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Capturing Pebbles: A New Approach to North Shore Pebble Jewelry

Pockets full of pebbles from the shores of Lake Superior? Ready to turn them into jewelry? Pebble drilling has long been a popular course at North House, but not all pebbles are meant to be drilled. In this four day class, students will learn several different ways to capture and…
Fri, Oct 4th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 7th, 2019
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Beth Gautsch
2 Days
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Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte or Sankta Lucia

How about carving a wooden figure for the upcoming holiday season—either as a gift for someone special, or for yourself (since you are special, too, right?). Harley, who says, "If you can peel a potato, you can carve a figure," will lead new as well as experienced carvers through the…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
3 Days
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Carving Ladles & Spoons

The spoon is in the eye of the beholder. A crooked branch can become a perfect ladle; a slight bend makes a lovely eating spoon. Enjoy three days of handwork in this greenwood carving class focused on ladles and spoons. Working with birch, you’ll use simple hand tools and carving…
Thu, Sep 19th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
5 Days
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Carving Multi-Hollow Bowls & Servers

North House Folk School is delighted to welcome Drew Langsner to campus for the first time to teach a course in bowl making. Drew has been well-known in the traditional craft world for decades as the founder of Country Workshops, a school devoted to the teaching of traditional woodworking with…
Wed, Sep 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Drew Langsner
2¼ Days
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Cattail Weaving: The Northern Fedora

Traditional northern craft meets Don Draper? Fedoras are definitely back in fashion, DIY is all the rage, and in this fun course you can combine them both. Put a northern twist on a southern hat weaving tradition and make a woven cattail hat to protect yourself from the sun during…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Day 1: 5-7pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
7 Days
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Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals

With more than just aesthetic appeal, cedar-strip boats are known for being lightweight, strong and quick to build. Gain the know-how and confidence to complete a boat project in your own backyard through seven days of hands-on instruction building a tandem canoe with other students. Techniques involve setting up the…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 30th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ken Koscik
11 Days
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Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak

Enjoy the contrast of light and dark wooden strips, the quiet lapping of water on wood, and the pride of craftsmanship that stems from building your own cedar-strip boat. You'll be involved in the process from start to finish—cutting thin cedar planks and assembling an appealing pattern for your canoe…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 26th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ken Koscik
2 Days
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Celestial Navigation I: The Noon Sight for Latitude and Longitude

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest of all forms of navigation and for thousands of years has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern electronics, one can now…
Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019  –  Fri, Oct 4th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-3pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 Days
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Celestial Navigation II: Spending the Day with the Sun

Once you've mastered the noon sight, it is time to spend a day with the sun, taking sextant sights throughout the day and advancing your position on the chart. This course will take students beyond the noon sight and teach them how to find a position by taking sextant sights…
Sat, Oct 5th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 6th, 2019
9am-4pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 Days
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Celestial Navigation III: Navigating by the Stars

Navigating by the stars is the oldest form of celestial navigation and has been used for millennia by seafarers to find their way on the seas. This is the third course in our celestial navigation series and will introduce you to taking and working out sights from the moon and…
Mon, Oct 7th, 2019  –  Tue, Oct 8th, 2019
Day 1: 1-9pm; Day 2: 9am-3pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2½ Days
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Chainsaws: Safety, Maintenance and Tree Felling

A chainsaw is a powerful and efficient tool that requires a specific set of skills and experience to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are used only on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will teach students to recognize and avoid the the hazards that surround…
Fri, Jun 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 9th, 2019
Days 1 & 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Marco Good
Fri, Nov 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Day 1/2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Marco Good
2 Days
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Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery

Autumn brings a riot of color to the landscape of the North Shore. This workshop is your opportunity to capture a bit of the season with beads. Each participant will bring an autumn image to inspire their design. From your image you will create a unique “bead painting” embroidered on…
Sat, Sep 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
1 Day
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Composite Canoe Repair and Maintenance

Composite canoes are light, efficient and paddle like a dream. But canoe country granite can chew them up if you’re not careful. It can seem a bit daunting to use modern resins and fabrics but fear not. We’ll take the mysteries out of repairing that faithful paddling friend safely, with…
Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: David Seaton
1 Day
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Cooking with the Seasons: Dinner on the Harbor

Spend a wonderful evening in the kitchen as you learn new cooking skills and share great culinary fun with other students who love to cook. In this hands-on cooking class, you’ll prepare and enjoy a delicious summer evening meal, including wine pairings and craft brews. Take home a recipe packet featuring…
Sat, Jul 13th, 2019
1pm-7pm
Instructor: Judi Barsness
Sat, Aug 17th, 2019
1pm-7pm
Instructor: Judi Barsness
Sat, Sep 21st, 2019
1pm-7pm
Instructor: Judi Barsness
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019
1pm-7pm
Instructor: Judi Barsness
1 Day
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Craft of Sail

Spend a day aboard the Hjørdis and learn the basics of sailing a 50’ gaff-rigged schooner on Lake Superior. This course offers a mix of in-class preparation and on-the-water experience: topics include points of sail, seamanship, rope-work, sailing terminology and boat handling technique. Wind, weather and waves vary greatly on…
Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matthew Ecklund