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Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Squire Boot

If the shoe fits…maybe it’s because you made it yourself! Learn to make the Squire boot with professional shoemaker/cordwainer Molly Grant. Students will choose from an array of colors to make their own leather boots, learning a variety of leatherworking skills along the way, including skiving, folding, glueing, lining, lasting…
Sat, May 16th, 2020  –  Tue, May 19th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Molly Grant
2 days
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Skinnfeller: Norwegian Printed Sheepskins

Skinnfeller is a traditional Norwegian textile craft that until recently was little known in the United States. Though many textiles made the journey across the Atlantic with thousands of Norwegian immigrant families, for reasons lost to history these sewn and decorated sheepskins are rarely seen in collections in the US.…
Sat, Mar 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 29th, 2020
Instructor: Karen Aakre
3 Days, plus an optional 5pm-8pm session
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Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Carve, bend and lace your own pair of wooden snowshoes in the traditional Ojibwe style. Pointed at both ends, this snowshoe design is efficient for travel through both wooded areas or across frozen lakes and open expanses. During the evening session, students will steam bend and shape ash frames. For…
Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
9am-5pm, plus an optional 5pm-8pm bending session offered 11/20/2019
Instructor: John Beltman
½ Day
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Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way

Soap—so simple, yet so misunderstood. Have you ever pondered the ingredients contained in a typical bar of soap? Petroleum distillates, sulfates, and many other unpronounceable additives. Whatever happened to that good old-fashioned soap that Grandma made? Using the same ingredients Grandma used, animal fat and lye, learn how to make…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019
Instructor: Jeanne Wright
2.5 Days
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Spin Your Own Yarn: Spindle and Wheel

Discover the historical craft of hand carding and spinning on a spinning wheel. Beginning spinsters will strive to “get the feel” for the simple act of creating consistent yarn. Those with some prior experience will work to improve their techniques. Class will include ample time for discussions of many topics,…
Tue, Feb 11th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020
Days 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Martha Owen
1 Day
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Spring Birding on the North Shore

Spring offers excellent birding opportunities on the North Shore: with the arrival of warblers and other migrants, there is the potential to see an unusual number of species in a short amount of time. Join Michael Karns, avid outdoorsman and life-long birder (and fountain of knowledge on many topics) for…
Fri, May 29th, 2020
Instructor: Michael Karns
2 Days
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Surface Design on Fabric

In this two day course, we will explore two different styles of surface design on fabric. On the first day, we will use earth pigments and natural plant dye extracts to paint paste resist designs on fabrics. You will paint directly on natural fibers that have been pre-treated with soy…
Wed, Feb 12th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020
Instructor: Karen Rognsvoog
2 Days
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Swedish Christmas Table

Not everyone has the good fortune of having a Swedish grandmother, but Chef Scott Graden is a good stand-in. Anyone can learn to prepare holiday dishes still enjoyed in the Old Country. The quality of holiday foods is only surpassed by quantity. Swedish ham and meatballs are the foundation, followed…
Fri, Dec 13th, 2019  –  Sat, Dec 14th, 2019
Instructor: Scott Graden
2 Days
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Sweetgrass Basketry

Work with locally-harvested sweet grass, cattails, and sedges during this two-day class while learning the art of coiling a sweetgrass basket. We'll incorporate an elegant agate as a base for the basket and make a small birch bark ornament wrapped in sweetgrass. Hands-on instruction provides students with an introduction to…
Sat, Dec 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
1 Day
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Do not panic, this is a test. This is only a test.
Sat, Jan 1st, 2022
Instructor: Carolyn Fritz
Sun, Jan 1st, 2023
1am - 2am
Instructor: Carolyn Fritz
1 Day
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The Elements of Pizza

Most of us have opinions about the Italian flatbread known ‘round the world.  There are so many pizza styles, recipes and methods, but what really makes a good homemade pizza? This class will explore the four basic elements that define a pizza: the dough, the sauce, the cheese, and the…
Sat, May 16th, 2020
2 Days
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The Unfinished Wardrobe: a Two-Day Sew Fest

Do you have a sewing project that never quite got started or that needs some TLC to get it off the shelf and into your closet? Bring it to North House for our ‘Unfinished Wardrobe’ sewing festival. Enjoy the company of others who love sewing, while making progress on your…
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 16th, 2020
Instructor: Carol Colburn
1 Day
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Thrum Mittens: North American Knitting Traditions

Picture a traditional Norwegian mitten…an intricate design with snowflakes & figures probably comes to mind. Picture a thrum mitten…a what? Many people are familiar with the look of northern European knitting traditions, but few have heard of the thrum mitten. One of the few knitted items that was developed in…
Sat, Nov 23rd, 2019
Instructor: Allen Holzhueter
9 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997.  During the first days…
Tue, Aug 25th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 3rd, 2020
Instructor: Gerald David
2½ Days
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Timbered Sawhorse Trestles

Whether they are built for the workshop or used to support a tabletop or workbench, timbered sawhorse trestles are reliable, sturdy and reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into timber framing. During this course, you'll focus on the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon joints needed to create…
Fri, Mar 13th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 15th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-9pm Day2/3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Clark Bremer