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Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Course Overview

Enhance your winter adventures with these lightweight, durable ski poles which are based on the types used by northern Minnesota Finnish immigrants for winter travel. The poles are constructed with birch shafts, copper rivets, whitetail-tanned buckskin grips, and moose rawhide and bent birch baskets. You will make your custom-sized ski poles using age-old techniques passed from Finnish ski maker Marvin Salo (whose father was a master ski maker trained in the old Saami school of ski construction) to long-time instructor emeritus Mark Hansen and now to your instructor Ian Andrus, who has completed a multi-year apprenticeship with Mark. This course is a great complement to the Traditional Birch Ski making course.


Mon, Jan 8th, 2018  –  Tue, Jan 9th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age:
Registration Cost: $205.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, Nov 27th, 2017
Includes materials fee of $55.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

your favorite carving knife
tape measure

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, Nov 27th, 2017
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