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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 outside Lutsen, Minnesota, 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

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, Feb 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
4 days
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create for 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 build a simple yurt, complete with a…
Thu, Dec 5th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Thu, Dec 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 15th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Wed, Apr 8th, 2020  –  Sat, Apr 11th, 2020
9am-4pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3½ Days
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Saami 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 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 5th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Day 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
1 Day
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Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

Have you always been interested in gathering wild foods but just weren't sure where to start? This class is a great introduction to spring edibles as we focus on just five common, nutritious and often abundant plants. These early risers sprout up almost as soon as the snow is gone,…
Sat, May 23rd, 2020
8am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Sun, May 24th, 2020
8am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus

Past Courses Offered by Ian Andrus

Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Yurt Building: Design and Construction