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Currently Scheduled Traditional Crafts Courses

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.…
Mon, Sep 18th, 2017  –  Thu, Sep 28th, 2017
Instructor: Brent Gurtek
2 Days
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Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own

Simple and classically designed, these envelope-style canoe packs are the originals. Made for hauling the essentials over portages, they’re tough, trustworthy and will last a long, long time. Working with two expert instructors with combined decades of experience, students will build a classic canvas and leather canoe pack. The project…
Mon, Jun 19th, 2017  –  Tue, Jun 20th, 2017
3 days
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Get the Hang of it! Make Your Own Hammock

Hang out at North House for three days and craft your very own hammock-- a great way to enjoy the outdoors. They're “knot” too heavy, easy to pack and perfect for your backyard, a campground, or backpacking on the trail. If you've ever enjoyed an afternoon lounge in a hammock…
Fri, May 5th, 2017  –  Sun, May 7th, 2017
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
2 days
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Hand-Sewn 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, Jun 24th, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 25th, 2017
Instructor: Beth Dow
1½ 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, Aug 19th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 20th, 2017
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…
Thu, Sep 14th, 2017
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
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 ol’ fashioned soap that Grandma made? Using the same ingredients Grandma used, animal fat and lye, learn…
Wed, Jul 5th, 2017
Instructor: Jeanne Wright
Fri, Aug 18th, 2017
Instructor: Jeanne Wright
3 Days
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Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair

Bring your worn-out chair to class and learn the nearly lost art of the traditional, seven-step method of 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 recaning the seat to its…
Fri, Jun 30th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
Fri, Oct 13th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 15th, 2017
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…
Sat, Oct 7th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2017
Instructor: Katya Gordon
3 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,…
Fri, May 12th, 2017  –  Sun, May 14th, 2017
Instructor: Nick Wroblewski