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Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Course Overview

Scandinavians and Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets in the 18th and 19th century for the then-popular taking of snuff. Larger finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea or salt. Today they continue to made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry, dried fruits, oatmeal or a child's found treasures. You will discover how to make these useful and decorative boxes following time-tested traditional techniques and with a few new and surprising methods, too. This four day intensive class for beginners or returning students will cover the ecology and harvest of the birch, bark preparation, methods of proper layout and decoration and instruction on making various types of bases and lids. Come and be amazed by what you can do.

Dates

Thu, Jan 16th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $370.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Dec 5th, 2019
Includes materials fee of $30.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Instructor will supply a number of specialty tools for the class, however, you should bring the following:

  • Sloyd knife (Mora 120 or 106)
  • Scissors
  • 16” -24” ruler
  • A few clothes pins/ clips
  • Small 8 ounce or less hammer
  • Pliers with a side nipper
  • Square or triangular bladed awl
  • Pencils
  • 4-in-1 rasp

Optional Tools

  • large clothes pins (4 to 6)
  • carving hook or gouge (strongly recommended, but not required)
  • sharpening stones
  • small ball peen hammer (no more than 12 ounces)
  • smallest can or jar of contact cement you can get.

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 Thu, Dec 5th, 2019
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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.