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Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions

An old Norse saying goes, “A man without his boat is a mere prisoner.” This class is a one-of-a-kind study and hands-on look into the techniques of traditional Norwegian and Swedish boat builders: we'll explore the developments and skills required to build wooden lapstrake boats that have plied the fjords…
Fri, Jan 4th, 2019  –  Tue, Jan 8th, 2019
Instructor: John Beltman
1/4 Day
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Tell Me a Story

In this outdoor writing seminar, former Duluth News Tribune outdoors writer and this year's Featured Speaker Sam Cook shares tips and techniques to bring outdoor experiences alive in your writing. Topics will include: use of details, strong nouns/verbs, taking notes afield, writer's block, story organization, leads and endings, use of…
Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructor: Sam Cook
1 Day
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Test

Do not panic, this is a test. This is only a test.
Wed, Jan 15th, 2020  –  Thu, Jan 16th, 2020
Instructor:
1½ Days
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The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming

The timeless beat of the drum stems back to a time when we made our own music literally from the ground up. Before drum shops and before Putumayo, materials were hand-harvested from the forest to create wonderful sounds and were used to find rhythm in the world. In this course…
Sat, Oct 6th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructors: Eric Mase, Dayna Mase
1 day
Wood-fired pizza

The Elements of Pizza

Most of us have opinions about the Italian flatbread known ‘round the world.  There are so many pizza styles, recipes and methods, but what really makes a good homemade pizza?  This class will explore the four basic elements that define a pizza: the dough, the sauce, the cheese, and the…
4 days
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Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts and More

Meet Jock Holmen, the “Norwegian Termite:” when it comes to carving on timbers, you can’t “stump” him. From blueberries to little people, lettering to logos, Jock can help you chisel your ideas into white pine as you design and carve decorative embellishments for your home. Choose from a variety of…
Tue, Sep 18th, 2018  –  Fri, Sep 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jock Holmen
Thu, May 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen
2 days
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Timber Frame Engineering: An Introduction

Even the most simple timber frame structures require careful attention to basic engineering principles. Gain insight into how to design like a timber-framer but think like an engineer in this introductory course. Starting with a basic overview of how to determine the forces one can expect a traditional timber frame…
Fri, Mar 29th, 2019  –  Sat, Mar 30th, 2019
Instructor: Joe Miller
6 Days
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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, Oct 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 14th, 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, Feb 19th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 28th, 2019
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
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, Jan 18th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019
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, Oct 5th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
Fri, Feb 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 10th, 2019
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…
Sat, Dec 8th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3 Days
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Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others

This course is an introduction to working with and heat-treating the common high-carbon steels used for edge tools. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different steel types and put this knowledge into practice by creating several tools. We will analyze a number of different tools and compare their…
Fri, May 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, May 5th, 2019
Instructor: Paul Linden
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 7th, 2019  –  Tue, Jan 8th, 2019
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 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus