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What's This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN's Central North Shore

How many times have you walked along a cobbled beach or a rocky ledge along the North Shore and wondered - 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…
Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Jim Miller
3 Days
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Windsor Kitchen Stool: On the Lathe

This course is an overview of Windsor design and construction. Explore the origins and history of Windsor stools and chairs along with the traditional methods and tools used to construct them. Students learn how to select appropriate materials, split green wood for legs and stretchers, and sculpt a seat using…
Fri, Mar 1st, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 3rd, 2019
Instructor: John Beltman
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 23rd, 2019
Instructor: Mark Gordon
1 day
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Winter Wildlife Tracking in the Field

Wildlife tracking may be the most ancient of all sciences. Tracking is the study and interpretation of the footprints and other signs left behind by animals as they go about their lives. Tracking begins with identifying the animal that left the tracks and signs behind for us to see. Over…
Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Jonathan Poppele
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…
Fri, May 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
Instructor: Carla Hall
Fri, Sep 20th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019
Instructor: Carla Hall
14 Days
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Wood-Canvas Canoe: Build Your Own

Poetry on the water – wood-canvas canoes are the classic boats of the Northwoods. In this course you are immersed in the complete process of building your own canoe from steam-bending her ribs to stretching and filling her canvas. Participants generally build the 17’6” Atkinson Traveler, but the 16'6" Otter…
Mon, Apr 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 21st, 2019
Instructors: Jeanne Bourquin, Tom Healy
3 1/2 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 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Instructor: Nick Wroblewski
3 Days
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Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls on the Pole Lathe

Wooden ale bowls are an excellent example of functional Scandinavian folk art. These ceremonial drinking vessels were used both for serving on special occasions and in the brewing process.  In this class, students begin with a green birch log. Using axes, knives, hook tools and a foot-powered spring-pole lathe (plus…
Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Instructor: Roger Abrahamson
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, seasonal income and 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 globally. World class…
Sat, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Mon, Apr 29th, 2019
Instructors: Jarrod Dahl, Fred Livesay
3 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 chop saw, the planer, the table saw, the jointer and…
Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
3¼ Days
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Wool: The Full Experience

Wool is an incredibly versatile, durable and beautiful fiber that is surprisingly easy to make into fabric. Start at the very beginning of the process in this team-taught class, as you shear sheep, wash, card and dye the wool and finally make individual felted projects using needle and wet-felting techniques.…
Thu, May 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo