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Tulip Basket

Start thinking spring by weaving a tulip basket (not actually recommended for tulips). Named for the shape of the basket, this form adds a twist to the traditional diagonal plaited weave by adding a unique rim. A bit more complicated than a standard basket, this course is a great next…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
3 days
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Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women’s Session

Come and make wood shavings fly as you learn how to create wooden bowls on the electric lathe. Students will explore the form and function of this age-old craft while learning about lathe use and terminology. Paper birch from the North Shore will be used for the bowl blanks.  Examples…
Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018  –  Thu, Jan 25th, 2018
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
Fri, Jan 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 28th, 2018
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
1 day
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Twig & Net Hanging Basket

A hanging basket is an attractive way to create more space in the home by storing things up off of table tops and shelves. In this class we will use colorful twig stems from easy to harvest brush to make a hoop for the basket, braid a decorative hanging handle,…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
3 Days
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Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair

The twig chair is the hallmark project for someone who appreciates the traditional craft of twig furniture making. In this course you will work with native alder and willow following a basic twig chair design that can be individualized with curved, bent, or straight twig furniture techniques. A harvesting field…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
1 day
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Two Berry Basket

If you’ve been out berry picking in August, you may have encountered the problem of discovering bountiful harvests of raspberries AND blueberries at the same time: what to do?! The two berry basket with two compartments is a perfect answer-- and it also works for quarantining paper clips from binder…
Fri, May 18th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
2 days
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Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens

The fisherman of the north have known how to keep fingers working in bitter cold conditions for centuries: wool mittens. Before the invention of gortex and polar fleece, fishermen had to put their hands in freezing water, haul ropes and handle fish, only utilizing the natural materials at their disposal.…
Sat, Jun 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 17th, 2018
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
2 days
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Valencian Cuisine

Bring a dose of sunshine into the kitchen with the flavors of Spain. The paella, a classic dish from the region of Valencia, has infinite varieties and brings healthy, creative options to the dinner table any time of year. On day one, this course will focus on chicken-chorizo paella. Day…
Sat, Mar 24th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 25th, 2018
Instructor: Scott Graden
1 Day
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Viking "Knit" Chain Bracelet

Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique, to create a beautiful silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps. Historically, this unique method of weaving resembles “nalbinding” knitting and was used to fabricate everything from sweaters to netting for catching fish!…
Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
3 days
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Viking Era Carving

The 1904 excavation in Norway of the Oseberg Viking ship revealed a vast array of woodcarvings, unlike anything seen previously. Dragon-like head posts, elaborately carved sleighs, an exquisite wagon, and of course, the carvings on the ship itself revealed the extent of the imagination and skill for the woodcarvers in…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
Instructor: Jay Haavik
2 Days
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Weaving Holiday Ornaments From Birch Bark

Start your holiday season off with a weekend on the North House Folk School campus weaving traditional and contemporary ornaments from birch bark. Explore the range of birch bark weaving holiday projects from the traditional Swedish woven heart to a 3-dimensional birch bark star, which are both highlighted in North…
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Dec 3rd, 2017
Instructors: Julie Kean, Jack Sneve
3 Days
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Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves

Learn to weave on the rigid heddle loom while making a beautiful, lightweight scarf perfect for spring evenings. Using the instructor's rigid heddle looms, students will learn how to set up the loom, weave the scarf, and finish it with a lovely fringe. No previous weaving experience is required to…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
3 days
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Weft-Faced Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom

For those who are intrigued with the rhythm and repetition of weaving but not ready to commit to  the complexities of the floor loom, the rigid heddle loom offers an accessible place to start learning the warp from the weft and other weaving intricacies. Using North House rigid heddle looms,…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
1 day
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Wet Felting to Keep you Warm: Hats, Slippers, & Mittens

The natural fibers of wool are still the best material for a cold keeping you warm in a cold Minnesota winter, with the added bonus of being beautiful. Hats, mittens, slippers all use the same technique of felting wool over a resist and sculpting the wool into a three dimensional…
Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2½ Days
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore

The cobbled beaches and rocky cliffs of the North Shore can inspire some serious geological curiosity: what’s this rock? Where did it come from? Why is it here? Well, lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating geology of the northern part…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Jim Miller
3 Days
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Windsor Kitchen Stool: On the Lathe

This course is an overview of Windsor design and construction. Explore the origins and history of Windsor stools and chairs along with the traditional methods and tools used to construct them. Students learn how to select appropriate materials, split green wood for legs and stretchers, and sculpt a seat using…
Wed, Feb 28th, 2018  –  Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman