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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. Arrows include field point and feathers. String is made using…
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Rick Yonker
3 days
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Bushcraft & Survival Skills for Canoe Country

For the seasoned Bushcrafter a walk in the woods is like a stroll down the aisles of the local superstore. In this field-based course, students will start seeing the woods like a Bushcrafter, from learning the basics of how to live in the bush comfortably, and what to do in…
Sat, Aug 4th, 2018  –  Mon, Aug 6th, 2018
Instructor: Lindy Lind
3½ Days
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Saami 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 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 6th, 2019
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 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 (or…
Fri, Dec 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 9th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Dec 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 16th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
3.25 Days
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Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Carve, bend and lace your own pair of wooden ash 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.…
Fri, Nov 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
2 Days
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Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Enhance your winter adventures with these lightweight, durable ski poles which are based on the types used by northern Minnesota Finnish immigrants for winter travel. The poles are constructed with birch shafts, copper rivets, whitetail-tanned buckskin grips, and moose rawhide and bent birch baskets. You will make your custom-sized ski…
Mon, Jan 7th, 2019  –  Tue, Jan 8th, 2019
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 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. In this course, you will paddle to a historic…
Fri, Sep 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2 1/2 days
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Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

A chainsaw is a powerful tool that requires a specific set of skills to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are only put to use on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will be one part logging history, one part maintenance and one part in-the field…
Fri, Nov 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 11th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good