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5 Days
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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin, or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course…
Wed, Sep 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
4 days
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create yourself a comfortable living space: a spare bedroom, office, studio, sauna, or whatever else you can dream up. The 18-foot yurt is an excellent shelter option that provides comfortable living arrangements for all four seasons. Working with skilled yurt builders, you’ll construct a simple yurt, complete with a door…
Thu, Dec 3rd, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 6th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Thu, Dec 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 13th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2 Days
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Design Your Own Small House

If you have ever dreamed of building your own small home, shop, sauna, studio, or cabin, this course is for you. Designing a space according to your own values and needs is a creative and satisfying endeavor. Instructor Mark Hansen has been designing and building small shelters for a variety…
Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mark Hansen
5 Days
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Northern Playhouse or Garden Shed: Build Your Own, Family Session

Learning a new craft often involves starting with a small project to learn and practice skills before hitting the big time with a full scale project.The same is true for home construction! Build a practice house in this five-day introduction to stick frame construction. By building a charming play house…
Wed, Jul 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Andy Keith
9 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997.  During the first days…
Tue, Aug 25th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 3rd, 2020
Instructor: Gerald David
4 Days
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Yurt Building: Design and Construction

Whether you’re looking for a spare bedroom, office, studio, tent, sauna, summer cabin, or just looking to reduce your footprint, the yurt may be the answer. Yurts are ancient, portable shelters and one of the classic inventions of human history: simple, efficient, easy to heat, sturdy, and beautiful inside and…
Thu, Oct 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 25th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus