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Timbered Workbench: Early American Style

Have bench, will travel?  Indeed - with this workbench you can do both!  A fine workbench is an essential fixture in the home workshop.  In this class students will build a sturdy timbered workbench based on early American designs using simple and classic joinery that echoes timber framing techniques.  Mortise…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
4 days
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Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair

Bring your worn-out​ ​cane seat chair to class and learn the nearly lost art of traditional, seven-step method chair seat weaving commonly known as "hole-to-hole caning." During the course, you'll have ample time, instruction, and all the tools required to restore your vintage chair by weavingthe seatbackto its original condition.…
Thu, May 31st, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
2 1/2 days
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Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

A chainsaw is a powerful tool that requires a specific set of skills to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are only put to use on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will be one part logging history, one part maintenance and one part in-the field…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good
1 day
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Tulip Basket

Start thinking spring by weaving a tulip basket (not actually recommended for tulips). Named for the shape of the basket, this form adds a twist to the traditional diagonal plaited weave by adding a unique rim. A bit more complicated than a standard basket, this course is a great next…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
3 Days
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Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair

The twig chair is the hallmark project for someone who appreciates the traditional craft of twig furniture making. In this course you will work with native alder and willow following a basic twig chair design that can be individualized with curved, bent, or straight twig furniture techniques. A harvesting field…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
1 day
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Two Berry Basket

If you’ve been out berry picking in August, you may have encountered the problem of discovering bountiful harvests of raspberries AND blueberries at the same time: what to do?! The two berry basket with two compartments is a perfect answer-- and it also works for quarantining paper clips from binder…
Fri, May 18th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
2 days
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Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens

The fisherman of the north have known how to keep fingers working in bitter cold conditions for centuries: wool mittens. Before the invention of gortex and polar fleece, fishermen had to put their hands in freezing water, haul ropes and handle fish, only utilizing the natural materials at their disposal.…
Sat, Jun 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 17th, 2018
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
2 days
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Valencian Cuisine

Bring a dose of sunshine into the kitchen with the flavors of Spain. The paella, a classic dish from the region of Valencia, has infinite varieties and brings healthy, creative options to the dinner table any time of year. On day one, this course will focus on chicken-chorizo paella. Day…
Sat, Mar 24th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 25th, 2018
Instructor: Scott Graden
1 Day
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Viking "Knit" Chain Bracelet

Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique, to create a beautiful silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps. Historically, this unique method of weaving resembles “nalbinding” knitting and was used to fabricate everything from sweaters to netting for catching fish!…
Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
3 days
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Viking Era Carving

The 1904 excavation in Norway of the Oseberg Viking ship revealed a vast array of woodcarvings, unlike anything seen previously. Dragon-like head posts, elaborately carved sleighs, an exquisite wagon, and of course, the carvings on the ship itself revealed the extent of the imagination and skill for the woodcarvers in…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
Instructor: Jay Haavik
.5 days
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Wattle Fences: Simple Garden Edging

Have you ever needed a small garden fence? A wattle fence is the answer! Sometimes referred to as hurdles, this type of fencing has been around since the stone age and can be made from easily harvested and widely available materials. This four-hour workshop will introduce the many uses of…
Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
3 Days
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Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves

Learn to weave on the rigid heddle loom while making a beautiful, lightweight scarf perfect for spring evenings. Using the instructor's rigid heddle looms, students will learn how to set up the loom, weave the scarf, and finish it with a lovely fringe. No previous weaving experience is required to…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
1 day
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Wet Felting to Keep you Warm: Hats, Slippers, & Mittens

The natural fibers of wool are still the best material for a cold keeping you warm in a cold Minnesota winter, with the added bonus of being beautiful. Hats, mittens, slippers all use the same technique of felting wool over a resist and sculpting the wool into a three dimensional…
Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2½ Days
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore

The cobbled beaches and rocky cliffs of the North Shore can inspire some serious geological curiosity: what’s this rock? Where did it come from? Why is it here? Well, lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating geology of the northern part…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Jim Miller
1.25 Days
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Wildlife Tracking through Remote Camera Photography

Our wild counterparts thrive all around us often unseen. What if there was a way to open a window to the secret lives of wildlife? Remote camera technology and tracking techniques can provide us valuable opportunities to study and learn about the natural history of the animals in our backyards. …
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Ryan Pennesi