Skip to main content

John Beltman

Suomi, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, John Beltman

John has been making a living doing traditional woodworking since the early 1980's. Working primarily with traditional hand tools and building techniques, John integrates history into his work and his classes. Although he has a diverse background, including boat building, spring pole lathe turning, and building Windsor chairs and stools, John is currently focused on teaching, presenting, and demonstrating on traditional craft and history. John's training includes the Rockport Apprenticeshop in Maine, Strong's Canoe Yard in Vermont, and the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire.

Current Courses Offered by John Beltman

3 Days, plus an optional 5pm-8pm session preceeding
Teaser image for Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Carve, bend, and lace your own pair of wooden snowshoes in the traditional Ojibwe style. Pointed at both ends, this snowshoe design is efficient for travel through both wooded areas or across frozen lakes and open expanses. During the evening session, students will steam bend and shape ash frames. For…
Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Mon, Nov 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm, with optional 5-8pm session on the 19th to bend the frames
Instructor: John Beltman

Past Courses Offered by John Beltman

Beginning Windsor-Style Turning

Building The Classic Wooden Rowboat: Build Your Own Susan Skiff

Framing and Planking a Traditional Herring Skiff: Boatbuilding Fundamentals

Fundamentals of Traditional Wooden Boat Building

Gluten Free Holiday Baking

Oar Construction: Make Your Own Set

Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Norwegian Pram, Group Build

Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram

Service Learning Project: Timbered Top Workbenches

Snowshoe Construction: Up the Trail

Spindle Turning on the Spring Pole Lathe

Spring-Pole Lathe: Build Your Own

Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions

Three-Legged Milking Stool

Timbered Workbench: Early American Style

Traditional Furniture Building with Hand-tools, Spring Pole & Electric Lathes

Windsor Kitchen Stool: On the Lathe