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Saami-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment

For centuries, the circum-polar people have embroidered pewter thread onto wool and leather to embellish clothing, bags, jewelry and other small objects. Learn this technique and develop your own designs with instructor Norma Refsal, who has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and draws inspiration from the Saami people and their designs.…
Fri, Oct 12th, 2018  –  Sat, Oct 13th, 2018
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Norma Refsal
1 Day
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Saami adornment incorporated elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this…
Fri, Mar 15th, 2019
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Fri, Jul 12th, 2019
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
5 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

Join us for an adventurous sail training expedition from Grand Marais to Knife River, MN, along Minnesota’s north shore. Potentially rigorous sailing on open water is to be expected. Each night we will stay at an all-weather anchorage along the Minnesota North Shore such as Taconite Harbor and Silver Bay.…
Fri, Jun 28th, 2019  –  Tue, Jul 2nd, 2019
Instructors: Mark Gordon, Katya 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, Jun 5th, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 15th, 2019
Instructors: Mark Gordon, Katya Gordon
.5 days
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Sámi Knitting Techniques

The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN-recognized indigenous people, and have a culture rich with fiber traditions. In Sámi Knitted Mitten Techniques, students will be introduced to Sami mittens and four characteristics which set them apart: cuffs, thumbs, decreases and braids (with or without tassels). We will create a sample swatch…
Wed, Feb 13th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
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,…
Sun, May 5th, 2019
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
Instructor: Cindy Muus
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 24th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 26th, 2019
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…
Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Instructor: Harley Refsal
Wed, Jun 19th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 21st, 2019
Instructor: Harley Refsal
1 day
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Sewing Canvas Tool Pouches

A handy set of canvas tool pouches is something anyone can make and use! Sew a set of two 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 sewing machine…
Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
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, Apr 14th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
2 Days
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Sharpening Tutorial

"Get the Edge" might be another appropriate title for this course. Chisels, planes, gouges, knives, scissors, spokeshaves and more--these tools of the trade function at their best when the cutting edge is truly prepared for business. Ready to slice butter? This comprehensive overview of sharpening will help you understand the…
Sat, Mar 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
3½ Days
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Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop

Learn the age-old art of being a cordwainer. Using the original patterns designed in the mid-1930s by Paul and Edward Mathews of The Cordwainer Shop, Molly will teach you to hand-stitch and hand-lace your own pair of Cordwainer Classics of the same design worn by Hollywood legends such as Caesar…
Thu, Jun 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
Instructor: Molly Grant
4 days
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Silveramics - Porcelain and Sterling Silver Jewelry

When clay meets stone and silver meets ceramic, “silveramics” is born. Merging their respective mediums of clay and metal, this playful approach to jewelry making has been created by husband and wife team David Voorhees and Molly Sharp, long-time North House instructors. Students will work at their own pace with…
Sat, Sep 29th, 2018  –  Tue, Oct 2nd, 2018
3 Days
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Silversmithing: The Advanced Jeweler’s Palette

Do you like playing with fire? This course is for jewelers that have some skills but would like to take it to the next level. If you have felt like you are missing some of the vital information and techniques of silversmithing, this is for you. This class will give…
Fri, Jul 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Instructor: Michael Seiler