FALL/WINTER COURSE CATALOG 2016/17
f a l l / w i n t e r c o u r s e c a t a l o g 2016/17
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? Classrooms improved in 2013, 2014 and 2015 thanks to three years of targetted “Sharpen the Saw” investments. Another great example - in 2008-2012, donor giving fueled our Raise the Roof Campaign, generating $850,000+ of capital improvements. 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,” our annual report AND the new members’ early-enrollment day twice each year. 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 the Fall/Winter issue of North House’s course catalog. As always, launching the catalog creates an intriguing dual reality – at once relishing the final northern-summer infusion of sunshine, green and warmth (with the classroom doors thrown wide open!) while also reaching out towards crisp evenings, brilliant colors, growing darkness and eventually sparkles of white. With this catalog, North House sets the stage for our Twentieth Anniversary. Envisioned and launched by a group of inspired volunteers in 1997, North House’s emergence as a key crossroads in the world of craft reads like a joyous fairy tale. As many remember, our first catalog featured 23 classes. By contrast, this catalog alone includes over 285 courses featuring 100+ artisan instructors. Our almost-twenty-year journey has been defined by a compelling mission, empowered by innumerable helping hands, and infused with the potent power of building with beauty and utility. Celebrating our Twentieth Anniversary will be essential, and several key puzzle pieces are already in place: * Community of Craft -How do you share the story of hundreds of artisans, nineteen craft themes and thousands of courses? In small pieces. In January, a Community Wall of Craft composed of 6”x6” tiles will be installed on campus. Each tile will share an instructor’s story; together they will quilt together a 7’x7’ story of craft. * Celebrate with Cake! - Celebrations gather people, and we all love to be involved. Our three iconic annual events will each incorporate elemens both creative and commemorative, including hands-on community projects, storytelling and story gathering, displays of student projects, and plenty of cake! * Craft Exhibition - The 20th Anniversary year will culminate with a month-long craft exhibition at the Johnson Heritage Post in downtown Grand Marais. We envision its role echoing that of our “Celebrating Birch” exhibition and book project during our tenth anniversary back in 2007. But no need to wait until then, Dig into the following pages and you will quickly discover a simple fact – the world of craft is alive and well! It’s time to start making plans. 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 12 fiber arts 15 foods 20 jewelry 25 music & stories 27 calendar 28-29 northern ecology 30 outdoor skills 31 painting & photography 33 sailing 35 shelter 36 sustainable living 38 timber framing 39 traditional crafts 41 woodcarving 43 woodworking & furniture craft 45 instructor profiles 49 registration & membership 55
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Board of Directors President Vice President Treasurer Secretary
Nancy Burns John Schoenherr Paul Aslanian Buck Benson
Members at Large
Jodi Belluz Andrew Houlton Layne Kennedy JD Lehr Jana Larson Todd Mestad Susan Morrison Mary Morrison Kathy Rice Jim Sannerud Steve Surbaugh
Journal Print Group
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 more details, more photos: www.northhouse.org
Guest Instructor: Peter Follansbee In 2017, North House welcomes guest woodworking instructor Peter Follansbee. Peter is the recipient of the Wille Sundqvist & Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship, which is a new fellowship encouraging traditional woodworkers and others to connect to craft institutions across the world. Recipients travel to, teach and study at various institutions. Peter will be joining us as the first-ever featured instructor at the 4th annual Wood Week, February 28- March 6, 2017. Peter will offer a course in 17th Century English-Style Decorative Carving (pg44). Peter has specialized for 25 years in making reproductions of 17th century style oak furniture, based on originals from England and New England. Peter will give a public lecture during the event. Wood Week features more than a dozen multi-day courses in woodcarving, wood working and other related crafts. It includes the popular Carvers’ Conference Day on Friday, March 3, which is a day filled with mini workshops, excursions and mingling and is included with registration in any course during Wood Week. Come early or stay late! See more about the event on page 5 and the North House website.
Nancy Bush at Northern Fibers Retreat
February 15 - 19, 2017 marks our 7th annual Northern Fibers Retreat, a collaboration between the Grand Marais Art Colony, North House Folk School and the Northwoods Fiber Guild. As always, we invite a featured instructor who enhances the knowledge of students by providing access to nationally renowned instructors and insight into various forms of fiber craft. This year we welcome knitter Nancy Bush as the featured instructor. Nancy has a passion for traditional knitting techniques and ethnic knitting patterns. She has a degree in Art History and did post-graduate studies in color design and weaving in San Francisco and Sweden. The main focus of study during her knitting career has been the traditional knitting of Estonia and she has traveled there extensively. Although not a Scandinavian country, Estonia’s landscape, craft materials, and motifs share those of Scandinavia. In Estonia you’ll find birch bark weaving and detailed, ornate knitting motifs. Nancy will teach two courses, one on Estonian Lace (pg 16) and one on Knitting Estonian Gloves (pg 17), as well as offer a public talk during the event.
Fresh Cut Tutorial Session Based on the success of last year’s Fresh Cut Symposium, which welcomed traditional and contemporary wood turners to campus, this year we offer the Fresh Cut Tutorial sessions. Featuring wood turners Michael Cullen, Jarrod StoneDahl and Lou Pignolet and wood worker Michael Hosaluk, there are six classes scheduled the last weekend of October. These multi-day experiences will further investigate some of the ideas explored in last year’s symposium, including the intersections in traditional and contemporary forms. The Tutorial Sessions will include an open session day in which instructors and students will participate in a creative exchange. The full Fresh Cut Sympsium with speakers, demonstrations, and coursework will return in October 2017, so keep an eye on the North House website for more information.
A New Member Benefit
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Miss out on registering for that dream course? Every March 1 and September 1 we get a flurry of registrations as new coursework opens online (some courses fill to capacity by noon). Make sure you have YOUR spot by supporting North House and accessing our newest member benefit: Member Early Registration Day! In thanks for your support, all members (donating $25/year and up) can call us on February 28 or August 31 (a day before enrollment opens to the public) to sign up in advance. Join as a member now and you’ll be ready to register early this spring on February 28. 4
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. To celebrate 15 years with Jon Vezner, this year there will be two nights of music Friday and Saturday, featuring 9+ performers in a songwriters in the round format hosted by Jon Vezner.
This year there will be four mini courses during the event (see full lineup on our website). Additionally, musicians Amy Speace and Jonathan Brown are offering two courses See page 27.
Winterer’s Gathering &
arctic film festival
Nov 18-20, 2016
Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North. The event includes winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, evening films, speakers and more. Featured speakers this year are adventurers Dave and Amy Freeman. On September 23, 2015 they embarked on a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to share this national treasure with the world and help insure that the Boundary Waters remains protected for future generations to enjoy. They expected to travel more than 3,000 miles by canoe and dog team as they explored more than 500 lakes and streams throughout the year. They shared their adventures through regular blog posts, their websites and social media.
What could be better than focusing on fibers in the heart of winter? This five-day event celebrates all manner of fiber arts, featuring seminars and class offerings from long-time North House instructors. We’re again partnering with the Grand Marais Art Colony to bring you more than 20 course options. This year we invite featured instructor Nancy Bush, an expert in traditional knitting techniques and ethnic knitting patterns. The main focus of study during her knitting career has been the traditional knitting of Estonia and she has traveled there extensively. Nancy will offer classes in Estonian Lace and Knitting Estonian Gloves. Nancy will also give a talk open to the public on Saturday night. Also new at the retreat this year: weaving with black ash, nuno felted table runners, a historical textile tour, and several mitten courses, including a doublethumbed Fisherman’s mitten. Returning this year, the Show n’ Share, and popular Lunch and Learns. Also on the schedule: a kids program, and more! Stay tuned as the weekend takes shape. cut, carve
March 2-4, 2017
Bring the whole family to North House for our Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend, Oct 16-17. In celebration of the joy of learning together, we are offering a number of engaging and inspiring courses designed especially for families and kids. You’ll find everything from leather work to book binding, to a carving and blacksmithing courses for kids only (don’t worry, the class is co-taught by a young-at-heart adult and his son). Designed to allow families time to enjoy the North Shore there are a variety of one-day and half-day course options–all qualifying for special adult/child tuition rates.
Feb 15-19, 2017
Oct 20-23, 2016
It’s an inspiring opportunity for families to learn together. Plans also include a wood-fired pizza potluck and talent show. Join us!
Northern Fibers Retreat
Top: Eager shoppers line up at the Winterer’s Gathering Great Gear & Ski Swap. Above: Kids at Family Weekend learn the basics of safe firestarting in Sparks & Flames. 5
Let the woodchips fly! Our fourth annual Wood Week is on the books for March 2017. The week is devoted solely to woodworking in its many forms. We have expanded the schedule this year, allowing for more course offerings, from spoons to bowls, stacked-handle knives to ax handling. Courses will run either Tues-Thursday, or Saturday-Monday. All students, regardless of start date are invited to participate in the one day Carver’s Conference, held Friday, March 3. This conference will include workshops, skill shares, excursions and open shop time at no additional cost (not to mention a rare wintertime wood-fired pizza bake that night!). We are especially pleased to welcome Peter Follansbee as the Featured Instructor, offering coursework in 17th century-style carving (pg 44). more details, more photos:
Birch Bark Berry Basket with Dennis Chilcote 6/30/17-7/2/17
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 Cozy Containers with Beth Homa 11/18/16
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. You could call it a “traditional travel mug.” length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20
Birch Bark Tutorial
with Julie Kean/Beth Homa-Style 3/18/17 - 3/19/17
No patterns to choose from here - we simply offer the personal experience of two seasoned weavers willing to pass along their knowledge. Join Julie Kean and Beth Homa-Style as they tailor the birch bark weaving experience to meet your desired outcome - a simple finger ring, wall baskets and bread baskets for beginners, and satchels, shoes or hats for experienced weavers. Beth and Julie are both full-time basket makers who work primarily with birch bark in their own unique styles and have studied extensively with emeritus instructors Charlie Mayo and John Zasada.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $65
Birch Bark Berry Basket Birch Bark Cozy for Containers Birch Bark Tutorial Black Ash Pack Baskets Boundary Waters Travel Basket: Up the Trail Coiled Basketry: The Pine Needle Pouch Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket Pine Needle Basketry
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Black Ash Pack Baskets
Black Ash Pack Baskets with Ian Andrus
Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket Swedish Traditions of Hemslöjd: Birch Bark Boxes Sweet Grass Basketry The Harvest Basket: Red-Osier Basketry Weaving the Hand Bag Basket Weaving Holiday Ornaments from Birch Bark Woven Birch Bark Basketry
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 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 immerse in craft while exploring the Gunflint wilderness.
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
Coiled Basketry: The Pine Needle Pouch with Jean Poythress Koon 10/14/16-10/16/16
In this three day basketry course, students will take their coiling skills to a new level. Using an innovative moldmethod 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 coiled basketry of the Great Lakes while learning a modern method.
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.
Pine Needle Basketry
Sweet Grass Basketry
with Paula Sundet Wolf
with Paula Sundet Wolf
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
Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket with Tina Fung Holder 5/6/17-5/7/17
An abundance of easily accessed and harvested native materials very suitable for basketry grow in our northern region. In this class we will make a frame with striking red osier dogwood and then weave a basket with a handle using a mixture of cattail and iris leaves, basswood fiber and sweet grass. Students will learn a variety of techniques that enhance the fabric texture of your basket beyond the basic over/under pattern that is traditionally used when weaving a basket. Feel free to bring other flexible materials such as fabric, leather, ribbon, and the like to incorporate them into your basket. Beginners are welcome, as with a little enthusiasm and no previous basket-making experience participants leave the workshop with a fine looking basket.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40
Swedish Traditions of Hemslöjd: Birch Bark Boxes with Ramon Persson 9/18/16-9/20/16
Welcome Swedish craft consultant and Sätergläntan Folk School instructor, Ramon Persson, to campus as our featured International Guest. This course is a great development opportunity for art and craft educators, although it welcomes the participation of those hoping to explore more in-depth use of birch bark in general. Students in this course explore the techniques and historical traditions of working with birch bark in the Swedish craft tradition. Each student will craft their own boxes, decorating them with antler stamped motifs, carved wooden handles, bottoms and lids and painted with linseed oils and color pigments. Design and form will be influenced by folk patterns. No trips to Ikea here, just innovative designs following the folk art traditions of Sweden.
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 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
Weaving Holiday Ornaments from Birch Bark with Julie Kean/Jack Sneve 12/3/16-12/4/16
Start your holiday season off with a weekend on the North House Folk School campus weaving traditional and contemporary ornaments from birch bark. Explore the range of birch bark weaving holiday projects from the traditional Swedish woven heart to a 3-dimensional birch bark star, which are both highlighted in North House’s “Celebrating Birch” book. Working with colorful embellishments, learn to weave and string birch bark beads for a traditional garland. You’ll have a wonderful collection of gifts and ornaments to share with family and friends at the completion of this course. Students are welcome to take just the first day of this course for 50% of tuition and a reduced materials fee. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $50 (single day $30)
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: noon-5pm, Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $250 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $235 materials $40
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 Birch Bark Berry Basket
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Weaving the Hand Bag Basket with April Stonedahl 2/17/17-2/19/17
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
Whether for proofing or baking, storage or decoration, there is nothing like a woven birch bark basket to grace the kitchen or home. Scandinavians in particular have long recognized the beauty and usefulness of the white birch tree, with its tough yet flexible bark, weaving baskets from its bark for a variety of utilitarian purposes. In this course you will learn how to use the double-diagonal weave, opening up the possibilities of weaving a variety of birch bark projects including a hanging mail basket, pencil and eyeglass baskets or purses or backpacks. Students will learn to weave in the double diagonal by making a bread basket to bake your bread in - creating some spectacularly inspiring loaves. As time allows, students will explore additional birch bark weaving projects ranging from knife sheaths to birch bark beads. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 15+
Damascus Steel Tutorial
Birch Bark Container Cover
& tool making &toolmaking
Blacksmithing for Kids Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop Damascus Steel Tutorial Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology From Bloom to Bar: Turning Raw Iron & Steel into Usable Steel
Crafting the Carver’s Drawknife Crafting the Throwing Axe Forge & Craft a Crooked Knife Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv Sharpening Tutorial Swedish Kniv Traditions with Ramon Persson Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others Blacksmithing: Crafting the Tools of the Trade
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Blacksmithing for Kids
Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels
with Dave Hanson
Every small town once employed a blacksmith, someone who could fix or create a variety of useful items and from whose shop you would hear the iconic pounding of a hammer on an anvil and smell the smoke of the constant forge fire. Few of us remember a time where that was the norm, particularly children born in the age of the smart phone. Provide your child a glimpse of this staple trade and ancient craft with a one-day course designed for kids. Students will walk away with projects they heated and pounded out with their very own hands, leaving them with both an appreciation of this historical trade and a sense that the world of craft is in their future. length (days) 1 hours 9am-3pm tuition $65 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $55 materials $25 age with adult 10+
Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade with Cody Myers
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.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $195
Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond with Cody Myers
9/9/16-9/11/16 4/25/17-4/27/17 6/9/17-6/11/17 9/7/17-9/9/17
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.
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. length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $340 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $300 materials $135 age with adult 14+
Crafting the Carver’s Drawknife with Kerry Lambertson 10/1/16-10/2/16
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 8/8/17-8/10/17
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 heat-treating 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+
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $195 age with adult 15+
Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop with Robert Burns
Combining blacksmithing and jewelry-making, this new course offers an opportunity for beginning students of any interest to develop their skills as they craft a Damascus ring with a silver liner. Students will use the forge to shape a piece Damascus steel, a particularly beautiful and ornamental steel filled with folds and distinctive patterns into a ring. Next, using a combination of hand and power tools, students will refine the ring to reveal the Damascus pattern. Appropriate for total beginners in blacksmithing or those with some prior skills, this is a fun introduction to blacksmithing with a stunning end product.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $105 age with adult 14+
Damascus Steel Tutorial with Cody Myers
Highly prized for centuries for its uncanny strength, ability to hold an edge and distinctively beautiful 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 kneads and folds to create marble rye bread, the blacksmith welds, folds and draws to create a unique piece of steel. Learn to forge weld a Damascus steel billet and then turn the billet into a knife. Knife style and profile are open ended and students are encouraged to come with ideas. With a detailed look at topics like annealing, normalizing, heat-treating, thermal cycling, grain structure, grinding techniques, polishing and finishing this course gives a thorough understanding of working with steel. The class is open to students of all skill levels. Depending on skill level students may or may not go home with a finished blade, but everyone will leave with a solid understanding of knife forging and working steel. Led by an experienced instructor, this tutorial format features an opportunity to build skills through repetition and feedback. Materials fee includes coal/gas for forgework, steel, etc.
length (days) 6 hours 9am-5pm tuition $570 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $510 materials $305
Forge & Craft a Crooked Knife with Nate Johnson
The crooked knife, formally known as the mokotagan, is a very old type of woodworking tool unique to North America and predominantly found around the Great Lakes region. It is a nomad’s tool, born out of the need to be versatile yet easy to transport. The knife is used one-handed and pulled toward oneself which gives the user great control and frees up the other hand to hold the wood being worked. When in use, a properly designed crooked knife is a joy to use. These knives historically have been used for carving paddles, snowshoe frames, and as the primary tool for birch bark canoe building, but can be used in place of a drawknife or block plane. In this extended session, we will use the stock removal method to create the shape of the blades, harden and temper the steel in the forge and then mount the blade to custom fit handles. Instruction will also be given in how to use the tool efficiently.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $215 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $25
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Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook
Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv
Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others
with Marybeth Garmoe
Broom making meets blacksmithing in this multi-disciplinary course, where students will get a taste of two classic crafts. 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 experience is required for this class, but be advised that 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+
From Bloom to Bar: Turning Raw Iron & Steel into Usable Steel with Robert Burns
This course is intended is an extension of the VikingEra Smelting course. Take your raw bloom the next step and make it into useable steel. Students will learn how to consolidate the bloom, fold it and forge weld it until it becomes a useable high carbon steel bar from which tools and other projects can be made. Students must also register for the preceding course Viking Era Smelting.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $235 materials $35
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+
Sharpening Tutorial with Dennis Chilcote 3/18/17-3/19/17
“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
Swedish Kniv Traditions with Ramon Persson
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: A Contemporary Approach to 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+
with Ramon Persson 9/13/16-9/15/16
North House is pleased to welcome Swedish craft consultant and Sätergläntan Folk School instructor, Ramon Persson to campus as a featured International Guest Instructor. Students in this course will have a thorough, hands-on experience exploring the techniques and historical traditions of Swedish knifemakers. This course will focus on work knives in the Saami-style, suitable for a variety of practical uses. The knives will be crafted using hand-forged Swedish blades assembled with one piece of birch wood for the handle. Leather work is the final skill that students explore as each knifemaker makes a custom sheath in the traditional method using a single piece of wood with a leather wrap-around for hanging from the belt. As is the traditional method, there is no glue used in the making of the sheath or knife.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $285 materials $95
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Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals with Ken Koscik
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. Separate tuition payment and cancellation policies apply to this course. At the close of the course, the studentbuilt 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!
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 $4,500 per boat (tuition & materials) age with adult 14+
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Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak West Greenland Kayak Paddle: Make Your Own West Greenland Skin-on-Frame Kayak: Build Your Own
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Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals Fundamentals of Wooden Boat Building II Traditional Wooden Boat Building: A Crash Course 888-387-9762
Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak
Fundamentals of Wooden Boat Building II with John Beltman 2/3/17-2/5/17
Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction with Erik Simula
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.
Explore the grace and craft of wooden boatbuilding and unlock the secrets of hand-crafting your own wooden watercraft in this three day hands-on course. Combining classroom sessions with shop time, this session will focus on the later stages in the boat building process, including inner and outer gunwhale installation, scribed frames, adding seats and oarlocks. Students will work on a variety of boats in various stages of completion in order to gain hands-on practice at several skills. By the end of this course you’ll feel more comfortable pursuing your own project knowing you learned from an experienced boatbuilder.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials included
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $475 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials included
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Traditional Wooden Boat Building: A Crash Course with John Beltman 2/2/17
If you’ve ever contemplated building a skiff, dory, pram or other classic wooden boat, this one day headlong rush through the fundamentals will help you get a little closer to realizing your vision and getting on the water in a hand-built boat. Longtime boat builder John Beltman will discuss choosing the right project and materials sourcing, touch on lofting and offer short demonstrations and examples of different types of planking, steam bending, scribed frames and more. A variety of styles of wooden boats in various states of completion will be available for an up-close look at the “before” stages. Leave full of ideas, inspiration and motivation to undertake or complete your own project! This one day course will be primarily discussion and demonstration based: students are encouraged to stay for the following three days for hands-on experience. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials included
West Greenland Kayak Paddle: Make Your Own with Phil Winger/Brian Thorkildson 6/16/17
This course leads participants through the design and construction of a traditional Inuit kayak paddle. These paddles feature narrow blades that are well-balanced, lightweight and efficient. Students will learn about wood selection, wood grain considerations, paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to shafts and blades. Participants may experiment with paddles on the water to ensure proper sizing and shape. Students will leave the course with a paddle constructed with simple hand tools that is tailored to their body size and made to suit the shape and characteristics of their kayak. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $105 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $95 materials $60 age with adult 14+
Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks
West Greenland Skin-on-Frame Kayak: Build Your Own with Phil Winger/Brian Thorkildson 6/7/17-6/15/17
This course is for individuals with a strong interest in creating a seaworthy craft with their own hands. The Inuit kayak from Greenland is a fast and responsive craft designed for hunting but just as suitable for today’s more common recreational purposes. Students will design their own craft to fit their body size. Begin by laying out mortise and tenon joints, move on to steam bending ribs and cockpit coaming, lashing nylon cord Inuit-style and sewing the nylon frame covering. Kayaks will be constructed of Eastern white pine, white cedar, white oak, white ash and covered with 9 oz. urethane-coated nylon for a bomb-proof skin. The course starts with an on-water paddling session as a way to test various sizes and shapes of kayaks and assist in the students’ choices of their own kayak design. Kayak length may vary from 14’ to 18’ depending on your preference. Students are encouraged to bring a partner to assist them as this course can be a great family project.
length (days) 9 hours 9am-5pm tuition $945 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $900 materials varies ($550-650) age with adult 14+ w/o parent
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Anorak: Sew Your Own Traditional Outer Garment Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat Deerskin Mittens with Aniishiinaabe-Style Beadwork 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 12
Shoemaking: Modern Turn Shoe
Aniishiinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery & Moccasin Sewing Custom Leather Sandal Construction Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Up the Gunflint Trail Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers Sewing Deerhide Baby Booties Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe Shoemaking: Chukka Boot Shoemaking: Internal Stitchdown Workboots Shoemaking: Modern Turn Shoe 888-387-9762
Anorak: Sew Your Own Traditional Outer Garment with Cindy Muus
The anorak is the traditional outer garment worn throughout the far North and Arctic climates. It is designed to be worn over heavier insulating layers to block the wind and shed snow. This anorak design may be made from a variety of fabrics and features large sleeves with adjustable wrist gussets, a deep hood, and a large hand-warmer patch pocket on the front. Trim may be added if desired. The instructor will contact registered students regarding fabric options and other necessary supplies. Prior sewing experience is necessary to complete the anorak in the time allowed.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1/2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $90+
Aniishiinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery & Moccasin Sewing with Marcie McIntire 11/3/16-11/6/16
Discover the designs, color, styles and technique of traditional bead embroidery as you work with Ojibwe cultural specialist and Grand Portage band member Marcie McIntire, sewing and decorating a pair of moccasins in this course. You will design a pair of moccasins to make, choosing from either a baby or child’s moccasin pattern or an adult-sized pair. Using quality tanned deerhide, Marcie will teach the steps required for assembly and help you design a pattern to finish your pair of moccasins with bead embroidery. Your materials fee includes the fabric, interfacing, beads, needles and thread. As time allows, additional beadwork projects will be included.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $260 materials $80 age with adult 9+
Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat with Carol Colburn
A blanket coat made from a Hudson Bay-style blanket is an inspiring & distinctive example of style and craft. In this skill-building workshop, students will gain the patterning, fitting, and sewing skills they need to create their own unique blanket coat. Made from new or recycled warm wool blankets, these coats are very adaptable and can be used for many outdoor activities and conditions. Students will practice fitting their patterns, handstitching, and construction techniques as applied to blanket coat making. They will come away knowing sturdy and decorative hand stitch variations and will have a custom blanket coat pattern based on the distinctive North House Folk School example. Students will leave with their coat cut from the blanket and ready to enjoy stitching and finishing the coat at home. Each student can bring their own blanket, or before the class order a plain colored blanket from the instructor. This is a collaborative workshop open to students of all levels.
Custom Leather Sandal Construction with Candace LaCosse 5/13/17-5/14/17
A pair of sandals that fits just right is a highly prized possession—and all the better if they are attractive and oneof-a-kind. 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 will 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+
Deerskin Mittens with Aniishiinaabe-Style Beadwork with Marcie McIntire 3/16/17-3/19/17
Up north, there’s a saying that there’s no bad weather, just the wrong clothes. Outfit yourself with the right sort of clothing to protect your body from the elements in this course, in which you will design a comfortable and warm pair of deerskin mittens to wear during the winter months. The mittens are ideal for daily wear, working outside or long winter adventures. You will decorate the mittens with bead embroidery using your own design. The basics of deerskin sewing will be taught as well as the sewing of a warm wool lining. Your materials fee includes deerskin, wool fabric, beads, needles and thread.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $260 materials $80 age with adult 10+
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; Feb Session: Days 1/2: 9am-5pm Day 3: 9am-1pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials $80
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $40 additional $35 if purchasing blanket
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. 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 Day 1: 3-7pm; Days 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials $80
Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers with Candace LaCosse
Forget about stepping out of bed onto cold floors on wintery mornings—these hand-crafted cozy slippers will keep your feet toasty all year long. Sew your own custom pair of leather slippers, lined with and finished with non-slip soles to make them perfect house shoes. Leatherworking and shoemaking techniques will be introduced and customizations discussed while making your own pair. Careful, these will be so comfortable, practical and stylish that you’ll probably wear them to the grocery store more than once!
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $180 age with adult 16+
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
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Scandinavian-Inspired Surface Design: Shoemaking: Block Printing on Fabric for Garments 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe with Jason Hovatter and Home Furnishings 1/28/17-1/31/17
with Karen Rognsvoog 5/19/17-5/21/17
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.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $60 age with adult 14+
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. length (days) 0.5 hours 1-5pm 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+
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Crafting functional, durable and attractive footwear with your own hands is a deeply satisfying (and sole-ful!) task. We will begin by making a casting of your foot (shoes will truly be custom built) then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, butt stitching and assembly. Once the upper and sole are attached we move on to turning and hammering, closure and finishing and gooping the soles. A wide assortment of leather working techniques and tools will be covered, and after learning a few simple methods and skills, you’ll be ready to let your imagination run wild on your next pair of shoes. These shoes could easily last the rest of your life!
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $450 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $430 materials $125
Shoemaking: Chukka Boot with Jason Hovatter
The chukka boot has roots that reach back to a decidedly non-northern location, the Sahara desert. Originally crafted by the cobblers of Cairo for South African troops during WWII, the practical, light-weight and comfortable design now has universal appeal, as an around-town shoe, sometime workboot and even a dress shoe. Craft your very own custom-fit pair with instructor Jason Hovatter, using hand skills and industrial sewing machines. The uppers will be of American bison, with a cushioned Goodyear outsole. They will be custom fit to your foot and with proper care, they’ll last a lifetime.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $470 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $450 materials $175
Shoemaking: Internal Stitchdown Workboots with Jason Hovatter 2/2/17-2/5/17
It’s hard to imagine a more functional and necessary piece of footwear than a solid workboot—and one that is custom-fit to your foot? What more could you ask for? We will begin by making a casting of your foot and then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, seaming and assembly. We’ll use industrial sewing machines--some sewing experience would be helpful but is not necessary. Once the upper and sole are attached we move on to closure and finishing and finally attaching and trimming the vibram outsole. Suitable for adventures of all sorts, these boots are full of possibility (rumor has it, you can even wear them skiing). length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $470 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $450 materials $175
Shoemaking: Modern Turn Shoe with Jason Hovatter 2/7/17-2/10/17
Inspired by centuries of shoe design, the modern turn shoe is a practical and fashionable piece of footwear. The uppers are American bison, the soles are made of heavy oil tanned latigo with an outer coating of recycled ground truck tire dust mixed with barge cement. The process starts with a casting of your foot and moves onto patterning & leather selection, cutting and skiving, stitching and assembly. Then, attach the upper and the sole at the industrial walking foot sewing machines, followed by turning, hammering, closure, and finishing. Leave with the best pair of shoes you’ve ever owned.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $470 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $450 materials $175 14
Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series with Jo Wood 10/15/16 6/24/17
with Jo Wood
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 ($35 and up) age with adult 12+
fiber arts Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads Bead Weaving: Deerskin Bag Bobbin Lace Making Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug History to Handcraft: Highlight on Fiber Arts Norwegian Needlecraft: Taking the ‘Hard’ out of Hardanger Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session Wool: The Full Experience
In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dyes Leaf Printing in the Steambox Natural Dyes in the Steambox Natural Plant Dyes
, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle
Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads
Felt for the Home: Silk and Felt Table Runners Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners Felted Bags Felting for Animals Felting for Kids! Nuno Felting: Scarves and Wraps 15
Bring a favorite landscape image to class and create your own unique bead painting on felted wool (material provided). Your piece can be made into pin for a wearable work of art, or framed for display. 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. 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 principals of composition, transferring patterns, and how to add depth & dimension to your work. 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
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
Estonian Lace – A Beautiful Tradition Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class Kids Knit! Knitting Estonian Gloves Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft Selbuvotter Mittens: The Classic Norwegian Mitten Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens
Spinning Series: At the Wheel Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers Spinning the Luxury Fibers!
weaving Inkle Loom Weaving Introduction Inkle Loom Weaving Continuation Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves Woven, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle more details, more photos:
Bead Weaving: Deerskin Bag
with Marcie McIntire
Try your hand at a simple bead weaving project in this one day introductory course. This project is based on a traditional amulet-style bag design Marcie learned from her grandmother, intended to be worn as a necklace. Students will complete and embellish a 2”x2” lined deerskin bag in a lacy-netted bead design. The emphasis of this project will be the bead weaving technique; the leather sewing will be completed ahead of time. A wide choice of seed bead colors will be available. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies ($20 and up)
Bobbin Lace Making with Kelly Marshall 10/7/16-10/8/16
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 principles 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+
Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics more details, more photos:
with Mary Reichert
Estonian Lace: A Beautiful Tradition
Estonian Lace: A Beautiful Tradition with Nancy Bush
Estonia has a lace tradition spanning nearly 200 years. Learn about the unique stitch patterns, creative shawl construction, and history of these lovely garments. This workshop will cover special techniques for knitting a traditional rectangular Haapsalu shawl. The uniquely Estonian ‘nupp’ will be covered, as well as all the details for making the shawl center and the scalloped edge. Students will have a good understanding of the Haapsalu shawl tradition after this class. Featured Instructor Nancy Bush is an expert in Estonian knitting traditions and will share stories and cultural history from this unique and richly vibrant northern country. Join other knitters for three days around the fireplace immersing in this beautiful craft. Knitters should have intermediate knitting skills: know how to cast on, knit, purl, how to decrease and increase and work yarn overs as well as experience reading charts. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $285 materials $30
Felt for the Home: Silk and Felt Table Runners with Mary Reichert 2/18/17-2/19/17
Gather a group, add a little water, some wool, and the joy of sharing stories and what do you make? Felt! In this class we are going to focus on working with silk and wool together to make a durable, yet flexible piece of fabric that can be a lovely table runner for your home. We will begin by working on our designs and creating templates, then learn how to make pre-felt and finally put it all together into a beautiful runner. This class is great for both the beginner looking for an introduction into working with silk and wool, and also for the more advanced student looking to push their design capabilities with wool.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $55 age with adult 13+
Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners
Magic. It’s one of the most frequently used words in the classroom while making felt and in this course we will dive into the magic of felt-making as you craft your own handbag. We will begin with making pre-felt, then design and lay out the bag, wet-felt the project, and finish the class as we hand sew the felt into a one-of-a-kind (coveted by friends!) handbag. If you have never sewn felt you are in for a treat- it’s an incredibly durable, light, and flexible fabric which makes it a joy to sew. From carded wool to finished felt the wool shrinks about 40 percent, and this is all done by hand; please come prepared to be on your feet and fully engaged in your project. The quiet nature of the work allows ample time for conversation about nomadic felting traditions and opportunity to share stories and ideas with fellow fiber artists
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $75 age with adult 13+
Felting for Animals with Elise Kyllo 4/29/17
As a pet owner, nothing is more satisfying than making Fido comfortable. Try your hand and felt something for your favorite animal; from a cozy cave for a cat, a dog bed, cat toys, dog jackets, dog booties or even a bird house, this course will ofter plenty of opportunities to express your creativity as well as meet the needs of your indulgent animal. Wool is a naturally odor-resistant material, and even finished projects can be washed. Students will use wool batting, roving and wet felting techniques to create a project both functional and artistic. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies ($25 and up) age with adult 14+
Felting for Kids! with Becky Fitz patrick 10/22/16
The impending arrival of winter means plenty of opportunities to drink steaming mugs of hot cocoa and tea. Craft a personalized mug cozy that will keep your cocoa warm, protect your hands, and make sure everyone knows whose cup is whose. Using wool in colors of your choosing, you’ll be able to let your artistic flair show in your choices of design and color. This is an easy, fun project that you’ll be able to replicate at home—a great introduction to felting. Kids 7+ welcome with a parent; kids 10+ are welcome to attend on their own. length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-noon tuition $25 per adult/child pair or individual early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $20 per adult/ child pair or individual materials $15 per project age with adult 7+w/adult; 10+w/o
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) 16
Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads
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+
History to Handcraft: Highlight on Fiber Arts with Carol Colburn 2/16/17
Join historical textile expert Carol Colburn for a behind the scenes look at local history. This course will highlight various pieces of the Cook County Historical Society collection. After a brief introduction at North House, the class will visit the local museum, located just a few blocks away. Students will have an opportunity to observe close-up the fiber craft currently on display, as well as pieces from the archives. Selections of household textiles will be featured, as well as garments, textile tools, and historic photographs depicting these items in context. Some of the techniques represented include spinning, weaving, knitting, garment making, embroidery, and a variety of rug making techniques. Some of the artifacts have personal history available about the makers. Connections between handcraft we learn at North House and life in earlier days of Grand Marais will make the artifacts come to life. Besides this unique look at an aspect of the history of Grand Marais, the morning’s tour provides an introduction to utilizing an historical collection for inspiration for handcraft today and can serve as inspiration for further exploration in students’ own communities. length (days) 0.5 hours 1pm-4pm tuition $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials included included
In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dyes with Stefania Isaacson 2/15/17-2/16/17
Spend a winter weekend generating golden hues with natural dyes. We will explore plant materials from garden and field, how to extract the dye and how to create our own dye pot. Yes, it’s February, and nothing is blooming right now, so, just how are we going to do this? Many dye plants can be frozen or dried, and these are what we will use. We will also use some extracts made from dyes to which we don’t have access, such as Fustic and Quebracho Yellow. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting techniques, extraction process, dyeing methods, and some color theory. With so many dye plants readily available, and most of them giving a variety of yellows, this class will concentrate not only on these yellows, but on the variety of greens and oranges which can be produced by over-dyeing with madder and indigo. Students will take home many samples, instructions, and knowledge of how to dye from nature on their own. Students who are interested may register for just one day of this course for a reduced tuition rate—call for details.. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $55
Inkle Loom Weaving Introduction with Traudi Bestler 2/18/17
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. In this one day introductory class students will warp the loom and learn how to design and weave basic bands. Students interested in taking their new-found skills further should register for the continuation session the following day.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $15
Inkle Loom Weaving Continuation with Traudi Bestler 2/19/17
This continuation session of inkle loom weaving welcomes anyone with basic experience on this type of loom—whether from a North House course or through experimentation. Students will design and weave a project of their own choosing while learning further ways that the inkle loom can be used. Looms will be available to borrow, or students are welcome to bring their own loom to receive assistance with an on-going project or launch something new.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials varies ($10 and up)
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 to maneuver those needles and have them knitting by noon. Kids can be accompanied by an adult or can attend on their own. Needles and yarn will be provided so students can take their knitting home and continue to learn. length (days) 0.5 hours 9-11am tuition $25 (or $40 adult/child pair) early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $20 (or $35 adult/child pair) materials $5 per knitter age with adult 9+ w/o adult; 7-8 w/adult
Knitting Estonian Gloves with Nancy Bush
This class will cover the knitting traditions found in hand knitted gloves from Estonia. We will begin with a bit of history of these colorful hand coverings, look at unique cast ons and then begin our own gloves. The focus will be on several different embellishments such as decorative braids and an inlay technique for adding color and also glove construction (those pesky fingers). Featured Instructor Nancy Bush is an expert in Estonian knitting traditions and will share stories and cultural history from this unique and richly vibrant northern country. Knitters should have advanced intermediate knitting skills: how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease and work in the round with double point needles. They should also have some experience with working with 2 colors at a time as well as experience reading charts.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials $35
Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft with Kate Hartman 2/18/17-2/19/16
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 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: 3-5pm Day 2: 9am-5pm tuition $95 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $85 materials $25 age with adult 10+ more details, more photos:
Leaf Printing in the Steambox with Karen Smaby 9/15/16
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) 0.5 hours 9am-1pm tuition $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials $20 age with adult 12+
Natural Dyes in the Steambox with Cheryl Larsen/Karen Smaby 9/16/16
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 with Karen Rognsvoog 9/23/16-9/25/16 7/28/17-7/30/17
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 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
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Norwegian Needlecraft: Taking the ‘Hard’ out of Hardanger
Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session
with Lori Zimmerman
In this class, you will experience the practice of hardanger as a traditional Scandinavian needlecraft and cutwork tradition. Hardanger embroidery is a traditional Scandinavian handwork, enjoyed and practiced for hundreds of years (at least since 1650). In this introductory class, students will learn all the basic stitches used in hardanger as well as some of the “hazards” to avoid in order to actually cut your “finished” piece. Yes, that’s right: part of this tradition involves cutting away small pieces of the embroidered design to create beautiful patterns. The simplicity of the needlework allows for conversation and community as you learn together. Students will experience the hardanger process from start to finish on a small project and may even have time to begin a more advanced, individually selected project before two days are up. If you have interest and can count to five, you can do hardanger!
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $20 age with adult 10+
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+
Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics with Karen Smaby
Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored scraps are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched into place. Called “penny” rugs because the original template was a copper penny, these pieces have offered a frugal way to indulge in creative expression since the early 1800s. In this class, you’ll design and finish one project, with the possibility of pursuing a larger piece or starting a second project. While they are called “rugs,” the finished product is too beautiful to walk on, and makes a great table runner, trivet, pillow cover or colorful touch.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm tuition $135 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $125 materials $20 age with adult 10+
with Carol Dunn
C Take your rug hooking to the next level. This is an open a class, meaning that Carol will work with you on a project T you are currently doing, any pattern you choose to bring fl from another source or you may purchase a pattern from v her. She will also work with beginners in this session, so a no rug hooking knowledge is required. Students who are w e beginners will choose from several 8”x 8”; kit designs g which some students may be able to complete during the class and which will help them develop their hooking technique. The kit will include the pattern, wool and a beginning hook (Moshimer Primitive) for a cost of $44.00. There will be rug hooking frames for beginning students to use during the class. The frames will be available for purchase. Students may choose a different S pattern and wool for an additional cost, but may not T have sufficient time to complete the pattern during class. w She will work with experienced students individually on technique, color planning, answering questions and 2 discussing her/his project. Because of the nature of the I s classroom, large and open with several types of seating, students will have the option of working with the e group for social rug hooking, moving to a separate spot p t to work quietly, or weather permitting, moving to the deck to work beside the lake. In addition, many sample v S hooked rug projects and a generous display of handdyed and mill-dyed ready to hook wool will be available 1 for inspiration. Carol notes: “Many of us, as we evolve I into ‘hookers,’ feel the need to tell our own stories with t our rugs; family history, pets, homes we’ve lived in and v favorite places.” It promises to be a relaxing and creative i three-day class inspired by the beautiful setting at North T l House on the shore of Lake Superior. a length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225s n materials varies (approx $50 and up) c age with adult 12+
Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket with Becky Utecht
w Unfortunately, traditional sheepskin blankets with a 1 tanned leather back require that the sheep make the 2 ultimate sacrifice. Yet it doesn’t have to be so! Instruc- C tor Becky Utecht has developed a modern approach to n an age-old craft. Using felting techniques, students in h this course will start with an unwashed sheep fleece and s transform it into a luxurious, wooly and warm blanket, all w without harming a sheep, but retaining the lovely natural w form of the fleece. Shepherds and fiber lovers will appre-h ciate the efficiency of washing and felting a fleece at the w same time, and fans of fuzzy blankets & rugs will enjoy a discovering the different types of wool available, as there f will be ample conversation about the nuances and quali- v ties of different breeds. Note, students will need to bring s an unwashed fleece to class, something the instructor can i help you track down by prior arrangement. S length (days) 1.5 s hours Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-noon t tuition $145 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $125e materials $35 t 7/8/17-7/9/17
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
Selbuvotter Mittens: The Classic Norwegian Mitten
with Allen Holzhueter
If you have always wanted to knit a Norwegian ski sweater, but have been daunted by the size of the project, Selbuvotter mittens are for you. Discover the rich patterns associated with Scandinavian textiles by learning to knit the black and white, intricately patterned Selbuvotter mittens using the stranded knitting technique. Selbu is located near Trondheim, Norway, where in the 1850s, a distinctive mitten and glove design developed. In this class, the student will be introduced to the tradition, choose a pattern and begin knitting a pair of these very beautiful Norwegian mittens. The mittens are knit in the round using small size double pointed needles. These mittens make a great project for knitters of all skill levels. Students need to be able to cast on, bind off, knit and purl easily, and know how to increase and decrease stitches. The instructor will provide needles and yarn (if needed). Because time will be limited, our project will be child-size mittens.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $17
Spinning Series: At the Wheel
with Allen Holzhueter
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
with Allen Holzhueter
with Traudi Bestler
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
Spinning the Luxury Fibers! with Stefania Isaacson 2/17/17
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
Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves
Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens with Laura Ricketts 2/18/17-2/19/17
The fisherman of the north have known how to keep fingers working in bitter cold conditions for centuries: wool mittens. Before the invention of gortex and polar fleece, fishermen had to put their hands in freezing water, haul ropes and handle fish, only utilizing the natural materials at their disposal. Some communities produced knitted two-thumbed mittens made out of spun and fulled wool as their answer to this dilemma, because wool repels water up to a certain moisture density, and once that level is surpassed, can still retain the hand’s heat. It fulls down to the hand’s shape to provide a custom fit. Lastly, when the palm and thumb are too wet or messy to be useful, the thrifty fisherman can rotate the hand 180 degrees, put his thumb into the second knitted thumb and have a whole “new” pair of mittens! In this class, we will knit and full our own set of two-thumbed mittens, based on a pair held in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum. Participants should be able to cast on, knit, and knit in the round.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials included
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. The course will include a field trip to the nearest open yarn shop, Tall Tale Yarn Shop, where a variety of yarns will be available to choose from; plan to spend $25-$30.
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 Full Experience with Elise Kyllo/Theresa Hornstein 6/2/17-6/4/17
Wool is an incredibly versatile, durable and beautiful fiber that is surprisingly easy to make into fabric. Start at the very beginning of the process in this team-taught class, as you shear sheep, wash, card and dye the wool and finally make individual felted projects using needle and wet-felting techniques. Wet felting wool is an ancient craft that pre-dates weaving and knitting and has recently seen a resurgence of popularity, as it is relatively easy and requires no knitting. The course will be led by two fiber experts, Theresa Hornstein, an experienced fiber teacher and dyer extraordinaire that specializes in natural dyes and Elise Kyllo, a felter who is not afraid to get her hands dirty and loves to use wool to create useful and whimsical things. A farmer will join the group to lead the shearing demonstration. This is a unique opportunity to fully immerse in wool craft and connect directly to the source.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $70 age with adult 12+
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Materials fees listed in the catalog will be collected at the time of registration. If the the materials fee is noted as “varies,” the amount will depend on your project and will be collected during class. Please remember cash or check to pay the instructor. more details, more photos:
Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting with Elise Kyllo 2/16/17
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 mysterious 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 such as slippers, hot pads, tea cozies etc. 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 5/16/17-5/19/17
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+
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All Fired Up: Cooking with Fire All Ground Up: Sausage Making Artisan Cheesemaking Braunschweiger: Love Your Liver in the Wurst Way Camp Cooking and Menu Planning Cooking with the Seasons: Autumn Harvest Crafting Cider: Hard and Sweet Exploring Fermented Foods Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles Grains Glorious Grains! Handmade Pasta Homemade Scandinavian Gifts from the Kitchen Hot Diggity Dog: Make Your Own Hot Dogs! In a Jam and a Pickle: Stocking Up! Innovating with Wild Rice: New Ways of Cooking & Baking Meat Preservation: The Basics and Beyond Ovencrafting: Building in the Round, Italian-Style 20
Ancient Grains: Baker’s Workshop
Pork Butchery for Home Use: Nose to Tail Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods Sausages for the Summer Grill Skyr: Making Icelandic Yogurt Swedish Potato Sausage Making Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice
baking Ancient Grains: Baker’s Workshop Artisan Breads I Artisan Breads II Artisan Breads Immersion Ethnic Pastries: A European Tour Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads Scandinavian Holiday Baking: Making Lefse Small Breads: Pretzel Rolls, English Muffins, Bagels & Pull-Aparts Swedish Holiday Baking Time for Fika! Swedish Baking for Families Time for Fika! Swedish Snacks for Winter 888-387-9762
All Fired Up: Cooking with Fire
Artisan Breads I
9/9/16-9/10/16 Hand-crafted, long-fermented,
with Eric Edgin
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 1/14/17-1/15/17 2/11/17-2/12/17
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+
Ancient Grains: Baker’s Workshop with Amy James
Wheat is king in the bread baking world, but it hasn’t always been that way. Ancient cultures made their breads from highly nutritious grains such as amaranth, teff, barley, rye, and quinoa, as well as the ancient strains of wheat: spelt, emmer and kamut. This course offers the opportunity to learn about the history and nutritional value of these grains and pseudo-grains, and bake loaves with the added nutrition and flavor these grains offer. Students will also learn how to use soakers and preferments as methods to extract the maximum nutrition and flavor from the grains. We will be baking our loaves in North House Folk School’s wood-fired oven. Students will go home with loaves of bread, recipes, and the knowledge to bake these breads in a home oven.
length (days) 2.25 hours Day 1: 5-9pm Day 2: 8am-4pm Day 3: 8am-noon tuition $215 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $40
with Amy James
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
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 $35
Braunschweiger: Love Your Liver in the Wurst Way with Craig/Dianne Peterson 9/8/16
with Amy James 5/5/17-5/6/17
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
with Gary Colles
Artisan Breads Immersion with Amy James
Lace up your baking shoes and get ready for an artisan breads baking marathon. Combining the skills of our popular Artisan Breads I and II courses, this 2.5 day intensive course allows students to dig deep into handcrafted, long fermented and hot-hearth baked breads. We’ll explore pre-ferments and a long cool rise to extract maximum flavor from the grains. You will practice skills and use techniques that will help you achieve consistency in your baking, shape beautiful artisan loaves, and fit baking into your busy life. Recipes will include pan au levain, ciabatta, boule, herbed flatbreads, pita and others. 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 woodfired oven. Artisan Breads I and II are not pre-requisites to this course
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) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20
Camp Cooking and Menu Planning with Dave/Amy Freeman
Whether you’re planning a multi-month journey or a long weekend canoe trip, this class will help you wrap your head around what it takes to plan your menu and prepare your food in the field. Dave and Amy have done a lot of trip menu planning and cooking in the backcountry over the years. They prefer hearty, simple food that nourishes and sustains you and won’t break the bank. During this class they’ll share menu-planning advice, food packing strategies and backcountry cooking tips. Together we’ll fire up several of their favorite camp stoves and cook a multi-course meal (including baking a cake for dessert). Come hungry! length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-noon tuition $35 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $30 materials $5 age with adult 12+
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Days 2/3: 8am-4pm tuition $235 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $200 materials $45 Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads
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Cooking with the Seasons: Autumn Harvest with Chef Judi Barsness 9/24/16
Beloved regional Chef Judi Barsness returns to the North House kitchen to lead a participatory and delicious experience of autumn culinary favorites. Students will prepare a menu that highlights seasonal fare that can be replicated in their home kitchen. The course concludes with a shared luncheon. Menu: First Course (served as a luncheon): Lake Superior Fish Chowder, Chive Oil, Second Course: Roasted Butternut Squash, Baby Kale, Micro Greens, Edible Flowers, Minnesota Gouda, Citrus Thyme Vinaigrette Third Course: Braised Grass Fed Short Ribs of Beef, Osso Buco Style, Wild Rice Sage Fontina Polenta, Braising Vegetables, Horseradish Crème Fraiche, Fourth Course: Honey Crisp Apple Almond Tart, Local Sydneys Custard, Caramel Sauce. Locally produced breads and craft beer from the Gingerbread Man and Voyageur Brewing as well as Chef Judi’s wine choice will complete the meal.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $35 includes a light lunch and dinner
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 age with adult 21+
Ethnic Pastries: A European Tour with Kim Ode 11/19/16
Travel across Europe from the comfort of your own kitchen in this intensive, hands-on one-day exploration of beloved ethnic pastries. We’ll make a classic Danish fruit pastry, a German kasekuchen with quark, Finnish Karelian pastries, and a Swedish sweet. Homemade for the holidays is our goal. We’ll use the commercial ovens in the North House teaching kitchen, so you’ll be able to make everything at home. Please bring an apron, hot pads and several large containers in which to transport your baked goods home. Beginners are welcome, along with more experienced bakers.
length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $30
Exploring Fermented Foods
with Eric Edgin
with Karalyn Littlefield
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 easy t olove 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.
While a craving for fresh handmade pasta might make you more likely to think “I’ll make reservations!” than “I’ll make dough!,” this does not need to be the case. Learn to demystify making fresh pasta. Once you learn, you’ll never want to go back to boil-from-a-box pastas again! In this class we’ll learn to make some of the most common noodle shapes from scratch. We’ll also be making raviolis of different shapes, rolled cavatelli noodles, and others. Come hungry because we’ll also find time to make a few simple but elegant sauces to accompany some of our pasta creations.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $50 age with adult 12+
Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles 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. The Saturday afternoon session will conclude in time for students to participate in the campus wood-fired pizza bake and attend the Northern Landscapes Festival Featured Speaker’s presentation. 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 included
Grains Glorious Grains! with Beth Dooley 9/17/16
While quinoa and red rice are grabbing all the headlines, our farmers are planting grains that are delicious, easy to use and as super-healthy as any of the “super foods” shipped in from far away. These grains are low-fat, high protein, and loaded with minerals and vitamins and antioxidants, known to help control blood sugar levels and support cardiovascular health. Many of them are either low in gluten content or gluten free. In this class we’ll work with a range of local grains, discuss their origins, nutritional components, how to store, cook, and use them up in leftovers, too. Cooks should know that once cooked, they keep beautifully, easy to throw into soups, stews and salads. Unlike pasta or rice, they don’t get gummy or sticky. They’re very forgiving and hard to overcook. Local heritage grains for everyday meals – easy, versatile, nutritious and so very good. These are the original superfoods!
length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 includes lunch
Homemade Scandinavian Gifts from the Kitchen with Scott Graden
The North House teaching kitchen becomes Santa Scott’s workshop for two days, as students handcraft an impressive array of Scandinavian holiday treats, suitable for any festive occasion and gift-giving need. Under the careful eye of Chef Scott Graden of the New Scenic Café, students will produce a bevy of treats to take home (some “quality control” snacking allowed!). Students will leave with more than a dozen of each item, and will learn new skills and revisit old favorites from the kitchens of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Learn to make rosettes, krumkake, lefse, pickled beets, rusks, hard tack, speculos, glogg mix, saffron buns, and kringle. Several of these items store well, and can be given throughout the winter. Santa’s elves have got nothing on you after this course: you’ll be well stocked and ready to celebrate!
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $110 includes dozens of gifts and shared meal
Hot Diggity Dog: Make Your Own Hot Dogs! with Craig/Dianne Peterson 10/21/16
Perfect for the ball park, the campfire or the hockey rink, who doesn’t love a hot dog? Make your own, bun size or a foot long, using only stuff parents will approve of (like actual meat). There will be nothing in there that you don’t have at home. Learn how to mix, stuff, cook and enjoy your own hot dog that YOU made. And unlike cake, you can have your hot dog and eat it too, because you will take some home with you and we will have our own weenie roast for lunch after the class. Impress your family and friends with some great hot dogs that you made. Not only will it be fun, but you will learn why it takes so much guts to make hot dogs!
length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-noon tuition $50/adult-child pair early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45/adult-child pair materials $20 includes a light lunch age with adult 8+
length (days) 1 hours 9am-1pm tuition $65 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $55 materials $15 includes lunch age with adult 10+
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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, surefire 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 smallbatch 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+
Innovating with Wild Rice: New Ways of Cooking & Baking with Emily Derke 2/26/17
A staple food of northern Minnesota, wild rice can be used in many ways. We won’t be making any hotdishes or pilafs in this class though. Instead, it will be rice burgers, hot toasted tea, breakfast porridge, baked cookies, pancakes and more! We will learn to grind rice into flour and incorporate other wild foods such as maple sugar and bear fat into our dishes. Come hungry! We will be grazing and sampling throughout the morning and end with a lunch we prepare as a class.
length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-1pm tuition $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials $15 includes lunch
Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour with Amy James 9/11/16 5/7/17
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
Meat Preservation: The Basics and Beyond
Ovencrafting: Building in the Round, Italian-Style
with Eric Edgin
You eat meat, you love meat, but it is hard to find (and expensive to buy) meats prepared without unnecessary preservatives or from responsibly sourced animals.In this class you will revisit time honored skills that have fallen out of daily use and learn important lessons about how meats have been preserved in the past so you can enjoy quality home processed meats in the future. Through both hands-on participation and demonstration, you’ll cover a wide variety of skills and products including: rendering lard for a healthy natural fat source, dehydration and drying meats, preparing fresh sausages, smoking bone-in meats, sausage, whole muscle 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. 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-$95)
Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven with Derek Lucchese/Russ Viton/Caleb Mattison 10/15/16-10/18/16 6/24/17-6/27/17
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 aspect 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
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with Eric Moshier
Wood fired brick ovens have been used since the dawn of civilization. They have been found in excavations of virtually every ancient civilization with the brick oven reaching its modern form in ancient Rome. Designs vary widely based on materials and intended use. The round wood-fired oven is found widely in Italy and throughout all of Europe. The round or oval design is one of the strongest structures, engineered to stand for hundreds of years with no modern steel support. In this course, students will build this classic oven design with firebrick and lime or clay mortar on top of a simple sawdust arch form. Oven materials and different designs will also be discussed during the class. Because the oven cannot be transported and there is a limit to the number of ovens one folk school can have, the oven will be dismantled by the class when we are finished.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $230 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $210 materials $0
Pork Butchery for Home Use: Nose to Tail with Eric Edgin
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) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $100 age with adult 15+
Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods with Eric Edgin
Historically a homebased craft and staple of diets and life the world over pretwentieth 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.
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Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads with Erin Swenson-Klatt 3/18/17
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 5/12/17
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+
Scandinavian Holiday Baking: Making Lefse with Craig/Dianne Peterson 11/12/16
Learn to make lefse the way your grandmother used to do it – an easy, time-tested recipe made from whole potatoes. You’ll learn the entire process of lefse making – from potato preparation, mixing, rolling, folding and storing – as well as the equipment used to be successful. Other recipes and uses for lefse (some not so serious) will also be covered. No preservatives, MSG, or other undesirable additives. Made from pure, natural ingredients. Take your newfound skills home with you to recreate this wonderful addition to a well-placed Scandinavian meal. Each student will take home several rounds of lefse to freeze or enjoy immediately. The instructors have over 100 combined years of making and eating lefse, so join a couple of Scandinavians who know their potatoes! length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $15
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Time for Fika! Skyr: Making Icelandic Yogurt Swedish Baking for Families with Anna Sharratt 4/1/17-4/2/17
Skyr is a thick and tangy Icelandic yogurt, known for its low fat content and delightful texture. Traditionally made from skim milk and high in protein, skyr is both healthy and surprisingly creamy. Skyr has been a mainstay of the Icelandic diet for centuries, where a harsh climate made food preservation essential for survival. Skyr-making was something of an everyday art, traditionally made on farms and homesteads throughout the country. In this course, we’ll make Icelandic skyr and explore Iceland’s unique culture by tracing skyr’s role in traditional life and literature, and through sampling traditional Icelandic recipes. You’ll leave the course ready to make skyr at home. length (days) 2 hours Day 1: 1-4pm Day 2: 9am-noon tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 age with adult 10+
Small Breads: Pretzel Rolls, English Muffins, Bagels & Pull-Aparts with Kim Ode 11/20/16
Discover the satisfaction of making your own pretzel buns for burgers or brats, griddling fresh English muffins for breakfast, getting the perfect “chew” in a bagel, plus a pull-apart loaf that doubles as a centerpiece. Baking your own bread is fun, and economical, but it also enables you to vouch for every ingredient. 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. Sandwich fillings are provided for lunch with our morning’s labors. Please bring an apron, hot pads and containers in which to transport your bread home. Beginners and experienced bakers are welcome. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $20 includes lunch age with adult 14+
Swedish Holiday Baking with Erin Swenson-Klatt 12/10/16
Settle into the North House teaching kitchen for a cozy day of baking - by the end of the day you’ll be prepared for a traditional Swedish holiday season! We’ll try our hands at cookies, breads for the julbord buffet, and the saffron rolls traditionally served on St. Lucia Day on December 13th. Stories and traditions for a modern Swedish Christmas will be shared throughout the day. Even though we’ll sample our goodies, students will go home with a bag of treats to share with family and friends. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $30 age with adult 10+
Swedish Potato Sausage Making with Craig/Dianne Peterson 11/11/16
If you enjoy sausage, you have to try Swedish potato sausage, with a homemade taste you can’t find in the store! Learn the entire process ncluding preparing, deboning, grinding, mixing, stuffing and tasting Swedish potato sausage. Also called “potatis korv,” this sausage is traditionally served with lutefisk, lefse and creamed peas on Christmas Eve, but makes a great breakfast or BBQ sausage all year. This course is “hands-on”-learn tasting, mixing, stuffing, and packaging methods. Plan to take home of 7-8 lbs of sausage to share with family and friends. This is a great opportunity for families to create a new holiday tradition together. Children 10 and up with adult are welcome at an intergenerational tuition rate. length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $30 age with adult 10+ 24
with Erin Swenson-Klatt 10/22/16
Fika is the Swedish snack time beloved by both children and adults: a pause in a busy day to sit down for a cup of coffee or glass of juice and a snack. This class will introduce kids and an accompanying adult to several favorite Swedish recipes, including kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls), knäckebröd (crisp bread crackers), chockladbollar (chocolate candies), and saft (juice). As we mix up doughs and roll out our treats, we’ll learn a little about Swedish culture and northern ingredients, as well as tips for baking together as a family. After sharing a fika, families will head home with a set of simple recipes and a new tradition to share with family and friends. length (days) 0.5 hours 2-5pm tuition $50 per adult/child pair; add’l child $10 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 per adult/ child pair; add’l child $10 materials $10 per pair age with adult 6+
Time for Fika! Swedish Snacks for Winter with Erin Swenson-Klatt 2/4/17
Fika is the Swedish snack time beloved by both children and adults: a pause in a busy day to sit down and reconnect with friends and family. While a cup of coffee and a bite to eat are obligatory, the favored snacks change with the seasons, and in this late winter class we will focus on cold-weather favorites. Our focus of the day will be semlor, sweet buns filled with almond paste and whipped cream that are traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday, but we’ll produce a range of other goodies too: knäckebröd (crisp bread crackers), thin heart shaped waffles for Valentine’s Day, saft (berry juice), and chockladbollar (chocolate candies). After sharing a fika, students will head home with a set of the recipes they’ve mastered, leftover goodies, and a new tradition to share with family and friends. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $25 age with adult 10+
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.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $20 age with adult 14+
traditional crafts meaningful in today’s world ? “Craft” is the root of altruism and connects us to
land, water, shelter and traditional transportation - a function of being useful to ourselves, our families and our communities. When we are motivated to
learn for the sake of sharing, and ultimately teaching, we transcend our penchant for simply being entertained. In “craft,” we continu-
ally learn the most from those we teach - rendering “Mastery of Craft” a fool’s pursuit, if not altogether a contradiction in terms.
Tom Healy Timber Framing Instructor
jewelry Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings North Shore Pebble Jewelry: Extended Experience On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting Saami-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette Viking “Knit” Chain Bracelet 25
Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings with Todd Hawkinson 11/11/16-11/13/16 5/12/17-5/14/17
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. 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 more details, more photos:
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 a few 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 7/7/17-7/9/17
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! Materials fees will be collected by the instructor at the conclusion of class.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-1pm tuition $235 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $215 materials varies ($95 and up) age with adult
Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette
9/14/16 3/10/17 7/7/17
with Liz Bucheit
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)
Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation with Liz Bucheit 3/11/17
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 $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 $125)
Saami-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment with Norma Refsal
For centuries, the circum-polar people have embroidered pewter thread onto wool and leather to embellish clothing, bags, jewelry and other small objects. Learn this technique and develop your own designs with instructor Norma Refsal, who has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and draws inspiration from the Saami people and their designs. After practicing basic techniques in a small sampler, students will make a pendant or a cuff-style bracelet. Students will leave with skills, patterns and resources for materials to continue this craft at home. This work requires good eyesight. If you need magnification, be sure to bring it with you.
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 7/8/17
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! Materials fees will be collected by the instructor at the conclusion of class. length (days) 1 hours 9am-4pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $80 materials varies (approx. $95)
traditional crafts meaningful in today’s world ? traditional craft
provides us a unique form of language that can connect
humans together on a global level where we all continue the legacy that defines the beauty of all cultures. On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting
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). The materials fees will be collected by the instructor at the conclusion of class.
To me harbors the very bones of modern day creative thinking on more than an artistic plane. It
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 5-8pm Day 2: 9am-5pm tuition $125 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $115 materials $55 age with adult 16+
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with Michael Seiler
Liz Bucheit, Jewelry
Build Your Own Guitar with David Seaton
Building your own guitar is almost as much fun as playing an instrument you have created. In this class we’ll be building a small guitar based on the Martin 1-18 parlor guitar. It’s an intimate instrument with shorter scale length and a sweet voice that begs to be played. Much smaller than a dreadnought but not a toy, it is easy to travel with or keep near your bedside for those late night song ideas. Prepared wood will alleviate some of the heavy woodworking but you will get a feel for the entire process of building an instrument start to finish. During the class there will be some time for discussions of building theory and technique and, if time allows, a field trip to Dave’s shop. The finished instrument will be a nice addition to your collection or a nice foray into the world of luthiery. Most of the construction will be with hand tools but a few power tools will be used. We can’t turn you into C.F. Martin but it’ll be a great start. All materials, parts, hardware and even strings are included for a complete instrument. Cases will be available for purchase from the instructor. Registration for the course will close Dec 15, 2016. In the first 8 days we will build the complete guitar without decorative binding. The additional two days can be used to add binding (decorative edge trim) to your guitar or for extra time to finish up last details, but participation is optional. Additional tuition is $50 per day; additional materials fee for binding is $50. For this course to be successful we suggest some woodworking experience and familiarity with hand tools.
length (days) 8 hours 9am-5pm tuition $680 Optional Days 9/10 add’l $50/day early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $600 materials $825 Optional Days 9/10 add’l $50 age with adult 12+
Building the Cigar Box Guitar or Uke with David Seaton
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Build Your Own Guitar
Build Your Own Guitar Building the Cigar Box Guitar or Uke Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming Traditional American Dance: Freestyle Clogging Traditional American Dance: Keep On Clogging 888-387-9762
The humble, cigar box guitar or CBG is a rudimentary stringed instrument which is easy to build, endlessly variable and fun to play. Leftover boxes from cigars, old lunch boxes, cookie tins, even a small case for whatever can be turned into a fun and playable instrument. You’ll have the option to make a tenor ukulele or 3 string guitar version in the class. Bring a box to work with or some will be available for purchase. If time permits we’ll make a pilgrimage to a thrift shop to see if there are hidden treasures waiting to be a musical instrument. Some basic tool skills will be helpful. We’ll be using mainly hand tools to assemble our projects from a pre- fashioned neck and parts. Each project will be unique and will require some creative problem solving along the way. length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2: 9am-noon tuition $150 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $130 per adult/child pair or individual adult materials $135 per project age with adult 10+ w/adult, 16+ w/o
Stringed Instrument Maintenance for Musicians with David Seaton
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 age with adult 12+
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 depending on the hand-harvested log, 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
Traditional American Dance: Freestyle Clogging with Andy Lambert 1/14/17
Turn your feet into percussive instruments by learning the fundamentals of traditional 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. The best thing about freestyle clogging is that as long as you’re in time, you can do it to any style of music. Previous dance experience will enhance your experience in this class, but beginners are 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 1/15/17
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
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 27
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23-25 Sewing the Saami-Inspired Tuomisalo Hat p. 14
21-22 Kids Only: Slöjd in the Wood Shop
21-23 Rosemaling: Valdres-Style p. 34
24 Cooking with the Seasons: Autumn Harvest p. 22
24-25 Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook p. 10
22 Sewing Deerhide Baby Booties p. 14 22 Time for Fika! Swedish Baking for Families p. 24
1 Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” p. 32 2-4 Crafting the Throwing Axe p. 9 2-4 Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice p. 24 7-11 Basic Timber Framing p. 40
8 Braunschweiger: Love Your Liver in the Wurst Way p. 21
8-17 Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation p. 35 9-10 Artisan Breads I p. 21
9-11 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
11 Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour
13-15 Swedish Kniv Traditions with Ramon Persson p. 10
14 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
14-15 Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette
14-15 Woven Birch Bark Basketry p. 8 15-18 Unplugged
15 All Fired Up: Cooking with Fire p. 21
3-4 Weaving Holiday Ornaments from Birch Bark p. 7
1-2 All Ground Up: Sausage Making p. 21
27-29 Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session p. 48
16 Stringed Instrument Maintenance for Musicians p. 27
17 Grains Glorious Grains! p. 22
17 Songwriting: Diving Into Your Story
18 Owling: The Darker Side of Migration
p. 27 p. 30
18-20 Swedish Traditions of Hemslöjd: Birch Bark Boxes p. 7 19-21 Nålbinding Hats p. 13 20-30 Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak p. 11 21-25 Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop p. 37 23-25 Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge p. 44 23-25 Natural Plant Dyes p. 18 23 Owling: The Darker Side of Migration
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27-29 Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Utensils on the Lathe p. 48
1-2 Crafting the Carver’s Drawknife p. 9
28-30 Boundary Waters Travel Basket Up the Trail p. 7
1-2 Hand-Twisted Cattail-Rush Footstool Weaving p. 42
1-2 Norwegian Needlecraft: Taking the ‘Hard’ out of Hardanger p. 18
28 In a Jam and a Pickle: Stocking Up!
1-2 Pine Needle Basketry p. 7
31-11/2 Making Your Mark: Adding Color and Texture to Your Work p. 47
5-9 North Shore Pebble Jewelry: Extended Experience p. 26
31-11/2 Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Vessels on the Lathe p. 48
7-8 Bobbin Lace Making p. 16
7-9 Geology Up the Trail: Exploring the Ancient History of the Gunflint Trail
3-6 Aniishiinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery & Moccasin Sewing p. 13
7-9 Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner’s Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community p. 38
4-6 Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Up the Gunflint Trail
7-9 Windsor Stool: On the Lathe p. 49
8-9 Exploring Fermented Foods p. 22
8-9 October Skies: Night Photography Workshop p. 34
8-9 The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming p. 27
4 - 6 Timbered Workbench: Build Your Own Early American Style p. 48
11-13 Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks p. 13
14-16 Coiled Basketry: The Pine Needle Pouch
11-13 Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings
14-16 Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug p. 17
11 Swedish Potato Sausage Making p. 24
14-16 Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table
15-16 Celestial Navigation p. 35
15-18 Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven p. 23
16 Crafting Cider: Hard and Sweet p. 22
11-13 Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls p. 49 12-13 Nordic Herbals p. 39 12 Scandinavian Holiday Baking: Making Lefse p. 24 16-17 Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners
16-18 Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods
17-18 Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own
15 Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series p. 15
17-18 Everyday Slöjd for the Kitchen p. 47
17-18 Sami-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment p. 26
20-21 Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class p. 17
20 Spinning Series: At the Wheel p. 19
21 Basic Leatherworking for Kids p. 41
21 Blacksmithing for Kids p. 9
17-20 Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own p. 32 17-19 Wanigan: The Traveling Box p. 49 15-18 Winterer’s
Gathering & A rctic Film Festival
21 Bookbinding Introduction: Coptic Style
18-19 Hand-Sewing for Sailors: Ditty Bags and Canvas Buckets p. 35
21 Hot Diggity Dog: Make Your Own Hot Dogs! p. 22
9-10 Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set p. 33 13-15 Craft Your Own Toolbox in the Japanese Style p. 46 14-15 All Ground Up: Sausage Making p. 21 14-21 Build Your Own Guitar p. 27
20-22 Timbered Sawhorse Trestles p. 41
5-8 Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set p. 31
15 Traditional American Dance: Keep on Clogging p. 27
10 Swedish Holiday Baking p. 24
10-13 Yurt Building: Design and Construction
8-11 Build Your Own Yurt p. 37
4-6 Pork Butchery for Home Use: Nose to Tail p. 23
5-7 Turned Lidded Boxes p. 48
11-21 Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak p. 11
3 Lake Superior Coastal Navigation: Traditional and Electronic Methods
4-6 Felted Bags p. 16
3-4 Homemade Scandinavian Gifts from the Kitchen p. 22
14 Traditional American Dance: Freestyle Clogging p. 27
4-6 Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair p. 48
8-9 The Harvest Basket: Red-Osier Basketry
3-4 Turning with a Skew Chisel p. 48
7 Owling: The Darker Side of Migration
13-15 Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket p. 7
16 Natural Dyes in the Steambox p. 18
1 Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” pg 32
15 Leaf Printing in the Steambox p. 18
16-17 Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag p. 42
20 Small Breads: Pretzel Rolls, English Muffins, Bagels & Pull-Aparts p. 24
27-29 Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial p. 46
16 Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop p. 27
20 Gear for a Year p. 32
2-4 Kick Sled Building: Push and Glide
30 Owling: The Darker Side of Migration
15-16 Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop p. 9 15 Viking “Knit” Chain Bracelet p. 26
20 Camp Cooking and Menu Planning
10-11 Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery
27-29 Art of the Box: Contemporary Woodworking in Traditional Forms
29-10/1 Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions
Self Care to Community
22 Felting for Kids! p. 16
19-20 Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers p. 13
22 Kids Knit! p. 17
28-10/2 Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Fall Equinox Session p. 34
22-23 Building the Cigar Box Guitar or Uke
22 First Impressions: Intro to Printmaking for Kids p. 42
25 Owling: The Darker Side of Migration
19 Ethnic Pastries: A European Tour 19-20 Everyday Slöjd for the Bed & Bath
24-25 Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More p. 20
Herbalism Apprentice: Botanical Medicine,
21 Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers p. 19
18 - 19 Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte or Sankta Lucia p. 44
18 Birch Bark Cozy for Containers p. 6
21-22 Sweet Grass Basketry p. 7 21-22
Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag p. 42
21 Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way
26-29 Masonry Heater Building Workshop
27-29 Artisan Breads Immersion p. 21 27-29 Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet p. 46 28-31 Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe p. 14
2 Traditional Wooden Boat Building: A Crash Course
2-5 Shoemaking: Internal Stitchdown Workboots p. 14
3-5 Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks p. 13
3-5 Fundamentals of Traditional Wooden Boat Building II p. 11 3-5 Woodshop Intro for Women p. 49 3-4 Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps p. 18
4 Time for Fika! Swedish Snacks for Winter p. 24
7-9 Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood
7-10 Shoemaking: Modern Turn Shoe p. 14
11-12 Ovencrafting: Building in the Round, Italian-Style p. 23 11 Creating and Design Mosaics
11-12 All Ground Up: Sausage Making p. 21 11-12 Handcrafting Doors: From Stiles to Rails p. 37 11-14 Shoemaking: Chukka Boot p. 14
15-16 In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dye Workshop
15-17 Estonian Lace – A Beautiful Tradition
15-17 Primitive Rug Hooking: Beginning Techniques p. 18 15-19 Northern
Fibers R etreat
16-17 Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class p. 17 16 History to Handcraft: Highlight on Fiber Arts p. 17
16-17 Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics p. 18 16-17 Selbuvotter Mittens: The Classic Norwegian Mitten p. 19
10-12 Black Ash Pack Baskets p. 7
12-13 Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery p. 17
10 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
12-13 Focus! The Basics of Photography p.
10-11 Silversmithing: The Jeweler’s Palette
12-14 Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings
11 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation p. 26 16-19 Deerskin Mittens with AniishiinaabeStyle Beadwork p. 13
17-19 Spring Pole Lathe: Build Your Own
17-19 Adirondack Chair Building p. 46
18-19 Sharpening Tutorial
18 Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads p. 24
17-20 Weaving the Hand Bag Basket p. 8 18-19 Felt for the Home: Silk and Felt Table Runners p. 16 18-19 Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery p. 17 18 Intro to Inkle Loom Weaving p. 17
18-19 Knitting Estonian Gloves p. 17 18-19 Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft
18 Spinning Series: At the Wheel p. 19
19 Inkle Loom Weaving Continuation
19 Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers p. 19
24-26 Anorak: Sew Your Own Traditional Outer Garment p. 13 23-26 Masonry Heater Building Workshop
24-26 Dovetailed Tool Tote p. 47 24-26 Flies that Catch Fish & How to Tie Them p. 32 24-26 Forge & Craft a Crooked Knife p. 10 25 Handmade Pasta p. 22 25 Winter River Exploration p. 33 26 Innovating with Wild Rice: New Ways of Cooking & Baking p. 23 28-3/2 Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen p. 46 28-3/2 Carved Decoration: 17th Century English Style p. 44
11-12 Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads
17 Bead Weaving: Deerskin Bag p. 16
16 Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting p. 20
17 Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics
18-19 Birch Bark Tutorial
7 Introduction to Sprouted Grain Flour
10-12 Ancient Grains: Baker’s Workshop
17-19 Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat
6-7 Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket p. 7
7-15 Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames p. 41
16-21 Damascus Steel Tutorial p. 10
21-23 Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making
16-19 Woven, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle p. 20
27-28 Natural Botanicals: Spring Session
31-6/4 Grindbygg-Norwegian ‘Trestle Frame’ Timber Framing p. 40
2-4 Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket p. 46
31-4/2 Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women’s Session p. 48
2-3 Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond p. 30
2-4 What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota’s North Shore p. 30
1 Pysanky: Ukranian-Style Eggs p. 43
27 Fly Casting Workshop p. 32
1-2 Piece by Piece: Laminated Pizza Peels and Cutting Boards p. 47
11-15 Dovetail Log Sauna or Cabin: Build Your Own p. 37 21-23 Volunteer
& Service Learning Weekend
25-27 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond 25-27 Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
4-6 Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge p. 44
Wood Carving Tutorial p. 45
4-6 Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls p. 49
9-13 Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv p. 10
22 German Style Timber Framing p. 40
7-9 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
18-27 Building the Fur Trade Rifle p. 42
Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival
p. 31 p. 47
19-21 Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation p. 45
29 Felting for Animals p. 16
20-24 Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) p. 35
3-7 Basic Timber Framing p. 40 3-7 Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop p. 37
24 Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series
5-6 Artisan Breads II p. 21
24-27 Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven p. 23
8-17 Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames p. 80
16 West Greenland Kayak Paddle: Make Your Own p. 12
19-25 Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals p. 11
4-5 Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath p. 47
8-17 Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style p. 40
14-16 Artisan Cheesemaking p. 21
29-5/1 Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade p. 9
New Spring/Summer Course Dates Available Online
8-10 Crafting the Throwing Axe p. 9
14-16 Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving p. 44
19-23 Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction p. 11
13-15 Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade p. 9
28-30 Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
28-30 From Bloom to Bar p. 10
21-23 Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building p. 47
28-30 Natural Plant Dyes p. 18
9-11 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
28-30 Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
26-30 Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session p. 34
8-17 Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation p. 35
28-3/1 Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others p. 10
24-27 Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology
7-15 West Greenland Skin-on-Frame Kayak: Build Your Own p. 12
1-2 Skyr: Making Icelandic Yogurt p. 24
27-30 Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder’s Workshop
28-3/2 Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions
22-23 Natural Botanicals: Wild Medicine Workshop p. 39
2-4 Wool: The Full Experience p. 19
28-3/2 Embellishment Techniques for Wood
8 Viking “Knit” Chain Bracelet p. 26
9-10 Fly Fishing II: Chasing the Hex p. 32
26-28 Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves p. 19
24-25 Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft
25-26 Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons p. 44
7 Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet
13-14 Custom Leather Sandal Construction
26-28 Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair
24-26 Meat Preservation: The Basics and Beyond p. 23
26-27 Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles p. 22
24-26 Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner’s Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community p. 38
12-14 Woodblock Printmaking p. 43
25-28 Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels p. 9
24-26 Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance p. 33
5-8 Fly Fishing the North Shore p. 32
7-9 On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting
12 Sausages for the Summer Grill p. 24
19-21 Scandinavian-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric for Garments and Home Furnishings p. 14
24-25 Hand-sewn Leather Cases - Saddle Stitch Style p. 42
8-9 Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket p. 18
19-22 Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style and Traditions p. 34
23-25 Grand Marais & Beyond: Exploring The Art Of Black & White Photography in Winter p. 34
5-7 Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building p. 37
30 Birch Bark Berry Basket: Workshop and Field Harvest p. 6
5-7 Get the Hang of it! Make Your Own Hammock p. 42 29
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Geology Up the Trail: Exploring the Ancient History of the Gunflint Trail with Jim Miller
Head up the trail and experience the unique and ancient geology of the Gunflint area. We are pleased to partner with Gunflint Lodge to offer students an opportunity to immerse in the rich history of this special area using one of Minnesota’s premier wilderness resorts as a home base for exploration. The Gunflint Trail traverses an ancient sequence of rocks that tell an incredible and awesome story of how North America was assembled. We will start our Saturday exploration at the “end of the trail” where 2.5 billion-year-old granites that formed deep in the earth are now exposed. We will then progress into 1.8 billion-year-old iron formation that was deposited in an ancient seabed and later ripped asunder by meteor impact-generated tsunamis and earthquakes. Finally, we will explore intrusions of magma generated 1.1 billion years ago when North America was attempting to split apart. Along the route, we will also observe the effects that mile-thick glaciers had on reshaping the landscape as they repeatedly crept out of Canada over the past 2 million years. On Sunday morning, we will take a pontoon boat to explore various geological and historical features on Gunflint Lake.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 7-9pm, Day 2: 8am-9pm, Day 3: 8am-1pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $190 materials $5
Owling: The Darker Side of Migration with Bill Lane
9/18/16 9/23/16 9/25/16 9/30/16 10/7/16
As darkness supplants daylight in the seasonal journey toward winter, the landscape along Lake Superior hosts a migration of owls that defies logic in its size. Thousands of Northern saw-whet owls course the shoreline in their quest for seasonal resources with one goal in mind: survival. During the fall migration, USFWS master bander Bill Lane bands and releases hundreds of owls, hoping that their movements and journeys will be documented to shed a little light on the mysteries of owl migration. Join him and the owls in his field laboratory for an evening you’ll never forget. In the event of a weather cancellation, this course will automatically reschedule to the following night. What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota’s North Shore
northern ecology Geology Up the Trail: Exploring the Ancient History of the Gunflint Trail Owling: The Darker Side of Migration Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota’s North Shore
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length (days) 0.5 hours 8 pm for Sept dates; 7:30 pm for Oct dates tuition $55 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $50 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 30
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) 2 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2: 9am-4pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 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+
traditional crafts meaningful in today’s world ? Traditional craft embodies the respect, resourcefulness and determination of our ancestors and elders. Through continuing the craft we are shown the deep
connection that exists between our heart, our mind and our hands that is often lost in our modern age.
Cody Myers, Blacksmithing Instructor 888-387-9762
Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making with Rick Yonker
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 Your Own Custom Fishing Rod with Kris Kristufek 4/28/17-4/30/17
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 $215 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $200 materials varies ($200 and up) age with adult 14+
Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance
outdoor skills Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod Camp Cooking and Menu Planning Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” Flies that Catch Fish & How to Tie Them Fly Casting Workshop 888-387-9762
Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set with Ian Andrus 1/5/17-1/8/17
Fly Fishing the North Shore Fly Fishing II: Chasing the Hex Gear for a Year Kick Sled Building: Push and Glide Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Winter River Exploration 31
Discover the secrets of the old Saami school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you’ll learn about the origin of ski design, function and construction. We’ll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings, and information related to use and handling of these ancient tools of transportation. Craft your own pair of skis custom-sized to your height, weight and intended use and prepare to enjoy the wintry wonderland of backcountry and ski trails outside your back door. Ian Andrus has apprenticed with long-time North House instructor Mark Hansen for six years to continue to pass on this traditional and nearly-lost craft. Evening sessions may include films and a variety of discussion topics on the history and craft of ski making.
length (days) 3.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Day 2-4: 9am-5pm tuition $350 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $335 materials varies (approx. $175-$250)
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Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour “Pleasure Driving” with Philis Anderson 9/15/16-10/15/16
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 May 15 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+
Flies that Catch Fish & How to Tie Them with Mike Hero
This course is designed to teach fly fishers how to tie a core group of flies that will enable them to catch more fish anywhere in the US and Canada. The flies have been field tested by the instructor through over fifty years of fly fishing on streams and lakes, not only in northern Minnesota but also on many of the well-known streams in the West, East and the “Driftless Area”. Each student will tie and take home more than a dozen flies. Those who are able to master the flies scheduled for the course will receive instruction on tying more advanced patterns, or even come up with new creations. Each student will receive a kit containing fly tying materials to tie a great variety of flies. A limited supply of fly tying tools is available for use by those students who do not own tools upon request. Students may bring their own tools or purchase a complete set through North House for an additional cost of $55.00 which must be ordered and paid for at time of registration.
length (days) 2.5 hours Days 1/2: 9am-5pm Day 3: 9am-noon tuition $295 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $275 materials $95 due at registration and non-refundable
Fly Casting Workshop with Rueben Swenson 5/27/17
Landing a fly gracefully on a quiet inland lake or gently on a rushing river is an experience everyone should have. In this workshop taught by Rueben Swenson you’ll be introduced to the basic techniques of dropping a fly 5060 feet out, as well as the fundamentals of roll-casting. The class ends on the water and you should be comfortable with the basics of fly casting by the end of the day. Casting from a float tube, a unique on-water experience, will also be covered and, weather depending, may be field-based. You are encouraged to bring your own gear. Equipment is available for rent from local outfitters. This is an ideal course for beginners, as well as to advanced fly fishing enthusiasts looking to perfect their cast.
Fly Fishing The North Shore
with Rueben Swenson/Jan Shepherd/Erik Swenson 7/5/17-7/8/17
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 will 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+
Fly Fishing II: Chasing the Hex with Mike Hero
The most spectacular fly fishing event in northern Minnesota is the Hexagenia may fly hatch which occurs every July. This course is designed to mimic a typical fly fishers’ camp where fly fishers tie the flies they need for the evening hatch during the day, fish those flies in the evening, and make adjustments the following day to come up with even more effective patterns the next evening. Students will learn the life cycle of mayflies and strategies to effectively fish mayfly hatches by studying insects on the water, rise forms, and bird patterns on area designated trout lakes. A lecture and demonstration the first day will be followed by hands on tying instruction. Students will actually tie the flies they will fish and catch trout with that evening. The following day will consist of a round robin discussion between students and the instructor to discuss what flies were most effective the evening before and recommended adjustments to patterns and strategies that may improve the fishing. Students will then tie flies for that evening’s hatch using the information they have learned and fish together on another designated trout lake. Following the course, the students will have the skills needed to continue fishing the “Hex” hatch on their own. Students are strongly encouraged to have taken Fly Fishing I at North House prior to enrolling in this course. The course will be limited to 5 students to ensure sufficient one on one instruction for each student. length (days) 2 hours 9am-9pm tuition $315 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $295 materials $55 due at registration, non-refundable age with adult 17+
length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $5 age with adult 14+
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Gear for a Year with Dave/Amy Freeman 11/20/16
Between the mega camping stores and your local gear shop, there’s no shortage of options to outfit your camping kit for any season. Few people have experimented with as wide a variety of gear in wildly different conditions as Featured Speakers Dave and Amy Freeman. From the Amazon Basin to Hudson Bay to the eastern seaboard to a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Freemans have put the gear to the test: all of it. This workshop will give you a hands-on opportunity to set up the tents, fire up the stoves, test the sleep systems, pack the toboggans and try other equipment Dave and Amy used during their recent Year in the Wilderness. They’ll tell you what worked and didn’t, along with ideas for what to pack on your adventure. length (days) 0.5 hours 1-4pm tuition $35 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $30 materials included age with adult 12+
Kick Sled Building: Push and Glide with Randy Schnobrich 12/2/16-12/4/16
Scandinavians know how to move on snow. Follow in their tracks, and take advantage of snow-covered roads, sidewalks and trails by crafting a kick sled this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking skills; from laminating wood to make runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering, you’ll walk (or glide) away from this course with some carpentry knowhow as well as a sled. Up to two people may participate for the base tuition, so it’s a great family project. A completed sled measures 72”L x 16”W x 36”H, but collapses for easy transport. With gloved hands, grip the handlebars, push and glide! Give your friend a ride or add an exciting element to your dog walking routine this winter on your new, handcrafted sled.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Day 2/3 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $290 age with adult 8+
Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own 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, but leave with the knowledge to do so on their own. In the November 2016 session, 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 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+
Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set with Ian Andrus
Enhance your winter adventures with these lightweight, durable ski poles which are based on the types used by northern Minnesota Finnish immigrants for winter travel. The poles are constructed with birch shafts, copper rivets, whitetail-tanned buckskin grips, and moose rawhide and bent birch baskets. You will make your custom-sized ski poles using age-old techniques passed from Finnish ski maker Marvin Salo (whose father was a master ski maker trained in the old Saami school of ski construction) to long-time instructor emeritus Mark Hansen and now to your instructor Ian Andrus, who has completed a multi-year apprenticeship with Mark. This course is a great complement to the Traditional Birch Ski making course.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $55
Winter River Exploration with Mark & Katya Gordon 2/25/17
Come explore the wild rivers and gorges of the North Shore at its seasonal zenith, the end of winter. The unique combination of ice, snow, and sun conditions that generally occur at the end of winter provide excellent travel opportunities for those who want to explore. We will travel up one of the river gorges of the North Shore on snowshoes. We will learn risk management regarding ice conditions and navigating frozen waterfalls, rapids, and currents (ice permitting). We will duck into caves etched out over thousands of years and poke around in rock formations generally inaccessible to humans except for during these few precious weeks. The class includes a hot meal together, either served around a fire on the river or shared back on campus between the morning and afternoon outings. We will use teachable moments to identify flora, fauna and geology. Students meet on campus and carpool to river. Open to families - for kids under 12 please call to discuss. Your materials fee includes lunch. length (days) 1 hours 9am-3pm tuition $75 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $65 materials $10 age with adult 12+
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. Day three will also be in the field and allow for more hands-on practice. 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, come-alongs, 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) 2.5 hours Day 1/2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm tuition $235 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $200 materials $35 age with adult 16+
Rosemaling: Os Style
painting & photography
Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Rosemaling: Valdres-Style
photography Focus! The Basics of Photography Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Fall Equinox Session 33
Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session Grand Marais & Beyond: Exploring The Art Of Black & White Photography in Winter October Skies: Night Photography Workshop
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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
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
nuts & bolts
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:
Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session
Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions
with Layne Kennedy
with Mary Schliep/Kim Garrett
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.
Rosemaling is a decorative painting style which originated in Norway where it traditionally decorated churches, homes and farmhouse interiors. In recent years, artists have been inspired to use this style of painting to capture Scandinavian scenes. In this class, students can begin (or continue) learning the telemark style of rosemaling or combine rosemaling with more modern scene painting. Oil and acrylic paints will both be used for different parts of the project. Appropriate for beginners and continuing students, this a fun experience combining traditional craft with modern interests. 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) 5 hours Day 1: 6-9pm; Day 2-4: Sunrise to 5pm; Day 5: Sunrise to 11am tuition $475 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $450 materials included
Grand Marais & Beyond: Exploring The Art Of Black & White Photography in Winter
with Layne Kennedy 3/23/17-3/25/17
Black & white photography enthusiasts will love this workshop! Capturing inspiring images of the rugged landscape of the North in black and white is the focus for this session. The course offers a unique opportunity to experiment with and explore digital 35mm photography with magazine photographer Layne Kennedy. You’ll devote time exploring Superior’s shoreline, combing through boreal forests, hiking rivers and discovering the picturesque community of Grand Marais. The course concludes with each photographer presenting photos to the group. Workshop participants should have 35mm digital cameras with a variety of lenses. Participants should bring their own cameras, laptop, and flash cards with abilities to download images and burn CDs.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 additional 4th day available $50 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials varies ($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. Students will apply their skills to a woodenware project such as a plate or other similar item. 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+
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $390 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $375 materials included
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 the next morning 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 34
Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Fall Equinox Session
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 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
Hand-Sewing for Sailors: Ditty Bags and Canvas Buckets with Ted Gephart
Sew up the perfect utility bag for whatever handy purpose you imagine. The same skill set and materials required to maintain traditional sailing vessels are reflected in the traditional sailor’s ditty bag. A sewn canvas ‘bucket’ held the tools of the traditional mariner. The classic maritime look comes from using leather, sail canvas and seams hand sewn with the tools of the sailmaker. In this class, you will design, cut and sew (using both hand sewing and machine sewing) your own bag custom fit for your tools. Whether used for home, work, school, gardening, knitting or carving, you’ll learn the techniques to sew a gracious and classic-looking utility bag. Students may choose to hand sew their own grommets or incorporate brass hammered ones and tailor additional pockets and accessories to match their desired outcome. Students will chose from two projects; a canvas sailor’s ditty bag or a sail cloth bag in a similar style. Students who have already made bags can instead make a lanyard for their bag. The timing of this course allows students to participate fully in Winterer’s Gathering held Fri-Sun.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon tuition $110 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $95 materials varies ($15-$50)
Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation
Celestial Navigation Lake Superior Coastal Navigation: Traditional and Electronic Methods Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation Hand-Sewing for Sailors: Ditty Bags and Canvas Buckets 888-387-9762
Lake Superior Coastal Navigation: Traditional and Electronic Methods with Ted Gephart 12/3/16
Get yourself oriented to the ‘rules of the road’ and learn the basic navigational skills needed for safe boating on coastal waters from certified U.S. Coast Guard instructor Ted Gephart. This class is an introduction to the basic techniques of traditional coastal navigation. It is a good balance of the basic skills and the awareness of the bigger and more complex picture of being on the waters of Lake Superior. We will use paper charts, traditional paper chart tools and a variety of electronic navigation tools. The end result being a good place to start studying and practicing and some idea how to integrate new electronic devices and traditional methods of navigation. length (days) 1 hours 9am-4:30pm tuition $75 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $65 materials included age with adult 12+
Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) with Mark & Katya Gordon 6/20/17-6/24/17
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
Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation with Mark & Katya Gordon 9/8/16-9/17/16 6/8/17-6/17/17
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 more details, more photos:
traditional crafts meaningful in today’s world ? I think rosemaling is meaningful because of
Many Scandinavians came here as immigrants. The trunks were used to bring their belongings were rosemaled.
The beauty of a trunk, tine, ale bowl or plate was a treasured keepsake.
Rosemaling has acquired the status of fine folk art. The bright beautiful colors, the scrolls and flowers have been
passed down for generations. It is truly meaningful.
Mary Schliep, Rosemaling
Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop Build Your Own Yurt Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder’s Workshop more details, more photos:
Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop
Dovetail Log Sauna or Cabin: Build Your Own Handcrafting Doors: From Stiles to Rails Masonry Heater Building Workshop Yurt Building: Design and Construction 888-387-9762
Build Thoreau’s Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop with Randy Schnobrich 9/21/16-9/25/16 5/3/17-5/7/17
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! 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 materials included
Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building with Eric Moshier 5/5/17-5/7/17
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
Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder’s Workshop with Lonnie Dupre
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-it-yourself 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.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $360 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials included age with adult 16+
nuts & bolts work study
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! 37
Masonry Heater Building Workshop
Dovetail Log Sauna or Cabin: Build Your Own with Lonnie Dupre
Traditional dovetail log homes, also known as American heritage and Appalachian log homes in the United States, began to emerge in the 1700s as a sturdy abode of our ancestors. The walls were traditionally made of logs hand hewn into square timbers (sizes varied based upon logs available) and joined at the corners with a weather-resistant half-dovetail notch. This authentic design allows the weight of the building to pull the timbers tightly together for stout, tight joinery. The spaces between the timbers were historically filled with an array of clay, mortar, moss or oakum. Today’s construction includes varied thicknesses of timbers, foam backing rod for filler, and flexible latex chinking. The rustic dovetail joinery and white pine timbers reflects the quality construction of those bygone days. This Build Your Own option allows you and your friends/family the option to build your own 8’ x 8’ white pine dovetail sauna or writer’s cabin, including a 4’ porch OR the northwoods retreat cabin, a 10’x16’ dovetail cabin. Tuition covers instruction, 4”x8” white pine timbers, and use of specialized dovetail framing tools. The shelter may be built by individual students, however, working with multiple partners (up to 6) on the project is welcome and encouraged. From a design perspective note that the spacing between the timbers is approximately 1 inch and that the dimensions noted are for the building’s exterior. A larger cabin (16x16) may be possible; please call to inquire. length (days) see below hours 9am-5pm ∙ Sauna or Writer’s Cabin: 8’ x 8’ (with a 4’ porch) - $4,400: 4 days ∙ Northwoods Retreat Cabin: 10’ x 16’ - $7,250: 6 days
Handcrafting Doors: From Stiles to Rails with Randy Schnobrich 2/11/17-2/12/17
Doors play a role in everyone’s day-to-day life, whether solid, windowed or screened. They do everything from keeping the weather out to guarding our belongings. In this course, you’ll learn about the basic techniques of door construction. Styles include a basic interior door (32” wide) and a screen door (36” wide). If time allows, cabinet doors will also be discussed. Each day will include the use of a table saw for material preparation and mortise-tenon joinery. Interested students have the opportunity to purchase the completed doors (approx $125/door) at the end of the weekend.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials included more details, more photos:
Masonry Heater Building Workshop with Eric Moshier
Masonry heaters originated in Northern Europe where winters were cold and fuel wasn’t always plentiful. The natural response? Create a wood-fired presence that was at once incredibly efficient and highly attractive, capable of generating abundant heat and ideal for cooking/ baking. Masonry heaters are built with fire bricks and utilize their high mass to radiate heat for 12 - 24 hours, a feature which means they only need to be fired once or twice per day. Students in this course will build a classic Finnish masonry heater (approx 36” wide x 31” deep and 72” high). Bricks will be laid with clay, rather than mortar, as the heater will be disassembled at the end of class. Students will experience and discuss heater design, sizing options, brick selection, oven integration, door and hardware installation, code considerations, and tool use. An exterior finish of clay brick will be utilized. Stucco and clay plaster options will be discussed, as will larger heaters capable of heating spaces up to 2,500 sq. ft., and masonry cook stoves. In addition to designing and building, students will learn to fire the heaters to maximize efficiency and will experiment with the student-built masonry oven located on the North House Folk School campus. The materials fee includes a complete resource packet (allowing students to return home prepared to start their own project) and the resources utilized during class for the building process.
length (days) 4 hours 9am-5pm tuition $360 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $340 materials $60 age with adult 14+
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 more details, more photos:
Nartural Botanicals: Spring Session
sustainable living Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner’s Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community Natural Botanicals: Spring Session Natural Botanicals: Wild Medicine Workshop Nordic Herbals 38
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 888-387-9762
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: Spring Session 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 the new season with an inspiring session about attuning to Earth’s cycles, foods, herbs and energies for your health and wellness this season. Learn to identify early medicinal and wild edible plants, acquire wisdom about ethical wild crafting. Get set to make plans for your own culinary and medicinal herb garden and home herb apothecary. Top this off with three to five handson green medicine-making applications: teas, tinctures, infused herb oils and more. Bring home hand-crafted botanicals and new knowledge to boost your health this Spring!
length (days) 2 hours 9am-4pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 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+
Nordic Herbals with Gigi Stafne
Healing traditions, like all craft, reflect the landscape and of the people who create them. Explore Norse and Saami-inspired herbal medicine in this workshop based around the handcrafting of seven herbal medicines, each tethered to a particular story and made from northern plants. Rooted in her own Nordic ancestry, Gigi will explore the sacred elder tree, Birkana, rune stones and reindeer medicine. Students will handcraft seven herbal items to sustain them through the long northern winter: elderberry syrup, fireweed flower essence, cedar sauna blend, birch botanical liniment and others. In the spirit of Eir, the traditional Norse goddess of healing, students will create a medicine bundle to accompany them through the darkest season.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $40 age with adult 14+
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames
build your own
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames Timbered Sawhorse Trestles 39
learn the techniques Basic Timber Framing German Style Timber Framing Grindbygg: Norwegian ‘Trestle Frame’ Timber Framing
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Basic Timber Framing with Peter Henrikson/Tom Healy 9/7/16-9/11/16 5/3/17-5/7/17
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style
Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames
with Peter Henrikson
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
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) 6 hours 9am-5pm tuition $540 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $510 materials $15
Grindbygg - Norwegian ‘Trestle Frame’ Timber Framing
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 often 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-ofclass 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). 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
with Peter Henrikson 5/31/17-6/4/17
Did the Vikings build timber frames? Yes, as a matter of fact, they did. Join a 3,000-year-old tradition and take up your tools to try Grindbygg-style timber-framing. It’s the oldest construction method known in Norway, and archeological evidence suggests the style was in common use in the Viking era (790-1066 AD). Up until the early 20th century, Grindbygg frames were common in western Norway as unheated outbuildings: barns, boathouses and storehouses. Recently there has been renewed interest in preserving this building technique and there are numerous builders in western Norway constructing Grindbygg frames, mostly for outbuildings and carports. 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 are commonly made from naturally curved birch or root knees.
length (days) 5 hours 9am-5pm tuition $450 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $425 materials $25
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames with Peter Henrikson 3/7/17-3/15/17
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. 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 - $2,495 ∙10’x16’ - 9 days - $3,175 ∙13’x13’ Sauna - 14 days -$3,695 (assistant required)
Timbered Sawhorse Trestles with Clark Bremer
Whether they are built for the workshop or used to support a tabletop or workbench, timbered sawhorse trestles are reliable, sturdy and reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into timber framing. During this course, you’ll focus on the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon joints needed to create a timbered sawhorse. You will create a pair of trestles made of 6”x 6” timbers that are 3 or 4 feet wide. This class is a great introduction to the basic techniques used in traditional timber framing. Students will have the opportunity to try out professional-grade timber framing tools, as well as learn to use a variety of traditional hand tools. Materials fee includes a light dinner during the first night of class.
length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-9pm Day2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $200 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $185 materials $145
traditional crafts Basic Leatherworking for Kids Bookbinding Introduction: Coptic Style Building the Fur Trade Rifle Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own Creating & Designing Mosaics First Impressions: Intro to Printmaking for Kids Get the Hang of it! Make Your Own Hammock Hand-Sewn Leather Cases: Saddle Stitch Style Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag Hand-Twisted Cattail-Rush Footstool Weaving Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way Pysanky: Ukranian-Style Eggs Woodblock Printmaking 41
Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag
Basic Leatherworking for Kids new with Sam Gathje 10/21/16
Sewing leather to make useful things is a great way to get started in traditional craft. Using cowhide, students will learn how to stitch a leather drawstring pouch, and design a leather keychain or backpack toggle. This course will cover hand stitching techniques and varieties of leather, as well as leather embellishing techniques. Students will leave with a leather drawstring pouch, leather keychain, and a new interest in making things by hand. length (days) 0.5 hours 1pm-3pm tuition $25 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $20 materials $15 age with adult 10+ w/o adult
Bookbinding Introduction: Coptic Style with Brendan Grant
Make your own journal or sketchbook in this bookbinding workshop! Students will start from scratch to make a hardcover book held together with hand-stitched Coptic binding. This durable and beautiful binding technique has been used for almost 2,000 years. You’ll leave the class with a beautiful new book, plus a book press so you can keep making more books when you get home. The class will be suitable for a range of ages, from 10 through adults. length (days) 0.5 hours 9am-noon tuition $25 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $20 materials $20 age with adult 10+ more details, more photos:
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) 11 hours 9am-5pm tuition $825 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $775 materials $705 variation possible, up to add’l $175
Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own with William Hurst/Vivette Botner 10/17/16-10/18/16
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. Working with two expert instructors with combined decades of experience, students will build a classic canvas and leather canoe pack. The project will be an awning-style envelope pack, similar to an Old Number 3 pack. The packs will include leather back-straps, hand-pound harness rivets, a tumpline, a map-pocket, buckles, and a pack reinforcement. The pack will be cut and partially sewn in order to allow time constraints in the classroom, but the majority of the sewing and riveting will be completed in class. This course is a unique partnership between Frost River of Duluth, MN and North House Folk School, bringing the expertise of Duluth’s renowned soft goods manufacturing industry and the educational experience of the folk school together.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $120 age with adult 10+
Creating & Designing Mosaics with Jeanne Wright
Rediscover ancient techniques and stretch those to new and modern expressions in a 2-day mosaic class. Learn mosaic techniques including ceramic and glass cutting, use of different adhesives and grouting. Each student will design and create a mosaic mirror or trivet. By the end of the class you will have a finished work of art and completed all the steps to feel confident to mosaic almost any project at home. Students who have previously taken the class are welcome to attend on a day-to-day basis, continuing to work on projects of their own (at $75/day).
First Impressions: Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag Intro to Printmaking for Kids with Candace LaCosse with Elizabeth Belz 10/22/16
Printmaking is a very old and very fun way of producing multiple copies of an image. Learn how to turn photos and drawings into unique pieces through the basics of printmaking. In three hours we will cover transferring images, carving blocks, simple printing techniques. If time allows we will also do some printing experiments on fabric and birch bark! Students will leave with multiple prints made from 1-2 blocks they can take home. length (days) 0.5 hours 1pm-4pm tuition $25 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $20 materials $15 age with adult 10+
Get the Hang of it! Make Your Own Hammock with Mercedes Tuma-Hansen 5/5/17-5/7/17
Hang out at North House for three days and craft your very own hammock-- a great way to enjoy the outdoors. They’re “knot” too heavy, easy to pack and perfect for your backyard, a campground, or backpacking on the trail. If you’ve ever enjoyed an afternoon lounge in a hammock or a night’s sleep suspended between the trees, this class is for you. You will make a high quality, ultra-durable, lightweight hammock that you can hang anywhere, and your own tools to create projects at home. For years to come, using your hammock will remind you of net making’s craftsmanship and history. Net making is an ancient skill that remains unchanged since the ancient Egyptians and Scandinavian fishermen, but translates directly to this handy modern project. Learning one knot and multiple techniques, this class is appropriate for all experience levels, from beginners to advanced, to learn this historic craft.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $55 due at registration age with adult 12+
Hand-Sewn Leather Cases: Saddle Stitch Style with Beth Dow
There’s real pleasure in making an object that you touch daily and that only improves with wear and tear—a leather case is exactly such a thing. Design and sew a stylish laptop cover, journal cover or clutch from the same basic pattern. In this course, students will learn foundational skills that can be applied to future projects. We will use the traditional two-needle saddle stitch and hand tools to make a beautiful case that will last for years. This is a relaxing, machine-free way to construct objects of great beauty and integrity. If time allows, additional small items can be made for an additional material fee. Natural vegetable-tanned leather starts out a soft buff color, but will darken to rich toffee hue as it lives with you. No prior sewing experience is necessary, but this class will require good hand dexterity. Bring your reading glasses if you need them!
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials varies ($50 and up)
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 hand-stitched, 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.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $100
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.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $25 age with adult 10+
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $30 age with adult 12+
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Pysanky: Ukranian-Style Eggs with Theresa Hornstein 4/1/17
Pysanky (Ukrainian-style wax resist eggs) are a traditional folk art once practiced by families to celebrate the return of spring. The eggs have a rich historic background, and the designs found on the eggs are thousands of years old and can be found in artisanal work throughout Eastern and northeastern Europe. Students will learn about the history of wax-resist eggs, the traditional meanings of the designs, and some of the associated folklore. Students will practice the basic techniques for creating the eggs, how to use the kystka (tiny metal funnel on a stick) draw the designs in melted wax, the techniques for dyeing the eggs, and how to finish the project. The dye sequence moves from lightest to darkest, and the complete design is not revealed until the wax is removed at the end. They will then use this information to create several eggs of their own to take home. length (days) 1 hours 9am-5pm tuition $85 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $75 materials $10 age with adult 12+
Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way with Jeanne Wright 1/21/17
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) .5 hours 9am-1pm tuition $55 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $45 materials $15 age with adult 12+
Woodblock Printmaking with Nick Wroblewski 5/12/17-5/14/17
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 $360 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $345 materials $60
woodcarving Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge Carved Decoration:17th Century English Style Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte & Sankta Lucia Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons
Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood
Embellishment Techniques for Wood Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation Wood Carving Tutorial Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions more details, more photos:
Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood with Cecilia Schiller 2/7/17-2/9/17
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 plenty of ideas and inspiration for your own amazing mechanical marvels.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $65
Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge with Jon Strom
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. During this class, 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 classic hand-crafted lines echo the Scandinavian bowl carving tradition that reaches back hundreds of years.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $15 age with adult 16+
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Carved Decoration: 17th Century English Style
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
with Peter Follansbee 2/28/17-3/2/17
Peter Follansbee has specialized for 25 years in making reproductions of 17th-century style oak furniture, based on originals from both England and New England. Most of this furniture features extensive carved decoration. This 3-day class will explore the carved decoration in great detail. Using just a few carving gouges, compass and mallet, students in this class will learn how to lay out and cut numerous forms, patterns and combinations of carved decoration. We’ll see how the shapes of the tools help determine the patterns, and how different techniques combine to complete different designs. Proportions, spacing and the relationship between background and foreground in establishing the pattern/design are key components of this work. Typically, we begin with very simple elements using just one tool, a small gouge, and the mallet. From there, each exercise expands on this foundation and each succeeding design adds more and more complexity. Various shop-made punches highlight the carved designs. A range of designs will be covered, all drawn from surviving examples studied in museum and private collections. We’ll run through a series of patterns, culminating in a full-scale pattern typical of a box front or chest panel. We’ll include a session looking at slides of surviving carved works from both England and New England.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $285 materials varies ($40 and up)
Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons
Carving Christmas Figures: Tomtens & Sankta Lucia with Harley Refsal
How about carving a wooden figure for the upcoming holiday season--either as a gift for someone special, or for yourself (since you are special too, right?). Harley, who says ‘if you can peel a potato, you can carve a figure’, will lead new as well as experienced carvers through the process of carving a Swedish tomte, or a Sankta Lucia figure, using primarily one single fixed-blade whittling knife. Learning the folklore of these cultural characters will be part of the experience.
Embellishment Techniques for Wood with Jock Holmen
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. 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. Students should bring unfinished wooden bowls or plates to work on, though some imperfect pieces will be available to purchase. The instructor will have tools to borrow. By popular demand, this course has been extended to three full days in length to allow ample to for exploration. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials included age with adult 14+
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 (see description) age with adult 12+
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials varies ($10 and up)
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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 (see description) age with adult 12+
Wood Carving Tutorial with Phillip Odden/Else Bigton 3/4/17-3/6/17
Break out the v-gouges and chisels! This tutorial format course is a great opportunity to get going on a new carving project or finish up something you’ve already started, all under the expert guidance of instructors Phil Odden and Else Bigton. Phil and Else specialize in Nordic-style carving and will have a variety of projects to choose from, or bring something you’ve already started that needs assistance and motivation to complete. Possibilities are wide, including carving in the round, ale bowls, Nordic relief carving, dragon heads/motifs or acanthus-style carving. Instruction in tool selection, sharpening and finishing techniques is 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+)
Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions with Fred Livesay/Jarrod Stonedahl 9/29/16-10/1/16 2/28/17-3/2/17
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 $50early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $10
Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls
woodworking & furniture craft Art of the Box: Contemporary Woodworking in Traditional Forms Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen Craft Your Own Toolbox in the Japanese Style Dovetailed Tool Tote Everyday Slöjd for the Bed & Bath Everyday Slöjd for the Kitchen Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath Kids Only: Slöjd in the Wood Shop Making Your Mark: Adding Color and Texture to Your Work Piece by Piece: Laminated Pizza Peels and Cutting Boards Wanigan: The Traveling Box Woodshop Intro for Women
Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl Spring-Pole Lathe: Build Your Own Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Utensils on the Lathe Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions
wood turning, continued
Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Vessels on the Lathe Turned Lidded Boxes Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women’s Session Turning with a Skew Chisel Windsor Stool: On the Lathe Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls
Adirondack Chair Building Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet Outdoor Timbered Benches Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building Service Learning: Timbered Workbenches for Handcraft Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table more details, more photos:
Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial
Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet
with Randy Schnobrich
with Lou Pignolet
Considering when and where to start on that big cabinet project you want to build and install? Start here. Before you jump into a big project, learn the basic techniques, tools and equipment used by both traditional and contemporary cabinet makers. As a class project, each student builds a pine wall cabinet (24” x 32” x 5”) with a door, using hand tools, while exploring some basic machinery techniques as well. Students learn the proper techniques to cut clean mortise and tenons with chisels and drills, work with a shoulder plane to rabbet the door panel and explore the safe use of a table saw, planer, jointer, band saws, and hand saws. If time permits, finishes ranging from traditional milk paints to more contemporary varnishes suitable to cabinetry will be covered.
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
Adirondack Chair Building with Randy Schnobrich 3/17/17-3/19/17
Without question, the Adirondack chair is a timeless classic - 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. Let the sawdust fly and imagine how good it will feel to relax 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+
Art of the Box: Contemporary Woodworking in Traditional Forms with 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 includes optional Open Shop Day 4 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $330 materials $50
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length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $160 materials $60 age with adult 16+
Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair
Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen with Harley Refsal/Mike Schelmeske 2/28/17-3/2/17
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+
Craft Your Own Toolbox in the Japanese Style with Fred Livesay
Replace that plastic toolbox with a wooden one that reflects your appreciation for craftsmanship. The Japanese are known for their ability to meld simplicity and elegance in design. This traditional Japanese carpenter’s tool box demonstrates these qualities as does the ease of its construction. Traditionally, the toolbox held the basic handtools with specific spaces for hammer, pull saw and plane. The toolbox roughly measures 24” X 10” X 6” deep and will be customized to meet your needs. Students will complete the toolbox in two days using simple hand tools. Skills learned will include layout, joinery and proper use of saw and plane. This is an excellent class for those with few or no woodworking skills, and parent/ grandparent and child partnerships. length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-noon tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $25
Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket with Randy Schnobrich 6/2/17-6/4/17
None of us are getting out of this alive, so we may as well bury ourselves in our work! Put your hands to work making something truly useful while also building a strong base of woodworking skills. The above-ground applications of your resulting project are numerous – a bookshelf, coffee table, storage container or entertainment center, not to mention a great conversation piece. Beginning woodworkers will enjoy acquiring new skills, while more advanced participants will have ample opportunity to apply their talents. Chop saws to block planes, screw guns to dovetail joinery - this course covers a range of important skills while offering the opportunity to manage the key details such as proper sizing, joinery, handle construction, hardware and design options. Students will develop woodworking skills that will last a lifetime (and beyond). The casket materials include cabinet-grade pine, birch for handles and bronze fastenings. You may bring a partner to work on one casket for the single tuition rate. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 per casket early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $295 per casket 46
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Dovetailed Tool Tote with Kerry Lambertson 2/24/17-2/26/17
Woodworkers know the value of a tool box, but craftspeople from knitters to carvers to cooks will find plenty of use for a sturdy tote in which to carry the tools and materials of their trade. In this course, we’ll build a dovetailed pine tool tote with a center divider that’s also a handle for carrying. Many fundamental skills in carpentry and joinery will be taught, including use of hand and power tools, cutting dovetails, creating a dado that the bottom will slide into, and even cutting and fitting a “secret” dovetail that adds to the overall strength of the tote. This course will be a particularly good opportunity to learn the coveted skill of handcutting dovetails. At the course’s end, you can load your tools into your new tote and set off on your next handcraft adventure. No prior woodworking experience required.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $50
Everyday Slöjd for the Bed & Bath with Paul Linden
Surround yourself and your home with simple, handmade, utilitarian objects that get used everyday. This course is about making the wooden items that you live with, and hand carving and painting the surface details that you may touch on a daily basis. This course is focused on the bedroom and bathroom, and possible projects include jewelry stands and racks, towel hooks and small shelves. Many examples will be shared and available, students can choose to focus on one special thing or on several varied objects… all will be made by hand and with care, emphasizing their unique character and tactile qualities. We will use hand tools and traditional methods for the carving and construction and non-toxic milk paint for the decoration.
length (days) 1.5 hours Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-noon tuition $125 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $115 materials $25
Everyday Slöjd for the Kitchen with Paul Linden
Surround yourself and your home with simple, handmade, utilitarian objects that get used everyday. This course is about making the wooden items that you live with, and hand carving and painting the surface details that you may touch on a daily basis. This course is focused on the kitchen, and possible projects include cooking paddles and spatulas, cutting and serving boards, small racks and organizers. Many examples will be shared and available, so students can choose to focus on one special thing or on several varied objects. All will be made by hand and with care, emphasizing their unique character and tactile qualities. We will use hand tools and traditional methods for the carving and construction and non-toxic milk paint for the decoration.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $25
Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath
Making Your Mark: Adding Color and Texture to Your Work
with Kerry Lambertson
The axe is perhaps the most indispensable of all tools in the north woods. A sharp axe, skillfully wielded, makes tasks from splitting kindling to carving spoons and canoe paddles a pleasure. In this course, students will begin with a handforged axe head, then make a hardwood handle and fit it to the head to create a custom handaxe. Next, students will make leather sheaths to protect the axe’s razor sharp edge. The final portion of the class will be dedicated to studying axe sharpening, axe geometry, and axe technique. Methods for carving, splitting, and shaving with an axe will be practiced, and each student will leave with their custom handled light axe in its handsome leather sheath. The axe head is a hybrid-style, suitable for carving or camp purposes.
length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $190 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $165 age with adult 15+
Kids Only: Slöjd in the Wood Shop with Paul Linden/Avery Carlson 10/21/16-10/22/16
This kid’s course is meant as an introduction to the various hand tools and simple skills involved in working with wood. The course is co-taught by a father and son team, Paul Linden and Avery Carlson (age 14). We will start with an introduction to common tools, stressing safety for both the child and the tools. Then we will make a coat hook/peg board, students will design their own and finish/paint/decorate them as they see fit. Following the Slöyd education model, the instructor will not touch the student’s work unless specifically requested, allowing them to complete the project wholly by themselves. We hope that this course will serve as either an empowering start or an invigorating catalyst to a lifelong relationship with hand tools and craftwork. length (days) 2 hours 9am-3pm tuition $75 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $65 materials $20 age with adult 10+
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 safe lathe operation 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. 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
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
Outdoor Timbered Benches with Randy Schnobrich 5/19/17-5/22/17
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+
Piece by Piece: Laminated Pizza Peels and Cutting Boards with Pat O’Connor 4/1/17-4/2/17
Learn basic woodworking skills and create a beautiful useful piece at the same time in this introductory course. Using a variety of types of wood, from birch to maple to walnut and more, students will complete three projects: a practice piece, a butcher block-style cutting board and a pizza peel (also useful for serving other things!). The process is simple; the results are extraordinary. Students will learn clamping and gluing techniques, design principles and wood selection and the use of handtools and power tools, including planes, scrapers, rasps and spokeshaves, jig saw, miter saw and table saw. Students will apply finish to the projects and learn how to maintain them for years to come. length (days) 2 hours 9am-5pm tuition $170 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $150 materials $60
Spindle Turning on the Spring Pole Lathe
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Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building
Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Utensils on the Lathe
with Randy Schnobrich
You can never have too many comfortable chairs to sit in and gaze at Lake Superior! Join instructor Randy Schnobrich in this service learning session of Adirondack Chair Building to construct these classic chairs for the North House campus. Using both power and hand tools, you’ll cut, shape, sand and assemble a rot-resistant cedar Adirondack chair that will grace the North House campus back deck, fire circle or outdoor commons. You will leave with the experience to build similar chairs at home and a satisfied feeling of crafting a quality chair that will be appreciated by countless students and visitors to North House for years to come. Experienced woodworkers and ambitious beginners welcome; lunch provided on days 2 & 3. length (days) 2.5 hours Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Days 2/3: 9am-5pm tuition $75 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $65 materials included age with adult 14+
Service Learning: Timbered Workbenches for Handcraft with John Beltman
Lend a hand and learn as you go! This Service Learning session invites experienced woodworkers and beginners in the shop to build timber top workbenches for our new classroom space. Working with John Beltman, students will build six trestle tables for the new handcraft studio space on campus. The design will be based on early American models using simple and classic joinery that echoes timber framing techniques. While power tools will expedite some steps of the process, handplanes, spoke shaves, drawknives and other hand tools will be used to create a traditional aesthetic. No previous woodworking experience is required. Your participation and tuition in this service learning project includes: • how to assess a woodworking space and design a suitable workbench to meet those demands • hands-on experience ripping, cutting, measuring, mortise & tenon joinery, assembling a work bench • instruction in the use of various hand tools • lunch served daily on the North House campus for all service learning participants length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $75 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $65 materials included includes lunch each day age with adult 16+
Spring-Pole Lathe: Build Your Own with John Beltman
Spring-pole lathes are reminiscent of colonial woodworking traditions and have been used for hundreds of years to create elegant chair legs, spindles, and bowls from freshly cut, rough wood stock. In its simplest form the foot-powered spring-pole lathe is both easy to operate and efficient, allowing for complete control over the turning process. In this course you work with traditional woodworking tools to build your own wood turning machine from freshly milled white pine. The course also covers the basics of wood turning. You will have the chance to split green wood into rough stock and experience a real sense of satisfaction as a piece of wood evolves into a chair stretcher, candlestick or similarly shaped object. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225 materials $190
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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, Oct 30 for no additional tuition; details summer of 2016. length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $400 includes optional Open Shop Day 4 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $375 materials varies ($50 and up)
Traditional Forms & Contemporary Ideas: Vessels on the Lathe with Michael Hosaluk 10/31/16-11/2/16
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 includes optional Open Shop Day, 10/30early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $375 mate-rials varies ($50 and up)
Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair with Cathryn Peters
Turned Lidded Boxes with Alan Lacer
w Though one usually thinks of turned objects being round5 in nature, this does not have to be the case. Explore T more angular forms while learning to turn lidded boxes a on the lathe. In this class Alan will explore the issues in I hollowing end-grain (the most common type of turned f lidded boxes) as well as consider the face-grain turned i box. Students will have the opportunity to turn three to n four boxes. There will also be the chance to try handt chased threads as one of the types of fits on a box. c length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm t tuition $300 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $285s materials $30 age with adult 12+ p s Turning on the Pole Lathe: c B Open Session a with Jarrod StoneDahl w 10/27/16-10/29/16 s 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 the both the basics and more advanced techniques. Starting with open form bowls, the class will move into turning end grain cups and, depend- T ing on skill level and experience, will turn handled bowls T and cups. Time will be spent time in the blacksmith shop w making hook tools and discuss their design and mainte- 1 nance as well. This will be a great class for any skill level T from beginners to folks with some pole lathe experience. b length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm t tuition $255 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $225f materials $40 f a n Turning the Wooden Bowl: w Women’s Session g with Angela Robins/Jess Hirsch o 3/31/17-4/2/17 T Come make wood shavings fly as you learn to create u wooden bowls on the electric lathe. Students will explore i the form and function of this age-old craft while learnings about lathe use and terminology. Paper birch from the t North Shore will be used for the bowl blanks. Examples g of finished bowls and images of historic wooden bowls i will be provided as references. The course includes a n discussion of finishing techniques, including food-safe a paints and oils. The materials fee includes all wood plus r the use of individual lathes and set of tools. By request, this class is only open to people who identify as women.
length (days) 3 hours 9am-5pm tuition $285 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $255 materials $40
Turning with a Skew Chisel with Alan Lacer
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) 48
E Challenged by the skew chisel? This is the course to t overcome fears and problems and discover the amaza ing capacity of this woodturning tool. Alan will take f students through the shaping and tuning of the tool and s how to create “scary sharp” edges. Next students will a tackle between eight and ten different cuts. From there b each student will apply the information learned to create t several small projects such as tops, eggs, door stops and o tool handles. Often a neglected or avoided turning tool, w the skew chisel can become one of the most versatile f of tools if turners take the time to learn how to prepare r it and present it to the wood. While it’s not a face-grain p 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 $30 age with adult 10+
Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair
with Paula Sundet Wolf
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
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.
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+
Wanigan: The Traveling Box
with Fred Livesay
Essentially a highly functional lightweight wooden box, the wanigan is a fine seat in the tent while stowing your adventure gear. Though the word wanigan is derived from the Ojibwe term “wanikkan,” meaning a man-made storage hole, your wanigan will be far more elegant than a simple hole: crafted of cedar & pine and finished with bronze-ribbed boat nails, this will be a prized addition to the traveling kit of any winter camper, urban adventurer or on-the-move carpenter. Students will customize their wanigan to fit their toboggan and/or adjust the design for other purposes. The finished wanigan will measure roughly 28” long and 12” wide, though some variation is possible.
Windsor Stool: On the Lathe 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
instructors Roger Abrahamson - Minneapolis, MN
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 2/3/17-2/5/17
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+
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.
Philis Anderson - Grand Marais, MN
Philis has owned and trained horses since the 1970s. The Norwegian Fjord horse has been her horse of choice in recent years because of its intelligence and gentle nature. Philis and her horses enter pleasure driving competitions and shows, and her horses have received high evaluations in the Norwegian system of confirmation and work discipline. Learn more about Philis at www.SawtoothMountainFjords.com.
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, wilderness guide, and former student of Craig and Dianne Peterson, Jay brings a mixed bag of skills and stories to the classroom. Apart from making mouthwatering meats, Jay is an avid runner/biker and is an advocate for the use of lard. He runs the Art House Bed and Breakfast with his wife (and fellow instructor) Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux.
Chef Judi Barsness - Lutsen, MN
Judi is Executive Chef of Chez Jude, now offering contemporary cuisine, private dining, events catering and a series of culinary classes, in your cabin, condo or home , Chez Vous. Her restaurant, Chez Jude, formerly located on the Grand Marais Harbor, was renowned throughout the state for its flair for local cuisine -- Minnsine. A second generation chef, Judi learned her passion for cooking and baking growing up in her mother’s French kitchen. Chef Judi has served an internship at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She has also studied at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone and the National Baking Center.
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.
length (days) 2.5 hours Days 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-noon tuition $185 early bird tuition (6+ wks in advance) $170 materials $45
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Elizabeth Belz - Stillwater, MN
Elizabeth Belz was born and raised in Stillwater, MN. She realized at an early age that she wanted to travel and experience the world. And for Elizabeth, that meant packing a bag and boarding the first bus headed south when she was only eighteen. Since then, she’s found herself running the streets of Germany in a dirndl dress, sailing across Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, carrying a carbide lantern through the dark ice caves of Austria and sledding down a glacier in Iceland.
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.
Vivette Botner – Duluth, MN
Vivette moved to Duluth in 1991. She started working at Duluth Tent and Awning/Duluth Pack that year, and work there for 11 years. Vivette worked at Frost River until starting her own sewing business in 2008, where she still continues to make the Campfire tents for Frost River. She sews mainly leather products out of her business, and does contract sewing.
Clark Bremer - Minneapolis, MN
Clark’s wife enrolled him in the first timber framing class offered at North House and he hasn’t been the same since. He became a professional Timber Framer for 10 years, and served on the board of the Timber Framer’s Guild. A former researcher at Bell Labs, he is now a computer programmer. Clark lives in NE Minneapolis, and is still married to Mia.
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.
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.
Nancy Bush - Salt Lake City, UT
Nancy has a passion for traditional knitting techniques and ethnic knitting patterns. She has a degree in Art History and did post-graduate studies in color design and weaving in San Francisco and Sweden. The main focus of study during her knitting career has been the traditional knitting of Estonia and she has traveled there extensively. Nancy has published articles and designs in many magazines including PieceWork where she is currently a member of the editorial advisory panel. She teaches workshops about various aspects of Estonian traditional knitting in the United States and abroad, is the author of Folk Socks (1994), Folk Knitting in Estonia (1999), Knitting on the Road, Socks for the Traveling Knitter (2001), Knitting Vintage Socks (2005) and Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions (2008), all published by Interweave Press.
Avery Carlson - Minneapolis, MN
Avery is a lover of craft work, playing chess and reading, and the outdoors, and he loves to combine these things whenever possible. He has been visiting the North Shore and the surrounding wilderness for his entire life, and has developed a special connection to NHFS as a student and a volunteer. Avery has practiced various fiber arts and woodworking specifically, but his newest passion and focus is leather-craft. He is very comfortable using knives of different sorts and enjoys helping others to learn safe and useful knife skills. His favorite woodshop tool is the spokeshave and he can deftly create a large pile of shavings on request. While in Grand Marais, his love of wood-fired pizza and is nearly the only thing that will coax him from the wood shop.
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. more details, more photos:
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 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.
Emily Derke - Duluth, MN
Emily has had a love for craft as long as she can remember. Now living in Duluth after completing her 2014 internship at North House, Emily spends much of her time weaving baskets, harvesting material to work with and exploring other traditional skills and crafts. The search for knowledge and experience has brought her from her home in Minnesota, to both the east and west coasts to learn from many experienced teachers over the last several years.
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. More at: www.fieldworkgoods.com and www.bethdow.com
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.
Becky Fitzpatrick - Grand Marais, MN
Born and raised in the mountains of New Hampshire, and schooled in the high desert of Arizona, Becky has a love of exploring the out-ofdoors. After a decade of outdoor and conservation work in the West, Becky is now an intern here at the North House Folk School. Since arriving in January she has dabbled in crafts galore, and found that felting appealed to her whimsy.
Peter Follansbee - Kingston, MA
Peter Follansbee began learning traditional woodworking in 1980 when he attended John D. Alexander’s second chairmaking course at Drew Langsner’s Country Workshops in Marshall, N.C. He continued to attend workshops there; studying a number of techniques; timber framing, basketry, spoon and bowl carving, Windsor chairmaking, etc. Following the inspiring example of one of his teachers there, Daniel O’Hagan, Follansbee gave away his power tools in the mid-1980s. He does not miss them. Starting in about 1988 he began an informal apprenticeship with John Alexander as they investigated 17th-century style joinery. This became Follansbee’s sole woodworking focus. From 1994-2014 Peter was the joiner at Plimoth Plantation. His work is seen in museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Chipstone Foundation’s collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He writes furniture history articles for Chipstone’s journal American Furniture and a regular column “Arts and Mysteries” for Popular Woodworking Magazine. His blog is http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/ He co-authored with Jennie Alexander Make a Joint Stool from a Tree, (Lost Art Press, 2012). Follansbee’s next book with Lost Art Press is on carved oak furniture, and is in the editing stages now. He has taught workshops around the country, and in the UK and Sweden.
Dave/Amy Freeman - Western Springs, IL
Explorers (and 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year) Dave and Amy Freeman have traveled over 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. The Freemans also run the Wilderness Classroom, an educational nonprofit organization that introduces kids to wild places throughout the world. They actively engage thousands of elementary and middle school students in their expeditions through www.wildernessclassroom.org, video conferencing and live school programs. When Dave and Amy aren’t on expeditions or speaking tours, they guide canoe, kayak and dogsledding trips near Grand Marais and Ely, MN.
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, beadwork and other traditional fiber arts techniques. She developed and taught both Adult and Children Workshops at the Field Museum and other art centers in the Chicagoland area. 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.
Sam Gathje - Rochester, MN
Growing up in Rochester Minnesota to a family of carpenters and craftsmen, I often spent the weekends in my father’s woodshop. After graduating from Mayo High School I proceeded to Luther College to pursue english education. However, I fell in love with the Art program and focused on applying my woodworking knowledge to sculpture. I didn’t give up on the English though, graduating from Luther College with a major in Art and minor in Writing. My position as the Woodshop Technician at Luther ignited a passion to teach hands on learning, where I shared my carpentry and woodworking know-how with fellow students. Having a strong Norwegian heritage, I draw inspiration from Nordic culture and design when shaping my craft. I enjoy leatherworking, woodworking, writing, blacksmithing, and being in nature. Working with my hands and using materials which possess a rich sense of history compels me to create. Living in a world where people can feel disconnected from the things they possess, there is great value, not only in learning how to create for oneself, but in understanding where material is sourced from
Ted Gephart - Bayfield, 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.
Jim Gilbert - Waconia, MN
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 away from memory-based methods.
Brendan Grant - Grand Marais, MN
Jess Hirsch – Minneapolis, MN
Brent Gurtek - Duluth Township, MN
Jock Holmen - Burnsville, MN
Bryan Hansel - Grand Marais, MN
Allen Holzhueter - Madison, WI
Brendan is one of NHFS’s 2016 interns. He picked up masonry skills and a passion for baking (and eating) good bread while renovating a medieval chateau in France. These led him to build a wood-fired brick oven for which he developed and taught classes on pizza making and bread baking. He’s never happier than when he’s woodcarving or drawing in the sketchbooks he binds in his free time. 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. 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
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.
Todd Hawkinson - St Paul, MN
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 looked up to today. 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).
Mike Hero – Grand Marais, MN
Mike Hero caught his first trout on a fly stream of the North Shore more than 40 years ago and he has avidly tied flies and fly fished the lakes and streams of the area ever since. Mike also has extensive experience fishing the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin, as well as many of the famous trout streams of the eastern and western U.S. He was a long time member of the St. Paul Fly Tiers Club and is a life member of Trout Unlimited. 51
Jess is a sculptor with a strong love for the utilitarian object. Her visual art practice is enthralled with wellness and alternative medicine, making objects that heal the body. She came to ceramics late and spoon carving even later, but now she happily spends her gaps in between exhibitions whittling wood or pinching clay. She lives in Minneapolis with her pooch, Scout and rides her bike most days. 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 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.
Theresa Hornstein - Duluth, MN
Theresa has always been fascinated with color, fiber, and learning new things and began experimenting with dyeing her own fibers for knitting, crochet, and felting as a teenager. As a biologist and avid gardener, natural dyes became a logical area of research. She spends the week teaching, but on the weekends she likes to experiment with local materials as dye sources.
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 him to approach the objects as a 3-D 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 self-taught. 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. Hosaluk’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, in Europe, China, Japan, Australia and the United States. He has lectured and demonstrated extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Norway and Israel. 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.
Jason Hovatter - Portland, OR
As far back as he can remember, Jason has been wondering how things worked before our modern age of convenience and forgetfulness. As he traveled the country via foot and train hopping, he learned various leatherworking skills and apprenticed with a master shoemaker in southern Oregon. He now runs his own custom shoemaking business, traveling to medieval re-enactments across the Western US, and teaching both period and modern styles and leaving a growing army of cobblers and cordwainers in his wake. http://laughingcrowe.com/ shoemaking-classes/
Bill Hurst - Duluth, MN
Bill spent his summers growing up in northern MN, often spending a week or so going in and out of Jocko’s Lodge, fishing and camping with his father. They used Duluth Tent and Awning Pup tents and canoe packs. Some of his favorite memories as a child, are those wet and soggy, mosquito infested trips as a child. Though he no longer uses a canvas tent, but Bill still loves the leather and canvas canoe pack. Bill is currently the production supervisor at Frost River. more details, more photos:
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 dealing 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. Most 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.
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
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 or his blog www.firstexposure.wordpress.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. more details, more photos:
Candace LaCosse - Duluth, MN
Fred Livesay - Stillwater, MN
Kerry Lambertson - Two Harbors, MN
Derek Lucchese - South Gillies, ONT
With an eclectic professional background in journalism, education, and art, Candace strives for sustainability and life-long learning. Following her 2012 internship at North House, she apprenticed with shoemaker Molly Grant at The Cordwainer Shop in Deerfield, New Hampshire. She currently works from her studio in downtown Duluth making shoes and other leather goods for her business Hemlocks Leatherworks. Her other areas of interest include wood-fired baking, food fermentation, simple shelters, black ash basketry, and traditional cultures around the world. 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.
Bill Lane - Tofte, 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. 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.
For 25-years, Bill Lane spent the Marches and Aprils of his life in pursuit of northern forest owls, starting as an uninformed hobbyist and metamorphosing into a biologist whose knowledge of owls and their behaviors fueled an unrelenting passion for Strigidaen discovery and understanding. One night in 2012 though, he realized that time had progressed and the owls he once pursued with zeal, were no longer abundant in Minnesota’s north woods landscape. He placed his field data sheet in its folder and ended 25 years of springtime owling. He can’t quite get the saw-whets and boreals and barreds and long-eareds out of his system though so now, instead of going to the owls, they come to him…in waves…during the September and October migration. This is a perfect opportunity to participate in a banding operation which, per net hour, is the most productive saw-whet capture point in the United States and Canada. Learn more about Bill’s efforts at http:// www.mindspring.com/~owlman/
Kelly Marshall - Minneapolis, MN
Cheryl Larsen - Grand Marais, MN
Eric/Dayna Mase - Ely, MN
Lindsay & Lee Zeike Lee - Decorah, IA
Caleb Mattison - 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. 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.”
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 UW- River Falls.
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 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. Caleb Mattison in a few words: play, work, try, fail, try again, cook, From Wisconsin and living in Minnesota, Caleb would rather have a wood stove than a furnace, and rather bake his own bread than buy it. Those facts have led him to making lots of wood-fired bread and wood-fired brick ovens. Always pursuing old-fashioned foods and lifestyles, he also loves sharpening his tools and fermenting whatever he can find.
Charlie Mayo - St. Croix Falls, WI
Since the 1970s, Charlie has had a consuming interest in birch bark. He has traveled to Scandinavia many times to study with the masters while pursuing this interest. He has demonstrated at Rice Lake Audubon, Swedish Institute, Luther College, Hostfest, and the Minnesota State Fair. Charlie is a founding board member of North House.
Marcie McIntire - Grand Portage, MN
Beadwork is widely practiced at Grand Portage, where for generation after generation it has enlivened the lives of Ojibwe people. Many of Marcie’s relatives have been beadworkers, and Marcie learned by watching her mother. Today she is a traditional artist specializing in floralbased Ojibwe beadwork, operating her own gallery, Ningii-Ozhitoomin Ojibwe Art Gallery, in Grand Portage. Marcie has been commissioned for exhibitions and instruction and teaches as far away as Arizona and Florida, and as close to home as Ontario and throughout Minnesota. Learn more about her work by visiting www.mnfolkarts.org/marcie/ marcie.html.
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 Cen-
ter 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.
Pat O’Connor - Thunder Bay, ONT
Pat has an extensive background in woodworking starting with cabinet making and progressing to boatbuilding and paddle making. He graduated from Confederation College cabinet making and worked extensively in the cabinet industry. His true love is making articles that he can use, for example wooden hand planes, spoke shaves, spoons, breadboards and cutting boards. He also makes skin on frame kayaks and Greenland paddles. He works out of his shop in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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.
Ramon Persson – Motala, Sweden
North House welcomes the return of featured International Guest Instructor, Ramon Persson from Sweden. Ramon is a craft consultant from the Östergötlands Handicraft Society and was a long-standing traditional craft instructor at the famed Swedish Folk School, Sätergläntan, where he taught knife making, baskets, birch bark basketry, green woodworking and classic woodworking tool making. In recent years, Ramon has been devoted to his work in and around his workshop.
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.
Jean Poythress Koon - Morattico, VA
Jean Poythress Koon is an award winning artist whose sculptural baskets often begin with a walk along the beach on one of Virginia’s barrier islands. Jean is well known for her ability to incorporate natural elements into her baskets.
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.
Norma Refsal - Decorah, IA
Norma Refsal works in metal, leather, textiles and wood, drawing inspiration from both contemporary and traditional Nordic design. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and publications and is worn and enjoyed on a daily basis by aficionados throughout North America and in Norway. Norma became interested and familiar with many of the Scandinavian folk arts while living with her family in Norway. She and her husband, Harley, maintain studios in their home in 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.
Laura Ricketts lives and works in north-central Indiana. She loves knitting, she loves history and she loves reading. She adores Nordic knitting and has attended the Nordic Knitting Symposium in Scandinavia and taught at the Nordic Knitting conference in Seattle. Her specialty is the knitting of the Sámi peoples in the northern Nordic countries. Most days can find her writing patterns, editing, tending to her kiddos and letting the dog out. Contact her through www.LauraRickettsDesigns. com or at Ravelry as LauraRicketts.
Angela Robins - Minneapolis, MN
Angela Robins teaches skin-on-frame boat building to adolescents at Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul, and the ancient textile technique known as nålbinding to students of all ages. In the spring of 2015, she assisted with the documentation and building of a traditional wooden fishing boat with one of the last boatbuilders in northeastern Japan.In 2015 she received a Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant which enabled her to study traditional Scandinavian wooden bowl turning. Since completing her apprenticeship, she established a studio space in St. Paul and has been teaching turning and selling her work. Angela’s website: angelarobins.com 53
Karen Rognsvoog - Golden Valley, 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.”
Jim Sannerud - St. Paul, MN
Jim Sannerud is a professional turner/carver/furniture maker with more than 30 years of experience. Based out of studios in St. Paul and Grand Marais, MN, Jim works with locally sourced woods of birch and white pine. Jim has studied extensively in Norway and Sweden learning the traditions of his forbearers and has developed his own style integrating traditional hand tools, modern woodworking techniques, and Swedish sloyd knife. Jim teaches at folk schools, museums, colleges and universities around the country.
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.
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. more details, more photos:
Molly Sharp - Zirconia, NC
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.
Anna Sharratt - Asheville, NC
Anna Sharratt became enthralled with all things Icelandic while visiting her ancestral farms and meeting distant cousins on the island in 2015. In addition to her love of cooking and preserving foods, Anna has worked as an educator, mainly in wilderness settings, for 15 years. Anna lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two young children, who demand a constant production of homemade skyr.
Jan Shepherd - Zumbrota, MN
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 and former national park ranger at Grand Portage National Monument. Inspired by Finnish, Saami, and Anishinabe art and culture, Erik skis or hikes to his cedar sauna-home in the woods. Hunting, trapping, fishing, harvesting wild rice, netting fish, and hauling ice and firewood by dog team contribute to Erik’s subsistence lifestyle. A former outdoor skills instructor for Voyageur Outward Bound and Vermillion College in Ely, Minnesota, Erik’s many skills include being a logsmith, dogsled builder, snowshoemaker, 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 in items of everyday use. She is a member of and exhibits through the Northwoods Fiber Guild and teaches bookbinding to local high school students.
Jack Sneve - Duluth, MN
Jack was born in Duluth, MN, spent many years gypsying about the country and returned to Duluth in the eighties. A grower of food and woodworker with a wide interest in many traditional crafts, he describes himself as Jack of all trades, master of none. Jack began studying birch bark weaving with John Zasada and Charlie Mayo eight years ago and has woven ever since.
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.
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 demonstrations and workshops for a variety of 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 more details, more photos:
using only a foot powered lathe and carving spoons with axe and knife. He has spent time in museum archives here in the states, Sweden and the UK, studying and researching older work which is a very influential part of his inspiration 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.
Jon Strom - Cook, MN
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 Sundet Wolf - Lutsen, MN
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.
Rueben Swenson - Mahtowa, 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.
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.
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.
John Zasada - Grand Rapids, MN
The biology, ecology, use and management of birch in northern forests has been a favorite topic of John’s for many years. John is a retired silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service in Grand Rapids.
Lori Zimmerman - Pine City, MN
Lori comes from generations of hardanger stitchers. She has worked with a wide variety of pieces fromChristmas ornaments to baptismal gowns to wall hangings, as well as pieces of mixed stitch work. A long-time educator and lifelong learner, Lori has a passion for hand work of all kinds, continuing traditional crafts into new generations, and creating communities of stitchers with conversation and interest around common themes.
Erin Swenson-Klatt - 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.
Brian Thorkildson - St. Paul, MN
Brian found his passion for woodworking while pounding nails as a kid. Recently his pursuits include building furniture, wooden boats and many of his own tools. He shares his enthusiasm for woodworking by teaching boatbuilding to youth and adults alike. He lives in Saint Paul with his partner Beth and their two kids, who now swing hammers of their own.
Russ Viton - Grand Marais, MN
Russ feels “at home” when he is outdoors. He has spent 20+ years sharing that passion with others in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Co-directing a wilderness camp with his wife Kathleen was the perfect place to introduce thousands to this unique ecosystem. Backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, skiing and dogsledding were just a few of the ways they encouraged other to fall in love with this little corner of the planet.
Phil Winger - Minneapolis, MN
Phil began his adventure into wooden boatbuilding at North House in 1998. Since then, he has enjoyed the opportunity to build many boats, representing a variety of construction styles, as an instructor at Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul. His students are encouraged to innovate, improvise, and achieve high standards of craftsmanship. For Phil, one of the most rewarding aspects of the craft is passing it on.
Jo Wood - Hovland, MN
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.
Jeanne Wright - Grand Marais, MN
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 54
Cabin Masonry Mass Stove Building
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Course Sizes & Registration Deadlines
Courses are intentionally kept small and often fill quickly. Pre-registration as early as possible is encouraged. Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is especially advisable, as courses without a minimum number of registrations may be cancelled. If you find a class you want to take close to the start date, give us a call. Last minute changes may open a spot just for you!
Deposit & Payments
A registration deposit equal to $50 or 33% of the course tuition (whichever is greater) is due upon registration. For courses with tuition less than $50, the registration deposit equals the full course tuition. The remaining tuition balance plus the materials fee (unless otherwise indicated) is due three weeks before the course begins. For courses where the materials fee varies, the fee is paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Payments must be made in U.S. funds by cash, check or money order payable to North House Folk School. We also accept credit cards: Visa, M/C, AMEX or Discover.
North House manages waiting lists for courses that have filled to capacity. Individuals on the waiting list are contacted only if an opening becomes available.
If we must cancel a course, students receive a full refund of any payments made for that course. Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the first day of the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund.
Age Policy/“Age with Adult” Intergenerational Learning
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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