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2.5 Days
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Artisan Breads Immersion

Lace up your baking shoes and get ready for an artisan breads baking marathon. Combining the skills of our popular Artisan Breads I and II courses, this two-and-a-half-day intensive course allows students to dig deep into hand-crafted, long-fermented, and hot-hearth baked breads. We’ll explore pre-ferments and a long cool rise…
Fri, Oct 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 25th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Days 2 & 3: 8am-4pm
Instructor: Amy James
5 Days
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Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood: Extended Session

Cranks wind, gears turn, dragons chomp, and birds fly. Welcome to the whimsical world of automata: simple wooden machines that delight and amaze. Join Cecilia Schiller for a five-day exploration of the art of making wooden machines and the mechanisms that make things move. Starting with the design process in…
Wed, Sep 9th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
5 Days
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Basic Timber Framing

Learn the planning, layout, and joinery necessary to construct a traditional timber frame (post and beam) structure, such as North House's blacksmith shop, bread oven shelter, fish house classroom, and other structures around campus. The course begins with the basic mortise and tenon joint, and then expands on these techniques…
Wed, Aug 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
9am-5pm
3.5 days
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Birch Bark Large Tote

Carry around your studies, tools, or groceries in this beautiful and functional large birch bark tote basket. Students will learn about sustainable techniques for legal harvest and then use hand tools to prepare their 1 inch wide bark strips, and weave them into a tote base. The bag will be…
Sat, Sep 26th, 2020  –  Tue, Sep 29th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
2 Days
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Birch Bark Sawtooth Table Basket

Discover the sturdiness and the beauty of birch bark by weaving a medium table top basket; perfect for organizing or displaying with its large base, shallow walls, and sturdy rim structure. This rim design will elevate your weaving skills by adding a three-dimensional pattern that mimics the zigzags of the…
Sat, Nov 7th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 8th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
3 Days
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Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge

Make the wood chips fly!  This course is for students ready to stand at the chopping block and to learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools—the adze, axe, gouge and push knife. Topics to be explored include selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing, use…
Tue, Sep 15th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 17th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
5 Days
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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin, or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course…
Wed, Sep 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
4 days
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create yourself a comfortable living space: a spare bedroom, office, studio, sauna, or whatever else you can dream up. The 18-foot yurt is an excellent shelter option that provides comfortable living arrangements for all four seasons. Working with skilled yurt builders, you’ll construct a simple yurt, complete with a door…
Thu, Dec 3rd, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 6th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Thu, Dec 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 13th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2 Days
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Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte or Sankta Lucia

Carve a wooden figure for the upcoming holiday season—either as a gift for someone special, or for yourself (since you are special, too, right?). Harley, who says, "If you can peel a potato, you can carve a figure," will lead new as well as experienced carvers through the process of…
Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
3 days
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Celestial Navigation: From Noon Sight To Dancing with the Stars

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest forms of navigation. For thousands of years, an understanding of the sky has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern electronics, one…
Fri, Sep 11th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020
9am-5pm, times will vary some during class
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 Days
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Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery

Autumn brings a riot of color to the landscape of the North Shore. This workshop is your opportunity to capture a bit of the season with beads. Each participant will bring an autumn image to inspire their design. From your image you will create a unique “bead painting” embroidered on…
Sat, Sep 5th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
3.5 Days
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Sámi 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,…
Thu, Jan 7th, 2021  –  Sun, Jan 10th, 2021
Day 1: 5pm - 9pm; Days 2 - 4: 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
1 Day
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Craft of Sail

Spend a day aboard the Hjørdis and learn the basics of sailing a 50’ gaff-rigged schooner on Lake Superior. This course offers a mix of in-class preparation and on-the-water experience: topics include points of sail, seamanship, rope-work, sailing terminology, and boat handling technique. Wind, weather, and waves vary greatly on…
Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matthew Ecklund
Sun, Sep 27th, 2020
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
0.25 Days
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Cruck Framing: Online Webinar

Cruck building is a Medieval English method of timber framing using pairs of large, curved timbers (cruck blades) that are joined at their apex to function as both post and principal rafter. The resulting Gothic arch creates a dramatic open hall space that is both structurally stable and visually appealing.…
Tue, Aug 11th, 2020
6:30 - 7:30pm CT
Instructors: Jack Sobon, Neil Godden
4 Days
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Deerskin Mittens with Anishinaabe-Style Beadwork

Up north, there's a saying that there's no bad weather, just the wrong clothes. In this course, you'll outfit your hands to protect them from the elements by designing a comfortable and warm pair of deerskin mittens to wear during the winter months. The mittens are ideal for daily wear,…
Thu, Oct 29th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 1st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire