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Felt a Seat Cozy

Those of us in the rocky, Northern climes know that the world is a cold hard place. Luckily there’s a felted solution: the wool seat cozy. Add a beautiful and warm wooly cushion to your favorite chair, car seat, canoe or take it with you and sit in snug serenity…
Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3 Days
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Felting Exploration: Sculptural Felting

Felting is based on three main principles: flat, sculptural and open form. Featured international guest instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad will explore all three of these techniques in this three day workshop, using birds as inspiration, though students will be free to take inspiration from whatever forms they like. Karin is…
Tue, Feb 12th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 14th, 2019
2 Days
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Felting for the Kitchen

The kitchen is a great place for handmade wool items. Potholders, tea cozies, cup cozies, placemats, hotpads, table runners, dish scrubbies, felted soap balls-- all these projects use the basic method of taking wool batting or roving, adding designs with a felting needle (or not), add water, soap and agitation…
Sat, Mar 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
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Felting: Creative Hats & Bags

Join featured international guest instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad for an exploration of wool varieties and felting techniques, resulting in a wearable (or not, your choice!) hat. This felting technique is easy to learn, opens the door to innumerable creative possibilities and can be used to make bags, shoes, slippers or…
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
2 Hours
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Fibers For Kids

Get ready to experience fun with fibers! Join skilled artists from the Northwoods Fiber Guild to create hands-on fiber projects designed specifically for kids and a helpful adult. Students will choose and create their own fiber crafts such as tapestry weaving on a cardboard loom, felting wool containers, Suminagoshi Japanese…
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019
2 days
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Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath

The axe is perhaps the most indispensable of all tools in the north woods. A sharp axe, skillfully wielded, makes tasks from splitting kindling to carving spoons and canoe paddles a pleasure. In this course, students will begin with a hand-­forged axe head, then make a hardwood handle and fit…
Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
2 1/2 Days
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Flavorful Rye Breads

Explore the many flavors of rye breads using seeds, spices and fruit to make traditional breads such as Limpa, Pumpernickel, and Raisin Rye. Practice techniques that will allow you to work with a potentially difficult dough. We’ll explore the history and characteristics of this nutritious grain, using pre-ferments and soakers…
Fri, Mar 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
3 days
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Flies that Catch Fish and How to Tie Them

This course is designed to teach fly fishers how to tie a core group of flies that will enable them to catch more fish anywhere in the US and Canada. The flies have been field tested by the instructor through over fifty years of fly fishing on streams and lakes,…
Fri, Feb 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 10th, 2019
Instructor: Mike Hero
2 Days
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Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery

Bring a favorite North Shore image to class: four-legged, swimmer, winged, rooted, or creepy crawler. You’ll use that image as the subject of your bead embroidery and make your own unique beadwork on felted wool (material provided). Your piece can be made into pin for a wearable work of art,…
Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
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, Apr 12th, 2019  –  Sat, Apr 13th, 2019
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 25th, 2019
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 days
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Forging Everyday Items of the Viking Age

Learn blacksmithing through making several small household items from the Viking age. This class will utilize traditional hand forging techniques to produce everyday iron items typical of those found in the archeological record from 9th century Sweden. Over the course of three days, students will forge a cloak pin, a…
Fri, Aug 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 4th, 2019
Instructor: Doug Swenson
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…
Fri, Jul 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Instructor: Doug Swenson
3 days
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Forging the Long Handled Viking Age Noisemaker

Explore one of the mysteries of yore: the Viking Age noise maker. Originals have been found in Viking burials across northern Europe and several of these are currently on display in the Swedish History museum in Stockholm. What the exact original purpose was for these artifacts? Some experts suggest that…
Fri, Aug 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 1st, 2019
Instructor: Doug Swenson
3 Days
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Freya's Fantasy Filigree: Scandinavian-Inspired Jewelry

It is said that Freya, the Nordic goddess of love wagered all to acquire the beautiful "Brisingamen" necklace fashioned by dwarves. The medieval texts do not describe what the necklace looked like but we can imagine that Scandinavian filigree work was a signature element. Using twisted fine silver wire we…
Fri, May 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
Instructor: Liz Bucheit