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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…
Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 4th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Apr 13th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2¼ Days
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Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial

This tutorial is intended for students with some experience with bowl turning on an electric lathe, and who want to learn more advanced woodturning methods. We will explore turning asymmetrical forms from bark edged bowls to unusual end-grain pieces and burls. The tutorial will include selection of wood, cutting of…
Thu, Jun 28th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 30th, 2018
Instructor: Lou Pignolet
Thu, Jul 26th, 2018  –  Sat, Jul 28th, 2018
Instructor: Lou Pignolet
Thu, Aug 23rd, 2018  –  Sat, Aug 25th, 2018
Instructor: Lou Pignolet
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 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2 1/4 days
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Everyday Slöjd for the Garden

A summer in the garden can be enhanced with some creative woodworking. In this 2 day course we will create some of the common objects that get used in flower and vegetable gardens, making them ourselves using simple tools and re-purposed sticks, branches, or inexpensive split cedar. Students will be…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
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 hand­forged axe head, then make a hardwood handle and fit…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
3 days
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Intermediate Woodturning: Adding Pattern, Color and Texture to your Work

So you’ve got the hang of making bowls and you’re ready for more? Read on! 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.  On Day 1, we will learn how to navigate…
Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018  –  Mon, Feb 5th, 2018
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
3 Days
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Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty - an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern birch as you learn detailed lathe handling and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, working with fresh cut…
Tue, Jan 30th, 2018  –  Thu, Feb 1st, 2018
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
2 days
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Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

n an age of power tools, the hand plane gets short shrift. The hand plane is a more efficient tool than a sander or power planer in many applications and takes less time to set up and use when properly tuned. Students can bring their old (or new) hand planes…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 11th, 2018
Instructor: Fred Livesay
3 days
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Service Learning Project: Dovetail Tool Tote

Hone your woodworking skills while helping North House! In this course, we’ll build custom dovetailed pine tool totes designed for an array of hand tools. Learn fundamental skills in carpentry and joinery, including use of hand and power tools, hand-cutting dovetails, creating a dado, and even cutting and fitting a…
Fri, Apr 20th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
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 24th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 25th, 2018
Instructor: Dennis Chilcote
9 days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997.  During the first days…
Mon, Apr 30th, 2018  –  Tue, May 8th, 2018
Instructor: Tom Healy
2½ Days
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Timbered Sawhorse Trestles

Whether they are built for the workshop or used to support a tabletop or workbench, timbered sawhorse trestles are reliable, sturdy and reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into timber framing. During this course, you'll focus on the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon joints needed to create…
Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 25th, 2018
Instructor: Clark Bremer
3 Days
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Timbered Workbench: Early American Style

Have bench, will travel?  Indeed - with this workbench you can do both!  A fine workbench is an essential fixture in the home workshop.  In this class students will build a sturdy timbered workbench based on early American designs using simple and classic joinery that echoes timber framing techniques.  Mortise…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
3 days
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Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women’s Session

Come and make wood shavings fly as you learn how to create wooden bowls on the electric lathe. Students will explore the form and function of this age-old craft while learning about lathe use and terminology. Paper birch from the North Shore will be used for the bowl blanks.  Examples…
Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018  –  Thu, Jan 25th, 2018
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
Fri, Jan 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 28th, 2018
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
3 Days
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Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair

The twig chair is the hallmark project for someone who appreciates the traditional craft of twig furniture making. In this course you will work with native alder and willow following a basic twig chair design that can be individualized with curved, bent, or straight twig furniture techniques. A harvesting field…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf