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Our mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.

Our Values

PEOPLE • North House’s mission is rooted in people. Our warm welcome, open-to-all programs, egalitarian engagement and multi-generational commitment seek to build a community of respect, individuality and appreciation. Our programs empower and affirm - celebrating curiosity, opening doors to the world and nurturing self-discovery.
PLACE • North House’s vibrant efforts are directly connected to the northern landscape and the place we call home. Our programs, community and mission are at their best when accented by Lake Superior’s horizon and affirmed by the seasons of the North. Each journey to campus is like a pilgrimage, filled with stories and experiences that rejuvenate the spirit.
CRAFT • North House’s commitment to traditional crafts provides a powerful linkage between people and resources and connects the past, the present and the future. Maintaining and perpetuating the future of craft, celebrating time-tested methods, exploring the world’s need for sustainable solutions – each has and needs a place at North House.
CULTURE • North House pursues integrity and quality at every level. From daily operations to long-term planning, we pursue our mission with pride and purpose. Our institutional lifestyle reflects our commitment to craft, to community and to the joy of hands-on learning.


North House Folk School brings instructors from around the world to teach traditional northern crafts on the shore of Lake Superior.

What is a folk school?

The best way to learn more about our mission is to experience it first-hand—take a course, attend an event, or visit our campus to see craft in action.

North House Folk School is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, and depends on the generous support of donors at many levels.

View the 2018 Annual Report

View the 2017 Annual Report

View the 2016 Annual Report

View the 2015 Annual Report


Check out our member newsletter, Shavings:

Winter 2018 issue