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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 31st, 2019
6am-2pm
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 18th, 2019
6am-2pm
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 grocery stores. This course is an introduction to the awesome qualities of the ash tree, which we will use both for weaving the basket and for making the handles. We will prepare the…
Fri, May 17th, 2019  –  Sun, May 19th, 2019
9am-5pm
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 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
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, 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, Apr 11th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 14th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Tue, May 14th, 2019  –  Fri, May 17th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
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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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, May 8th, 2019  –  Sun, May 12th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
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, Apr 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, 7pm-9pm, Day 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
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