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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
1 Day
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Sausages for the Summer Grill

It's the summer season and time for a course to enable the grill master in all of us to make our own sausages for the BBQ.  Designed to teach you how to make several kinds of sausage for those easy summer meals--from andouille to Polish.  You will learn to grind,…
Sat, Jul 7th, 2018
Instructor: Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux
Fri, Aug 10th, 2018
Instructor: Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux
1 Day
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Scandinavian Holiday Baking: Making Lefse

Learn to make lefse the way your grandmother used to do it – an easy, time-tested recipe made from whole potatoes.  You’ll learn the entire process of lefse making – from potato preparation, mixing, rolling, folding and storing – as well as the equipment used to be successful.  Other recipes…
Fri, Nov 9th, 2018
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation

Another appropriate name for this course could simply be: “Let’s Keep Carving!” It is an inspiring immersion for students with prior carving experience, including seasoned figure carvers, as well as new-to-carving folks who have just completed the three-day Scandinavian Style Figure Carving course. Need some inspiration or a few new…
Mon, Jun 25th, 2018  –  Wed, Jun 27th, 2018
Instructor: Harley Refsal
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning carvers with the opportunity to carve several figures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Beginning with tool sharpening, the course provides hands-on carving experience as you complete a figure in step-by-step fashion. You will then paint the figures and apply a final oil finish. After this initial…
Wed, Jun 20th, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Harley Refsal
1 Day
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Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics

Combine wool, soap and water, a felting needle and agitation and the sculptural possibilities are endless!  This is a day to experiment with the amazing sculptural flexibility of wool and go beyond the basics. Using a variety of fill or building a wire armatage students create a sculpture of their…
Sun, Sep 23rd, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3 Days
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Sew Your Own: Scandinavian Work Shirt

It works! Sew your own Scandinavian work shirt, designed for comfort and for your favorite outdoor activities. Learn a life-long skill while creating a shirt you will love to wear. Traditional shirts in the Scandinavian countries are great for layering and designed for outdoor life. Natural fiber striped fabrics of…
Fri, Sep 21st, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 23rd, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
1.25 Days
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Sewing a Tool Pouch Set with Surface Design

Create custom fabric using simple surface design techniques. Use the fabric that you designed to sew a set of three graduated, lined tool pouches that you can use to corral things like knitting notions, carving tools, or sketchbooks and pens. This course provides an opportunity for those new to the…
Fri, Jul 6th, 2018  –  Sat, Jul 7th, 2018
Instructor: Brienne Moody
½ Day
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Sewing Deerhide Baby Booties

Reports from new parents suggest that a pair of handmade, deerhide booties make a great baby gift: not only do they stay on those tiny feet, but they are awfully cute as well. Join instructor Jo Wood for a half day workshop to learn to the process for cutting and…
Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
4 Days
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Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe

Crafting functional, durable and attractive footwear with your own hands is a deeply satisfying (and sole-ful!) task. We will begin by making a casting of your foot (shoes will truly be custom built) then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, butt stitching and assembly. Once the…
Wed, Aug 8th, 2018  –  Sat, Aug 11th, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter
4 Days
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Shoemaking: Chukka Boot

The chukka boot has roots that reach back to a decidedly non-northern location, the Sahara desert. Originally crafted by the cobblers of Cairo for South African troops during WWII, the practical, light-weight and comfortable design now has universal appeal, as an around-town shoe, sometime workboot and even a dress shoe.…
Sat, Aug 18th, 2018  –  Tue, Aug 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter
4 Days
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Shoemaking: Internal Stitchdown Workboots

It’s hard to imagine a more functional and necessary piece of footwear than a solid workboot—and one that is custom-fit to your foot? What more could you ask for really? We will begin by making a casting of your foot and then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting…
Mon, Aug 13th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 16th, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter
4 Days
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Shoemaking: Modern Turn Shoe

Inspired by centuries of shoe design, the modern turn shoe is an eminently practical and fashionable piece of footwear. From the city streets to wilderness survival, these shoes have been road-tested and found to be comfortable and durable. The uppers are American bison, the soles are made of heavy oil…
Thu, Aug 23rd, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 26th, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter