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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Course Overview

Discover the secrets of the old Saami 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. Ian Andrus has apprenticed with long-time North House instructor Mark Hansen for six years to continue to pass on this traditional and nearly-lost craft. Evening sessions may include films and a variety of discussion topics on the history and craft of ski making.

For additional insight into the total traditional outfit, enroll in the Traditional Finnish Ski Poles course scheduled immediately following this course.


Wed, Jan 9th, 2019  –  Sat, Jan 12th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3½ Days
Hours: Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Day 2-4: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $350.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies (approx. $175-$250)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

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

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.