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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
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
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
1 Day
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Winter Winds Hat

The Winter Winds Hat is a clever little sampler that allows an individual to experiment with what could be an intimidating technique in an unintimidating format: tvåändstickning, also called twined knitting or two-ended knitting. With this Swedish technique the knitter works with two strands of yarn at the same time,…
Sun, Feb 16th, 2020
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
3 Days
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Women's Blacksmithing

Learn the basic techniques and tools of blacksmithing in this intensive project-based class for women taught by a professional woman blacksmith. Students will explore the aspects of using fire as a tool, and will practice techniques such as tapering, spreading, twisting, punching, upsetting, shouldering, splitting, and dishing. Students will leave…
Sat, May 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, May 24th, 2020
Instructor: Carla Hall
3½ Days
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Woodblock Printmaking

Students will investigate the methods of relief woodblock printmaking as Nick gives an introduction to the basics of creating a multicolor woodblock print. Techniques covered include transfer, carving, reduction, and multi-block methods, simplifying the world of layers, reverse imagery, registration, and printing. Also included are guided discussions on imagery, abstraction,…
Thu, Apr 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-7pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Nick Wroblewski
3 Days
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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is a tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, for seasonal income, and to give as gifts. The techniques, designs, and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft tradition…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
4 Days
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Woodshop Intro for Women

If you’ve never really had the opportunity to gain experience in the woodshop before, the prospect of working with power tools can be a bit daunting. They’re loud, they’re powerful and it’s no secret they can be dangerous. However, the table saw, planer, jointer, and bandsaw are useful tools: once…
Thu, Mar 19th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
2.5 Days
Woven hair bracelet

Woven: Traditional Swedish Table-Made Hair Jewelry

Beautiful objects can be made with common and unusual renewable resources. An almost forgotten form, hairwork, the unique folk art of creating jewelry from human hair, is loaded with Scandinavian history and culture. In this course, students will  learn how to set up and make four patterns on a traditional…
Fri, Feb 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Karen Keenan
1 Day
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Youth Fiber Art Discovery Day

School's out—time to be creative! Spend a day with the Northwoods Fiber Guild during the annual Northern Fibers Retreat and try your hand at several kinds of fiber art. You'll participate in four different activities through the day and will get to take your projects home at the end. Explore…
Fri, Feb 14th, 2020