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John Manthei

Fairbanks, AK
North House Folk School photo of instructor, John Manthei

John has been practicing woodworking for nearly three quarters of a century. He lives in Alaska and his preferred habitats are the woods and rivers. He owned and operated a furniture and cabinet shop for thirty years and did general carpentry for twenty years. For the past fifteen years he has been focusing more and more on handcraft and helped found the Fairbanks Folk School. Now when he is not in his preferred habitat he makes small things for people and teaches at The Folk School. His interest in handcraft has been strongly influenced by Sloyd and Indigenous culture.

Current Courses Offered by John Manthei

Teaser image for <p>Cedar Bent Wood Boxes</p>

Cedar Bent Wood Boxes

In this class students will build a bentwood box of a design inspired by Yupik people of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska, but also borrowing from Estonian and Scandinavian traditions. The Y-K Delta is basically treeless and the beautiful traditional boxes built by the Yupik people were constructed from…
Thu, Oct 28th, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 31st, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: John Manthei, Nate Johnson