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Beginning Millinery & Haberdashery: The Blocked Felt Hat

Minnesota’s history is interwoven with the history of hat-making. Europe’s hunger for beaver-felt top hats drove the voyageurs into the heart of fur country. Most of the fur traded at Grand Portage eventually became felt hats. There is no softer, warmer, or more pliant fiber than fur-felt. We will use…
Sat, Dec 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Moe
1.25 Days
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Better Butter Baking

We know that butter makes it better. But which butter? And what’s behind the magic? We will learn three distinctive butter techniques as we explore croissants, Danish pastry, and kouig amann, which may be the best “muffin” you’ll ever have. We’ll make cultured butter and demystify this ancient treasure.
Sat, Jun 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 7th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-6pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Kim Ode
1.5 Days
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Biomimicry: How to Develop Sustainable Designs Inspired by Nature

Let’s face it, the news from nature hasn’t been uplifting lately. One of the most potent ideas out there pushing back against the doom and gloom is biomimicry, a practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges—and finds hope along the way.…
Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Sat, May 30th, 2020
Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Sue Okerstrom
3.5 Days
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Birch Bark Berry Basket: Workshop and Field Harvest

Fully experience the craft of making a traditional birch bark basket for the gathering and storage of berries or anything you please. This course includes time focused both on basket making and on material preparation. Day one includes an extended session in the woods to harvest the birch bark in…
Thu, Jun 25th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 28th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
4 Days
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Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Scandinavians and Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets in the 18th and 19th century for the then-popular taking of snuff. Larger finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea or salt. Today they continue to be made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry,…
Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Fred Livesay
3.5 days
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Birch Bark Large Tote

Carry around your studies, tools, or groceries in this beautiful and functional large birch bark tote basket. Students will learn about sustainable techniques for legal harvest and then use hand tools to prepare their 1 inch wide bark strips, and weave them into a tote base. The bag will be…
Sat, Sep 26th, 2020  –  Tue, Sep 29th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
2 Days
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Birch Bark Sawtooth Table Basket

Discover the sturdiness and the beauty of birch bark by weaving a medium table top basket; perfect for organizing or displaying with its large base, shallow walls, and sturdy rim structure. This rim design will elevate your weaving skills by adding a three-dimensional pattern that mimics the zigzags of the…
Sat, Nov 7th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 8th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
1.5 Days
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Birch Bark Stars, Birds, and More

From birds to beads, there are so many possibilities when it comes to birch bark. Join accomplished weavers Jack and Julie to learn to weave a variety of small projects, including garlands and a three dimensional star and more. Learn about the ecology of this iconic northern tree and leave…
Wed, Sep 16th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 17th, 2020
Day 1: 1-5pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm
Instructors: Julie Kean, Jack Sneve
Fri, Nov 20th, 2020  –  Sat, Nov 21st, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 1-5pm
Instructors: Julie Kean, Jack Sneve
2 Days
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Bird Carving

This course will introduce students to the world of bird carving. This is a great class for beginners and experienced carvers alike. We will focus on song birds commonly found in the sub-boreal forest of the Lake Superior region. Of course, each bird is different but the general form, anatomy,…
Sat, Aug 1st, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 2nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
1 Day
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Birding By Ear

Most birds are not known for sitting still. By learning to recognize their songs, calls and the habitats they live in, you can have a satisfying birding experience every time you step outdoors, with or without your binoculars! In this one-day workshop we’ll travel to various habitats and birding hotspots…
Fri, May 29th, 2020
6am-2pm
Instructor: Ann Russ
3 Days
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Black Ash Pack Baskets

The black ash pack basket: it's beautiful, highly functional and can be made using simple materials. The first part of the class will be spent preparing black ash splint for your basket by pounding a locally harvested log. Next, you'll weave the basket and finish it with a rim, handle,…
Fri, Jul 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 Days
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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, Aug 3rd, 2020  –  Wed, Aug 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Tue, Sep 15th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 17th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond

This course is an introduction to the basic skills of the blacksmith, including safety, fire control, tools, and equipment in both a classroom and "on the forge" setting. Student projects will be tailored toward individual skill levels. The class will begin with basic projects such as decorative nail-in hooks to…
Mon, Jul 20th, 2020  –  Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Thu, Sep 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Blacksmith’s Friction Folding Knife

This course will introduce students to the methods and techniques involved in hand crafting an all-metal friction folding knife, a project suitable for beginners to experienced smiths that want to learn more about knife making. Students will learn to forge, grind, heat-treat, and polish a carbon steel blade using coal…
Thu, Aug 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 9th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Cody Myers, Robert Burns
2.5 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 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 31st, 2020
Day 1: 7am-4pm; Day 2: 6:30am-4pm; Day 3: 7am-noon (Note: Due to the early start time, please plan to arrive at North House at 5pm the day before class starts for a brief introductory session)
Instructors: Joshua Watson, Bob Janssen