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11 Days
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Building the Fur Trade Rifle

Students will learn the history and craft of the flintlock Trade Rifle, a muzzle loading firearm associated with the 19th-century American frontier, including the Great Lakes fur trade. Rugged, accurate yet inexpensive, it fully answered the big game shooting needs of this era and still remains a fine hunting arm.…
Tue, Aug 14th, 2018  –  Fri, Aug 24th, 2018
Instructor: Brent Gurtek
2 days
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Fishing Nets: Make and Mend

The North Shore once boasted a commercial fisherman for every mile of shoreline. But the work didn’t end when the boats returned with their catch; fishermen also had to tie and repair their own nets. Get "caught up" in one of the elemental crafts of the area by learning the…
Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Thu, Nov 15th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
2 days
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Hand-Crafted Brooms: An Introduction

Experience traditional broom making from start to finish as you prepare broomcorn and tree sapling handles and explore design and construction methods. This two-day introduction to broom-making will cover a variety of styles including full sized sweeping brooms, whisks, cobwebbers, and more as time allows. Students will explore the usefulness…
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sat, Jul 28th, 2018
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
2 days
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Hand-Sewn Leather Cases: Saddle Stitch Style

There's real pleasure in making an object that you touch daily and that only improves with wear and tear—a leather case is exactly such a thing. Design and sew a stylish laptop cover, journal cover or clutch from the same basic pattern. In this course, students will learn foundational skills…
Sat, May 12th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018
Instructor: Beth Dow
2 days
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Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag

A beautiful and sturdy leather tote can last a lifetime. This class will introduce leatherworking skills and design techniques that may be applied to a variety of future projects. In this class, we will make a hand-stitched, leather tote – perfect for toting a laptop or several books. The finished…
Sat, Sep 29th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 30th, 2018
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
2 Days
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Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wire Craft

Luffarslöjd is an old craft that is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use using one’s hands and simple tools. Farmers used wire to mend fences and make and repair basic tools around the house and barn. Hobos traveled across the country offering to…
Sat, Jul 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
Instructor: Faith Clover
Sat, Dec 8th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 9th, 2018
Instructor: Faith Clover
1½ Days
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Net Making: The Carrying Sack

Nets aren’t just for catching fish! In this class you will learn an ancient technique to make a netted sack for everyday use. To make a net, you only need to learn to tie one knot. The craft of net making has remained unchanged for thousands of years, a universal…
Sat, Jul 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
4 days
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Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair

Bring your worn-out​ ​cane seat chair to class and learn the nearly lost art of traditional, seven-step method chair seat weaving commonly known as "hole-to-hole caning." During the course, you'll have ample time, instruction, and all the tools required to restore your vintage chair by weavingthe seatbackto its original condition.…
Thu, May 31st, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
1 1/2 days
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Warm Your Windows: Sew Your Own Insulated Curtains

Watching a winter moonrise over freshly fallen snow through big glass windows is one thing, but often those lovely panes of glass let in more than just light. As anyone who lives in an old house (or even a new house!) will tell you, an icy breeze and frozen window…
Thu, Oct 4th, 2018  –  Fri, Oct 5th, 2018
Instructor: Katya Gordon
.5 days
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Wattle Fences: Simple Garden Edging

Have you ever needed a small garden fence? A wattle fence is the answer! Sometimes referred to as hurdles, this type of fencing has been around since the stone age and can be made from easily harvested and widely available materials. This four-hour workshop will introduce the many uses of…
Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
3 1/2 days
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Woodblock Printmaking

Students will investigate the methods of relief woodblock printmaking as Nick gives an introduction to the basics of creating a multicolor woodblock print. Techniques covered include transfer, carving, reduction, and multi-block methods, simplifying the world of layers, reverse imagery, registration, and printing. Also included are guided discussions on imagery, abstraction,…
Thu, May 10th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018
Instructor: Nick Wroblewski