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Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making

This course takes students through the step-by-step process of crafting a wooden longbow, wooden-shafted arrow and bow string. To facilitate learning about constructing a traditional bow, students start with a rough-cut stave of hickory. Bows are backed with flax-fiber linen. Arrows include field point and feathers. String is made using…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Instructor: Rick Yonker
5 Days
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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Pick up your hammer!  This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course…
Wed, May 8th, 2019  –  Sun, May 12th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Wed, Jul 10th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2½ Days
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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

There’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish, but this course lets students go a step beyond fishing and build their own fishing rod. We’re not talking sapling, string and safety pin: under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek, students will build a technically perfect spin…
Fri, Apr 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
Fri, Jun 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 9th, 2019
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
4 days
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create yourself a comfortable living space: a spare bedroom, office, studio, sauna or whatever else you can dream up.  The 18-foot yurt is an excellent shelter option that provides comfortable living arrangements for all four seasons. Working with skilled yurt builders, you’ll build a simple yurt, complete with a door…
Mon, Nov 26th, 2018  –  Thu, Nov 29th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Sat, Dec 1st, 2018  –  Tue, Dec 4th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 Days
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Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Birch Bark and Sod Roof

Since at least 300 AD, the birch bark and sod roof has been the most important roof type in Scandinavia for heated homes. The sod both insulates and protects the waterproof bark layer from sunlight and wind. This combination can last 50-70 years before the birch bark needs replacing. The…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 26th, 2019
Instructor: Trond Oalaan
10 Days
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Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Constructing the Skjelter

The Norwegian countryside is scattered with eye-catching wooden structures with sod roofs, steeped in the history of families making their living in the beautiful but harsh landscape. Reaching back centuries, each structure was designed and constructed for a specific purpose: storing grain, livestock, textiles, or even serving as the wedding…
Tue, Jun 11th, 2019  –  Thu, Jun 20th, 2019
Instructor: Trond Oalaan
3 Days
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Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

None of us are getting out of this alive, so we may as well bury ourselves in our work!  Put your hands to work making something truly useful while also building a strong base of woodworking skills. The above-ground applications of your resulting project are numerous – a bookshelf, coffee…
Fri, Jan 11th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 13th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2½ Days
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Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet

Considering when and where to start on that big cabinet project you want to build and install?  Start here.  Before you jump into a big project, learn the basic techniques, tools and equipment used by both traditional and contemporary cabinet makers.  As a class project, each student builds a pine…
Fri, Feb 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 10th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
3 Days
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Carve Signs for Campus: Incise Letter Carving Service Learning Session

Make your mark at North House by carving signs for campus! Put your carving skills to good use or learn the basics of incise carving – letters, numbers and other forms – while creating unique signs that will direct students and visitors at North House. A useful course for woodworkers…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Mon, Mar 11th, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen
2 days
Painted carved wood

Carving and Painting on Wood

Woodenware has been embellished since Ancient Egypt: by adding color, pattern and texture, a finished piece reflect the taste, culture and interests of you, the maker. We will look to natural world for inspiration and also learn how to navigate the extensive collections of folk art available in digital archives…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 10th, 2019
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
2 Days
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Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons

Create beautiful and useful things for your kitchen using simple hand tools and birch wood. Participants in this course will be introduced to the Swedish traditions of ‘köksredskap,' or the process of carving functional utensils, including butterknives, small spoons or bread boards. Students will start by splitting a green log,…
Sat, Mar 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 24th, 2019
Instructor: Jon Strom
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…
Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019  –  Mon, Feb 4th, 2019
Instructor: Jon Strom
2 ¼ 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
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
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. From start to finish, cut thin cedar planks and learn to assemble an appealing pattern for your canoe or kayak. Students…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 26th, 2019
Instructor: Ken Koscik