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Ian Andrus

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Ian Andrus
Ian lives in the woods outside Grand Marais without running water or electricity in a yurt he built himself, spending much of his time gathering wild foods, firewood and craft materials. He is inspired by traditional lifestyles and is always seeking to uncover the lost art of living off the land. Aside from yurts Ian makes black ash and birch bark baskets, birch bark canoes, and other utilitarian crafts. Ian is a former North House Folk School intern. Ian's website:

Current Courses Offered by Ian Andrus

3 Days
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Black Ash Pack Baskets

The black ash pack basket: It's beautiful, highly functional and can be made using simple materials. The first part of the class will be spent preparing black ash splint for your basket by pounding a locally harvested log. Next, you'll weave the basket and finish it with a rim, handle,…
Fri, Aug 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 6th, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 Days
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Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Manoomin, Zizani aquatica, wild rice… the symbolic grain of the North. Wild rice has been a significant food source for the people who have inhabited the Great Lakes region for centuries and who have harvested this annual grain generation after generation. In this course, you will paddle to a historic…
Fri, Sep 1st, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus
4 Days
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Yurt Building: Design and Construction

Whether you’re looking for a spare bedroom, office, studio, tent, sauna, summer cabin, or just looking to reduce your footprint, the yurt may be the answer. Yurts are ancient, portable shelters and one of the classic inventions of human history: simple, efficient, easy to heat, sturdy, and beautiful inside and…
Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus