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Willow Exploration Extravaganza

Course Overview

Over the course of the last 7,000 years, humans have figured out a lot of things to make with willow. From eel traps to hot air balloon baskets, this pliable and abundant material has served humanity well. Explore a wide variety of projects with international guest instructor Steen Madsen of Denmark in this open-format class. Students of all levels will be guided through a variety of projects in the European tradition of individualized work. From basic round stake-and-strand baskets to more complex oval forms to trays and other willow treasures, students will make a variety of items in this in-depth, immersive experience with one of the world’s foremost willow experts. Steen Madsen will share stories of his research and collections of old baskets throughout the week. Craft, cultural history, and community on the harbor: it’s bound to be an unforgettable course at North House.


Mon, Sep 14th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 17th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $380.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, Aug 3rd, 2020
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($100 and up, depending on projects)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Sloyd knife (Mora 120, 6 cm blade preferred), must be sharp
  • clipper (Felco no 6 or no9 is best)

Optional Tools

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

  • awl
  • bodkin
  • rapping iron
  • grease horn
  • shell bodkin
  • bonsai side-cutter

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 Mon, Aug 3rd, 2020
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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.