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Northern Landscapes Photography

The countdown to the summer solstice snaps into mind at the beginning of June. It's a fresh time of the year when suddenly the world smells like summer. The stunning landscape of Cook County, with its miles of wilderness and incomparable Lake Superior views starts to come alive with incandescent…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Bryan Hansel
2 Days
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Norwegian Knifemaking: Crafting the Everyday 'Hverdags' Knife

The “tollekniv” or whittling knife is a rich cultural tradition of Norway. In this class you will make a “hverdags kniv," a style of knife gets everyday use in the fields or forest. Women often like the “damekniv”, a smaller knife to use around the house. In this 2-day class…
Fri, Aug 10th, 2018  –  Sat, Aug 11th, 2018
Instructor: Gene Tokheim
2 1/2 days
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On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting

If you’ve ever picked up a rough stone and wondered what’s inside, it’s time to try your hand at the magic of stone cutting! Veteran goldsmith and stone cutter extraordinaire Michael Seiler will lead students through the process of cutting, finishing, and polishing a variety of agates ­- perfect for…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: Michael Seiler
Fri, Jul 13th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
Instructor: Michael Seiler
3½ Days
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Outdoor Timbered Benches

A sturdy, timbered outdoor bench will invite years of use and is perfect for long conversations, a short break from walking or simply watching the world go by. This unique bench design borrows joinery common to timber-frame construction and utilizes rough cut, sustainably harvested white pine timbers. It’s beautiful, comfortable…
Thu, May 17th, 2018  –  Sun, May 20th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
June Session: 4 days; September Session: 4.5 Days
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Ovencrafting: Building and Baking In The Wood-Fired Brick Oven

Hearth loaves, wood-fired cooking, traditional baking - all potential uses for the wood-fired masonry oven pioneered and made popular by Alan Scott.  This workshop will explore the history of masonry ovens, oven construction, mixing dough and brick oven baking. Over the four days of the course we will, as a…
Sat, Jun 30th, 2018  –  Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
2 days
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Ovencrafting: Building in the Round, Italian-Style

Wood fired brick ovens have been used since the dawn of civilization. They have been found in excavations of virtually every ancient civilization with the brick oven reaching its modern form in ancient Rome. Designs vary widely based on materials and intended use. The round wood-fired oven is found widely…
Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018  –  Sat, Feb 24th, 2018
Instructor: Eric Moshier
2 days
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Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

Bring a garment that you love - or cannot live without. You will not have to take it apart! You will learn to make a pattern that duplicates the cut, and even adds features such as more pockets or design details. Three techniques for copying patterns from existing garments will…
Sat, Jun 30th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
2 days
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Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

n an age of power tools, the hand plane gets short shrift. The hand plane is a more efficient tool than a sander or power planer in many applications and takes less time to set up and use when properly tuned. Students can bring their old (or new) hand planes…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 11th, 2018
Instructor: Fred Livesay
3 days
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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada, when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen or burlap with a curved hook much like a…
Tue, Jun 19th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 21st, 2018
Instructor: Carol Dunn
1 day
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Pysanky--Ukranian-Style Eggs

Pysanky (Ukrainian-style wax resist eggs) are a traditional folk art once practiced by families to celebrate the return of spring. The eggs have a rich historic background, and the designs found on the eggs are thousands of years old and can be found in artisanal work throughout Eastern and northeastern…
Sat, Mar 24th, 2018
Instructor: Theresa Hornstein
2 days
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Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket

An abundance of easily accessed and harvested native materials very suitable for basketry grow in our northern region. In this class we will make a frame with striking red osier dogwood and then weave a basket with a handle using a mixture of cattail and iris leaves, basswood fiber, willow…
Sat, May 5th, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
1 Day
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Reinventing Rhubarb: Savory and Sweet

No one is on the fence about rhubarb. But rhubarb lovers don't mind the haters because that means more rhubarb for us! Still, even devotees can fall into a familiar pattern of pies, sauce and crisps. This class takes rhubarb in new directions -- as pickles, as a luscious curd,…
Sat, May 26th, 2018
Instructor: Kim Ode
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Os Style

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and is done in many styles reflective of specific regions in Norway. The Os region in western coastal Norway is known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling. In this course you'll…
Fri, Aug 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructors: Kim Garrett, Mary Schliep
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and the Telemark region in southeastern Norway is known for the classic look of its painting with asymmetrical scrolls and varied placement of leaves and flowers. In this course you'll study and practice basic techniques of this traditional decorative painting style. Students will begin…
Fri, May 4th, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
Fri, May 18th, 2018  –  Sun, May 20th, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
1 Day
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Russian Birch Bark Weaving Tutorial with Vladimir Yarish

North House is pleased to welcome returning scholar, artisan, and teacher Vladimir Yarish, of Veliky Novgorod, the capitol of Novgorod Province, Russia to teach this tutorial course. After scouring museums and archeological sites all around the world, Vladimir has authored a definitive guide focused on the history and myriad traditional…
Tue, May 15th, 2018
Instructor: Vladimir Yarish
Wed, May 16th, 2018
Instructor: Vladimir Yarish