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Old World Breads

Trace the history of your morning toast back to Ancient Egypt and learn to bake bread as it was before commercial yeast and steam-injection convection ovens. Learn the basics of baking artisan breads with a strong emphasis on traditional methods, including ingredient selection, techniques for leavening and methods of baking.…
Sat, Aug 18th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
June Session: 4 days; September Session: 4.5 Days
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Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven

Hearth loaves, wood-fired cooking, traditional baking - all potential uses for the wood-fired masonry oven pioneered and made popular by Alan Scott.  This workshop will explore the history of masonry ovens, oven construction, mixing dough and brick oven baking. Over the four days of the course we will, as a…
Wed, Sep 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 23rd, 2018
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
1/2 day
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P is for Pears

Come fall, the pears are perfect. Our local varieties such as Luscious and Moon Glow may not look pretty,  but they sweeter, more flavorful, and more versatile than those shipped in from afar. Pears are even more versatile that apples in the kitchen and present a world of options —…
Thu, Sep 27th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Dooley
2 days
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Piece by Piece: Laminated Pizza Peels and Cutting Boards

Learn basic woodworking skills and create a beautiful useful piece at the same time in this introductory course. Using a variety of types of wood, from birch to maple to walnut and more, students will complete three projects: a practice piece, a butcher block-style cutting board and a pizza peel…
Sat, Dec 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Pat O'Connor
2 Days
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Pine Needle Basketry

Create a traditional coiled basket from locally harvested red pine needles. Starting with either a pliable birch bark base or an elegant agate base, you will work with a variation of the spiral stitch to form a basket with a distinct spiral pattern inside and out. Samples of pine needles…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
3 days
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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada, when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen or burlap with a curved hook much like a…
Tue, Sep 11th, 2018  –  Thu, Sep 13th, 2018
Instructor: Carol Dunn
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Os Style

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and is done in many styles reflective of specific regions in Norway. The Os region in western coastal Norway is known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling. In this course you'll…
Fri, Aug 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructors: Kim Garrett, Mary Schliep
Fri, Oct 5th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructors: Kim Garrett, Mary Schliep
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Valdres-Style

Rosemaling is a decorative painting style which originated in Norway where it traditionally decorated churches, homes and farmhouse interiors. The Valdres style of rosemaling originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif. This course emphasizes the basic techniques of painting these traditional floral bouquets. Students…
Fri, Oct 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 21st, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
Fri, Nov 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
1 Day
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Saami adornment incorporated elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this…
Fri, Sep 21st, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
6 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

This sail training trip is a favorite of the Captain. It has a great mix of offshore sailing and protected island cruising. The route takes you from Knife River to the Apostle Islands (a 35 mile crossing), usually spending two to three days exploring the Islands before crossing to Grand…
Tue, Aug 28th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
11 days
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Sail Training Trip: Slate Island Exploration

Ask anyone who has sailed far and wide and they will tell you the Canadian North Shore of Lake Superior is some of the best wilderness sailing in the world. The water is cold, clear and clean; the anchorages are amazingly beautiful, plentiful and incredibly secure. Add of that, only…
Wed, Sep 5th, 2018  –  Sat, Sep 15th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
1 Day
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Sausages for the Summer Grill

It's the summer season and time for a course to enable the grill master in all of us to make our own sausages for the BBQ.  Designed to teach you how to make several kinds of sausage for those easy summer meals--from andouille to Polish.  You will learn to grind,…
Fri, Aug 10th, 2018
Instructor: Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux
4 days
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Scandinavian Beauty Shelf with Jögge Sundqvist

North House welcomes the return of Featured International Instructor Jögge Sundqvist to campus for Unplugged 2018. In this new course offering at North House, students will work with Jögge over four days to hand plane shelving and join four carved posts, complete with a decorative cornice. Jogge, or surolle, has…
Mon, Sep 10th, 2018  –  Thu, Sep 13th, 2018
Instructor: Jögge Sundqvist
1 Day
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Scandinavian Holiday Baking: Making Lefse

Learn to make lefse the way your grandmother used to do it – an easy, time-tested recipe made from whole potatoes.  You’ll learn the entire process of lefse making – from potato preparation, mixing, rolling, folding and storing – as well as the equipment used to be successful.  Other recipes…
Fri, Nov 9th, 2018
1 Day
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Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics

Combine wool, soap and water, a felting needle and agitation and the sculptural possibilities are endless!  This is a day to experiment with the amazing sculptural flexibility of wool and go beyond the basics. Using a variety of fill or building a wire armatage students create a sculpture of their…
Sun, Sep 23rd, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo