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Viking Age Turnshoes

Walk a mile in the shoes of a Viking by making your own shoes based on the archaeological finds from Viking-Age Denmark. Shoes will be made with a single piece of leather for the uppers, a single piece of heavier leather for the sole, and will be secured around the…
Fri, Jul 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Kyle Jameson
5 Days
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Viking Era Carving: Dragons of Oseberg

In 1904, five dragon-like animal headposts were excavated from the Oseberg Viking ship grave. Dating from 800 A.D., these exquisite carvings with their bared teeth, long necks and elaborate relief carving are iconic works and demonstrate some of the highest levels of art and woodcarving skill seen throughout the world.…
Wed, Jul 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jay Haavik
1.5 Days
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Viking Posament Bracelet

Some of the most fascinating objects demonstrating medieval craftsmanship have come from Viking burials of the 9th and 10th centuries in Sweden. The term “posament” refers to a method of knotting and braiding wire into ornaments used to decorate textiles. In this class students will practice the art of posament…
Fri, May 8th, 2020  –  Sat, May 9th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Fri, Jul 17th, 2020  –  Sat, Jul 18th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
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 21st, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 24th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Wayne Potratz
3.5 Days
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Warp and Weft: Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving

Textiles are integral in our lives, yet so often overlooked! Creating one’s own cloth empowers expression through color, texture, and design. In this course, we will explore these elements through weaving on a four-harness floor loom. Students will learn the principles of handweaving, including designing a project, preparing a warp,…
Thu, Sep 3rd, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
Day 1: 1pm - 5pm, Days 2 & 3: 9am - 5pm, Day 4: 9am - noon
Instructor: Christine Novotny
5 Days
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Warp-Weighted Tabletop Loom: Build and Weave

The warp-weighted loom has a more than 9,000 year history as a vital tool of everyday life. Instructors Melba Granlund and Jess Hirsch have updated this fascinating tool into a tabletop version better suited to the modern home and habits. In this unique combination course, students will learn both woodworking…
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 4th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Melba Granlund, Jess Hirsch
1 Day
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Wattle Fences & Garden Trellises

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 wattles, hurdles, and trellises, the materials needed, and how to make a wattle fence and trellis.…
Tue, Jun 30th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
3.5
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Weave a Scottish Tartan Scarf

The distinctive look of a tartan pattern is recognizable the world over as a sign of Scottish highland history and skilled craftsmanship. Woven for centuries according to the tastes and local dye resources of the weaver, tartans acquired a strict taxonomy somewhere in the mid-19th century, with specific patterns associated…
Thu, Aug 13th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
Day 1: 5-7pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Instructor: Mary MacDonald
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 North House’s rigid heddle looms or students’ own looms in good working condition, students will learn how to set up the loom, weave the scarf, and finish it with a lovely…
Fri, May 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, May 24th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
4 Days
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Weaving Study Group Intensive

In a new format at North House, intermediate weavers are invited to join a four-day study group focused on building community through learning. Led by a professional weaver, students will experiment with different weave structures and materials on eight-harness looms warped with different patterns and fibers. Think of this as…
Thu, Aug 20th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
Days 1 - 3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Julie Arthur
2.5 Days
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What's This Rock Three? Unraveling the Geological Story of Minnesota's Southern 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?” And Lake Superior agates—“What do they look like? Where do I find them? How do they form?" This…
Fri, Aug 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
Day 1: 6:30-8:30pm; Day 2: 8:00am-4:30pm; Day 3: 8:00am-12:30pm
Instructor: Jim Miller
2½ Days
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore

The cobbled beaches and rocky cliffs of the North Shore can inspire some serious geological curiosity: 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 of the northern part…
Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 31st, 2020
Day 1:5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Jim Miller
4 Days
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Willow Exploration Extravaganza

Over the course of the last 7,000 years, humans have figured out a lot of things to make with willow. From eel traps to hot air balloon baskets, this pliable and abundant material has served humanity well. Explore a wide variety of projects with international guest instructor Steen Madsen of…
Mon, Sep 14th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 17th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Steen Madsen
3 Days
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Willow Fishing Creel, Backpack, or Bike Basket

The fishing creel is a classic willow project, but let’s be honest: not many of us are wandering down to the local river banks to try our luck with fishing creels anymore. Fear not: this project is really a bag that hangs from the shoulder, attractive and convenient for many…
Tue, Sep 22nd, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 24th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Steen Madsen
3 Days
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Winter Bark Folded Baskets

Join featured instructor Greg Johnson of Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin in this three day course to make traditional Anishinaabe folded birch bark baskets. This style of basket is used for maple sugar storage, but is a beautiful and useful addition to any home. When birch bark is harvested at a…
Sat, Sep 26th, 2020  –  Mon, Sep 28th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Greg Johnson