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Service Learning Project: Norwegian-Style Timber Framed Grindbygg “Tents” for Campus

Course Overview

Help North House move beyond the white plastic tent by building small grindbygg structures for campus! The grounds are often graced by a variety of beautiful timbered structures, but we have a particular need for several smaller “tent-sized” frames that are easy to put up and take down and can be used for shelter for demonstrating artisans and and other outdoor projects. Learn the basics of grindbygg building, a very old style of Norwegian timber framing, which is highly adaptable, uses relatively inexpensive materials, and incorporates “live edge” curves, making each structure quite unique. By lending a hand, students will gain skills, work on a rewarding group project, and perhaps pique their interest in a grindbygg of their very own. Past North House timber framing students and other experienced woodworkers with timber framing aspirations are urged to participate, but beginners are welcome. Daily lunch included.


Wed, Apr 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 12th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $100.00

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

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

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.