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Advanced Willow Basketry: Rectangles and Fitching

For students who are confident with the basic stake and strand form and ready to move on, we welcome Steen Madsen of Denmark to teach two challenging willow techniques: the rectangular basket and an ’open work’ technique called fitching. Students will choose which project they prefer to focus on, but…
Sat, Sep 26th, 2020  –  Mon, Sep 28th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Steen Madsen
2 Days
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All Ground Up: Sausage Making

Make your own sausage flavored the way you like it using your favorite meats. As a class, we will make and take home 4 to 5 kinds of sausage of your choosing from a list of about 10 varieties. These will be fresh, non-smoked, non-cured sausages like bratwurst, breakfast sausage,…
Sat, Aug 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 9th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux
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
3 Days
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Artisan Cheesemaking

Can’t whey-t to take your home cheesemaking to the next level? Make your favorite cheese anytime you want. You will learn the basics of cheese making during class and then be able to replicate and experiment at home. We’ll cover milks, starters, bacteria, molds, and common household equipment for cheese…
Tue, Jul 14th, 2020  –  Thu, Jul 16th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gary Colles
Tue, Jul 21st, 2020  –  Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gary Colles
2 days
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Artisan Cheesemaking: Scandinavian Cheeses

For centuries, the hardworking goats and cows of the fjords & mountains of Scandinavia have been kept fat and happy on the lush green grasses that thrive in the long daylight hours of summer. And as any foodie will tell you: where there is an abundance of milk, there is…
Sat, Jul 18th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gary Colles
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
2 days
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Autumn Apple Abundance: From Sweet to Savory

Fall means apples in abundance! In anticipation of the season, join Chef Graden for an exploration of the versatile applications of a fruit that is both ubiquitous and under-utilized. This class will cover preparing (and eating!) all of these recipes, and more: apple and cran-apple ciders, apple pie, apple cider…
Thu, Sep 10th, 2020  –  Sat, Sep 12th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm Day 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Scott Graden
0.25 Days
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Bare Bones Cooking: Browned Butter (Online Course)

For many of us, cooking has changed in recent months: it happens a lot more often, our ability to purchase special ingredients is limited, and the need to use kitchen staples has never been greater. Beth Dooley has a brilliant idea to help home cooks improvise with Bare Bones Cooking:…
Fri, Jun 19th, 2020
3pm-4pm
Instructor: Beth Dooley
2 Days
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Basic Flintknapping

Our ancestors produced sharpened tools of stone—axe heads, knife blades, and arrow points. Learn how flintknapping evolved and how to identify appropriate base materials from which you can produce a variety of sharpened stone tools. This class will introduce the basic techniques of pressure flaking and percussion, providing the basis…
Sat, Jul 25th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Robert Keiper
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
0.25 Days
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Basketmaking: Diagonal Plaiting with Black Ash Splint (Online Course)

With diagonal plaiting, all the elements that formed the base are turned up and woven at a 45 degree angle to form the sides of the basket. What might sound complicated at first turns into amazement when one sees how it all comes together! In this fun-filled mini course, participants…
Sat, Jun 20th, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: April Stone
2 Days
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Beginning Millinery & Haberdashery: The Blocked Felt Hat

Minnesota’s history is interwoven with the history of hat-making. Europe’s hunger for beaver-felt top hats drove the voyageurs into the heart of fur country. Most of the fur traded at Grand Portage eventually became felt hats. There is no softer, warmer, or more pliant fiber than fur-felt. We will use…
Sat, Dec 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Moe
4 Days
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Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Scandinavians and Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets in the 18th and 19th century for the then-popular taking of snuff. Larger finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea or salt. Today they continue to be made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry,…
Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Fred Livesay
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