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Marybeth Garmoe

Grand Marais, MN
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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.  Students will explore design and…
Fri, Feb 23rd, 2024  –  Sun, Feb 25th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
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Handmade Whisk Brooms

One whisk broom is never enough! Great for cleaning off car seats or workbenches, whisking dirt out…
Sun, Jul 21st, 2024
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
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Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

  The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty—an inspiring craft form to…
Tue, May 14th, 2024  –  Thu, May 16th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Nate White
Fri, May 24th, 2024  –  Sun, May 26th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
Mon, May 27th, 2024  –  Wed, May 29th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
Teaser image for Twining Foundations: Build a Frame; Twine a Rug

Twining Foundations: Build a Frame; Twine a Rug

In this multifaceted 3-day class, students will make their own adjustable stand-up twining frame,…
Fri, Mar 1st, 2024  –  Sun, Mar 3rd, 2024
9am-5pm each day

Past Courses Offered by Marybeth Garmoe

Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook

Handcrafted Broom Immersion

Introduction to Handmade Brushes

The Elements of Pizza

The Elements of Pizza

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