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Spring pole lathes

Traditional foot-powered turning lathes, built at North House.

Starting bid: $200

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Inflatable dinghy

With pump, storage sack, and one oar. Missing bar that keeps the floor rigid, but works just fine anyway.

Starting bid: $50

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~26' Wooden Kaschper Rowing Scull

Includes oars, cover, rigging, and folding stands. Some damage to the rowing scull.

Starting bid: $500

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Adirondack Guide Boat

Adirondack Guide Boat built by Steve Kaulback of Vermont in late 1970s. One of his first boats. Basswood with a fiberglass outer skin. Oars, wooden yoke, removable middle seat and two oar positions for one man or two man use. Needs refinishing.

Starting bid: $1250

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Bush Knife

Stainless 440C steel, bocote wood handle and custom sheath

Starting bid: $47.5

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Greenland Style (Skin on Frame) Kayak

14' Greenland Style Kayak and accessories: floatation, bilge pump, neoprene skirt, Greenland style paddle

Starting bid: $250

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Hand-built cedar strip kayak

19 ft. "Razor Auk" Kayak with 19 in. wide Wood Strip Retractable Skeg

Starting bid: $750

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Fourneau Bread Oven 2.0

cast iron covered baking cloche for artisan bread baking in hot ovens; 2 hatch options, handle, aluminum baking tray and silicone mat; instruction manual and recipe book

Starting bid: $125

Auction Information

Saturday, June 22nd, 10am - 4pm

The Boats-to-Tools auction is held at North House during the annual Wooden Boat Show weekend and consists of two elements: a silent auction and a "Buy It Now" section. Items include boats, hand tools, camping gear, books, and much more!

The silent auction is a crowd favorite full of more valuable items, perfect for those who love the “thrill of the bid”!

The Buy It Now section is designated for less exensive items — if you like it, it's yours!

Proxy Bidding

This auction is the most fun if you're able to join us in person! However, if you're unable to attend, we can take proxy bids over $750. Contact our Development Director, Tom Morse, at tmorse@northhouse.org or 218-387-9762.

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Boats

  • — Box of Assorted Tools
  • 15 foot Sponson Wood Canvas Canoe — Hull has been recanvassed, has been stored indoors for 12 years, in excellent shape, hull shows very light wear. New skin by Jeanne Bourquin, and new mahogany gunwhales and stemplates. Used lightly by an old Widji camper. Has a keel, 95 lbs.
  •   Adirondack Guide Boat — Adirondack Guide Boat built by Steve Kaulback of Vermont in late 1970s. One of his first boats. Basswood with a fiberglass outer skin. Oars, wooden yoke, removable middle seat and two oar positions for one man or two man use. Needs refinishing.
  • Birch Bark Hat, Zenith Hatchet, chip carved plate
  • Blue Spoke Shave
  • Cabinet Scraper
  • Canoe form
  • Chrome and wood chisel
  •   Greenland Style (Skin on Frame) Kayak — 14' Greenland Style Kayak and accessories: floatation, bilge pump, neoprene skirt, Greenland style paddle
  • Greenland-Style Kayak skeleton — In need of extensive repair, this kayak skeleton may serve as an inspiring decorative piece in your home or garden!
  •   Hand Made Birch Bark Canoe — 5' 5" canoe built by Gilbert Baxter from Fort Williams approximately 40 years old.
  •   Hand-built cedar strip kayak — 19 ft. "Razor Auk" Kayak with 19 in. wide Wood Strip Retractable Skeg
  •   Inflatable dinghy — With pump, storage sack, and one oar. Missing bar that keeps the floor rigid, but works just fine anyway.
  • Night Herron Kayak Form
  • Plotting your garden — A collection of five books featuring advice on garden design and deer prevention
  • Razor Aak Kayak Form
  • Susan Skiff — Constructed on the North House campus, Instructor John Beltman is available to provide consultation on completing this unfinished skiff
  • Wood and canvas canoe
  •   ~26' Wooden Kaschper Rowing Scull — Includes oars, cover, rigging, and folding stands. Some damage to the rowing scull.
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Boating Equipment

  • Foul weather bib pants — Stearns brand, like new, olive drab.
  • Foul weather jacket — Achilles brand, bright yellow, size L, excellent quality.
  • Oar — Single rowing oar
  • Oar hardware
  • Oars (4) set of four — Aluminum carbon oars with a traditional spoon blade.
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Tools

  • — Grip Tite Magnetic Clamp
  • — Stanley 5
  • — Assorted tools
  • — Two orange clamps
  • Angle Perfect II Tool
  • Assorted Woodcarving Tools — Original owned by Betsy Bowen! You to could make beautiful prints....maybe sharpen them first.
  • Bench cookies (set of three)
  • Bench vise
  • Black and Decker 3/8" drill press — Never used, missing handle
  • Blue Basket, Plumb Bob, Folding Hack Saw
  • Blue crescent hacksaw
  • Blue draw knife
  • Blue Handled 5/8" chisel
  • Bridge City - Saddle Square
  • Cabinet Making Set
  • Carving Tool Set, Engraving bit, Spokeshave, Birch Woven jar cozy
  • CMT 3 Piece Kitchen Set
  • CMT Babyhock Miter
  • CMT Chamfer Bit
  • CMT Flush Trim
  • CMT Rabbeting Set
  • CMT Window Sill Edge
  • Coal Forge — With gas blower
  • Coal forge — With electric blower (not tested) and ash chute
  • Dovetail Joint Fixture with Fixing Bars — 430 mm x 280 mm x 170 mm
  • Electric Blower
  • Fire Storm/ Black & Decker 18v Cordless Drill — Model FS1800D, Type 1, 18volt, Charger and Case Included. Battery holds no charge. New batteries avail @ Amazon and Home Depot
  • Fisch Fortsner Bit 1.5"
  • Folding saw, no blade
  • Fractional Dial Caliper
  • Fractional Dial Caliper
  • Freud Chamfer Bit
  • Freud Round Nose bit
  • Freud Whiteside Spiral 3/8"
  • Hartline turning tool
  • Hock Plane Kit
  • Hock Plane Kit
  • Japanese Marking Gauge
  • Jigsaw Coping Jig — New Speed Cope
  • Kenmore Sewing Machine
  • King Kut hobby tool sets — Hobby tool sets in wood boxes
  • Leaf Blower
  • Lie-Nielsen Large Chisel Plane L-N97
  • Lie-Nielsen No. 102 low angle block plane
  • Lie-Nielsen No. 102 low Angle Block Plane
  • Lie-Nielsen No. 4 Plane
  • Marples 3 piece chisel set — 3 chisels
  • Metal truck box
  • Misc. Routing bits — It's an adventure!
  • Miscellaneous tools and brackets
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Camping Gear

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Outdoor Gear

  • Aerostitch Riderwear Protective Motorcycle Pants — Keep your skin out of the game! Motorcycle wear made in Duluth for long, cold rides next to the worlds' largest lake.
  • BARE Longsleeve wetsuit
  • Coleman stove — White gas Coleman stove
  • Grill spatula, tongs, and hotdog skewers
  • Imperial Long sleeve, legless wetsuit — 1987
  • Maps — Box of maps
  • O-S-Systems Inc. Dive suit with boots
  • Parkway Design long sleeve, legless wetsuit — Size L
  • Plant Seat — Repot your plants and tend your garden with this convenient collapsible stool
  • Red and blue sleeveless wetsuit
  • Sleeveless wetsuit — Size XL
  • Velcro-shoulder sleeveless wetsuit
  • Wooden (redwood?) hot tub — Designed to accommodate a wood-fired snorkel stove, not included, and several happy people.
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Traditional Crafts

  • 2 woven baskets
  • 48" x 6" Carved Door Accents
  •   Bush Knife — Stainless 440C steel, bocote wood handle and custom sheath
  •   Camp Skinning Knife — 440C stainless polished steel, brass guard, stabilized birds eye maple handle and mosaic pins. Custom sheath.
  • Cedar strip canoe molds — NW River Canoe Molds & Book
  • Cedar Strip Canoe Molds — NW Cruiser Canoe Molds & Book
  • Chip carved cup (Kuksa) bird
  • Collection of nautical wooden figurines
  •   Custom Fillet Knife and Custom Sheath — 440-C stainless steel, birch and bocote wood handle, German silver guard and pommel
  • Embroidered bead pin — A beautiful pin featuring bead-embroidered birch trees on a felted background. Created by North House instructor Jo Wood.
  • Embroidered bead pin — A winter themed bead-embroidered pin on a deep blue felted background. Created by North House instructor Jo Wood.
  •   Hand-turned wood burl bowl — 9-inch round bowl, made in 1995
  • Large Turned Bowl
  • Linens — Embroidered napkins and cloths
  • Mini decorative snow shoes
  • Pair of green bowls and straining spoon — Two textured ceramic bowls and a wooden straining spoon
  • Paper making kit
  • Rosemaled box
  • salad bowl — myrtle wood
  •   Spinning Wheel — Spinning Wheel handcrafted in Norway; 1743 is engraved on the beam. It is nice to touch, beautiful to the eye and with encouragement for the two front legs--the wheel will continue to spin.
  •   Treadle Sewing Machine — Treadle Sewing Machine with table cabinet and cast iron base. This piece was purchased in 1916 from Montgomery Ward in Chicago. The sewing machine is a Damascus with gold inlay. With some TLC, it will be a great helper for staying "off the grid".
  •   Vintage Quebec Double Band Spinning Wheel — Canadian Production Wheel (CPW), in excellent condition
  • Wall Hanging
  •   Water-loving wildlife collection — Birchbark basket with swan handmade by Athabascan artisan Nellie Sheldon of Ambler, Alaska c1998; hen Bufflehead handpainted by D. Leonard 1991; wooden Right Whale carving on plague singed E.G.
  • Wood carving collection — Practice your figure carving with this assortment of blanks and carving tools!
  • Wooden Table Pedestal — Could be used for table base
  • Wool hooking kit — Wool hooking kit from Nova Scotia. Includes all materials and instructions
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Books

  • "Do it yourself" guides — A knitting magazine (2008) and copy of the 10th edition of "The Encyclopedia of Country Living"
  • 1-book "Wooden Boats". 1-book "A Shipyard in Maine" — 2-books on boat building in MAINE. ($74.00 value)
  • 3 Wooden boat books and 1 book on power boats — 3-books on upgrading and interior crafts, 1 on first time ownership.
  • 4-Books about boating/ships history, 1-Book on lighthouses. — Winter reading on boats, various lighthouses and their history.
  • Book assortment — Seven books - imagine and create your dream home with these timber framing and home building books. Also includes a guide to sailing!
  • Books on building varrious types of boats — Understanding boat design, Canoe building -2 versions/editions, Model boat building.
  • Gardening book collection — Includes four books and one magazine with information ranging from organic practices to garden activities
  • Grow your veggies! — Three books and one magazine on growing vegetables
  • Healing and herbal gardening — Three books on creating healing spaces and remedies through gardening - and more!
  • Home design books
  • Log and timber home design books
  • Noshing on nature's bounty - cook books and preservation guides — Three books and two magazines featuring recipes and canning/food preservation guidance
  • Sailing and sustainable construction!
  • The Sailors Illustrated Dictionary, Chapman-Piloting & Seamanship — 2 very usefull references.
  • Various book manuals/repair on boats — 5-books, fiberglass repair, wood boat renovation, 2-classic boats, 1 handy boatman
  • Wooden Boat Magazines — 11 issues, 2016 and 2017
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Gift Certificates

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Clothing

  • 4 pairs of wool socks
  •   Babes in the Woods winter coat — 'Babes in the Woods' women's full length winter coat, black with chickadee block print, size L, lightly worn. Hand printed and sewn in Grand Marais, MN in 1990s
  • Black fleece pants
  • Black t-shirt — Motorcycle t-shirt, size M
  • Blue Patagonia jacket — size men's M, light damage
  • Blue windbreaker pants — Size M
  • Blue/burgundy plaid jacket — size 18
  • Blue/burgundy plaid jacket — size 17
  • Boy's plaid jacket — size L
  • Brown buttoned jacket
  • Brown long sleeve button up shirt — size L
  • Brown long sleeve shirt
  • Brown windbreaker pants — size 8
  • Bucking Bronco long sleeve shirt — size S
  • Buffalo plaid jacket
  • Bundle of five assorted hats — Keep your head toasty in the winter with a black winter hat, blue knit hat, green winter hat, and red Wintergreen hat before transitioning into the warmer weather with a bucket hat!
  • Button-up shirt — A long sleeve shirt with Southwestern flair! Size Medium
  • Cabelas down vest — size L
  • Carhartt Jacket — Pretty standard canvas Carhartt jacket. Good for blending in to a small town bar, or feeling like you're ready for anything (even if you're not).
  • Carhartt pants — size 14
  • Child's mittens elephant
  • Child's tiger mittens
  • Columbia button-up shirt — Fish pattern, size L
  • Columbia long sleeve shirt — size W Medium
  • Columbia pants — size women's 4
  • Convertible pants/shorts — size S
  • Down jacket — Broken zipper
  • Eddie Bauer fleece zip up — size M
  • Elastic waist pants — size S
  • Faded Glory denim long sleeve shirt — Size XL
  • Filson Waxed Canvas Hat — Lightly used. Perfect hat for the Northwoods hunter or lumberperson.
  • Fishing lure polo — Size L
  • frogg toggs jacket — size L
  • Gander Mountain camoflage shirt — Size W Medium
  • Green jacket — size M
  • Green Michael Kors pants — size 8
  • Green pants — size 6
  • Green plaid jacket
  • Hand knit hat — Hand knit Merino wool hat, skier motif
  • Hand knit hat — Hand knit Merino wool hat, skier motif
  • Handwoven wool scarf — Handwoven wool scarf
  • Handwoven wool scarf — Handwoven wool scarf
  • Handwoven wool scarf — Handwoven wool scarf
  • Hat — Hand knit Merino wool hat, skier motif
  • Hooded sweatshirt — Size L
  • Horse patterned fleece jacket — Child size XL
  • Irish wool sweater
  • Ivory button up long sleeve shirt — size 2 XL
  • Lg. Child's mittens - squirrels
  • LL Bean jacket — size L
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Other

  • "Old" School Drawing Board — 36"x24" Artist/Drafting board with parallel straight edge on a wood stand.
  • 3-legged bowl
  • Antler candle holder
  • Assorted brass hooks and items
  • Basket — Fruit basket from the 1950s
  • Basket of Northwoods goods — Moose photo by Lynn Rogers, moose ornament, 2 bears, SHTA t shirt, Helen Hoover books, and more......
  • Bike seat
  • Bike seat
  • Blue oil lantern
  • Brush cutter, griddle, orange mallet
  • Cast Iron Griddle
  • Cedar Bird Feeder
  • Ceramic Bison box
  • Chess board — A chess board and pieces
  • Christmas stocking — Handwoven basket reed
  •   Copper Barrel — This copper barrel was used as luggage for a family traveling by ship from Norway in 1879 to a farm in SW Minnesota. On the farm, the barrel was appreciated as a piece from the "Homeland" and served to store food in the kitchen.
  • Day pack — Camo day pack for your outdoor adventures!
  • Decorative gourds — 11 decorative gourds, some with holes to serve as a cozy home for birds!
  • Duck Print Framed
  • Dutch oven — Classic equipment for your indoor and outdoor culinary endeavors - requires some restoration
  • Fish curtain — Bring your love of fishing indoors with this a-lure-ing printed curtain!
  •   Fourneau Bread Oven 2.0 — cast iron covered baking cloche for artisan bread baking in hot ovens; 2 hatch options, handle, aluminum baking tray and silicone mat; instruction manual and recipe book
  • Handmade chandelier
  • Kerosene Heater
  • Lighthouse print — This print will bring serene beauty to your cabin!
  • Linens from Czechoslovakia
  • Lionel Model Train
  • Owen Gnomme Framed Print
  •   Pair of Batik Pillowcases — Nautical and stone designs
  • Pair of bird prints — Produced by Wildlife Incorporated in 1980. Some damage to glass on one framed print.
  • Pine Cone Holder
  • Purse — Some damage
  • Stack Ice at Dawn
  • String Tall Ship — A wooden ship featuring intricately constructed string sails
  • Welcome sign (repaired), Train/painted trammel points, charcoal starter
  • Woven bag
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