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Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood: Extended Session

Cranks wind, gears turn, dragons chomp and birds fly. Welcome to the whimsical world of automata: simple wooden machines that delight and amaze. Join Cecilia Schiller for a five-day exploration of the art of making wooden machines and the mechanisms that make things move. Starting with the design process in…
Wed, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
4 Days
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Bead Embroidery and Needle Felting Immersion

This course provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration of two interesting techniques, bead embroidery and needle felting. With time, space, and abundant materials, each participant will create their own unique works of art. Bead artist Jo Wood says “My goal is to review and then move beyond the basics of…
Thu, Apr 30th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
4 Days
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Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Scandinavians and Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets in the 18th and 19th century for the then-popular taking of snuff. Larger finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea or salt. Today they continue to made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry, dried…
Thu, Jan 16th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Fred Livesay
4 Days
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Black Ash Lidded Basket

The ash splint lidded basket has its roots on the north eastern seaboard of North America amongst early indigenous tribes, such as the Micmac and Passamaquaddy. Fine examples of workmanship can be found in collections in New York and Boston, to name but a few places. In this course, students…
Thu, Feb 20th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: April Stone
5 Days
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Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge: Continuing Exploration

Using hand tools to create beautiful and functional bowls from freshly split birch can be something of an addictive pursuit. For those who have taken the introductory session of this course before and/or have experience carving with green wood, long-time instructor Jon Strom offers this new extended course focused on…
Wed, Jan 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
4 Days
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Expedition Footwear: Fancy Hide & Canvas Mukluks

A simple pair of hide and canvas mukluks is a joy to wear. A fancy pair trimmed with colorful braid, rick-rack, tassels, pompoms, or strips of fur is something to behold! This course provides an opportunity to create your own pair of hide footwear with enough time for the addition…
Thu, Jan 16th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
5 Days
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Five Days: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning as well as experienced carvers with the opportunity to carve several figures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style.  Beginning with an overview of tool sharpening and safety, the course provides hands-on carving experience as you complete each figure in step-by-step fashion. You will then paint the figures…
Wed, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
7 Days
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Framing and Planking a Traditional Herring Skiff: Boatbuilding Fundamentals

Learn the basics of wooden boat building while helping to preserve the North Shore’s boating culture. The herring skiff is the traditional workboat of Lake Superior’s North Shore, but its rugged and practical design make it a great choice for a wooden fishing or pleasure boat today. This stout vessel…
Mon, Jan 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: John Beltman, Josh Tolkan
4 Days
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Handwoven Wool Tote Bag

Design, weave, and sew your own custom wool tote bag, perfect for all of your north woods adventures. You’ll create a custom bag approximately 15” x 15” x 3”, woven with a basic twill structure. After designing and weaving their wool yardage, students will gain experience fulling their wool cloth…
Thu, Jan 16th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Erin Endsley
4 Days
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Large-Scale Dragon Head Carving

Dragons and their brethren have a long and checkered history with humans, sometimes adversarial, sometimes protective. The carving techniques used in this class were handed down from the Viking era (800-1200) and used on Viking long boats as well as the Oseberg ship. Carve a large-scale dragon head of your…
Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Tue, Mar 10th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jock Holmen
5 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…
Wed, Jan 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn
4 Days
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Revelations in Rep Weave

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of rep weave in a four day workshop with celebrated weaver Kelly Marshall. This course will include presentations and discussion covering the unique characteristics of rep weave, color blending and designing, pattern block movement as well as demonstrating weaving technique and material selection. Each…
Mon, Feb 10th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Kelly Marshall
4 Days
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Turning of the Wheel: Elements, Energetics, Earth Cycles

The earth moves through seasons and cycles, as humans do. Yet, there are times when we humans can become disconnected. During each cyclical shift there is a predominant element with correlating energies, foods and botanical medicines. Reconnect with your true nature. Watch weather, observe the animals and plants. Learn which…
Thu, Apr 30th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne