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Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

None of us are getting out of this alive, so we may as well bury ourselves in our work!  Put your hands to work making something truly useful while also building a strong base of woodworking skills. The above-ground applications of your resulting project are numerous – a bookshelf, coffee…
Fri, Feb 4th, 2022  –  Sun, Feb 6th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
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Cedar Bent Wood Boxes

In this class students will build a bentwood box of a design inspired by Yupik people of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska, but also borrowing from Estonian and Scandinavian traditions. The Y-K Delta is basically treeless and the beautiful traditional boxes built by the Yupik people were constructed from…
Thu, Oct 28th, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 31st, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: John Manthei
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Celestial Navigation: Dancing with the Stars

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest of all forms of navigation. For thousands of years, an understanding of the sky has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern…
Fri, Oct 1st, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 3rd, 2021
9 am-5 pm each day
Instructor: Mark Gordon
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Chainsaws: Safety, Maintenance and Tree Felling

A chainsaw is a powerful and efficient tool that requires a specific set of skills and experience to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are used only on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will teach students to recognize and avoid the the hazards that surround…
Fri, Oct 1st, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 3rd, 2021
Day 1 and 2, 9am-5 pm, Day 3 9 am-1 pm
Instructor: Marco Good
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Color Theory Through Weaving

We all have an innate color personality - colors that we're drawn to that describe who we are and how we see the world. Just as painters mix colors on a canvas, weavers combine colors on the loom to create new combinations optically. However, the colors that we're drawn to…
Thu, Feb 3rd, 2022  –  Sun, Feb 6th, 2022
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm Day 4: 9am-noon
Instructor: Christine Novotny
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Comet, Eclipse and Aurora: Exploring the Night Sky Online

After getting oriented on celestial motions we'll spend the remainder of the first session and all of the second preparing for the upcoming almost-total partial lunar eclipse, a bright binocular comet and the possibility of northern lights as solar activity increases. Join instructor Astro Bob for two online sessions exploring…
Wed, Nov 3rd, 2021  –  Wed, Nov 10th, 2021
7:00-8:30pm each day
Instructor: Bob King
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Saami school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you'll learn about the origin of ski design, function and construction. We'll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings,…
Thu, Jan 6th, 2022  –  Sun, Jan 9th, 2022
Day 1: 4pm-8pm Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
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Decorative Ironwork Intensive

From fireplace tools to shelf brackets and kitchen racks, decorative ironwork can highlight any part of the Northern home. This course will enable beginners and intermediate blacksmiths to work alongside master blacksmith Michael Jones to design and build their own unique piece of ironwork. The course will start with a…
Thu, Oct 14th, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 17th, 2021
9 am-5 pm each day
Instructor: Michael Jones
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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid, non-breathing footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the North: mukluks, the perfect footwear for your snowshoeing adventure. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate…
Fri, Oct 29th, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 31st, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
Fri, Nov 19th, 2021  –  Sun, Nov 21st, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
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Families at the Forge

The North House Blacksmith Shop excites the curiosity of adults and kids alike, as hammers pound, sparks fly, and red-hot metal becomes a fire poker, hook, or other tool right before their eyes. Try your hand at the forge in this family class, as kids and adults work together to…
Fri, Oct 22nd, 2021
9am-3pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021
9am-3pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
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Families at the Lathe: Intro to Woodturning

Watching someone turn on the lathe is mesmerizing for folks of all ages; standing behind a lathe making the shavings fly is pure magic. Join instructor Tim Heil for this very unique opportunity to experience woodturning under the careful supervision of an experienced turner. This workshop is open to adult/child…
Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021
9am-11am
Instructor: Tim Heil
Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021
1pm-3pm
Instructor: Tim Heil
Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021
4pm-6pm
Instructor: Tim Heil
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Families in the Kitchen: Apples!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away...but does it count if it’s in a pie or a turnover? Celebrate the fall with this class centered around enjoying apples in both sweet and savory settings. Open to kids ages 7+ accompanied by an adult, we’ll develop a wide range of…
Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021
9am-1pm
Instructor: Kirsten Wisniewski
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Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

Warm up winter by making your own woolen slippers or short boot liners. Using the ancient no-knitting wet felting technique, you will make a cozy, warm pair of slippers or boot liners. The craft hasn’t changed in centuries except we now use soap instead of ash or urine. It’s a…
Wed, Nov 17th, 2021  –  Thu, Nov 18th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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Felted Board Games

Using beautiful colored wool with wet felting and prefelt techniques, students will design and make their own felt board games! From the simplest version of tic tac toe to checkers, chess, or backgammon, these handmade games make wonderful gifts for a traveler or they may be so beautiful they become…
Sat, Jan 8th, 2022  –  Sun, Jan 9th, 2022
Day 1: 9am - 5pm, Day 2: 9am - Noon
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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Fermented Foods: From the Basics to the World of Koji

Though common practice throughout history, food fermentation is now approached with both excitement and trepidation. Fermentation extends storage while also greatly increasing the array of flavors in a diet. In fact, fermented foods have the iconic tastes of cultures around the world: German sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, Japanese soy sauce are…
Wed, Nov 17th, 2021  –  Fri, Nov 19th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Eric Edgin