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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 made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry, dried…
Thu, Jan 16th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Fred Livesay
2 Days
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Custom Leather Shop Apron

Calling all carpenters, metal workers, and latte slingers — come to North House and make the leather shop apron you’ve always wanted! Students will make a durable hand sewn apron with custom pockets for their favorite tools and a strap system that distributes weight comfortably and keep stress off the…
Sat, Feb 1st, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 2nd, 2020
9am-5pm
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 bag will…
Sat, Jan 11th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
1 day
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Handmade Whisk Brooms

One whisk broom is never enough! Great for cleaning off car seats or work benches, whisking dirt out of the tent while camping, sweeping those dust bunnies into the dustpan, brushing fur from clothing, or using around the wood stove for little bits of wood and ash, you'll wonder how…
Sat, Feb 8th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
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…
Sat, Mar 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 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, Mar 20th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
Fri, Jul 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
3 Days
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Leather Handbag Design & Sewing

Where did you get that bag? You can make it! Leather handbags are both durable and fashionable and need not have a fancy name brand to reflect your personal taste and preferences. Design and sew your very own handbags in this hands-on course with Molly Grant, who has been designing…
Tue, May 12th, 2020  –  Thu, May 14th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Molly Grant
2 Days
Handsewn Leather Tool Tote

Leather Tool Tote

Tote your tools in style in a sturdy, hand-sewn leather tool tote. This open-top hold-all is perfect for anything from carving tools to knitting supplies. In this course, students will learn foundational skills that can be applied to future projects. We will use the traditional two-needle saddle stitch and hand…
Sat, Apr 25th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Dow
1 Day
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Luffarslöjd Continuation: Big Bowls

Wire work, or luffarslojd, is a craft that is limited only by one’s imagination. After gaining some basic skills in the one day intro course, students in this course will make large wire bowls. We will experiment  with a variety of new techniques, including weaving the base of a bowl,…
Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Faith Clover
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
1 day
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Pysanky--Ukranian-Style Eggs

Pysanky (Ukrainian-style wax resist eggs) are a traditional folk art once practiced by families to celebrate the return of spring. The eggs have a rich historic background, and the designs found on the eggs are thousands of years old and can be found in artisanal work throughout Eastern and northeastern…
Sat, Mar 28th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Theresa Hornstein
2 Days
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Sharpening Tutorial

"Get the Edge" might be another appropriate title for this course. Chisels, planes, gouges, knives, scissors, spokeshaves, and more--these tools of the trade function at their best when the cutting edge is truly prepared for business. Ready to slice butter? This comprehensive overview of sharpening will help you understand the…
Sat, Mar 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
½ 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. Whatever happened to that good old-fashioned soap that Grandma made? Using the same ingredients Grandma used, animal fat and lye, learn how to make…
Sat, Jan 11th, 2020
9am-1pm
Instructor: Jeanne Wright
4 Days
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Turning of the Wheel: Elements, Energetics, Earth Cycles

The earth moves through seasons and cycles, as humans do. Yet, there are times when we humans can become disconnected. During each cyclical shift there is a predominant element with correlating energies, foods and botanical medicines. Reconnect with your true nature. Watch weather, observe the animals and plants. Learn which…
Thu, Apr 30th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
3½ 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, Apr 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-7pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Nick Wroblewski