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Marybeth Garmoe

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Marybeth Garmoe

Marybeth was born in the Midwest and spent her childhood summers exploring the forests and lakes of Northern Wisconsin, poking under logs, crafting things for play from found grapevines and bark pieces, and sneaking occasional snacks on wild onions or young dandelion leaves when her parents weren’t looking. After studying Ecology and Forestry, she held multiple jobs working in remote backcountry settings and with people who had strong ties to the land and rich cultural histories and traditions inspired by those landscapes. Those experiences, combined with multiple folk school internships, influenced Marybeth to delve more deeply into the world of traditional craft. After gaining years of experience turning wood, carving spoons and tying broomcorn brooms, she went rogue, quit her job, and started making her living and lifestyle by selling her hand-crafts, teaching, and harvesting wild foods. She is continually inspired by the idea of living in harmony with the seasons--growing, crafting, and harvesting most of what she needs and limiting consumerism to what is necessary and affordable.  

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Current Courses Offered by Marybeth Garmoe

Teaser image for Hand-Crafted Brooms: An Introduction

Hand-Crafted Brooms: An Introduction

Experience traditional broom making from start to finish as you prepare broomcorn and tree sapling handles and explore design and construction methods. This three-day introduction to broom-making will cover a variety of styles including full-sized sweeping brooms, whisks, cobwebbers, and more as time allows. Students will explore the usefulness of…
Fri, Feb 25th, 2022  –  Sun, Feb 27th, 2022
9am - 5pm each day
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
Teaser image for Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty - an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern birch as you learn safe lathe operation and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, working with fresh cut…
Thu, Nov 4th, 2021  –  Sat, Nov 6th, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
Mon, Nov 8th, 2021  –  Wed, Nov 10th, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Jess Hirsch

Past Courses Offered by Marybeth Garmoe

Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook

Handcrafted Broom Immersion

Handmade Whisk Brooms

The Elements of Pizza