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Adirondack Chair Building

Without question, the Adirondack chair is a timeless classic—its high back, large armrests, and contoured seat and back are unmistakable. For many, the Adirondack chair defines the ideal deck or lawn chair for a well-deserved break.  This course is the perfect opportunity for you to learn and expand basic woodworking…
Fri, Apr 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 14th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Apr 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
5 Days
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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin, or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course…
Wed, May 8th, 2019  –  Sun, May 12th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Wed, Jul 10th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Wed, Sep 18th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2 Days
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Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons

Create beautiful and useful things for your kitchen using simple hand tools and birch wood. Participants in this course will be introduced to the Swedish traditions of ‘köksredskap,' or the process of carving functional utensils, including butterknives, small spoons or bread boards. Students will start by splitting a green log,…
Sat, Mar 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 24th, 2019
Instructor: Jon Strom
3 days
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Coopering: Make A Wooden Bucket

Coopering — the craft of joined wooden staves to create a vessel — was an integral skill in many cultures worldwide; from Japan to Ireland, every meal had a food or drink that had at some point been stored in a coopered vessel. The skill and product is still relevant…
Fri, Mar 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: Eric Edgin
3 Days
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Der Zimmererbock, the German Sawhorse: Building with Hand Tools

There are many designs for the sawhorse, as it is one of the most important tools a timber framer or woodworker has in the workshop. Der Zimmererbock is the traditional version of a sawhorse used and taught throughout Germany, where instructor Gerald David did his training in the timber framing.…
Fri, Dec 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 15th, 2019
Instructor: Gerald David
4¼ Days
Window arm chair being built

Fine Furniture: Windsor Comb Back Arm Chair

The Windsor chair has graced American homes since the mid-eighteenth century, before there was even a “United States” to speak of. Rich in tradition and lore yet instantly recognizable for its clean lines and simple form, the Windsor chair is a classic project. With a comfortable design as a top…
Tue, Sep 17th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 21st, 2019
Instructor: David Abeel
2 days
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Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath

The axe is perhaps the most indispensable of all tools in the North Woods. A sharp axe, skillfully wielded, makes tasks from splitting kindling to carving spoons and canoe paddles a pleasure. In this course, students will begin with a pre-made hand-­forged axe head, then make a hardwood handle and…
Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
Sat, Jul 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
2 Days
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Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle

Create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. In this course, a North House classic, students will learn about wood selection and wood grain considerations as well as paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. Choose from a variety…
Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
Thu, Jul 11th, 2019  –  Fri, Jul 12th, 2019
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
2 Days
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Kids Only - Slöjd in the Wood Shop

This course introduces kids age 10 and older to the various hand tools and simple skills involved in working with wood in the shop. The course is co-taught by a father and son team, Paul Linden and Avery Carlson (age 16). Avery has been working with many of these tools…
Fri, Oct 18th, 2019  –  Sat, Oct 19th, 2019
Instructor: Paul Linden
4 days
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Old World Ale Bowls: Pole and Power Lathe Turning

Learn to turn on both power and pole lathes and to explore the historical continuum of bowl turning in this unique course offering. Students will move back and forth between the foot-powered pole lathe and modern electric lathe to delve deeply into a study of old world Norwegian ale bowls.…
Thu, Nov 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Instructor: Roger Abrahamson
2 days
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Post-and-Rung Stool Building

In this two day course each student will build a post-and-rung stool as we explore aspects of traditional chair making. On day one, students learn about splitting logs for stool pieces and how to shape stool parts using a shaving horse, drawknife, and spokeshave. On the second day, students use…
Sat, Mar 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 31st, 2019
Instructor: Rose Holdorf
1 Day
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Put Your Feet Up: Weave a Footstool with Paper Fiber Rush

Ready to put your feet up? Try your hand at traditional paper fiber rush weaving and complete a small footstool in just one day. You’ll start with an assembled and lightly finished footstool and end with a beautiful piece of furniture you’ll appreciate for years to come. You will be…
Mon, Aug 26th, 2019
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
2 days
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Service Learning Project: Sturdy Stackable Sawhorses

Sawhorses are an essential shop resource, and a well-built set will last for years. Help North House prepare for the next decade by building a set of sturdy horses for the shop in this two-day class, ideal for beginners or intermediate woodworkers. Students will create a layout on a sheet…
Thu, Apr 18th, 2019  –  Fri, Apr 19th, 2019
Instructor: Gerald David
1 Day
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Tools for Chairmaking: Make a Compass Plane or Travisher

In chairmaking, the travisher and compass plane make wonderful assistants for excavating, carving and shaping concave surfaces. The travisher is like a curved spokeshave that can hog or make nuanced cuts. The compass plane is like a scrub plane with a curved sole, fantastic for hogging seats and a great…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019
Instructor: David Abeel
3 Days
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Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session

In this three-day tutorial open to students of all levels, participants will be guided through the process of turning wood on a pole lathe according to their skill levels and personal goals. We’ll cover both the basics and more advanced techniques. Starting with open form bowls, the class will move…
Fri, Nov 1st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl