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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, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
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
2½ 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. After an overview of wild rice harvesting students  will…
Fri, Sep 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Day 1: 12pm-5pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-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, Jun 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Thu, Nov 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ian Andrus

Past Courses Offered by Ian Andrus

Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set