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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 and…
Fri, Mar 27th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 29th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: John Beltman
3 Days
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Tool-Making for Woodworkers 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, Jun 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 14th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Paul Linden
4 Days
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Turning of the Wheel: Elements, Energetics, Earth Cycles

The earth moves through seasons and cycles, as humans do. Yet, there are times when we humans can become disconnected. During each cyclical shift there is a predominant element with correlating energies, foods and botanical medicines. Reconnect with your true nature. Watch weather, observe the animals and plants. Learn which…
Thu, Apr 30th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
3 Days
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Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women & Non-Binary 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…
Tue, Feb 25th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 27th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
1½ Days
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Two Berry Basket

If you’ve been out berry picking in August, you may have encountered the problem of discovering bountiful harvests of raspberries AND blueberries at the same time: what to do?! The two berry basket with two compartments is a perfect answer-- and it also works for quarantining paper clips from binder…
Sat, Feb 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 9th, 2020
Day 1:9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
5 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 five days made of locally harvested maple,…
Fri, Jan 3rd, 2020  –  Tue, Jan 7th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: David Seaton
Wed, Jan 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
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!…
Sun, May 10th, 2020
9am-4pm
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Sun, Jul 19th, 2020
9am-4pm
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
1.5 Days
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Viking Posament Bracelet

Some of the most fascinating objects demonstrating medieval man’s craftsmanship have come from Viking burials of the 9th and 10th centuries in Sweden. The term “posament” refers to a method of knotting and braiding wire into ornaments used to decorate textiles. In this class students will practice the art of…
Fri, May 8th, 2020  –  Sat, May 9th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Fri, Jul 17th, 2020  –  Sat, Jul 18th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
1.5 Days
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Weaving Holiday Ornaments From Birch Bark

Start your holiday season off with a weekend on the North House Folk School campus weaving traditional and contemporary ornaments from birch bark. Explore a range of birch bark weaving, from the simple bead to the 3-dimensional birch bark star. Working with colorful embellishments, students will create a small collection…
Sat, Dec 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructors: Jack Sneve, Julie Kean
3 Days
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Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves

Learn to weave on the rigid heddle loom while making a beautiful, lightweight scarf perfect for spring evenings. Using North House rigid heddle looms or their own looms in good working condition, students will learn how to set up the loom, weave the scarf, and finish it with a lovely…
Fri, May 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, May 24th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
3 days
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Weft-Faced Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom

For those who are intrigued with the rhythm and repetition of weaving but not ready to commit to the complexities of the floor loom, the rigid heddle loom offers an accessible place to start learning the warp from the weft and other weaving intricacies. Using North House rigid heddle looms,…
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020  –  Mon, Feb 17th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
2½ Days
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore

The cobbled beaches and rocky cliffs of the North Shore can inspire some serious geological curiosity: what’s this rock? Where did it come from? Why is it here? Well, lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating geology of the northern part…
Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 31st, 2020
Day 1:5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Jim Miller
1 Day
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Winter River Exploration

Come explore the wild rivers and gorges of the North Shore at its seasonal zenith, the end of winter. The unique combination of ice, snow, and sun conditions that generally occur at the end of winter provide excellent travel opportunities for those who want to explore. We will travel up…
Sat, Feb 29th, 2020
9am-3pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2.25 Days
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Winter Wildlife Tracking in the Field

The snow-covered winter landscape can feel desolate and inhospitable. But snow also transforms the north woods into a canvas on which animals trace their stories. Learning to identify and interpret wildlife tracks and sign transforms the blank white tapestry of the snow-covered woods into a vibrant collage of animal activity.…
Fri, Jan 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5-7pm; Day 2: 9am-4pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: Jonathan Poppele
3 Days
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Wood Carving Tutorial

Break out the v-gouges and chisels! This tutorial format course is a great opportunity to get going on a new carving project or finish up something you’ve already started, all under the expert guidance of instructor Phil Odden. Phil specializes in Nordic-style carving and will have a variety of projects…
Tue, Nov 19th, 2019  –  Thu, Nov 21st, 2019
9am-5pm