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Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Longbow & Arrow Making

This course takes students through the step-by-step process of crafting a wooden longbow, wooden-shafted arrow, and bow string. To facilitate learning about constructing a traditional bow, students start with a rough-cut stave of hickory. Bows are backed with flax-fiber linen.Each arrow includes a field point and feathers. String is made…
Fri, Jul 9th, 2021  –  Sun, Jul 11th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Rick Yonker
2½ Days
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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

There’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish, but this course lets students go a step beyond fishing to building their own fishing rods. We’re not talking sapling, string, and safety pin; under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek, students will build a technically perfect spin…
Fri, Apr 30th, 2021  –  Sun, May 2nd, 2021
Day 1; 5 - 8pm, Day 2; 9am - 5pm and 7pm - 9pm, Day 3; 9 am - 5pm
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
2½ Days
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Chainsaws: Safety, Maintenance and Tree Felling

A chainsaw is a powerful and efficient tool that requires a specific set of skills and experience to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are used only on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will teach students to recognize and to avoid the hazards that surround…
Fri, Mar 19th, 2021  –  Sun, Mar 21st, 2021
Day 1/2: 9am-5pm Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Marco Good
0.25
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Craft of Arrow Design: Online Webinar

There are few things as beautiful and satisfying as watching the flight and arc of an arrow as it leaves the string of your bow. Arrows are part of who we are. We know that crafting arrows was a part of the earliest peoples who relied on bows and arrows…
Tue, Mar 30th, 2021
7pm-9pm CT
Instructor: Rick Yonker
1 Day
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Fly Casting Workshop

Landing a fly gracefully on a quiet inland lake or gently on a rushing river is an experience everyone should have. In this workshop taught by Erik Swenson and Aaron Gerlovich you'll be introduced to the basic techniques of dropping a fly 50-60 feet out, as well as the fundamentals…
Mon, May 24th, 2021
9am - 5pm
2 1/2 Days
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Fly Fishing Intensive: Casting and Presenting a Fly

Imagine casting a fly to a feeding fish more than 50 feet away, allowing the fly to drift naturally through clear slow-moving water, and then watching the fish surface and take it in. That successful moment in fly fishing doesn’t happen by accident. This course is designed as an intensive…
Fri, May 28th, 2021  –  Sun, May 30th, 2021
Days 1/2; 9am-4:30 pm, Day 3; 9am-1pm
Instructor: Mike Hero
6 Days
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Fly Fishing the North Country in Prime Time

Early July marks the peak of northern Minnesota’s famous hexagenia mayfly hatch, a time when brook and rainbow trout readily rise to a dry fly on Minnesota’s designated streams and trout lakes. This course is scheduled to take full advantage of this fly-fishing opportunity. Beginners, as well as experienced fly…
Tue, Jul 6th, 2021  –  Sun, Jul 11th, 2021
Day 1; 9am - 5pm, Days 2-6; 10am - 9pm
Instructors: Mike Hero, Jan Shepherd
4 Days
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Fly Fishing the North Shore: Grand Marais Area

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 tube. Tributaries to Lake Superior contain trout and salmon species and are accessible by foot. This course is for the…
Sun, Jun 27th, 2021  –  Wed, Jun 30th, 2021
Days 1-3; 12 pm - 8pm, Day 4; 10am - 4pm
2.5 Days
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Kick Sled Building: Push and Glide

Scandinavians know how to move on snow. Follow in their tracks, and take advantage of snow-covered roads, sidewalks and trails by crafting a kick sled this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking  skills; from laminating wood to make runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering, you’ll walk…
Fri, Jun 4th, 2021  –  Sun, Jun 6th, 2021
Day 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich