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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

1 day
Teaser image for Handmade Whisk Brooms

Handmade Whisk Brooms

One whisk broom is never enough! Great for cleaning off car seats or work benches, whisking dirt out of the tent while camping, sweeping those dust bunnies into the dustpan, brushing fur from clothing, or using around the wood stove for little bits of wood and ash, you'll wonder how…
3 Days
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…
Tue, Mar 26th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 28th, 2019
1 day
Wood-fired pizza

The Elements of Pizza

Most of us have opinions about the Italian flatbread known ‘round the world.  There are so many pizza styles, recipes and methods, but what really makes a good homemade pizza?  This class will explore the four basic elements that define a pizza: the dough, the sauce, the cheese, and the…

Past Courses Offered by Marybeth Garmoe

Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook

Hand-Crafted Brooms: An Introduction