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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, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Wed, Sep 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
9am-5pm
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 to building their own fishing rods. 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 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm & 7pm-9pm, Day 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
Fri, Jun 5th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 7th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm & 7pm-9pm, Day 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
4 days
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create for 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…
Wed, Apr 8th, 2020  –  Sat, Apr 11th, 2020
9am-4pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
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 7th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 9th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
3 days
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Carved Decoration: 17th Century English Style

Peter Follansbee has specialized for 25 years in making reproductions of 17th-century style oak furniture, based on originals from both England and New England. Most of this furniture features extensive carved decoration. This 3-day class will explore the carved decoration in great detail. Using just a few carving gouges, compass…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Peter Follansbee
Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Mon, Mar 9th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Peter Follansbee
2 Days
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Carving Facial Detail

Weathered lines on faces can tell a thousand stories...and present a challenge to any woodcarver. Face up to any fears you may have and spend two days carving eyes, ears, noses, mouths and beards with Bruce Futterer. Focusing especially on fishermans’ faces, Bruce will have a number of projects students…
Wed, Mar 4th, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Bruce Futterer
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 native woods. 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, May 9th, 2020  –  Sun, May 10th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
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 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 28th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ken Koscik
10 Days
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Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe

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. Students may choose…
Mon, Mar 23rd, 2020  –  Wed, Apr 1st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ken Koscik
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 to avoid the hazards that surround…
Fri, Feb 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
Days 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 5th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
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, Jun 13th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Judi Barsness
Sat, Jul 11th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Judi Barsness
4 Days
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Crafting the Throwing Axe

Popularized today by many historical reenactors of the fur trade era, the throwing axe is a weapon deeply embedded in North American history. Akin to the hatchet, it offers the ability to split and chop wood but is also designed to be used as a hand-to-hand or throwing weapon. The…
Thu, Apr 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
2½ days
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Creative Fabric Reuse: Woolen Anorak

Great fabric lurks in closets, trunks, attics, and thrift shops: learn how to turn garments you don’t wear into a garment you will wear with the help of a pair of scissors, a sewing machine and some creative inclinations. Dig out your mother's wool skirt or the kilt you found…
Tue, Feb 11th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020
Days 1 & 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Mary Ellen Ashcroft
7 Days
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Cruck Framing

Cruck building is a Medieval English timber framing method using pairs of large, curved timbers (cruck blades) that are joined at their apex to function as both post and principal rafter. The resulting Gothic arch creates a dramatic open hall space that is both structurally stable and visually appealing. Working…
Wed, Aug 5th, 2020  –  Tue, Aug 11th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Jack Sobon, Neil Godden