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Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions

An old Norse saying goes, “A man without his boat is a mere prisoner.” This class is a one-of-a-kind study and hands-on look into the techniques of traditional Norwegian and Swedish boat builders: we'll explore the developments and skills required to build wooden lapstrake boats that have plied the fjords…
Fri, Jan 4th, 2019  –  Tue, Jan 8th, 2019
Instructor: John Beltman
1 day
Wood-fired pizza

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…
Fri, May 3rd, 2019
4 days
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Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts and More

Meet Jock Holmen, the “Norwegian Termite:” when it comes to carving on timbers, you can’t “stump” him. From blueberries to little people, lettering to logos, Jock can help you chisel your ideas into white pine as you design and carve decorative embellishments for your home. Choose from a variety of…
Thu, May 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen
2 days
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Timber Frame Engineering: An Introduction

Even the most simple timber frame structures require careful attention to basic engineering principles. Gain insight into how to design like a timber-framer but think like an engineer in this introductory course. Starting with a basic overview of how to determine the forces one can expect a traditional timber frame…
Fri, Mar 29th, 2019  –  Sat, Mar 30th, 2019
Instructor: Joe Miller
10 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of timber framing by building a larger and/or a custom-designed timber frame structure. Whether creating a getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home or structure for your community or organization, the beauty and durability of a timber frame structure…
Tue, Jul 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Jul 25th, 2019
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Wed, Aug 21st, 2019  –  Fri, Aug 30th, 2019
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
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, Feb 19th, 2019  –  Wed, Feb 27th, 2019
Instructor: Gerald David
Sat, Aug 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
Instructor: Tom Healy
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, Jan 18th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019
Instructor: Clark Bremer
3 Days
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Timbered Workbench: Early American Style

Have bench, will travel?  Indeed - with this workbench you can do both!  A fine workbench is an essential fixture in the home workshop.  In this class students will build a sturdy timbered workbench based on early American designs using simple and classic joinery that echoes timber framing techniques.  Mortise…
Fri, Feb 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 10th, 2019
Instructor: John Beltman
1 day
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Tomtens and Holiday Ornaments

The belief in tomtens – or rural elves – started in Sweden and continues to be part of the folklore of the winter/holiday season. Tomtens are often portrayed both helpful and mischievous: they’ll do the chores, and then steal the cookies. Sound like a young person you know? No wonder…
Fri, Nov 30th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3 Days
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Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others

This course is an introduction to working with and heat-treating the common high-carbon steels used for edge tools. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different steel types and put this knowledge into practice by creating several tools. We will analyze a number of different tools and compare their…
Fri, May 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, May 5th, 2019
Instructor: Paul Linden
2 Days
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Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Enhance your winter adventures with these lightweight, durable ski poles which are based on the types used by northern Minnesota Finnish immigrants for winter travel. The poles are constructed with birch shafts, copper rivets, whitetail-tanned buckskin grips, and moose rawhide and bent birch baskets. You will make your custom-sized ski…
Mon, Jan 7th, 2019  –  Tue, Jan 8th, 2019
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2 1/2 days
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Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

A chainsaw is a powerful tool that requires a specific set of skills to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are only put to use on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will be one part logging history, one part maintenance and one part in-the field…
Fri, Mar 22nd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 24th, 2019
Instructor: Marco Good
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…
Fri, Mar 29th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 31st, 2019
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
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 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
4 Days
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Ukulele: Build Your Own

While we may associate the sounds of the ukulele with more tropical locales, this easy to pack and play instrument has a lot to offer any musician--aspiring or professional, Northern or otherwise.  Join luthier David Seaton to build a northwoods ukulele in just four days made of locally harvested maple,…
Sat, Jan 5th, 2019  –  Tue, Jan 8th, 2019
Instructor: David Seaton
Thu, Jan 17th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019
Instructor: David Seaton