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Knit an Arne & Carlos Inspired Bird

In spring of 2017, a new book by the well-known Norwegian knitting designers, Arne and Carlos, was published in English with the title, "Arne and Carlos' Field Guide to Knitted Birds.” Inspired by antique Christmas bird ornaments, they created over forty new varieties of knitted birds. Some are patterned on…
Thu, Feb 15th, 2018
Instructor: Allen Holzhueter
1 day
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Knitting in the Round: Using Circular Needles

Round out your knitting skills with circular needles: whether you call it circular knitting, seamless knitting, or knitting in the round, knitting with 2 needle tips joined by a flexible cord (a circular knitting needle) offers advantages when making a sweater, shawl, or afghan, but also when making small, tube-shaped…
Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Kate Hartman
1¼ Days
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Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft

Build your own boat and timber frame your own home - so why not knit your own socks? After all, "you can't go barefoot," as your mom used to say. In this day-long introduction to knitting socks, you’ll be on your way to making your own socks for the rest…
Thu, Feb 15th, 2018  –  Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
Instructor: Allen Holzhueter
1 day
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Knitting: Moving Beyond the Basics

Move beyond the basics in knitting in this intermediate course. Students will grow their skills by creating a small drawstring bag suitable for carrying a cellphone or tablet. The project is designed to teach students a number of knitting skills: pattern-reading including standard abbreviations and instructions, combining knit and purl…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018
Instructor: Kate Hartman
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
3 Days
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Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty - an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern birch as you learn detailed lathe handling and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, working with fresh cut…
Tue, Jan 30th, 2018  –  Thu, Feb 1st, 2018
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
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
2½ Days
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Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings

Rings on fingers have been around since the beginning of civilization. Egyptian and Greek legend place the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand, because of a belief that the vein of that finger directly traveled from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this…
Fri, May 11th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
1/4 day
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Lucet Braiding for Beginners

The lucet is a simple handheld tool that is used to create colorful square braids. These firm braids have been made since the Viking Era and used for embellishment, tying, and lashing. String, crochet cotton, wool and modern fibers all can be used for different effects. Once the technique is…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018
Instructors: Nancy Haarmeyer, Tom McCann
2 Days
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Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft

Luffarslöjd is an old craft that is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use using one’s hands and simple tools. Farmers used wire to mend fences and make and repair basic tools around the house and barn. Hobos traveled across the country offering to…
Fri, Dec 1st, 2017  –  Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Faith Clover
2 days
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Making the Mocotaugan: Forge & Craft a Crooked Knife

The “crooked knife” is known by many names – mocotaugan (Cree), waagikomaan (Ojibwe), couteau croche (French), and the aforementioned English version. It is an old tool of Native American origin historically used as the primary means for a wide variety of woodworking projects - birch bark canoes, snowshoes, paddles, ax…
Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018  –  Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Nate Johnson
1 1/2 days
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Marvelous Marmelades

Let’s turn to bright citrusy flavors during our dark northern winter and learn the fundamentals of preparing and canning marmalades. Longtime home canner Erin Swenson-Klatt will share some of her favorite recipes utilizing grapefruits, oranges, lemons, and kumquats. The class will work together to prepare several marmalades from start to…
Fri, Jan 5th, 2018  –  Sat, Jan 6th, 2018
Instructor: Erin Swenson-Klatt
3 days
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Masonry Heater Building Workshop

Masonry heaters originated in Northern Europe where winters were cold and fuel wasn’t always plentiful. The natural response? Create a wood-fired presence that was at once incredibly efficient and highly attractive, capable of generating abundant heat and ideal for cooking/baking. Masonry heaters are built with fire bricks and utilize their…
Fri, Jan 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 28th, 2018
Instructor: Eric Moshier
Fri, Feb 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 11th, 2018
Instructor: Eric Moshier
3 days
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Meat Preservation: The Basics and Beyond

You eat meat, you love meat, but it is hard to find (and expensive to buy) meats prepared without unnecessary preservatives or from responsibly sourced animals.In this class you will revisit time honored skills that have fallen out of daily use and learn important lessons about how meats have been…
Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 4th, 2018
5 Days
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Nålbinding Mittens, Socks, Caps: The Scandinavian Textile Craft

Discover the textile craft tradition known as nålbinding and explore its Scandinavian roots. As a course project, students choose to create their own pair of mittens, socks, or a syltemjölkskopp – a “milk strainer” cap. Or draw from tradition to inspire a project of your own design in consultation with…
Tue, Mar 13th, 2018  –  Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Larry Schmitt