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Axe Work for Women and Non-Binary Carvers

Course Overview

Join us for three days of chopping, carving, and hollowing wooden vessels using all hand tools. Axe carving is physically demanding, so during this class we will focus on body mechanics and ergonomic tool use in order to develop stamina and minimize strain. We will start each day with an 'axe aerobics' session to get warmed up and confident with this useful tool. In addition to the axe, students can also use adzes, gouges, hook knives, block planes and carving knives. Throughout the three days students can make a bowl, a tray, or carve spoons. In this class format we're excited to emphasize tool use and technique over a specific object. We'll also discuss design, as well as food-safe painting and finishing techniques for woodenware. Come have some fun and build your confidence with the axe!


Fri, Feb 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $295.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jan 17th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $40.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Bring your own axe, adze, or gouges if you want to practice with your own tools otherwise we will provide all necessary tools for class.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jan 17th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to 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 course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.