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Cecilia Schiller

St. Paul, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Cecilia Schiller
Sculptor and woodcarver Cecilia Schiller works in her studio on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul to make interactive, gear-driven, people powered, carved mechanical pieces (also called automata). These whimsical and colorful sculptures are brought to life when viewers turn a crank. The movement of the gears and figures mesmerize viewers, both young and old. Cecilia honed a unique skillset that combines fine aesthetic details with high quality, durable workmanship while building sets and other creative imagery for theaters and private companies, including Children’s Theater, In the Heart of the Beast, Guthrie and Minnesota Opera. Ms. Schiller has won numerous grants and awards for her work. See more of her creations at

Current Courses Offered by Cecilia Schiller

3 1/2 Days
Teaser image for Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood

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 three-day exploration of the principles of making wooden machines and the simple mechanisms that make things move. Beginning with the design process,…
Wed, Jan 17th, 2018  –  Sat, Jan 20th, 2018
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
1 day
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Handcrafted Wood Jewelry

The geometric patterns of leaves and flower, the ripples of water, or the silhouette of a bird...nature provides an abundance of enjoyment and inspiration. Borrow these forms and create original wooden jewelry. Delicate details can be captured in simple wood outlines using the proper tools and techniques. Students will first…
Sun, Jan 21st, 2018
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
3 Days
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Woodshop Intro for Women

If you’ve never really had the opportunity to gain experience in the woodshop before, the prospect of working with power tools can be a bit daunting. They’re loud, they’re powerful and it’s no secret they can be dangerous. However, the chop saw, the planer, the table saw, the jointer and…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
Fri, May 11th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller