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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 Folk School Fairbanks. 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 Slöjd and Indigenous culture.

Current Courses Offered by John Manthei

Teaser image for Cedar Bent-Wood Boxes

Cedar Bent-Wood Boxes

In this class students will build a bent wood box of a design inspired by Yupik people of the Yukon…
Mon, Apr 17th, 2023  –  Thu, Apr 20th, 2023
9am-5pm each day