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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

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Course Overview

Discover the secrets of the old Sámi school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you'll learn about the origin of ski design, function, and construction. We'll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings, and information related to use and handling of these ancient tools of transportation. Craft your own pair of skis custom-sized to your height, weight, and intended use and prepare to enjoy the wintry wonderland of backcountry and ski trails outside your back door. Instructor Ian Andrus apprenticed with Mark Hansen for six years to continue to pass on this tradition and nearly-lost craft.

Note, a materials fee of $150-$175 (depending on if you choose leather bindings or bring your own) will be payable directly to the instructor while in class.

Required Tools

All required materials will be provided by the instructor or North House Folk School

Optional Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Pencils
  • Spoke shave
  • Low angle block plane
  • Carving knife
  • Draw knife
  • V-tool for decorative carving


Thu, Jan 5th, 2023  –  Sun, Jan 8th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: Day 1: 4-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $380.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Ian Andrus
Ian Andrus
Lutsen, MN

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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set