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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 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
4 days
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Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair

Bring your worn-out​ ​cane seat chair to class and learn the nearly lost art of traditional, seven-step method 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 weavingthe seatbackto its original condition.…
Thu, May 31st, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
2 1/2 days
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Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

A chainsaw is a 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…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good
Fri, Nov 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 11th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good
3 days
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Tricks of Architectural Turning

From balusters to wooden columns, architectural elements made on the lathe have been a part of European buildings and homes since the early renaissance. In the U.S., architectural woodturning became particularly ornate during the Federalist Era through the Victorian era. In this class students will learn proper spindle techniques, rosettes,…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018  –  Mon, Oct 29th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Ireland
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 Kraus
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…
Fri, Oct 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
3 days
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Turning Outside the Box

In this course students will integrate the electric lathe and bandsaw to create a variety of boxes and decorative platters. Students will learn how to construct a bandsaw box that can be turned on the lathe in a variety of ways. Strategies for form and decoration will be discussed. Participants…
Wed, Oct 24th, 2018  –  Fri, Oct 26th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Ireland
3 Days
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Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair

The twig chair is the hallmark project for someone who appreciates the traditional craft of twig furniture making. In this course you will work with native alder and willow following a basic twig chair design that can be individualized with curved, bent, or straight twig furniture techniques. A harvesting field…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
2½ Days
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Twig Furniture: Twig Mosaic End Table

The complexity of geometric patterns complemented by a rustic, handcrafted look best describes the craft of twig mosaic. Twig mosaic is an early American folk art form using full or half rounded branches nailed over a frame creating a geometric pattern that provides volume and intricacy, delicacy and geometry. You…
Fri, Nov 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
1 Day
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Twined Knitting

Two-end knitting also known as twined knitting is an old unique Scandinavian knitting technique. One knits with two ends of yarn - both of them - the same colour -  and one knits “by throwing” in the old way. Both strands are held in the right hand and twisted around…
1 day
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Two Berry Basket

If you’ve been out berry picking in August, you may have encountered the problem of discovering bountiful harvests of raspberries AND blueberries at the same time: what to do?! The two berry basket with two compartments is a perfect answer-- and it also works for quarantining paper clips from binder…
Fri, May 18th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
2 days
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Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens

The fisherman of the north have known how to keep fingers working in bitter cold conditions for centuries: wool mittens. Before the invention of gortex and polar fleece, fishermen had to put their hands in freezing water, haul ropes and handle fish, only utilizing the natural materials at their disposal.…
Sat, Jun 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 17th, 2018
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
4 Days
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Ukulele: Build Your Own

While we may associate the sounds of the ukulele with more tropical locales, this easy to pack and play instrument has a lot to offer any musician--aspiring or professional, Northern or otherwise.  Join luthier David Seaton to build a northwoods ukulele in just four days made of locally harvested maple,…
Thu, Jan 17th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019
Instructor: David Seaton
2 days
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Valencian Cuisine

Bring a dose of sunshine into the kitchen with the flavors of Spain. The paella, a classic dish from the region of Valencia, has infinite varieties and brings healthy, creative options to the dinner table any time of year. On day one, this course will focus on chicken-chorizo paella. Day…
Sat, Mar 24th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 25th, 2018
Instructor: Scott Graden
1 Day
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Viking "Knit" Chain Bracelet

Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique, to create a beautiful silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps. Historically, this unique method of weaving resembles “nalbinding” knitting and was used to fabricate everything from sweaters to netting for catching fish!…
Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Fri, Jul 13th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Sat, Sep 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit