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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of Norwegian timber framing by building a custom-designed structure in the Grindbygg style. Whether creating a woodshed, carport, getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the unique beauty and durability of a Grindbygg structure offers a unique opportunity to…
Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Fri, Aug 10th, 2018
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
10 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of timber framing by building a larger and/or a custom-designed timber frame structure. Whether creating a getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the beauty and durability of a timber frame structure offers a unique opportunity to literally build…
Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 16th, 2018
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
9 days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997. During the first days…
Tue, Sep 26th, 2017  –  Thu, Oct 5th, 2017
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
Mon, Apr 30th, 2018  –  Tue, May 8th, 2018
Instructor: Tom Healy
2½ Days
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Timbered Sawhorse Trestles

Whether they are built for the workshop or used to support a tabletop or workbench, timbered sawhorse trestles are reliable, sturdy and reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into timber framing. During this course, you'll focus on the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon joints needed to create…
Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 25th, 2018
Instructor: Clark Bremer
3 Days
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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…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
1 day
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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 these colorful, mythical creatures…
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1/4 day
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Toolmaking for Kids: The Wooden Mallet

Expand your toolbox and your woodworking skills by making your very own wooden mallet! Historically craftspeople would have to make many of the tools they used on a daily basis. Students will shape a mallet head and handle using a spokeshaves and rasps, then assemble the pieces using simple joinery…
Sat, Oct 21st, 2017
Instructor: Derek Rausch
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 8th, 2018  –  Tue, Jan 9th, 2018
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 1st, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 Days
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Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair

Bring your worn-out chair to class and learn the nearly lost art of the traditional, seven-step method of chair seat weaving commonly known as "hole-to-hole caning." During the course, you'll have ample time, instruction, and all the tools required to restore your vintage chair by recaning the seat to its…
Fri, Oct 13th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 15th, 2017
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
2 Days
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Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

A chainsaw is 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 experience.…
Sat, Oct 28th, 2017  –  Mon, Oct 30th, 2017
Instructor: Marco Good
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good
1 day
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Tulip Basket

Start thinking spring by weaving a tulip basket (not actually recommended for tulips). Named for the shape of the basket, this form adds a twist to the traditional diagonal plaited weave by adding a unique rim. A bit more complicated than a standard basket, this course is a great next…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa
3 Days
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Turned Lidded Boxes

Though one usually thinks of turned objects being round in nature, this does not have to be the case. Explore more angular forms while learning to turn lidded boxes on the lathe. In this class Alan will explore the issues in hollowing end-grain (the most common type of turned lidded…
Fri, Sep 22nd, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 24th, 2017
Instructor: Alan Lacer
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…
Sat, Oct 28th, 2017  –  Mon, Oct 30th, 2017
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
3 days
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Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women’s 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…
Fri, Jan 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 28th, 2018
Instructor: Angela Robins