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Old World Ale Bowls: Pole and Power Lathe Turning

Learn to turn on both power and pole lathes and to explore the historical continuum of bowl turning in this unique course offering. Students will move back and forth between the foot-powered pole lathe and modern electric lathe to delve deeply into a study of old world Norwegian ale bowls.…
Thu, Nov 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Instructor: Roger Abrahamson
1¼ Days
Wood-fired bread

Old World Breads

Trace the history of your morning toast back to ancient Egypt and learn to bake bread as it was before commercial yeast and steam-injection convection ovens. Learn the basics of baking artisan breads with a strong emphasis on traditional methods, including ingredient selection, techniques for leavening and methods of baking.…
Sat, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
2½ days
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On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting

If you’ve ever picked up a rough stone and wondered what’s inside, it’s time to try your hand at the magic of stone cutting! Veteran goldsmith and stone cutter extraordinaire, Michael Seiler, will lead students through the process of cutting, finishing, and polishing a variety of agates—perfect for your next…
Fri, May 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
Instructor: Michael Seiler
3½ Days
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Outdoor Timbered Benches

A sturdy, timbered outdoor bench will invite years of use and is perfect for long conversations, a short break from walking or simply watching the world go by. This unique bench design borrows joinery common to timber-frame construction and utilizes rough cut, sustainably harvested white pine timbers. It’s beautiful, comfortable…
Thu, Mar 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Thu, Jun 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 9th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
4½ Days
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Ovencrafting: Building and Baking in the Wood-Fired Brick Oven

Hearth loaves, live-fire cooking, flatbreads, and overnight baked bean pots – just a few of the many potential uses of the wood-fired masonry oven made popular by Alan Scott.  This workshop will explore the history and construction of masonry ovens and the mixing and baking of wood-fired bread. Over the…
Wed, Jun 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 30th, 2019
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
Wed, Aug 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
2 days
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Ovencrafting: Building in the Round, Italian-Style

Wood fired brick ovens have been used since the dawn of civilization. They have been found in excavations of virtually every ancient civilization with the brick oven reaching its modern form in ancient Rome. Designs vary widely based on materials and intended use. The round wood-fired oven is found widely…
Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 24th, 2019
Instructor: Eric Moshier
1½ Days
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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored scraps are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched…
Fri, Jul 19th, 2019  –  Sat, Jul 20th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Smaby
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, Feb 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 24th, 2019
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
2 days
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Post-and-Rung Stool Building

In this two day course each student will build a post-and-rung stool as we explore aspects of traditional chair making. On day one, students learn about splitting logs for stool pieces and how to shape stool parts using a shaving horse, drawknife, and spokeshave. On the second day, students use…
Sat, Mar 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 31st, 2019
Instructor: Rose Holdorf
3 days
Rug hooking

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…
Thu, Jun 6th, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 8th, 2019
Instructor: Carol Dunn
1 Day
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Put Your Feet Up: Weave a Footstool with Paper Fiber Rush

Ready to put your feet up? Try your hand at traditional paper fiber rush weaving and complete a small footstool in just one day. You’ll start with an assembled and lightly finished footstool and end with a beautiful piece of furniture you’ll appreciate for years to come. You will be…
Mon, Aug 26th, 2019
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
½ day
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Quilting the North Woods: A Seasonal Block of the Month Quilt

North House and the north woods are full of inspiring colors and patterns for the quilter. Laura Ricketts has designed a nine block wall-hanging with thematic blocks, as well as a North House central block. This North Woods quilt class will focus on triangles: dealing with bias in fabric and…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
1 Day
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Raptors of the North Shore

If the sight of a falcon, eagle, owl, or osprey soaring over the shoreline of Lake Superior has always enraptured you, this workshop will let you dig your talons into these fascinating creatures. Join Mikaela Brevig, naturalist with The Raptor Center for a day-long immersion in raptors. The first half…
Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
Instructor: Mikki Brevig
1½ Days
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Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket

Unfortunately, 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 20th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
Instructor: Becky Utecht
2¼ days
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Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket

An abundance of easily accessed and harvested native materials very suitable for basketry grow in our northern region. In this class we will make a frame with striking red osier dogwood and then weave a basket with a handle using a mixture of cattail and iris leaves, basswood fiber, willow…
Fri, May 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, May 5th, 2019
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder