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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…
Sat, Dec 8th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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
3 Days
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Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Manoomin, Zizani aquatica, wild rice… the symbolic grain of the North. Wild rice has been a significant food source for the people who have inhabited the Great Lakes region for centuries and who have harvested this annual grain generation after generation. In this course, you will paddle to a historic…
Fri, Sep 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
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, Nov 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 11th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good
3 days
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Tricks of Architectural Turning

From balusters to wooden columns, architectural elements made on the lathe have been a part of European buildings and homes since the early renaissance. In the U.S., architectural woodturning became particularly ornate during the Federalist Era through the Victorian era. In this class students will learn proper spindle techniques, rosettes,…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018  –  Mon, Oct 29th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Ireland
3 Days
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Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session

In this three day tutorial open to students of all levels, participants be guided through the process of turning wood on a pole lathe according to their skill level and personal goals. We’ll cover the both the basics and more advanced techniques. Starting with open form bowls, the class will…
Fri, Oct 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
3 days
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Turning Outside the Box

In this course students will integrate the electric lathe and bandsaw to create a variety of boxes and decorative platters. Students will learn how to construct a bandsaw box that can be turned on the lathe in a variety of ways. Strategies for form and decoration will be discussed. Participants…
Wed, Oct 24th, 2018  –  Fri, Oct 26th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Ireland
2½ Days
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Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table

The complexity of geometric patterns complemented by a rustic, handcrafted look best describes the craft of twig mosaic. Twig mosaic is an early American folk art form using full or half rounded branches nailed over a frame creating a geometric pattern that provides volume and intricacy, delicacy and geometry. You…
Fri, Nov 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
1 Day
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Twined Knitting

Two-end knitting also known as twined knitting is an old unique Scandinavian knitting technique. One knits with two ends of yarn - both of them - the same colour -  and one knits “by throwing” in the old way. Both strands are held in the right hand and twisted around…
Thu, Jun 21st, 2018
Instructor: Anne Marie Nielsen
2 hours
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Ukulele II: Keep Strumming with Prudence Johnson

For students who've got a little practice under their belts, musician Prudence Johnson will offer Ukulele II to help beginners extend their skills. She'll explore diminished and bar chords and more complex progressions, as well as some melodies and strumming techniques. Students should be familiar with basic chord progressions in…
Fri, Sep 14th, 2018
Instructor: Prudence Johnson
2 hours
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Ukulele Intro with Prudence Johnson

Join Unplugged Featured Performer Prudence Johnson for an introduction to an instrument that goes anywhere, anyone can play, and is guaranteed to make you and those around you happy: the ukulele! Students, including total beginners, will learn a handful of basic, easy to play, chords on the ukulele that open…
Thu, Sep 13th, 2018
Instructor: Prudence Johnson
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,…
Thu, Jan 17th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019
Instructor: David Seaton
1 Day
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Viking "Knit" Chain Bracelet

Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique, to create a beautiful silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps. Historically, this unique method of weaving resembles “nalbinding” knitting and was used to fabricate everything from sweaters to netting for catching fish!…
Fri, Jul 13th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Sat, Sep 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
1 day
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Viking Cooking: Everyday Foods

What do you pack to eat when you’re off to discover North America in an open boat on the high seas? Explore the everyday and travel foods of the 11th century Vikings in the unique course with Daniel Serra, an expert on the culinary traditions of the early Norse. In…
Thu, Sep 13th, 2018
Instructor: Daniel Serra
1 day
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Viking Cooking: Festive Foods

Though the lore of the ancient Vikings is fraught with historical inaccuracies (they did not wear exclusively purple), the idea that Vikings of the 10th century knew how to party is one popular myth that is rooted in historical evidence. As seafarers who lived intimately with the land, the winds…
Wed, Sep 12th, 2018
Instructor: Daniel Serra