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Felting Introduction

This is a good introduction to felting for those just looking to get started and a fun day for those who have some experience but want to expand their needle felting and wet felting skills.  We will be making flat items of use or just beauty.  Using a needle felting…
Sat, Sep 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 days
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Fishing Nets: Make and Mend

The North Shore once boasted a commercial fisherman for every mile of shoreline. But the work didn’t end when the boats returned with their catch; fishermen also had to tie and repair their own nets. Get "caught up" in one of the elemental crafts of the area by learning the…
Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Thu, Nov 15th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
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 hand­forged axe head, then make a hardwood handle and fit…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
½ Day
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Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour "Pleasure Driving"

Enjoy a two-hour experience with Norwegian Fjord Horses, a unique breed of gentle horses, while learning the basics of pleasure driving a horse and cart. Selectively bred for more than 20 centuries, Norwegian Fjord Horses might best be described as short and stocky, friendly and versatile. Whether pulling boats along…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018
Instructor: Philis Anderson
Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
Instructor: Philis Anderson
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018
Instructor: Philis Anderson
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 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 11th, 2018
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,…
Sat, Jun 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 10th, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
2 days
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Fly Fishing 2: Chasing the Hex

The most spectacular fly fishing event in northern Minnesota is the Hexagenia may fly hatch which occurs every July. This course is designed to mimic a typical fly fishers' camp where fly fishers tie the flies they need for the evening hatch during the day, fish those flies in the…
Sat, Jul 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Instructor: Mike Hero
4 Days
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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
4 days
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Fold, Dip, Print: Natural Dyes on Fabric

Explore “slow color” as we learn to dye fabrics and screen print unique designs, all using natural dyes! Students will learn how colors from plants and bugs combine with mordants and fabric to make a range of beautiful yellow, red, and brown tones. We’ll work through all the steps in…
Thu, Sep 6th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Instructor: Tasha Miller Griffith
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 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 archaeological record from 9th century Sweden. Over the course of three days, students will forge a cloak pin, a…
Fri, Aug 24th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 26th, 2018
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…
Thu, Jun 7th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 9th, 2018
Instructor: Doug Swenson
3 days
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From Bloom to Bar: Turning Raw Iron and Steel into Usable Steel

This course is intended is an extension of the Viking-Era Smelting course. Take your raw bloom the next step and make it into useable steel. Students will learn how to consolidate the bloom, fold it and forge weld it until it becomes a useable high carbon steel bar from which…
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Robert Burns
1 day
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From Noodles to Strudels

Eastern European cultures are a treasure chest of delicious foods that have found their way, pre-made and packaged, onto grocery store shelves. This class returns these foods to their handmade origins. We’ll make noodles from various grains; bring your biceps because we’re using rolling pins! We’ll explore some regional dumplings…
Sat, Jul 28th, 2018
Instructor: Kim Ode