business and builds brick ovens in addition to baking weekly for the Thunder Bay Country Market. Learn more about Derek’s baking and building at www.bothhandsbread.ca.
Kelly Marshall - Minneapolis, MN
Kelly’s passion for textiles blossomed as a child through hand embroidery and knitting. In college, she learned bobbin lace while attending a 2 year folk school in Sweden, studying textile design and techniques. After finishing her studies in Sweden, she returned home to complete her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of MN in textile design. She has studied Binche bobbin lace technique in Brugge, Belgium and a variety of other techniques. She started her weaving business, Custom Woven Interiors, in 1992. The business focuses on custom textiles, functional and decorative, for interiors in residential and corporate settings. You can find many examples of her textiles on her website at www.kellymarshall.com. Her textiles are sold nationwide and also grace the homes of some of Minnesota’s local celebrities. For over 20 years, Kelly has enjoyed sharing the art of bobbin lace making with her students at the American Swedish Institute and other locations.
Eric/Dayna Mase - Ely, MN
Eric Mase moved to Ely, Minnesota in 1996 to build birch bark canoes. Since then, he has built over 80 bark canoes both full & scale models, in addition to other historical art pieces. For the past 16 years, Eric has spent time everyday renewing his true passion: the drum. Eric’s focus on the cedar hand drum has been influenced by the same traditional tools and building methods that stem from handcrafted bark canoes. Eric is also the owner & builder of the WEE CABIN TM Company, specializing in handcrafted timber frame cabins.
Margie Menzies - Duluth, MN
One part educator, two parts naturalist, and two parts bird nerd! Who says slow and steady wins the race? After years in the formal classroom, this educator has abandoned the indoors for the great outdoor classroom. Margie Menzies is the Naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, Schroeder, where she teaches Master Naturalist courses, provides programs, band birds and camps during the summer. She is also a Naturalist and Public Program Director for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth. During the rest of the year she is a freelance naturalist and education consultant working on a variety of projects, and supervises student teachers for UMD. She has a BA from Bethel University, and a MA from University of St. Thomas. Providing naturalist programming for the general public furnishes many colorful and meaningful experiences with every day on the job. She loves birds, loves rocks, loves learning, and loves sharing the natural world with people of all ages.
Meredith Middleton Burns - Chattanooga, TN
Meredith Middleton Burns is a jewelry artist from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her passion for creating art jewelry began after taking a week long course in sterling silver fabrication. Since then she has pursued her passion for jewelry design by attending New Approach School for Jewelers, Penland School of Craft and John C. Campbell Folk School. She has studied under private tutelage with metalsmith Molly Sharp since 2011. Meredith’s work can be found online, in several shops and galleries and her studio is located at the Chattanooga Workspace in her hometown.
Jim Miller - Duluth, MN
Jim Miller (Ph.D., geology, University of Minnesota) is an Associate Professor of Geology and Director of the Precambrian Research Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Formerly, he was a Senior Geologist with the Minnesota Geological Survey (1983-2008). His research specialty is the geology and mineral deposits of northeastern Minnesota. He has conducted geological research and led field trips for geologists and non-geologists for over 30 years.
Eric Moshier - Duluth, MN
Eric is a third-generation stone mason who has over 25 years of experience. As the owner of Solid Rock Masonry in Duluth, he has built Finnish, Swedish, Russian and German style masonry heaters throughout the Midwest and southern Ontario. A longtime member of the Masonry Heaters Association, he has led numerous workshops across the Great Lakes Region and at the MHA annual gathering. To complement his strong desire to educate people about heating with wood in efficient and beautiful ways, Eric has pursued projects ranging from coaching hockey to building log homes to being an environmental consultant. Visit www.solidrockmasonry.com.
Cody Myers - Foxboro, WI
Growing up on a farm in the northwoods, Cody has always led a handson lifestyle. Through traveling he took a great interest in the way that people lived long ago and how those traditions still survive in the world today. The fine balance of art and function, design and utility, steel seemed to be the perfect medium to work. As a blacksmith, he apprenticed under David Hanson at North House and continues to work with David as a co-instructor. Bringing hammer to hand, steel to anvil and turning billet to knife he is grateful to share in teaching the art he loves.
Phillip Odden/Else Bigton - Barronett, WI
Phillip and Else are professional woodcarvers and furniture makers in the Norwegian tradition. They have taught carving classes for over 20 years, specializing in the classic ornamental styles of Baroque (acanthus), Rococo, and Romanesque dragon style. Else is also an accomplished weaver and cabinet maker. Phillip enjoys picture carving, free form ale bowls, and kubbestols. The couple was commissioned to work on the Stave Church which stands in the Norwegian Pavilion at Epcot in Florida and the Gol Stave Church replica, which stands in Minot, North Dakota. Visit www.norskwoodworks.com to learn more.
Kim Ode - Edina, MN
Kim Ode has written two cookbooks for the Minnesota Historical Society Press: “Rhubarb Renaissance,” and “Baking With the St. Paul Bread Club: Recipes, Tips, and Stories,” which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. She’s also a North House alum, having learned to make her wood-fired brick oven from the legendary Alan Scott. She’s been a feature writer with the Star Tribune since 1985, and is in her fifth year of doing the monthly Baking Central for its Taste section. She and her husband, John Danicic, live in Edina, Minn., but spend as much of their summer as possible sailing on Lake Superior.
Martha Owen - Murphy, NC
Martha began her adventure in spinning at the John C. Campbell Folk School, (founded in 1925), in Brasstown, North Carolina in 1978. Since 1980 her extended family has included sheep and angora rabbits, currently Corriedale/Merino, Romney, Shetland and a little Blue faced Leicester for fun. Also a banjo player and known to tell a story or two, Martha’s interest in sheep and wool, music and dance, have carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world. Her children say she is a wool nerd but her sheep say she is outstanding in her field! Martha became a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in 1988, is Resident Artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School in spinning, knitting, felt making, and dyeing, and is a co-owner of Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC, a store catering to fiber enthusiasts. She has been teaching spinning, natural dyeing and knitting design since 1984. (She taught her first class of thirteen students how to card and spin with a one month old nursling in a wind up swing as her assistant. That baby is 28 now!)
Cathryn Peters - Angora, MN
Cathryn is a chair seat weaver, antler basketmaker, teacher, writer, pattern author who hails from Angora, Minnesota. She delights in sharing her nearly 40 years of accumulated knowledge and resources to those who desire to perpetuate the nearly lost art of wicker restoration, chair seat weaving, and basketry. Cathryn’s works have appeared on public television, and in books, periodicals and national galleries and she teaches nation-wide. Visit her resource and information website at www.WickerWoman.com
Craig/Dianne Peterson - Grand Marais, MN
Craig and Dianne relocated to Grand Marais from Waseca, Minnesota, where they made their own Swedish Potato sausage and demonstrated sausage making at Farmamerica, the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center. With a focus on organic ingredients and healthy food products, they have been teaching classes at North House for 17+ years and have been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Over the years, they have expanded sausage offerings to include German, Italian, Mexican, American, Morroccan and Minnesota’s own “North House Wild.” They are currently expanding into smoking sausage.
Lou Pignolet - Hovland, MN
Lou grew up in New Jersey and came to Minnesota in 1970, where he taught and did research as a chemistry professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. After 38 years he retired to Hovland, MN, to enjoy the wild nature of the North Shore. Lou and his wife have had a cabin in Hovland since 1980. Lou has always had an interest in woodworking and became inspired by the beautiful lathe turned wood bowls in Hawaii during a vacation in 2005. After taking a course in wood turning on a spring-pole lathe at the North House in 2006, he set up a woodturning shop in Hovland and learned the craft by trial and error and advice from wood turners in Hawaii. Lou spends much of his time turning artistic bark-edged and unusual shaped bowls from local wood. His bowls combine the natural beauty of the wood with form and function. He participates in art shows and workshops on the North Shore and has established a reputation for making unique wooden bowls that are in high demand.
Wayne Potratz - Minneapolis, MN
Wayne Potratz is an artist, sculptor, and Professor Emeritus of the Art Department at the University of Minnesota. His work in cast bronze, cast iron, Tama-hagane steel, and Wootz steel has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in 30 one-person exhibitions and more than 340 group exhibitions. A life-long creative research investigation and practice of ancient and ethnic metal casting technologies, (including Meso-American, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Western African methodologies) led him to Japan in 1999, where he studied the Tatara, a method of smelting iron ore into high carbon steel. Since that time he has been making steel from Minnesota magnetite iron ore using both traditional and hybrid methods.
Harley Refsal - Decorah, IA
Harley specializes in Scandinavian-style flat plane figure carving, a minimalist style that leaves the tool marks exposed. He has won numerous carving awards and has taught carving classes throughout the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia. In 1996, he was decorated by the government and King of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian folk art studies. Harley is the author of “Art and Technique of Scandinavian-Style Woodcarving.” In addition to his carving and teaching, Harley was also the professor of Norwegian language and Scandinavian folk art at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
Mary Reichert - Duluth, MN
Mary’s paternal grandmother loved all things fiber, except feltso in good, stubborn fashion she found her way to feltmaking and hasn’t looked back. Her love of felt has since taken her to Kyrgyzstan where she lived with a family for the winter of 2013 learning both the culture and skills that surround this incredible art. Having grown up without ever learning to spin, weave, cord, sew, or otherwise attempt to cajole the fibers of this world (or anything else for that matter) into beautiful forms, she is now dedicated to teaching others to wake up this capacity in their hands. She is especially interested in creating beautiful felt for everyday living and continues to work and teach classes from her home studio in Saginaw, MN.
Bob Ristow - Hopkinton, IA
Bob’s interest in Shaker Oval Boxes began with a visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. To advance his knowledge in box making he attended several classes taught by John Wilson at the Home Shop in Charlotte, Michigan, to learn the procedures in making these boxes. Since then Bob has demonstrated these procedures at several woodcarving clubs in Iowa and Minnesota, and has taught several classes at the Fine Woodworkers Store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Waldorf Woodcarving Weekend at Forest City, Iowa and at the Woodcarvers Rendezvous at West Glacier, Montana. Bob is also experimenting with different woods, shapes and sizes to make these boxes. His other interests are woodcarving, woodturning, winemaking and fiber arts.
Karen Rognsvoog - Minnetonka, MN
Karen has been dyeing natural fibers and growing plants for dye since the mid-70s. Always interested in the colors of nature, boiling plants, weeds, flowers and bark for use with fibers made this an inexpensive hobby for her. After some hands-on experience, she began teaching in schools and community centers in the Twin Cities area. She regularily teaches at North House Folk School and the Clearing Folk School, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Minnetonka Community Center. She is a professional pianist and amateur cellist and teaches piano lessons. Some of her other hobbies include fishing, Japanese ink painting, Japanese shibori, gardening (has her own dye garden), spinning and ham radio. She’s always on the lookout for new and interesting dyestuffs, so don’t follow her on the road too closely. She notes, “I brake for roadside weeds.”
Ann Russ - Grand Marais, MN
Ann has been a resident of Cook County since the 1980s. She has led numerous naturalist activities for all ages in all seasons and considers annual bird migrations one of life’s joys. Harmony singing is another passion; her ability to spontaneously coax multiple harmony parts out of any size group, whether four or four hundred, is legendary.
Jim Sannerud - St. Paul, MN
With over 30 years of experience working with wood, Jim Sannerud’s passion for craft comes from respecting and working with the natural order of wood, the beauty of its movement, and the incredible adaptability of different parts of the tree. Jim enhances these natural elements by leaving the raw imprint of his interaction with the tree tool marks, hand carving to make useful pieces honoring his Scandinavian heritage. Having studied in Sweden and Northern Europe, Jim’s love of the raw folk art of these areas results in work that is vibrant, organic, and just fun. His greatest joy comes from teaching others skills with the knife and lathe, sharing his infectious enthusiasm, and empowering them to create.
Mike Schelmeske - Grand Marais, MN
Mike’s interest in Native American and Scandinavian traditions has kept him constantly pursuing boreal forest crafts and materials for project ideas. He finds utility craft particularly intriguing, and the thought of putting his crafts to work on an everyday level keeps him searching for the next project. Whether it’s carving toys for his daughter Aurora or shaping canoe paddles from a crooked knife he fashioned from an old file, Mike’s ingenuity and approach to craft is refreshing.
Cecilia Schiller - St. Paul, MN
Sculptor and woodcarver Cecilia Schiller works in her studio on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul to make interactive, gear-driven, people powered, carved mechanical pieces (also called automata). These whimsical and colorful sculptures are brought to life when viewers turn a crank. The movement of the gears and figures mesmerize viewers, both young and old. Cecilia honed a unique skillset that combines fine aesthetic details with high quality, durable workmanship while building sets and other creative imagery for theaters and private companies, including Children’s Theater, In the Heart of the Beast, Guthrie and Minnesota Opera. Ms. Schiller has won numerous grants and awards for her work. See more of her creations at www. ceciliaschiller.com
Mary Schliep - Grand Marais, MN
Mary started rosemaling in 1989 and has been busily painting ever since. Mary specializes in the Valdres and Telemark styles (each defined by the geographic region where they found their beginning in Scandinavia). Since the school’s founding, Mary has been a consistent teacher at North House. She demonstrates annually at Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota. Mary has studied with 8 Gold Medalists and two Norwegian instructors.
Larry Schmitt - Madison, WI
As a child, Larry learned many textile techniques from his parents, including nalbinding. Since the early 1980s, he has been teaching and researching nalbinding and has written a number of instructional manuals. These workbooks are some of the only resources on nalbinding in English. Larry has taught and exhibited nalbinding throughout the country and has even had students from Norway and Germany, but he considers North House home base. Larry is also interested in traditional, easy-to-complete textile projects which utilize tools and equipment that are portable and easy to obtain or construct. His classes at North House reflect his continuing interest in traditional textile crafts.
Randy Schnobrich - Grand Marais, MN
Randy’s life in the North is a classic: he has mushed dogs, planted 20,000+ trees on his homestead and built eight outbuildings on his property (but still no garage). He moved to the North Shore from Wisconsin in 1994 with plans to raise a family and create a new lifestyle. After buying some land “back in the woods a bit,” he and his wife built a woodshop and log home, a perfect spot to raise three kids and live a little closer to the earth. With more than 20 years of woodworking under his belt, Randy has built everything from cabins to dogsleds, commissioned furniture to custom doors. Nearly all of his interests lie in the outdoors, and he says it’s hard to remember life before Cook County.
Robert Schulz - Hillsboro, WI
Robert Schulz has been blacksmithing since 1996, focusing on the techniques of traditional joinery. He has been a student of many great smiths including Bill Fiorini, Chuck Patrick, Jim Batson, Tom Latane, Clay Spencer, and Peter Ross, and has taken intensive internships at the John C. Campbell Folk School and Tillers International. Along with blacksmithing, Robert and his family are homesteading their off-thegrid SW Wisconsin land practicing natural building techniques, draft horse power, and organic agriculture. Robert is also co-founder of the Driftless Folk School in Vernon County, WI (www.driftlessfolkschool. org).
David Seaton - Grand Marais, MN
Dave Seaton has been building and repairing guitars for over 35 years. His acoustic guitars are known for their innovative and beautiful design as well as their fine tone. He also builds ukuleles and electric guitars and keeps many of the North Shore’s musical pros playing by servicing their instruments. He has taught ukulele and guitar building at North House and is a former board member. In the summer months he runs Hungry Jack Outfitters with his wife Nancy.
Michael Seiler - Lanesboro, MN
Michael is co-owner of Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, MN and has been working in the metal arts since 1995 mastering the techniques of fabrication, stone setting, wax carving, stone cutting and stone inlay work. Michael has been awarded grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board for his signature stone cutting and lapidary talent. His goals are to create new and innovative techniques in stone setting and ring design combining lapidary and metal work. Preview his designs at www.crowntrout.com.
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Molly Sharp - Zirconia, NC
Jon Strom - Cook, MN
Becky Utecht - Mora, MN
Jan Sheperd - Zumbrota, MN
Paula Sundet Wolf - Lutsen, MN
Pop Wagner - St Paul, MN
Molly first studied her craft in England over 30 years ago. After living in England for 10 years, she moved back to the U.S. in 1981 and perfected her skills through various workshops with some of this country’s finest jewelers. She has been a fulltime professional jeweler since 1995. Molly is the mother of two grown children and resides in western North Carolina with her husband, potter David Voorhees. Molly also has work in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. and is a member of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC. Visit www.mollysharpmetalsmith.com for more info about Molly. When Jan found herself moving to South Eastern Minnesota some 20 years ago, there wasn’t the access to lake fishing as she was accustomed to. Jan sought to learn another way to fish. Fly Fishing! Jan was a participant in one of the first Fly Fishing the North Country classes here at North House. As some have stated, she got hooked! Jan has spent the last 5 summers mentoring with Rueben Swenson, David Asproth and Mike Hero (3 of north countries greatest fly fisherman), fishing up and down the Gunflint and Arrowhead trails. Jan has been a volunteer assistant in the last 3 years of Fly Fishing class, giving the ‘rookie’ perspective of what you need to know and why! Being a resident, Jan also has knowledge of the beautiful stream fishing of Southeastern Minnesota. Jan is eager to share what she has learned about the sport of fly fishing along with the adventure, beauty and serenity that accompany it.
Erik Simula - Finland, MN
Erik is a master birch bark canoe builder, instructor at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and director of the Arrowhead Wilderness School, whose mission is deep ecology education. Inspired by Finnish, Saami, and Anishinabe art and culture, Erik hikes or skis in the woods daily, enjoys a weekly wood-fired sauna, and leads a subsistence lifestyle which includes maple syruping, organic orcharding, harvesting wild rice, netting fish and hauling firewood with his sled dog team. A former national park ranger at Grand Portage National Monument and outdoor skills instructor for Voyageur Outward Bound and Vermillion College in Ely, Minnesota, Erik’s many skills include being a logsmith, dogsled builder, snowshoe-maker, and wilderness guide.
Karen Smaby - Grand Marais, MN
In an effort to un-earth herself from the mountains of scraps she accumulates as an avid fiber artist, Karen revels in recycling projects, like penny rugs, that make use of materials she already has. Karen works with both wool and paper to create an intensity of colors and textures. She is a member of and exhibits through the Northwoods Fiber Guild and teaches bookbinding to local high school students.
Gigi Stafne - Chetek, WI
Gigi is an enthusiastic educator, activist and writer within the botanical and natural medicine world, presently the coordinator of Herbalists Without Borders, a national & international non-profit addressing issues of natural medicine health care access globally. Earth ethics, ecology, sustainability and environmental health are woven through all the courses that she teaches. Presently, she teaches through Green Wisdom and operates Wild Earth Eco Tours, offering programs in herbalism to cross cultural ethnobotany tours. Gigi invites you to join her in a North House class with open hands, heart and mind.
Jerry Stelmok - Atkinson, ME
Jerry, a Maine native, grew up with wood-canvas canoes and has been building them since the 1970s at his shop, Island Falls Canoe (www. islandfallscanoe.com). He has taught canoe building there and at a variety of boat schools from Brooklin, Maine, to Seattle, Washington. He is well known as the author of three definitive books on wood-canvas canoes and their builders. Most recently, Jerry wrote a book celebrating the skills of the late Joe Seliga, native of Ely, Minnesota and dean of North American canoe builders.
April Stonedahl - Odanah, WI
April’s fascination with Black Ash basketry started in 1998 when she took one year to study a new basket in everyday use. Amazed by this vessel’s durability, she spent much of the following year learning by doing: learning through weaving. When ready, she went on to share her skills by providing demos and workshops for groups, programs and events in her home, community, regionally and internationally.
Jarrod Stonedahl - Odanah, WI
Jarrod has been working with wood and bark professionally since 1996. He and his wife April both make and sell their handcrafts for a living through their business Woodspirit. He teaches workshops across the country and internationally. Over the years he has gained extensive knowledge and experience while making birch bark baskets, birch bark boxes, wooden spoons and bowls, as well as cradle boards, birch bark canoes, snowshoes and toboggans. His main focus is woodturning using only a foot powered lathe and carving spoons with axe and knife. He has spent time in museum archives in the states, Sweden and the UK, studying and researching older work which is inspirational for him as a craftsperson. Jarrod brings extensive knowledge of harvesting natural materials, the use of hand tools, and a deeper philosophical, historical and pragmatic approach to handcrafts and his workshops. more details, more photos:
Look for the woodchips flying and you’re sure to find Jon. Jon is a sculptor, woodworker, and log builder with a strong interest in Swedish spoon and bowl carving techniques as well as the history of log building. He has demonstrated at Grand Portage National Monument, Old Fort William, and White Oak Society, and has taught at various workshops, including Goods from the Woods in Grand Rapids. Jon has also designed his own personal bowl-carving bench, which may be adapted by students for their own workshops. To learn more visit www.stromart.com. Paula has been gathering grasses and brush to make traditional crafts for the past 25 years. A resident of northern Minnesota, Paula has a deep appreciation for the Northwoods and its resources and likes to convey that appreciation through her basket weaving and twig furniture. Paula has an MA in anthropology with an emphasis on utilitarian art of North American cultures. She sells her work from her home.
Erik Swenson - Mahtowa, MN
Erik has had a passion for pursuing trout since he could carry a rod on the handle bars of his bicycle. He has fished from Maine to Montana, Florida to Texas over the past thirty years and has been in a float tube since 1985. He shares his broad knowledge of lake and stream tactics that will work wherever you fish. A professional musician by trade, in his free time Erik enjoys XC skiing, camping and mountain biking into remote areas, most recently in the Black Hills of South Dakota, still carrying a fly rod on the handle bars.
Rueben Swenson - Mahtowa, MN
Becky Utecht lives in Mora, Minnesota. She raises sheep and makes fiber art, specializing in feltmaking. Using the wool from her flock of Bluefaced Leicester sheep, she creates two- and three-dimensional felt art pieces including wall art, garments, accessories, rugs, and vessels. Felting combines her love of animals and nature with her passion for art. She enjoys teaching and sharing the magic of felting with others. She has studied with renowned feltmakers from many countries. Her felt artwork has been included in fine art shows, wool festivals,and publications including the New York Times and 500 Felt Objects. Pop Wagner mentored in Horsemanship and Training with Liz Lofgren from 1993 to 1996. He attended two of Buck Brannaman’s Horsemanship Clinics (1994 & 1995). Pop was introduced to handcrafted tack by Don Flatten in 1994. He mentored in cinch making with ArtCords founder, Darin Alexander from 2006 to the present time. He is also a folk singer and has performed at countless venues in 44 states and 10 foreign countries. He has hosted radio and TV shows and appeared in a Robert Altman film.
Rob Wells - Grand Marais, MN
Rob Wells is the executive chef of Lutsen Resort. He is a native NewMexican, having grown up in the vicinity of Santa Fe, and has worked at several area restaurants most notably the Coyote Café, Inn of the Anasazi, and La Casa Sena. Rob lives in Grand Marais with his wife Kate and their two daughters Bronwyn and Aria.
Jo Wood - Hovland, MN
News articles written about “The Frugal Fly Fisher” make apparent Rueben’s wealth of knowledge of fly fishing the Arrowhead region of Minnesota, as well as the southern regions of the White River system of Arkansas and Missouri. Rueben was certified as a fly casting instructor and has instructed numerous individuals and groups on all facets of fly fishing. Ask him about the two world records he holds for brown trout caught on a fly rod sometime.
Jo loves gardening, walks in the woods, and every kind of textile art. An award-winning bead and fiber artist, she has practiced her skills with needle and thread for over 40 years, making everything from tipis to wedding ensembles. She has shared her knowledge and passion for hand stitching with students both regionally and nationally since 1997. Jo is a bead artist inspired by nature. Through her work she shares her connection with the abundance, peace and beauty of this place. Visit her website at www.JoWoodBeads.com.
Erin Swenson-Klatt - Minneapolis, MN
Jeanne Wright - Grand Marais, MN
Erin was a 2015 Craft Education Intern at North House and loves being immersed in the world of craft and the rhythms of North Shore life. At North House she celebrated her passions for food, Scandinavian craft, and the Swedish language while baking up storms of Swedish cinnamon rolls and sharing the fika (Swedish coffee break) gospel. Between studying in Stockholm, Sweden, traveling around the world with the international Slow Food movement, and chatting up regulars at her family’s bakery in South Minneapolis, she has learned the joys of sharing community and worldviews over a good meal. She always looks forward to hanging out at the harbor side bread oven and convincing anyone who will listen that baking is really not that hard.
Matt Thomas - Grand Marais, MN
Matt started his sailing career right here in Grand Marais, and then he moved on to the Caribbean and sailed tall ships for the better part of 20 years. He has sailed across the Atlantic three times and spent a summer sailing in the Mediterranean. He has been fortunate to see a lot of beautiful areas but he reports that “the North Shore of Lake Superior is still on of my favorite sailing areas list.” Being able to come back home and sail for North House is absolutely a perfect fit.
Gene Tokheim - Dawson, MN
Gene has been teaching since the 1980s in the United States and Norway. His work has been exhibited in shows at the University of Minnesota, the Folk Art Museum in New York City, and the Hedmark Museum in Hammer, Norway. Gene has won the Gold Medal in knifemaking in the national competition at the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Gene graduated with an arts degree from Southwest Minnesota State University.
Lucy Tokheim - Dawson, MN
Lucy and Gene Tokheim work together making Scandinavian Folk Art inspired pottery for Tokheim Stoneware. Lucy has used the Primstav in her designs for over 25 years. One of these pieces was chosen for the 1989 Norsk i Amerika exhibit that traveled from the Vesterheim Museum to Norway, the year that Gene and Lucy were studying at the Folk School in Telemark, Norway. Lucy continues to work with the Primstav in ceramics, painting and graphic art designs. You can see more of her and Gene’s work at www.tokheim-stoneware.com
Mercedes Tuma-Hansen - Minneapolis, MN
Mercedes is a history educator in the Minneapolis area where she teaches American Indian and environmental programs at schools, parks, museums and as a public speaker. Learning to teach as a tour guide at the Minnesota Historical Society, Mercedes won a national award for developing a museum education program there. By teaching historic skills like making birch bark baskets, net making, processing wild nuts, and making traditional art with a modern twist, Mercedes continues to pursue her passion for connecting the past to its relevance in our modern lives. 54
Jeanne believes that hands are a glimpse into a person’s life story. Her grandparents’strong thick fingers supported their farming life. Inspired by those around her that create with their hands, Jeanne has kept hers busy, too. She has built her own timber frame house and sauna (with her trusty husband), stocks the root cellar with garden produce, renders bear fat for soapmaking, and wields a hammer to build toys with her daughter. From wood working to fiber arts, beekeeping to mosaics, her hands are beginning to show her life’s work. Grandpa would be proud.
Nick Wroblewski - Viroqua, WI
Nick specializes in large multicolor woodcuts and has developed a distinctive technique reminiscent of the stylized Japanese masters yet uniquely his own. His work depicts the reverence he has for the conversations of the wild and a loyalty to the honesty of the handcrafted arts. Nick’s work can be seen in private collections and galleries throughout the country, as well as in various commercial designs and illustrations. He lives and prints from his home studio in Southwestern Wisconsin.
Vladimir Yarish - Wells River, VT
Vladimir Yarish, a master, award-winning basket maker, has worked with birch bark for more than 24 years. Born in Qaraghandy, Kazakhstan, he moved to Novgorod Province. He has been teaching birch bark basketry at his studio in the Cultural Palace of the city of Veliky Novgorod since 1993. Beginning in 1997 Vladimir has been invited to teach classes all over the US. Vladimir has published many articles on birch bark and traditional basket making for both academic journals and popular magazines. He is currently researching the history of traditional birch bark basketry, haunting, as permitted, every relevant museum and archeological site in Russia. His works have been featured in the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology, Germany, the St. Petersburg Toy Museum, and the Novgorod State Museum of Architecture, History, and Fine Arts. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and won awards at home and abroad for his basket-making talents.
Rick Yonker - White Bear Lake, MN
Rick has been tinkering with wood for many years. He has also been bow hunting and doing recreational archery since 1980. In 1995 he began learning the craft of building traditional longbows. He has taken several classes and taught many others how to build their own wooden bows. Rick managed his own bow building business called Kickapoo Valley Longbows. Now a high school teacher, Rick lives in White Bear Lake with his lovely wife Sue, three beautiful daughters, and his cat Honey.
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All classes at North House Folk School are designed for and open to students 18 years old and up. In the interest of encouraging intergenerational learning, some North House courses are open to students under the age of 18 provided that they are accompanied by a fully enrolled adult student. Due to the unique nature of each course, minimum age requirements are defined by the instructor. All courses that are open for intergenerational learning are clearly defined by the course description. Generally youth tuition is discounted 25% , please inquire at registration about restrictions and more information.
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North House Folk School's Spring/Summer 20116 course catalog features Traditional Craft in 18 teaching themes, including 56 courses brand ne...
Published on Feb 25, 2016
North House Folk School's Spring/Summer 20116 course catalog features Traditional Craft in 18 teaching themes, including 56 courses brand ne...