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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

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, Jul 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
4 days
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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 3rd, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 6th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Thu, Dec 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 13th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3.5 Days
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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 7th, 2021  –  Sun, Jan 10th, 2021
Day 1: 5pm - 9pm; Days 2 - 4: 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
1 Day
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Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

This class is a great introduction to wild foods 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, so you can be eating nutritious local green vegetables long before the farmers market gets rolling.…
Sat, May 23rd, 2020
8am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Sun, May 24th, 2020
8am-5pm
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, Oct 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 25th, 2020
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus

Past Courses Offered by Ian Andrus

Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice