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June Session: 4 days; September Session: 4.5 Days
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Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven

Hearth loaves, wood-fired cooking, traditional baking - all potential uses for the wood-fired masonry oven pioneered and made popular by Alan Scott.  This workshop will explore the history of masonry ovens, oven construction, mixing dough and brick oven baking. Over the four days of the course we will, as a…
Sat, Jun 30th, 2018  –  Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
Wed, Sep 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 23rd, 2018
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
1/2 day
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P is for Pears

Come fall, the pears are perfect. Our local varieties such as Luscious and Moon Glow may not look pretty,  but they sweeter, more flavorful, and more versatile than those shipped in from afar. Pears are even more versatile that apples in the kitchen and present a world of options —…
Thu, Sep 27th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Dooley
2 days
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Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

Bring a garment that you love - or cannot live without. You will not have to take it apart! You will learn to make a pattern that duplicates the cut, and even adds features such as more pockets or design details. Three techniques for copying patterns from existing garments will…
Sat, Jun 30th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
2 days
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Piece by Piece: Laminated Pizza Peels and Cutting Boards

Learn basic woodworking skills and create a beautiful useful piece at the same time in this introductory course. Using a variety of types of wood, from birch to maple to walnut and more, students will complete three projects: a practice piece, a butcher block-style cutting board and a pizza peel…
Sat, Dec 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Pat O'Connor
2 Days
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Pine Needle Basketry

Create a traditional coiled basket from locally harvested red pine needles. Starting with either a pliable birch bark base or an elegant agate base, you will work with a variation of the spiral stitch to form a basket with a distinct spiral pattern inside and out. Samples of pine needles…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
3 days
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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada, when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen or burlap with a curved hook much like a…
Tue, Jun 19th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 21st, 2018
Instructor: Carol Dunn
Tue, Sep 11th, 2018  –  Thu, Sep 13th, 2018
Instructor: Carol Dunn
1½ Days
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Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket

UUnfortunately, traditional sheepskin blankets with a tanned leather back require that the sheep make the ultimate sacrifice. Yet it doesn't have to be so! Instructor Becky Utecht has developed a modern approach to an age-old craft. Using felting techniques, students in this course will start with an unwashed sheep fleece…
Sat, Jul 21st, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Becky Utecht
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Os Style

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and is done in many styles reflective of specific regions in Norway. The Os region in western coastal Norway is known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling. In this course you'll…
Fri, Aug 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructors: Kim Garrett, Mary Schliep
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Valdres-Style

Rosemaling is a decorative painting style which originated in Norway where it traditionally decorated churches, homes and farmhouse interiors. The Valdres style of rosemaling originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif. This course emphasizes the basic techniques of painting these traditional floral bouquets. Students…
Fri, Oct 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 21st, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
1 Day
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Saami adornment incorporated elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this…
Sat, Jul 14th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Fri, Sep 21st, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
5 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

Join us for an adventurous sail training expedition that combines the rigors of offshore sailing with the more tranquil waters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The trip will begin at the North House Folk School dock as we prepare for the 46-mile open water crossing to the Apostle Islands.…
Fri, Jun 29th, 2018  –  Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
10 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation

In the northwestern portion of Lake Superior is a unique and remote island archipelago. Isle Royale National Park preserves 132,018 acres of land that were federally designated as wilderness in 1976. The park consists of one large island surrounded by over 450 smaller islands, located in the largest fresh water…
Thu, Jun 7th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 16th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
6 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

This sail training trip is a favorite of the Captain. It has a great mix of offshore sailing and protected island cruising. The route takes you from Knife River to the Apostle Islands (a 35 mile crossing), usually spending two to three days exploring the Islands before crossing to Grand…
Tue, Aug 28th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
11 days
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Sail Training Trip: Slate Island Exploration

Ask anyone who has sailed far and wide and they will tell you the Canadian North Shore of Lake Superior is some of the best wilderness sailing in the world. The water is cold, clear and clean; the anchorages are amazingly beautiful, plentiful and incredibly secure. Add of that, only…
Wed, Sep 5th, 2018  –  Sat, Sep 15th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
1 Day
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Sampling Scandinavian Flatbreads

Soft rolls filled with cheese; crisp bread piled with savory toppings; and thin soft breads browning on the hearth - Scandinavian flatbreads go far beyond Wasa crackers and lefse! In this course, students will work with northern whole grains, traditional spice combinations, and North House’s wood fired bread oven to…
Fri, Jul 6th, 2018
Instructor: Erin Swenson-Klatt