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Knots: Intro to Fancywork: Wooden Boat Show Mini Course

Learn some basic fancy knotwork to help class things up around the boat. Monkey fist lanyards, Turks head covering knots and mats will be tied together in this 2 hour session. Dexterous hands and an eye for pattern are helpful. Ages 14+ w/adult, each participant pays full tuition and materials.…
Sat, Jun 23rd, 2018
1 day
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Kumihimo with Beads

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese technique used to make beautiful cords. Historically, the most complex forms were used as a functional embellishment on samurai armour. Today, it's more common to use kumihimo cords to embellish your arm as beaded bracelet. Students will learn how to braid on a kumihimo disk,…
Thu, Jul 19th, 2018
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
1 Day
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Lace Knitting Intro

Elegant knit lace can enhance many projects, whether it is sewn on the edge of a garment, brightening the corner of a simple knit accessory, or taking center stage as a shawl. Expand your knitting repertoire by exploring new techniques that will allow you to add flourish to basic projects…
Sat, Aug 25th, 2018
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
3 Days
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Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty - an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern birch as you learn detailed lathe handling and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, working with fresh cut…
Tue, Jun 5th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 7th, 2018
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
Fri, Jun 8th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 10th, 2018
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
1 day
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Leaf Printing in the Steambox

Eco-prints are one of a kind prints made by steaming leaves against paper. No inks, dyes or paints are used to create them – the colors come just from the plants themselves. The colors are sepia-toned, the patterns are beautiful, and the process is non-toxic. Leaves are collected, pressed, arranged…
Thu, Aug 9th, 2018
Thu, Sep 13th, 2018
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Leather Wallets: Sew Your Own: Wooden Boat Show Mini-Course

It’s especially gratifying to have handmade everyday objects you touch on a daily basis. You’ll be proud to pull out your handmade wallet, capable of containing cards and cash. Using the saddle stitch and vegetable tanned leather, you’ll create a simple piece that will be useful for years. Ages 14+,…
Sat, Jun 23rd, 2018
Instructor: Beth Dow
1 day
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Lichens and Mosses: Pioneers of the North Woods

Often overlooked and clearly underappreciated, our lichens and mosses are wonderfully diverse and surprisingly beautiful. We will explore habitats from the shore of Lake Superior to inland forests and rocky outcrops. Practice with tools and techniques that will catapult you from nerdy novice to local respected authority (you’ll amaze friends…
Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Mikki Brevig
2½ Days
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Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings

Rings on fingers have been around since the beginning of civilization. Egyptian and Greek legend place the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand, because of a belief that the vein of that finger directly traveled from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this…
Fri, Aug 10th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 12th, 2018
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Nov 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 11th, 2018
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
2 Days
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Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft

Luffarslöjd is an old craft that is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use using one’s hands and simple tools. Farmers used wire to mend fences and make and repair basic tools around the house and barn. Hobos traveled across the country offering to…
Sat, Jul 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
Instructor: Faith Clover
Sat, Dec 8th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 9th, 2018
Instructor: Faith Clover
1 day
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Making Wooden Rims and Handles for Baskets

Rims and handles add functionality and structural stability to a basket.  Basket handles are typically made from wood.  Many modern basketmakers use either heavy splint or half-round reed for basket rims. These rim materials work reasonably well and are easy to bend to the rim shape desired.  However, they lack…
Sat, Sep 1st, 2018
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
2 days
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Making Wooden-Bodied Hand Planes - 9/14/2018

A wooden-bodied hand plane, properly tuned, epitomizes the harmonious connection between a woodworker and their tools. In this course we will begin with pre-milled and fully prepared stock, and follow a proven pattern to produce one of several different examples  (a smoothing, scrub, or hollowing plane are each possible options).…
Fri, Sep 14th, 2018  –  Sat, Sep 15th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
5 Days
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Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes

North House Folk School is excited to partner with Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association and University of Minnesota-Extension to host the Northwoods-Great Lakes Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course on the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior. Dig into northern ecology in this five day immersion course that offers a…
Wed, May 30th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructors: Margie Menzies, Lisa Tracy
2 Days
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Millinery: Blocking the Straw Hat

Stylish, cool and durable, these are a far cry from a farmer's straw hat! Craft your own personalized straw hat using millinery parasisal or Panama straw blanks. Over a two day period, you will block and finish at least one straw hat. Starting with a “blank,” finely woven straw that…
Sat, Jun 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 17th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Moe
1 Day
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Mittens: The Perfect Complement

Learn to knit a pair of mittens and enjoy a life-long skill set for knitting warm mittens for yourself or to give as gifts for those fingertips you care about. Learn to read knitting patterns for mittens, practice circular knitting techniques on double pointed needles, thumb techniques, closing the tip…
Sun, Oct 21st, 2018
Instructor: Allen Holzhueter
4 days
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Moccasin-Making & Bead Embroidery in the Aniishiinaabe Style

Discover the designs, color, styles and technique of traditional bead embroidery as you work with Ojibwe cultural specialist and Grand Portage band member Marcie McIntire, sewing and decorating a pair of moccasins in this course co-sponsored by the Grand Portage National Monument. The course begins with an overview of the…
Thu, Sep 6th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Instructor: Marcie McIntire