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Mark Hansen

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen has been a designer and builder of wooden boats and small shelters since he was a youngster on his family’s farm located on the Rum River in Minnesota. His family’s motto was, “why buy when you can make?” Another motivation for creating these structures has always been to place himself in nature, away from the crowds. Mark was involved in the formation of North House and has taught a variety of courses such as traditional boat building, small home construction, and the making of skis, toboggans, sleds, paddles, oars, bellows, and yurts. Small shelter and compact, wood-burning stove designs are of special interest to him, along with clothing instruction. Some of Mark’s work can be viewed in Lloyd Kahn’s 2014 book Tiny Homes on the Move, featuring four of Mark’s shelters.

Mark’s latest project is a live-aboard catamaran sailboat which serves as a “cabin on the lake” for him and his wife, Wendy. Affordable housing is of great interest to Mark and he is excited to be able to share his joy of design and construction with others.

Current Courses Offered by Mark Hansen

2 Days
Teaser image for Design Your Own Small House

Design Your Own Small House

If you have ever dreamed of building your own small home, shop, sauna, studio, or cabin, this course is for you. Designing a space according to your own values and needs is a creative and satisfying endeavor. Instructor Mark Hansen has been designing and building small shelters for a variety…
Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 22nd, 2020
Instructor: Mark Hansen