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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, May 9th, 2019  –  Sun, May 12th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 6th, 2019
9am-5pm
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, use of…
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
2 Days
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Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte or Sankta Lucia

How about carving a wooden figure for the upcoming holiday season—either as a gift for someone special, or for yourself (since you are special, too, right?). Harley, who says, "If you can peel a potato, you can carve a figure," will lead new as well as experienced carvers through the…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
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…
Thu, Sep 19th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
5 Days
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Carving Multi-Hollow Bowls & Servers

North House Folk School is delighted to welcome Drew Langsner to campus for the first time to teach a course in bowl making. Drew has been well-known in the traditional craft world for decades as the founder of Country Workshops, a school devoted to the teaching of traditional woodworking with…
Wed, Sep 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Drew Langsner
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…
Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Paul Linden
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
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning carvers with the opportunity to create 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…
Wed, Jun 19th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
1½ Days
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The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching & Drumming

The timeless beat of the drum stems back to a time when we made our own music, literally from the ground up. Before drum shops and before Putumayo, materials were hand-harvested from the forest to create wonderful sounds and were used to find rhythm in the world. In this course…
Fri, Oct 11th, 2019  –  Sat, Oct 12th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-Noon
Instructors: Eric Mase, Dayna Mase
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
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jock Holmen
Thu, Oct 31st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jock Holmen
5 Days
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Viking Era Carving

The 1904 excavation in Norway of the Oseberg Viking ship revealed a vast array of woodcarvings, unlike anything seen previously. Dragon-like head posts, elaborately carved sleighs, an exquisite wagon, and of course, the carvings on the ship itself revealed the extent of the imagination and skill of woodcarvers in the…
Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 6th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jay Haavik
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…
Tue, Nov 19th, 2019  –  Thu, Nov 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
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, for seasonal income, and to give 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…
Sat, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Mon, Apr 29th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Jarrod Dahl, Fred Livesay
Thu, Nov 7th, 2019  –  Sat, Nov 9th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler