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Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and the Telemark region in southeastern Norway is known for the classic look of its painting with asymmetrical scrolls and varied placement of leaves and flowers. In this course you'll study and practice basic techniques of this traditional decorative painting style. Students will begin…
Fri, May 15th, 2020  –  Mon, May 18th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Valdres-Style

Rosemaling is a decorative painting style which originated in Norway where it traditionally decorated churches, homes and farmhouse interiors. The Valdres style of rosemaling originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif. This course emphasizes the basic techniques of painting these traditional floral bouquets. Students…
Fri, Oct 11th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 13th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
4 Days
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Rug Hooking Design: Patterns from Nature

Rug hooking is a textile craft, born out of necessity and the desire to bring beauty and warmth into the home. In this class, we will use the natural surroundings of the North Shore landscape to design a rug that is uniquely your own. We will go for walks to…
Thu, Sep 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mary Logue
10 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation

In the northwestern portion of Lake Superior is a unique and remote island archipelago. Isle Royale National Park preserves 132,018 acres of land that were federally designated as wilderness in 1976. The park consists of one large island surrounded by over 450 smaller islands, located in the largest freshwater lake…
Thu, Sep 5th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 14th, 2019
Day 1: 5pm start; Final Day: 3pm finish
Instructor: Mark Gordon
6 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

Join us for an adventurous sail-training expedition from Knife River to Grand Marais, along Minnesota’s North Shore. Rigorous sailing on open water is to be expected. Each night we will stay at an all-weather anchorage along the North Shore such as Taconite Harbor or Silver Bay. If weather allows, we…
Tue, Aug 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 1st, 2019
Day 1: 5pm start; Day 6: 3pm finish
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 Days
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Sámi-Inspired Embroidery

For centuries, the circumpolar people have embroidered pewter thread onto wool and leather to embellish clothing, bags, jewelry and other small objects. Learn this technique and develop your own designs with instructor Norma Refsal, who has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and draws inspiration from the Sámi people and their designs.…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Sat, Feb 29th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Norma Refsal
1 Day
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Sámi-Inspired Friendship Bracelet

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Sámi, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Sámi adornment incorporates elements of their northern landscape—softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this course you’ll…
Wed, Sep 11th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
1 Day
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Sámi-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation

Expand on your Sámi bracelet skills! In this class we will create a wide multi-braided bracelet with a variety of intricate braids and coils using traditional spooled pewter coil. If you loved the single braid style of the Sámi bracelet class and want to experiment with different braiding combinations, this…
Thu, Sep 12th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
2 Days
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Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments: Folk Art on the Edge(s)

In Scandinavia, yarn fringes traditionally were used to embellish the edges of mittens and of woven textiles like tablecloths or cushions. Students will learn three different techniques hands-on: one using a stick and small heddle; a two-person Swedish technique using a wooden rod; and a looping-style technique using a two-pronged,…
Sat, Sep 28th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Robbie LaFleur
1 Day
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Scandinavian Holiday Baking: Making Lefse

Learn to make lefse the way your grandmother used to do it–-an easy, time-tested recipe made from whole potatoes. You’ll learn the entire process of lefse making, from potato preparation to mixing, rolling, folding, and storing, as well as the equipment used to be successful. Other recipes and uses for…
Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
9am-5pm
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning carvers with the opportunity to create several figures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Beginning with tool sharpening, the course provides hands-on carving experience as you complete a figure in step-by-step fashion. You will then paint the figures and apply a final oil finish. After this initial…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
3.25 Days
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Scandinavian Style Rag Rug Techniques

Join fellow new and intermediate weavers for a rich exploration of rag rug weaving techniques. You will gain skills in warping a loom as well as the experience of weaving several different two-shaft weave structures and the Scandinavian pattern called Rosepath. You'll also gain an understanding of how the sett…
Fri, Feb 14th, 2020  –  Mon, Feb 17th, 2020
Day 1: 2-5 pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
5 Days
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Service Learning Project: Norwegian-Style Timber Framed Grindbygg “Tents” for Campus

Help North House move beyond the white plastic tent by building small grindbygg structures for campus! Campus is often graced by a variety of beautiful timbered structures, but we have a particular need for several smaller “tent-sized” frames that are easy to put up and take down and can be…
Wed, Apr 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
2 Days
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Service Learning Project: Sewing Bee

There are so many functional things you can sew! Spend a weekend helping us with a few projects around North House; from canvas covers that will adorn the Hjordis dock and protect her hull, to seat cushions and curtains to spruce up classrooms, you’ll get to make a mark on…
Fri, Apr 17th, 2020  –  Sat, Apr 18th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Lauren Warfield
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Service Learning Project: Timbered 'Green' Entryway: Handcut Joinery

Sharpen your chisel and get out your auger bits — this Service Learning Project is for timber framing enthusiasts aspiring to polish up their hand skills working timbers. On the agenda: cutting timbers for new covered front entryways on the Green Building. Given the unique and highly visible location on…
Wed, Apr 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Peter Henrikson