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Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood

Cranks wind, gears turn, dragons chomp and birds fly. Welcome to the whimsical world of automata: simple wooden machines that delight and amaze. Join Cecilia Schiller for a four-day exploration of the art of making wooden machines and the mechanisms that make things move. Starting with the design process in…
Thu, Nov 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
Thu, May 9th, 2019  –  Sun, May 12th, 2019
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
3 Days
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Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge

Make the wood chips fly!  This course is for students ready to stand at the chopping block and learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools – the adze, axe, gouge and push knife.  During this class, topics including selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing,…
Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Instructor: Jon Strom
3 Days
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Carve Signs for Campus: Incise Letter Carving Service Learning Session

Make your mark at North House by carving signs for campus! Put your carving skills to good use or learn the basics of incise carving – letters, numbers and other forms – while creating unique signs that will direct students and visitors at North House. A useful course for woodworkers…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Mon, Mar 11th, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen
2 days
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Carving and Painting on Wood

Woodenware has been embellished since Ancient Egypt: by adding color, pattern and texture, a finished piece reflect the taste, culture and interests of you, the maker. We will look to natural world for inspiration and also learn how to navigate the extensive collections of folk art available in digital archives…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 10th, 2019
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
3 days
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Carving Ladles & Spoons

The spoon is in the eye of the beholder. A crooked branch can become a perfect ladle; a slight bend makes a lovely eating spoon. Enjoy three days of handwork in this greenwood carving class focused on ladles and spoons. Working with birch, you’ll use simple hand tools and carving…
Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019  –  Mon, Feb 4th, 2019
Instructor: Jon Strom
3 days
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Hand Carved Wooden Signs

Personalize any place by creating a hand-carved wooden sign. Woodcarver Jock Holmen will teach the entire sign-making process, from proper design to layout, letter and incise carving, painting and finishing options while students work on a personal project. Whether it will hang at the cabin, the garden, a business or…
Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen
2 Days
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Japanese Folk Craft: 'The Wagatabon' Carved Wood Tray

Wagatabon is a type of wooden tray that used to be made by roof shingle makers in Wagatani village, Ishikawa, the snowy area of Japan. It is said that the trays were made there since early 17th century. The makers used to cleave green chestnut log to produce shingles, and…
Thu, Mar 7th, 2019  –  Sat, Mar 9th, 2019
Instructor: Masashi Kutsuwa
Sun, Mar 10th, 2019  –  Mon, Mar 11th, 2019
Instructor: Masashi Kutsuwa
3 Days
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Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

The shrink box is a wooden container that relies on a simple trick: Freshly cut (green) wood and dry wood behave differently. The body of the vessel is made from green wood that changes in size as it dries (putting the “shrink” in shrink box). The bottom of the vessel…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Mon, Mar 11th, 2019
Instructors: Paul Linden, Mike Loeffler
3 days
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Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup

The kuksa is an old-style wooden cup made to travel far and wide and be at the ready, whether the beverage of choice is water from a Boundary Waters lake, coffee of any quality, or even a splash of something stronger (so we’ve been told). Over three days, students will…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Mon, Mar 11th, 2019
Instructor: Alex Yerks
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation

Another appropriate name for this course could simply be: “Let’s Keep Carving!”  It is an inspiring immersion for students with prior carving experience, including seasoned figure carvers, as well as new-to-carving folks who have just completed the three-day Scandinavian Style Figure Carving course. Need some inspiration or a few new…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 26th, 2019
Instructor: Harley Refsal
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning carvers with the opportunity to carve several figures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Beginning with tool sharpening, the course provides hands-on carving experience as you complete a figure in step-by-step fashion. You will then paint the figures and apply a final oil finish. After this initial…
Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Instructor: Harley Refsal
Wed, Jun 19th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 21st, 2019
Instructor: Harley Refsal
4 days
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Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts and More

Meet Jock Holmen, the “Norwegian Termite:” when it comes to carving on timbers, you can’t “stump” him. From blueberries to little people, lettering to logos, Jock can help you chisel your ideas into white pine as you design and carve decorative embellishments for your home. Choose from a variety of…
Thu, May 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen
3 Days
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Wood Carving Tutorial

Break out the v-gouges and chisels! This tutorial format course is a great opportunity to get going on a new carving project or finish up something you’ve already started, all under the expert guidance of instructor Phil Odden. Phil specializes in Nordic-style carving and will have a variety of projects…
Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructors: Phillip Odden, Else Bigton
3 Days
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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is a tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, seasonal income and as gifts. The techniques, designs and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft tradition globally. World class…
Sat, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Mon, Apr 29th, 2019
Instructors: Jarrod Dahl, Fred Livesay