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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. Arrows include field point and feathers. String is made using…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Rick Yonker
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 avoid the the hazards that surround…
Fri, Nov 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Day 1/2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Marco Good
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 this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking skills. From laminating wood to making runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering, you’ll walk (or…
Fri, Dec 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2½ Days
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Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Manoomin, Zizani aquatica, wild rice… the symbolic grain of the North. Wild rice has been a significant food source for the people who have inhabited the Great Lakes region for centuries and who have harvested this annual grain generation after generation. After an overview of wild rice harvesting students  will…
Fri, Sep 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Day 1: 12pm-5pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus