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Weave a Willow Serving Tray

Simple and elegant, a handmade willow platter is a great way to serve fruits, breads and other foods. Made with locally harvested willow, these trays are held together entirely by tension and include additional woven details as a decorative element.  In this one day course, students will learn several basic…
Fri, Jul 5th, 2019
Instructor: Emily Derke
1 Day
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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 the range of birch bark weaving holiday projects from the simple bead to the 3-dimensional birch bark star  Working with colorful embellishments, learn to weave and…
Sat, Dec 1st, 2018
Instructor: Jack Sneve
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 the instructor's rigid heddle looms, students will learn how to set up the loom, weave the scarf, and finish it with a lovely fringe. No previous weaving experience is required to…
Fri, May 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
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,…
Fri, Feb 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
1 day
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West Greenland Kayak Paddle

This course leads participants through the design and construction of a traditional Inuit kayak paddle. These paddles feature narrow blades that are well-balanced, lightweight and efficient. Students will learn about wood selection, wood grain considerations, paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to shafts and blades. Participants may…
Mon, Jul 1st, 2019
7 days
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West Greenland Skin-on-Frame Kayak: Build Your Own

This course is for individuals with a strong interest in creating a seaworthy craft with their own hands. The Inuit kayak from Greenland is a fast and responsive craft designed for hunting but just as suitable for today’s more common recreational purposes. Students will design their own craft to fit…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 30th, 2019
1½ days
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Wet Felting to Keep you Warm: Hats, Slippers, & Mittens

The natural fibers of wool are still the best material for a cold keeping you warm in a cold Minnesota winter, with the added bonus of being beautiful. Hats, mittens, slippers all use the same technique of felting wool over a resist and sculpting the wool into a three dimensional…
Sat, Jan 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 13th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2½ Days
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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
2½ days
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Willow Basketry

Willow has been a prized basket making material for centuries, and after this class, you'll know why. Using traditional European style weaving techniques, students will create a sturdy, beautiful basket using nothing but willow shoots. Strong enough to haul a full load of potatoes, these baskets are made to be…
Fri, Oct 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Derke
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
2 days
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Winter Squash Windfall

A roasted squash, simple and well done, can be delicious in its own right.  But gourds of all varieties can be much more versatile too.  Work with Chef Graden to create and enjoy a wide range of squash and pumpkin based dishes, including, but not limited to: acorn squash pie,…
Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Scott Graden
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
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…
Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructors: Phillip Odden, Else Bigton