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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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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 three-day class, students will learn several different ways to capture and display…
Sat, Oct 6th, 2018  –  Mon, Oct 8th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Gautsch
2 days
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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
2.25 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…
Fri, Oct 12th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 14th, 2018
Instructor: Harley Refsal
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
2.25 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…
Tue, Aug 28th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 30th, 2018
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
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 17th, 2018  –  Thu, Sep 27th, 2018
Instructor: Ken Koscik
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 26th, 2019
Instructor: Ken Koscik
2 Days
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Celestial Navigation 1: 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 4th, 2018  –  Fri, Oct 5th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 days
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Celestial Navigation 2 : 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 6th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon