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Viking Era Carving Tutorial

The 1904 excavation in Norway of the Oseberg Viking ship revealed a vast array of woodcarvings, unlike anything seen previously. Dragon-like head posts, elaborately carved sleighs, an exquisite wagon, and of course, the carvings on the ship itself revealed the extent of the imagination and skill of woodcarvers in the…
Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 6th, 2019
Instructor: Jay Haavik
4 Days
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Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology

We’re no stranger to taking materials back to the source: woodworking courses regularly head out to harvest birch; basket makers can be spotted in local ditches cutting willow, sweetgrass and cattail; and we even have the occasional sheep on campus for the fiber folk. But taking metalwork straight to the…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 19th, 2019
Instructor: Wayne Potratz
2 Days
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Volksmöbel: Build Custom Plywood Furniture

One interpretation of folk craft is simple and straightforward: the things people make using the materials they have readily available. In the twenty-first century, lumber yards and home improvement retailers always have a supply of plywood for relatively cheap; learn how to turn that plywood into functional custom furniture for…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
1 Day
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Wattle Fences & Garden Trellises

Have you ever needed a small garden fence? A trellis or wattle fence is the answer! Sometimes referred to as hurdles, wattle fences and trellises have been around since the stone age and can be made from easily-harvested and widely-available materials. This one-day workshop will introduce the many uses of…
1 day
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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 weaving…
Fri, Jul 5th, 2019
Instructor: Emily Derke
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
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 vessel designed for hunting but just as suitable for today’s more common recreational purposes. Students will design their craft to fit their…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 30th, 2019
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 geology…
Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Jim Miller
2 Days
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White on Blue: Organic Indigo and Resist Printing

Discover the ancient magic of the organic indigo vat, where blue pigment lies waiting in yellow liquid, turning fabric green and then blue in the air! Indigo is one of the best-known and longest-lasting natural dyes, discovered independently by cultures around the world. We'll set up a vat using all…
Wed, Aug 28th, 2019  –  Thu, Aug 29th, 2019
Instructor: Tasha Miller Griffith
1¼ Days
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Wildlife Tracking through Remote Camera Photography

Our wild counterparts thrive all around us often unseen. What if there was a way to open a window to the secret lives of wildlife? Remote camera technology and tracking techniques can provide us valuable opportunities to study and learn about the natural history of the animals in our backyards. …
Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
Instructor: Ryan Pennesi
2 Days
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Willow Frame Basketry

Learn the basics of traditional Roma frame basketry. The travelling people of Europe would harvest willow, hazelnut and hawthorne whips from the hedgerows along the road and weave these ribbed baskets. There are endless opportunities to play with shape and size and students will get all the basic techniques needed…
Sat, Sep 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Lauren Fraser
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 will learn how to select appropriate materials, split green wood for legs and stretchers, and sculpt a seat…
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
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