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Beekeeping Basics

Hobby beekeeping is growing as people realize how rewarding it can be to collaborate with the amazing honey bee. A few pieces of equipment, a little bit of training, and a lot of patience can lead to not only delicious honey for you and yours, but a new relationship with…
Sat, May 19th, 2018
2 Days
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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…
Wed, Feb 14th, 2018  –  Thu, Feb 15th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Moe
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 29th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
5 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 25th, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 29th, 2018
Instructor: Erik Simula
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 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Ann Russ
1 day
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Birding by Ear: Mid-Migration

Most birds are not known for sitting still. By learning to recognize their songs and 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 morning workshop we’ll travel to various habitats in Cook…
Sat, May 19th, 2018
Instructor: Ann Russ
3 days
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Black Ash Market Basket

The market basket will take you many places: from the market to the beach, from picnics to the grocery stores. This course is an introduction to the awesome qualities of the ash tree, which we will use for both weaving the basket and making the handles. We will prepare the…
Fri, May 4th, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
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, Feb 23rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 25th, 2018
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, Apr 17th, 2018  –  Thu, Apr 19th, 2018
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 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…
Thu, Apr 12th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Instructor: Cody Myers
Wed, Jun 13th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 16th, 2018
Instructor: Cody Myers
Thu, Jul 5th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Instructor: Cody Myers
3 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 & 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 warm wool blankets, these…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
1 1/2 days
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Bookbinding: Fiber Journal

Ever find yourself trying to remember exactly what plants you used for that dye bath? What weight of yarn you started that knitting project with? That great felting design you dreamed up at 2 am? Every fiber artist needs a journal to record the 'knitty gritty' details of their finished…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Karen Smaby
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, Feb 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 11th, 2018
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 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Rick Yonker
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, May 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich