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Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Scandinavians and Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets in the 18th and 19th century for the then-popular taking of snuff. Larger finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea or salt. Today they continue to be made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry,…
Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Fred Livesay
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 bag will…
Fri, Oct 23rd, 2020  –  Sat, Oct 24th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
5 days
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Handcrafted Broom Immersion

Experience traditional broom making from start to finish as you prepare broomcorn and tree sapling handles and explore design and construction methods. This five-day exploration into broom-making will cover a variety of styles including full-size sweeping brooms, whisks, cobwebbers, pot scrubbers, and more. Students will dye broomcorn and experiment with…
Wed, Aug 19th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
2 days
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Handsewn Leather Project Tote

There are so many possible uses for this bag that the only name that does it justice is “project tote.” Carry needlework, kindling, tablet, or farmers’ market treasures in style. This durable hand-sewn project tote is made of vegetable tanned leather that will develop a lustrous dark honey patina as…
Sat, Sep 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Dow
2 Days
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Handsewn Leather Shoulder Bag

Here it is—a perfect shoulder bag for everyday errands! This classic yet funky crossbody bag is where traditional saddle-making techniques meet contemporary styling. You will learn how to hand-sew vegetable tanned cowhide with a two-needle saddle stitch, along with wet-molding, hardware application, and leather care. Students are encouraged to experiment…
Sat, Aug 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Dow
3 Days
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Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner's Botanical Medicine, Self Care to Community

Desire to be more self-sustainable with your health care and home? Dipped your toes into the deep waters of herbalism, and ready to learn more? Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, apprenticing with a Master Herbalist for an intensive weekend. Core components include: foundations in natural…
Fri, Jul 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
Fri, Oct 9th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 11th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
2 Days
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Natural Botanicals: Wild Medicine Workshop

Explore nature-based green medicines in this intensive botanical class. You’ll discover a bounty of foods and plants to use during the seasons and cycles of plant life to create your very own natural medicine kit, including over 30 botanical and herbal mixes and applications. The course tailors to individual needs…
Sat, Aug 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
2 Days
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Nordic Herbals

Healing traditions, like all crafts, reflect the landscape and stories of the people who create them. Explore Norse and Sami-inspired herbal medicine in this workshop based around the handcrafting of seven herbal medicines, each tethered to a particular story and made from northern plants. Rooted in her own Nordic ancestry,…
Wed, Nov 18th, 2020  –  Thu, Nov 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
0.5 Day
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Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way

Soap—so simple, yet so misunderstood. Have you ever pondered the ingredients contained in a typical bar of soap? Petroleum distillates, sulfates, and many other unpronounceable additives. Using the same ingredients Grandma used, animal fat and lye, learn how to make gentle, natural soaps, and explore the history and science of…
Fri, Oct 9th, 2020
9am-1pm
Instructor: Jeanne Wright
3½ Days
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Woodblock Printmaking

Students will investigate the methods of relief woodblock printmaking in this 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, and conceptual…
Thu, Oct 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 11th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-7pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Nick Wroblewski