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North House is turning 25, and this year's Unplugged is the party you won't want to miss! Three days of big-name concerts, regional and international artisans, the Points North Auction, and an unmissable gala dinner sets the stage for the 25 more.

and of Unplugged the Folk Artisan Marketplace features a sampling of artisan craft goods made by instructors of North House. Meet the hands-at-work behind your favorite beautiful and useful items!

From unique North Shore experiences to one-of-a-kind instructor craft, place your bids and support North House’s mission! Online bidding now underway: over 100 Items celebrating all things North!

Unplugged 2022 features a free family concert with The Okee Dokee Brothers, a beloved for their hits such as "Can You Canoe?" and "Through the Woods". All ages welcome! Saturday September 24: 9am kids crafting activities; 10am concert.

Join Hjørdis captian Erden Eruç for a public presentation of his adventures rowing and biking across the globe - literally around the world. 6pm, September 14th in the Boat Barn in on campus in Grand Marais.

Looking for more online craft content? Visit our Crafting in Place page for a full schedule of upcoming webinars, videos, and more, as well as the complete archive of past content.

Featured Events & Activities

Hiring Communications and Marketing Manager

Hiring Communications and Marketing Manager

Bring North House to Life

The Communications & Marketing Manager serves in key roles: sharing our story through our iconic Course Catalogs, Shavings Newsletters, and Annual Reports, forging connections with our community of students, supporters, and partners via social media & other tools, and projecting our vision to the world through special projects. Closing date: October 24, 2022 at Noon.


Basket Week

Basket Week

October 4-11

Join us for a gathering of basket-makers, both advanced and aspiring! Basketry embodies the soul of traditional craft: simple tools, natural materials and skilled hands result in purposeful, beautiful items. Birch bark, spruce root, pine needles, black ash-- the northern forest has been generous to basketmakers, and we’ll explore a variety of techniques and forms.

Daily Sailing on Lake Superior

Daily Sailing on Lake Superior

Hjørdis sails now open for registration! The flagship of the Grand Marais Harbor, Hjørdis shares the name of the mythical Norse goddess of war. Take a trip on this 50’ traditionally-rigged steel schooner and gain access to both the largest lake in the world and experience Grand Marais as it was approached in the centuries before Highway 61 — from the water.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend

October 20 - 23

Family Weekend at North House offers a dozen or more classes, some for kids only, others for adults and kids to take together.  From cooking to fiber arts, woodworking to blacksmithing there is a skill to learn for everyone. The weekend includes both formal classes that require registration ahead of time as well as drop-in activities that are free and require no pre-registration. We’ll also host a Family Fun Night on Friday October 21st open to the community.

Request a Catalog

Enjoy the tactile sensation of browsing our newsprint catalog of courses? Request your free copy of the North House Catalog here! And browse the digital edition while you wait!

Resident Artisan Blog

Read what our resident artisans have been up to!

Summer Scraps – September 01

In her latest blog post, Resident Artisan Laura Brown reflects on summer and some fun new directions in her quilting.  

Be Still Enough to Listen – June 30

As Artisan Development Program alumnus Elise Kyllo wraps up her Scandinavian travels, she takes a moment to reflect on her experiences and think about how they will influence her life and work going forward.