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Spinning Fibers On A Wheel

The classic Saxony-style spinning wheel was invented over 500 years ago, and is still a symbol of the “olden days.” Although the spinning wheel is no longer a household necessity for the production of the family’s clothing, many crafters, knitters and fiber artists find great satisfaction in spinning their own…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Allen Holzhueter
2 Days
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Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond

Nature has its own rhythms and these days, it can be hard to predict! Phenology is the recording of the natural calendar—the arrival times of various migrating birds, lake ice-outs, blooming dates of wildflowers, harvest times for crops, and tree leaves changing color in the fall are all events that…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Jim Gilbert
1 day
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Swedish Holiday Baking

Settle into the North House teaching kitchen for a cozy day of baking - by the end of the day you'll be prepared for a traditional Swedish holiday season! We'll try our hands at cookies, breads for the julbord buffet, and the saffron rolls traditionally served on St. Lucia Day…
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Erin Swenson-Klatt
2 Days
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Sweet Grass Basketry

Work with locally harvested sweet grass, cattails, and sedges during this two-day class while learning the art of coiling a sweet grass basket. We'll incorporate an elegant agate as a base for the basket. Hands-on instruction provides students with an introduction to the traditions and skills of basket weaving, and…
Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 4th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
5 Days
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Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions

An old Norse saying goes, “A man without his boat is a mere prisoner.” This class is a one-of-a-kind study and hands-on look into the techniques of traditional Norwegian and Swedish boat builders: we'll explore the developments and skills required to build wooden lapstrake boats that have plied the fjords…
Thu, Jan 4th, 2018  –  Mon, Jan 8th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
3 days
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Three Rare Tools in Three Days

In this course we will make three rare and fantastic woodworking tools in three days. Our emphasis will be on making unique, custom tools that perform well, not on trying to emulate commercially produced tools. These are traditional designs, but with modern improvements that make them more workable than antique…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
4 days
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Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts and More

Meet Jock Holmen, the “Norwegian Termite:” when it comes to carving on timbers, you can’t “stump” him. From blueberries to little people, lettering to logos, Jock can help you chisel your ideas into white pine as you design and carve decorative embellishments for your home. Choose from a variety of…
Mon, Jun 18th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jock Holmen
4 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of Norwegian timber framing by building a custom-designed structure in the Grindbygg style. Whether creating a woodshed, carport, getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the unique beauty and durability of a Grindbygg structure offers a unique opportunity to…
Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Fri, Aug 10th, 2018
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
10 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of timber framing by building a larger and/or a custom-designed timber frame structure. Whether creating a getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the beauty and durability of a timber frame structure offers a unique opportunity to literally build…
Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 16th, 2018
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
9 days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997. During the first days…
Mon, Apr 30th, 2018  –  Tue, May 8th, 2018
Instructor: Tom Healy
2½ Days
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Timbered Sawhorse Trestles

Whether they are built for the workshop or used to support a tabletop or workbench, timbered sawhorse trestles are reliable, sturdy and reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into timber framing. During this course, you'll focus on the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon joints needed to create…
Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 25th, 2018
Instructor: Clark Bremer
3 Days
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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
1 day
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Tomtens and Holiday Ornaments

The belief in tomtens—or rural elves—started in Sweden and continues to be part of the folklore of the winter/holiday season. Tomtens are often portrayed both helpful and mischievous: they’ll do the chores, and then steal the cookies. Sound like a young person you know? No wonder these colorful, mythical creatures…
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
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Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Enhance your winter adventures with these lightweight, durable ski poles which are based on the types used by northern Minnesota Finnish immigrants for winter travel. The poles are constructed with birch shafts, copper rivets, whitetail-tanned buckskin grips, and moose rawhide and bent birch baskets. You will make your custom-sized ski…
Mon, Jan 8th, 2018  –  Tue, Jan 9th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2 1/2 days
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Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

A chainsaw is 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 experience.…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good