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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 as fur-felt. We will…
Sat, Nov 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Emily Moe
1 day
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Beyond Scarves and Dishclothes: Understanding Printed Knitting Directions for Flat Projects

Getting from learning basic knitting skills to reading and following written pattern directions is not always as straightforward as one would like. Written patterns have their own language, symbols and abbreviations. This one-day class, created to respond to the requests of many past students will help knitters decode this "secret"…
Sat, Jul 1st, 2017
Instructor: Kate Hartman
3 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…
Fri, Jun 30th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
4 Days
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Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction

Explore the history, construction and use of the Native American birch bark canoe in this hands-on course. Paddled for centuries on the lakes and rivers of the interior, all the necessary materials can be sustainably harvested from a healthy boreal forest: birch bark, cedar, spruce root and spruce gum. During…
Mon, Jun 19th, 2017  –  Fri, Jun 23rd, 2017
Instructor: Erik Simula
1/2 day
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Birch Bark Necklace

Whether woven into a basket, a shoe, a backpack or necklace, birch bark is a beautiful material, with natural tones of white, grey, brown, yellow and even pink depending on the tree, the harvest and the layer of the bark. Highlight the variations of the bark (and your fine motor…
Sat, May 13th, 2017
Instructor: Beth Homa
1 1/2 days
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Birch Bark Pouch

In this introduction into plaited basketry, learn about the harvest and process of birch bark, by creating a small pouch out of birch bark. Students will learn the basics of the double diagonal plaited weave pattern and elaborate further by adding a woven bark flap to make a pouch, measuring…
Sat, Aug 26th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 27th, 2017
Instructor: Beth Homa
1 Day
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Birding Basics

The spring migration of birds can be overwhelming, with multitudes of different species singing and passing by all at once. While it is exciting to finally catch of glimpse of a rare warbler, it is just as good to finally know the difference between a Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, or…
Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Nate Johnson
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…
Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
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, Aug 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 6th, 2017
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,…
Tue, Jun 13th, 2017  –  Thu, Jun 15th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
3 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 continue to develop 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…
Fri, Jun 9th, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 11th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
Thu, Sep 7th, 2017  –  Sat, Sep 9th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
3 days
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Blooms, Berries, Bark and Baskets: Natural Dyes for Basket Making

For those prone to picking plants and wondering what can be made of them as they wander through the forests and fields of this region, both basketry and natural dying offer many possibilities for humble leaves and sticks to become something much more. In this team-taught session, students will learn…
Fri, Sep 29th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 1st, 2017
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, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Bob Janssen
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,…
Fri, Jul 21st, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 23rd, 2017
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 21st, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 23rd, 2017
Instructor: Rick Yonker