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Ian Andrus

Lutsen, MN
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Ian wove his first basket in 2008, and immediately developed a passion for craft.  From yurts to canoes, spoons to skis, he prefers to make things by hand from natural materials. Ian built his house in the maple forest, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and son. His latest and largest project is the creation of Creaking Tree Farm, his home garden in which he grows organic vegetables for market.

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Current Courses Offered by Ian Andrus

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Black Ash Pack Basket

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, and…
Fri, Mar 25th, 2022  –  Sun, Mar 27th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Tue, Mar 29th, 2022  –  Thu, Mar 31st, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Ian Andrus
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create yourself a comfortable living space: a spare bedroom, office, studio, sauna, or whatever else you can dream up. The 18-foot yurt is an excellent shelter option that provides comfortable living arrangements for all four seasons. Working with skilled yurt builders, you’ll construct a simple yurt, complete with a door…
Thu, Dec 9th, 2021  –  Sun, Dec 12th, 2021
9 am-5 pm each day
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Thu, Dec 16th, 2021  –  Sun, Dec 19th, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Ian Andrus
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Sámi school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you'll learn about the origin of ski design, function, and construction. We'll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings,…
Thu, Jan 6th, 2022  –  Sun, Jan 9th, 2022
Day 1: 4pm-8pm Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus

Past Courses Offered by Ian Andrus

Black Ash Pack Baskets

Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Yurt Building: Design and Construction