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Natural Plant Dyes

Enjoy the “thrill of discovery” in the many colors which can be achieved, and the variation of color that can be found in nature's palette, by learning the complex subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is a fascinating and inexpensive craft. Students will learn how to…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Rognsvoog
½ Day
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Naturally Sweet: Using Honey and Maple Syrup

Sweet things have natural appeal to our taste buds! Embrace nature’s sweet side as you learn to work with local honey and maple syrup—pure, delicious, versatile, and relatively healthful alternatives to refined sugar. Their flavors are concentrated and complex and offer cooks a range of options. This class will take…
Fri, May 17th, 2019
Instructors: Beth Dooley, Mette Nielsen
2 Days
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Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads & Fiber

Combine bead embroidery and needle felting to create a unique landscape “painting,” while learning the basics of both in this two-day workshop. Participants will bring a landscape image (photo, magazine image, postcard etc.) to inspire their beaded piece. First, you will create a simple needle-felted wool background fabric. Then, you…
Sat, Jul 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
1½ Days
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Net Making: The Carrying Sack

Nets aren’t just for catching fish! In this class you will learn an ancient technique to make a netted sack for everyday use. To make a net, you only need to learn to tie one knot. The craft of net making has remained unchanged for thousands of years, a universal…
Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
3 days
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Nomadic Felts: Rugs

In this class students will begin by traveling to Kyrgyzstan through pictures and stories.  We will discover how felt is used and why it is such an important textile for the people of Central Asia, and will fill yourselves with inspiration!  We will then get our own hands into the…
Fri, Sep 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Reichert
2 Days
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Nordic Herbals

Healing traditions, like all craft, reflect the landscape and stories of the people who create them. Explore Norse and Sami-inspired herbal medicine in this workshop based around the handcrafting of seven herbal medicines, each tethered to a particular story and made from northern plants. Rooted in her own Nordic ancestry,…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
2 Days
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North Woods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

The North Woods is full of beautiful, colorful material suitable for basketry; you just have to go out there and get it! Willow shoots, birch bark, tamarack bark, and willow bark are just a few of the available options. In this class we will head out to a nearby location…
Sat, Jul 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 7th, 2019
Instructor: Emily Derke
1½ Days
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North Woods Cuisine: A Wild Culinary & Ecological Experience

Experience North Woods cuisine like never before while we expand the realm of possibilities for “local” food. This course is both a culinary experience and field-based exploration of the boreal forest. To begin, we’ll head into the field for a plant walk in several habitats, learning how to identify and…
Sat, Jul 20th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
Instructor: Eric Edgin
1½ Days
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Northern Landscapes Photography

The countdown to the summer solstice snaps into mind at the beginning of June. It's a fresh time of the year when suddenly the world smells like summer. The stunning landscape of Cook County, with its miles of wilderness and incomparable Lake Superior views starts to come alive with incandescent…
Fri, Jun 7th, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 8th, 2019
Instructor: Bryan Hansel
2 Days
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Norwegian Needlecraft: Taking the 'Hard' out of Hardanger

In this class, you will experience the practice of hardanger as a traditional Scandinavian needlecraft and cutwork tradition. Hardanger embroidery is a traditional Scandinavian handwork, enjoyed and practiced for hundreds of years (at least since 1650). In this introductory class, students will learn all the basic stitches used in hardanger…
Fri, Jul 12th, 2019  –  Sat, Jul 13th, 2019
Instructor: Lori Zimmerman
4 days
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Norwegian Tollekniv: From Forge to Finish

Tollekniv comes from the old Norse words "talga"—to work wood with an edge tool—and "knifr," knife. The tollekniv comes in many different shapes and styles depending on region. There are several different types of knives in the kitchen; the same is true in a woodshop; for example, a utility tollekniv…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Thu, Jun 27th, 2019
Instructor: Kjetil Groven
1½ Days
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Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps

Scarves: Many of us don't leave home without them. They are imperative in the winter but they can simply be fashionable.  In this class you will learn the modern wet felting technique called Nuno which creates a durable, elegant and warm material by combining wool with silk or other lightweight…
Sat, Jun 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1½ Days
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October Skies: Night Photography Workshop

When you combine the autumn nights, the North Shore of Lake Superior and a passion for photography, something interesting and beautiful is bound to happen. In this course, you’ll join photography professional photographer, Bryan Hansel in the darkness to capture images of star trails and the moon over Lake Superior.…
Fri, Oct 11th, 2019  –  Sat, Oct 12th, 2019
Instructor: Bryan Hansel
4 days
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Old World Ale Bowls: Pole and Power Lathe Turning

Learn to turn on both power and pole lathes and to explore the historical continuum of bowl turning in this unique course offering. Students will move back and forth between the foot-powered pole lathe and modern electric lathe to delve deeply into a study of old world Norwegian ale bowls.…
Thu, Nov 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Instructor: Roger Abrahamson
1¼ Days
Wood-fired bread

Old World Breads

Trace the history of your morning toast back to ancient Egypt and learn to bake bread as it was before commercial yeast and steam-injection convection ovens. Learn the basics of baking artisan breads with a strong emphasis on traditional methods, including ingredient selection, techniques for leavening and methods of baking.…
Sat, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Instructor: Caleb Mattison