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Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade

Outfit your own blacksmithing tool chest while developing and refining your skills on the forge. In this course, you will create the set of tools needed to become a backyard blacksmith, while simultaneously learning the basics of blacksmithing. Initial tool projects will include tongs and fire-tending tools. Heat treatment, forging,…
Mon, Jul 8th, 2019  –  Wed, Jul 10th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Mon, Sep 9th, 2019  –  Wed, Sep 11th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond

Always wanted to try your hand at the forge? This is the place to start and to continue developing your blacksmithing skills. You will be introduced to the basic skills of the blacksmith, including safety, fire control, tools, and equipment in both a classroom and "on the forge" setting. Student…
Thu, Jun 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Wed, Sep 4th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 7th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
3¼ days
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Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat

A blanket coat made from a Hudson Bay-style blanket is an inspiring and distinctive example of style and craft. In this skill-building workshop, students will gain the patterning, fitting, and sewing skills they need to create their own unique blanket coat. Made from new or recycled wool blankets, these coats…
Thu, Nov 21st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn
2 Days
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Bobbin Lace Making

Crocheting, knitting, tatting, and needle lace focus on a single thread to construct lace. Bobbin lace making is one of the traditional forms of making lace and is the only technique to use multiple threads concurrently to create lace. The technique has some similarities to weaving but is made on…
Sat, Sep 28th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Kelly Marshall
2 Days
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Boreal Birding Workshop

Spring in northeastern Minnesota is truly alive with life. After a winter of cold and white, there is a veritable explosion of all things feathered. The Boreal Birding Workshop is field focused, offering students a rare opportunity to immerse in this world and develop an appreciation for the wide range…
Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
7am - 4pm
Instructors: Bob Janssen, Joshua Watson
1 day
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Boro + Sustainability: The Japanese Art of Repurposing Fabric

Boro is a Japanese folk textile with an indiscernible eloquence & aesthetic that was originally created out of necessity, in which small scraps of precious fabric are carefully stitched together to create a larger cloth or repair a garment. In this course students will review a brief history of Boro…
Fri, Sep 27th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Michelle Greenhouse
1 Day
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Bounty of the Big Lake: Fish Cookery

We may spend a lot of time enjoying the gift of Lake Superior’s beauty from the shores or from a vessel.  How often do we think of the delicious food ingredients dwelling below the surface?  In this class, we will discover different species of fish that thrive in the Lake…
Sat, Aug 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Karalyn Littlefield
3 Days
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Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge

Make the wood chips fly!  This course is for students ready to stand at the chopping block and learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools—the adze, axe, gouge and push knife. During this class, topics including selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing, use of…
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
3 Days
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Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making

This course takes students through the step-by-step process of crafting a wooden longbow, wooden-shafted arrow and bow string. To facilitate learning about constructing a traditional bow, students start with a rough-cut stave of hickory. Bows are backed with flax-fiber linen. Arrows include field point and feathers. String is made using…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Rick Yonker
1 Day
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Braunschweiger: Love Your Liver in the Wurst Way

Commercial liverwurst (braunschweiger) can’t hold a candle to the real thing. Learn to make your own healthful liverwurst out of ingredients that you choose, with flavors that you can adjust. Craig and Dianne Peterson have always enjoyed eating various forms of liver, in gourmet recipes, liver pate and of course,…
Fri, Nov 15th, 2019
9am-5pm
5 Days
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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin, or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course…
Wed, Jul 10th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Wed, Sep 18th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2½ Days
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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

There’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish, but this course lets students go a step beyond fishing to building their own fishing rods. We’re not talking sapling, string, and safety pin; under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek, students will build a technically perfect spin…
Fri, Jun 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 9th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm, 7pm-9pm; Day 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
4 days
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create for yourself a comfortable living space: a spare bedroom, office, studio, sauna, or whatever else you can dream up. The 18-foot yurt is an excellent shelter option that provides comfortable living arrangements for all four seasons. Working with skilled yurt builders, you’ll build a simple yurt, complete with a…
Thu, Dec 5th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Thu, Dec 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 15th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 Days
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Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Birch Bark and Sod Roof

Since at least 300 AD, the birch bark and sod roof has been the most important roof type in Scandinavia for heated homes. The sod both insulates and protects the waterproof bark layer from sunlight and wind. This combination can last 50-70 years before the birch bark needs replacing. The…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 26th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Trond Oalann
10 Days
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Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Constructing the Skjelter

The Norwegian countryside is scattered with eye-catching wooden structures with sod roofs, steeped in the history of families making their living in the beautiful but harsh landscape. Reaching back centuries, each structure was designed and constructed for a specific purpose: storing grain, livestock, textiles, or even serving as the wedding…
Tue, Jun 11th, 2019  –  Thu, Jun 20th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Trond Oalann