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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

5 days
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Handcrafted Broom Immersion

Experience traditional broom making from start to finish as you prepare broomcorn and tree sapling handles and explore design and construction methods. This five-day exploration into broom-making will cover a variety of styles including full-size sweeping brooms, whisks, cobwebbers, pot scrubbers, and more. Students will dye broomcorn and experiment with…
Wed, Aug 19th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe

Past Courses Offered by Marybeth Garmoe

Forge & Tie an Iron-Handled Hearth Broom & Hook

Hand-Crafted Brooms: An Introduction

Handmade Whisk Brooms

Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

The Elements of Pizza