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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Up the Gunflint Trail

Course Overview

North House is pleased to announce an opportunity to experience the rich ecological beauty and cultural history of the Gunflint Trail AND immerse in the traditional northern craft of mukluk making. This session of Expedition Footwear: Making Mukluks will be taught by long-time North House instructor Jo Wood at Gunflint Lodge. Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid unbreathable footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the north: mukluks. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows moisture to escape. In this course you’ll be guided through the process of pattern making, and handcraft your own pair of hide mukluks with knee high or shorter uppers. Booties or liners must be purchased or made before the workshop. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary. Gunflint Lodge will offer a variety of lodging options to students at special rates, allowing students to enjoy the beauty and north woods hospitality of one of Minnesota’s premier wilderness resorts, and leave with a sturdy pair of hand-crafted mukluks to keep their feet warm and snug when the snows begin to fall.

A variety of lodging options are available to students at special rates at Gunflint Lodge, though students are welcome to stay wherever they choose during the class. Students are responsible for their own lodging reservations and do not have to stay at Gunflint Lodge to participate in this course. Lodging reservations at Gunflint must be made by calling 1-800-328-3325 and referencing this class, since room prices are discounted for North House students. Registrations for the North House course can be made online (see below) or by calling North House at 218-387-9762.


Fri, Oct 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 27th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2½ Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 3-7pm; Days 2 and 3: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $270.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Sep 13th, 2019
Includes materials fee of $80.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • boot liners (felted wool is best) and socks
  • needle nose pliers
  • cloth tape measure
  • rule
  • pens
  • pencils
  • marker
  • thimble
  • brown grocery bags (2)
  • plastic grocery bags (2)
  • duct tape (standard gray or light color)

Optional Tools

  • reading glasses if you need them
  • canvas (see notes below)**
  • rick-rack or trim for the canvas uppers to personalize your mukluks & sewing machine thread to match the trim (@1 1/2 yards per pair)
  • leather awl

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, Sep 13th, 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.