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Cedar Bark Hats

Shade the sun and see your eyes sparkle each day you pop this classy hat atop your head. Students will learn plaiting with western red cedar bark, chase twining with finely prepared Alaskan yellow cedar and develop an understanding of the use of Northwest coast and Haida weaving techniques. An…
Tue, Aug 28th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 30th, 2018
Instructor: Judy Zugish
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 25th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
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
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
2 days
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Celestial Navigation III: Navigating by the Stars

Learning to navigate 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…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
1 Day
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Cheese Press: Build Your Own

To venture beyond the world of cream cheese and ricotta in homemade cheeses, aspiring cheese-mongers will need a simple piece of equipment, the cheese press. Why buy one when you can build your own press designed by Artisan Cheesemaking instructor Gary Colles? In this course each student will build a…
Mon, Jun 18th, 2018
Instructor: Andy Keith
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 8th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
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…
Fri, Jun 22nd, 2018
Instructor: David Seaton
1 Day
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Cooking with the Seasons: Dinner on the Harbor

Spend a fun 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, participatory cooking class, you’ll prepare and enjoy a delicious summer evening meal, including wine pairings and craft brews. Take home a recipe packet…
Thu, Jul 26th, 2018
Instructor: Judi Barsness
Thu, Sep 6th, 2018
Instructor: Judi Barsness
Thu, Oct 4th, 2018
Instructor: Judi Barsness
Thu, Oct 25th, 2018
Instructor: Judi Barsness
2 Days
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Coracle Boat: Build Your Own

A coracle or currach is an ancient boat of Irish and Welsh origin which was used in the rivers to net salmon. Originally covered with a single cow hide, these "modern" (built in the last 300 years) coracles will have a polyester fabric cover stretched over a woven willow frame.…
Sat, Sep 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Lindsay Lee
3½ Days
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Saami school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you'll learn about the origin of ski design, function and construction. We'll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings,…
Thu, Jan 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 6th, 2019
Instructor: Ian Andrus
1 Day
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Craft of Sail

Spend a day aboard 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 Lake…
Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
1 Day
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Crafting Cider: Hard and Sweet

From traditions reaching deep into American and European history, the art of making fine craft ciders is at once satisfying and simple. In this class we will start by pressing some juice, you'll also learn about blending, yeast choices, racking, bottling and we'll finnish the day with a tasting session.…
Sat, Sep 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Lindsay Lee
4 Days
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Crafting the Throwing Axe

Popularized today by many historical re-enactors of the fur trade era, the throwing axe is a weapon that is 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…
Mon, Jun 25th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 28th, 2018
Instructor: Cody Myers