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3 Days
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Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & 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 3rd, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Rick Yonker
Fri, Jul 31st, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 2nd, 2020
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 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm & 7pm-9pm, Day 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
Fri, Jun 5th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 7th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm & 7pm-9pm, Day 3: 9am-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, Feb 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
Days 1 & 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Marco Good
Fri, May 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, May 24th, 2020
Days 1&2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Marco Good
3.5 Days
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Sámi school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you’ll learn about the origin of ski design, function, and construction. We’ll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings,…
Thu, Jan 7th, 2021  –  Sun, Jan 10th, 2021
Day 1: 5pm - 9pm; Days 2 - 4: 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
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, you’ll be introduced to the basic techniques of dropping a fly 50-60 feet out, as well as the fundamentals of roll-casting. The class ends on the…
Thu, May 28th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Erik Swenson
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…
Mon, Jul 6th, 2020  –  Tue, Jul 7th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Hero
4 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…
Thu, Jul 9th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 12th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2-4: 10am-9pm
Instructors: Mike Hero, Jan Shepherd
4 Days
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Fly Fishing the North Shore: Fall Run Prep Session

Fall is an exciting time on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The leaves are gorgeous and the steelhead and salmon are just starting their spawning run. This class is for those who want to experience an intensive study of this amazing event and maximize their chances of catching mighty…
Sun, Oct 4th, 2020  –  Wed, Oct 7th, 2020
Day 1: 12pm-7pm, Days 2 & 3: 10am-6pm; Day 4: 10am-4pm
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 fly…
Sun, Jun 21st, 2020  –  Wed, Jun 24th, 2020
Days 1-3: 12pm-8pm, Day 4: 10am-4pm
1 Day
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Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

This class is a great introduction to wild foods as we focus on just five common, nutritious, and often abundant plants. These early risers sprout up almost as soon as the snow is gone, so you can be eating nutritious local green vegetables long before the farmers market gets rolling.…
Sat, May 23rd, 2020
8am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Sun, May 24th, 2020
8am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2½ 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 of ash wood this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking skills. From laminating wood for making runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering,…
Fri, Dec 4th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 6th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Days 2 & 3 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
3 Days, plus an optional 5pm-8pm session preceeding
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Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Carve, bend, and lace your own pair of wooden snowshoes in the traditional Ojibwe style. Pointed at both ends, this snowshoe design is efficient for travel through both wooded areas or across frozen lakes and open expanses. During the evening session, students will steam bend and shape ash frames. For…
Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Mon, Nov 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm, with optional 5-8pm session on the 19th to bend the frames
Instructor: John Beltman
2 Days
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Tying Trout Flies for Northern Waters

The Arrowhead Country of Northern Minnesota contains more than 100 designated trout streams and stream trout lakes. One of the most enjoyable experiences in fly-fishing is to catch a trout on a fly you have personally tied. In this class you will receive hands on instruction on how to tie…
Thu, Nov 19th, 2020  –  Fri, Nov 20th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Hero
1 Day
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Winter River Exploration

Come explore the wild rivers and gorges of the North Shore at its seasonal zenith, the end of winter. The unique combination of ice, snow, and sun conditions that generally occur at the end of winter provide excellent travel opportunities for those who want to explore. We will travel up…
Sat, Feb 29th, 2020
9am-3pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon