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Currently Scheduled Woodworking & Furniturecraft Courses

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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, Aug 11th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 13th, 2017
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, Jul 20th, 2017  –  Sat, Jul 22nd, 2017
Instructor: Lou Pignolet
Thu, Aug 17th, 2017  –  Sat, Aug 19th, 2017
Instructor: Lou Pignolet
Tue, Sep 5th, 2017  –  Thu, Sep 7th, 2017
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, Sep 20th, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 24th, 2017
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
16 Days
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Building The Classic Wooden Rowboat: Build Your Own Susan Skiff

This is an ideal boatbuilding course for someone who has always dreamed of building a classic wooden boat and spending the time to fully enjoy the traditions, smells and trades of the wooden boat building shop. In just over two weeks students will mill the lumber, lay the planking and…
Tue, Sep 26th, 2017  –  Wed, Oct 11th, 2017
Instructor: John Beltman
3 Days
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Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

None of us are getting out of this alive, so we may as well bury ourselves in our work! Put your hands to work making something truly useful while also building a strong base of woodworking skills. The above-ground applications of your resulting project are numerous – a bookshelf, coffee…
Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017
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, Aug 19th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 20th, 2017
Instructor: Jon Strom
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, Aug 5th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 6th, 2017
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
6 Days
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Fundamentals of Traditional Wooden Boat Building

Explore the grace and craft of wooden boatbuilding and unlock the secrets of hand-crafting your own wooden watercraft in this six-day hands-on course. Combine classroom sessions with shop time to become familiar with the entire wooden boat-building process, from transferring boat plans into real size through lofting to steam-bending and…
Sat, Sep 30th, 2017  –  Thu, Oct 5th, 2017
Instructor: John Beltman
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…
Sat, Jul 8th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 9th, 2017
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
Sat, Jul 15th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 16th, 2017
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
2 Days
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Kids Only: Slöjd in the Wood Shop

This kid’s course is meant as an introduction to the various hand tools and simple skills involved in working with wood. The course is co-taught by a father and son team, Paul Linden and Avery Carlson (age 12). We will start with an introduction to common tools, stressing safety for…
Sat, Oct 21st, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 22nd, 2017
Instructor: Paul Linden
1½ Days
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Piece by Piece: Laminated Pizza Peels and Cutting Boards

Learn basic woodworking skills and create a beautiful useful piece at the same time in this introductory course. Using a variety of types of wood, from birch to maple to walnut and more, students will craft a project of their choice: a pizza peel, bread or serving board or a…
Sat, Sep 30th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 1st, 2017
Instructor: Pat O'Connor
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…
Tue, Jul 11th, 2017  –  Wed, Jul 19th, 2017
Instructor: Gerald David
2 Days
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Traditional Paper Rush Chair Seat Weaving

Most likely you’ve seen this type of weaving done on antique and flea market chairs and always wondered how it was done. In this two-day course you will learn how to weave the rush seat design pattern, which forms four distinct triangular envelope shapes that meet in the center. Students…
Sat, Aug 19th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 20th, 2017
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
3 Days
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Turned Lidded Boxes

Though one usually thinks of turned objects being round in nature, this does not have to be the case. Explore more angular forms while learning to turn lidded boxes on the lathe. In this class Alan will explore the issues in hollowing end-grain (the most common type of turned lidded…
Fri, Sep 22nd, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 24th, 2017
Instructor: Alan Lacer
2 Days
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Turning with a Skew Chisel

Challenged by the skew chisel? This is the course to overcome fears and problems and discover the amazing capacity of this woodturning tool. Alan will take students through the shaping and tuning of the tool and how to create “scary sharp” edges. Next students will tackle between eight and ten…
Wed, Sep 20th, 2017  –  Thu, Sep 21st, 2017
Instructor: Alan Lacer