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Turning with a Skew Chisel

Challenged by the skew chisel? This is the course to overcome fears and problems and discover the amazing capacity of this woodturning tool. Alan will take students through the shaping and tuning of the tool and how to create “scary sharp” edges. Next students will tackle between eight and ten…
Wed, Sep 20th, 2017  –  Thu, Sep 21st, 2017
Instructor: Alan Lacer
2½ Days
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Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table

The complexity of geometric patterns complemented by a rustic, handcrafted look best describes the craft of twig mosaic. Twig mosaic is an early American folk art form using full or half rounded branches nailed over a frame creating a geometric pattern that provides volume and intricacy, delicacy and geometry. You…
Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
2 hours
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Ukulele Intro with Prudence Johnson

Join Unplugged Featured Performer Prudence Johnson for an introduction to an instrument that goes anywhere, anyone can play, and is guaranteed to make you and those around you happy: the ukulele! Students, including total beginners, will learn a handful of basic, easy to play, chords on the ukulele that open…
Fri, Sep 15th, 2017
Instructor: Prudence Johnson
2 Days
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Unplugged Songwriting Workshop with Jon Vezner & Don Henry

Songwriting has been part of the fabric of humanity since the dawn of time. Whether conveying legends and myths, capturing spiritual visions, or simply sharing stories of endless flavors, music and voice are powerful mediums that naturally meld together. North House's annual Unplugged event and its performers are the backdrop…
Fri, Sep 15th, 2017  –  Sat, Sep 16th, 2017
Instructor: Jon Vezner
4 Days
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Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology

We’re no stranger to taking materials back to the source: woodworking courses regularly head out to harvest birch; basket makers can be spotted in local ditches cutting willow, sweetgrass and cattail; and we even have the occasional sheep on campus for the fiber folk. But taking metalwork straight to the…
Mon, Jul 24th, 2017  –  Thu, Jul 27th, 2017
Instructor: Wayne Potratz
1 1/2 days
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Warm Your Windows: Sew Your Own Insulated Curtains

Watching a winter moonrise over freshly fallen snow through big glass windows is one thing, but often those lovely panes of glass let in more than just light. As anyone who lives in an old house (or even a new house!) will tell you, an icy breeze and frozen window…
Sat, Oct 7th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2017
Instructor: Katya Gordon
2½ Days
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What's This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN's Central North Shore

Lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating geology of the North Shore with UMD geology professor Jim Miller. Using only your powers of observation, we will “read” the rocks ​along the Lake Superior ​shoreline ​to unravel ​its billion year-old​ geological story…
Fri, Aug 18th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 20th, 2017
Instructor: Jim Miller
2 1/2 days
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Willow Basketry

Willow has been a prized basket making material for centuries, and after this class, you'll know why. Using traditional European style weaving techniques, students will create a sturdy, beautiful basket using nothing but willow shoots. Strong enough to haul a full load of potatoes, these baskets are made to be…
Fri, Oct 13th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 15th, 2017
Instructor: Emily Derke
1 day
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Willow Weaving: The Tension Tray

Simple and elegant, a handmade willow platter is a great way to serve fruits, breads and other foods. Made with locally harvested willow, these trays are held together entirely by tension and include additional woven details as a decorative element.  In this one day course, students will learn several basic…
Fri, Jul 28th, 2017
Instructor: Emily Derke
3 Days
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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is an old folk tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, seasonal income and to give as gifts. The techniques, designs and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft…
Thu, Oct 12th, 2017  –  Sat, Oct 14th, 2017
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Jarrod Dahl
1 day
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Wooly Worlds: Felted Dioramas

Let your imagination run wild creating a small scene of felted things. You will learn how to make 2D and 3D items using needle felting and wet felting techniques. Create gnomes, bears, dinosaurs, mushrooms, rivers, fish…the possibilities are endless. Adults and children can create a diorama together or each create…
Sat, Oct 21st, 2017
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
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Woven Birch Bark Basketry

Birch trees are one of the most versatile trees of the northern forest. From bark to wood to sap, there are abundant uses for this easily-recognizable tree. Discover the sturdiness and the beauty of birch by weaving a medium-sized basket from its bark. In this course, students will learn the…
Sat, Sep 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Beth Homa
4 Days
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Yurt Building: Design and Construction

Whether you’re looking for a spare bedroom, office, studio, tent, sauna, summer cabin, or just looking to reduce your footprint, the yurt may be the answer. Yurts are ancient, portable shelters and one of the classic inventions of human history: simple, efficient, easy to heat, sturdy, and beautiful inside and…
Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus