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Fly Fishing the Gunflint Trail

The North Shore area of Lake Superior provides some highly prized fly fishing opportunities. Many inland lakes are stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout, and are accessible by float tubing. This course is for the fly fisher who wants to learn about equipment selection, knots, casting and fly fishing…
Thu, Jul 12th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
1½ Days
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Focus! The Basics of Photography

Photography is more than quick snap shots of friends and family. Photography is a rewarding way to explore and discover the world, and engages ones curiosity, creativity and imagination. Merging art with craft, science and math, photography engages the mind completely. As the modern iteration of the ancient craft of…
Fri, May 11th, 2018  –  Sat, May 12th, 2018
Instructor: Bryan Hansel
1 day
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Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

Have you always been interested in gathering wild foods but just weren't sure where to start? This class is a great first introduction to spring edibles as we focus on just five common, nutritious and often abundant plants. These early risers sprout up almost as soon as the snow is…
Sat, May 26th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 days
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Forging Small Viking Age Knives

Ten centuries may have passed since the Viking age, but some things remain the same:  the components of knife-making: fire, steel, skilled knowledge and effort and the usefulness of a small pocket knife. This class will utilize traditional hand forging techniques to produce small Viking age knife blades typical of…
Thu, Jun 7th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 9th, 2018
Instructor: Doug Swenson
5 Days
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Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session

Grand Marais & Beyond is a unique opportunity to photograph and explore the pristine shores of Lake Superior with editorial photographer Layne Kennedy (www.laynekennedy.com). The course is designed for the enthusiastic photographer, amateur or professional, with an emphasis on storytelling with your photography. At the conclusion of the workshop, each…
Wed, Jul 25th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Layne Kennedy
3 days
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Hand Carved Wooden Signs

Personalize any place by creating a hand-carved wooden sign. Woodcarver Jock Holmen will teach the entire sign-making process, from proper design to layout, letter and incise carving, painting and finishing options while students work on a personal project. Whether it will hang at the cabin, the garden, a business or…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Jock Holmen
2 Days
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Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle

Create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. In this course, a North House classic, students will learn about wood selection and wood grain considerations as well as paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. Choose from a variety…
Thu, May 31st, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 1st, 2018
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
3 Days
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Hand-Forged "Using" Knife

This class is just what the title suggests- making a knife that is meant to be used- in the garden or forest, for cooking or hunting. We will begin by hand-forging a blade of high-carbon steel, starting from round stock. With the blade forged to shape, we will do heat…
Wed, Jun 20th, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Robert Schulz
2 days
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Hand-Sewn Leather Cases: Saddle Stitch Style

There's real pleasure in making an object that you touch daily and that only improves with wear and tear—a leather case is exactly such a thing. Design and sew a stylish laptop cover, journal cover or clutch from the same basic pattern. In this course, students will learn foundational skills…
Sat, May 12th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Dow
2 days
Handsewn Leather Tool Tote

Hand-Sewn Leather Tool Tote

Tote your tools in style in a sturdy, hand-sewn leather tool tote. This open-top hold-all is perfect for anything from carving tools to knitting supplies. In this course, students will learn foundational skills that can be applied to future projects. We will use the traditional two-needle saddle stitch and hand…
Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 4th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Dow
3 Days
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Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner's Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community

Desire to be more self-sustainable with your health care and home? Dipped your toes into the deep waters of herbalism, and ready to learn more? Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, apprenticing with a Master Herbalist for an intensive weekend. Core components include: foundations in natural…
Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 4th, 2018
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
3 days
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Knife Skills & Decoration

Ready to cut to the core of the matter?  No matter what the project is, traditional woodworking requires a solid command of two fundamental tools: the axe and the knife. This will be mostly a process/skill building workshop for folks who have some knife and axe carving experience but are…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
3 days
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Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup

The kuksa is an old-style wooden cup made to travel far and wide and be at the ready, whether the beverage of choice is water from a Boundary Waters lake, coffee of any quality, or even a splash of something stronger (so we've been told). Over three days, students will…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
Instructor: Alex Yerks
1 day
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Lichens and Mosses: Pioneers of the North Woods

Often overlooked and clearly underappreciated, our lichens and mosses are wonderfully diverse and surprisingly beautiful. We will explore habitats from the shore of Lake Superior to inland forests and rocky outcrops. Practice with tools and techniques that will catapult you from nerdy novice to local respected authority (you’ll amaze friends…
Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Mikki Brevig
8 days
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Log to Timber: Building by Hand

This course takes us back to a time when the building process was mostly human powered. Starting with a stack of freshly cut logs we will use a combination of felling axes and broad axes to make square timber. For the smaller scantlings (smaller cross sectioned timbers) we will re-saw…
Wed, May 9th, 2018  –  Wed, May 16th, 2018