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Mike Schelmeske

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mike Schelmeske

Mike's interest in Native American and Scandinavian traditions has kept him constantly pursuing boreal forest crafts and materials for project ideas. He finds utility craft particularly intriguing, and the thought of putting his crafts to work on an everyday level keeps him searching for the next project. Whether crafting with his teenage daughter Aurora or shaping canoe paddles from a crooked knife he fashioned from an old file, Mike's ingenuity and approach to craft is refreshing.

Current Courses Offered by Mike Schelmeske

3 Days
Teaser image for Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen

Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen

Stacked handle flatware is classic aesthetic of the Nordic kitchen. From cheese planes to spatulas, serving spoons to filet knives, the handles of these items are a reflection of three basic Scandinavian natural materials – birch wood, stacked birch bark and reindeer antler. Starting with these essential materials, learn to…
Fri, Oct 12th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 14th, 2018
2 Days
Teaser image for Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle

Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle

Create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. In this course, a North House classic, students will learn about wood selection and wood grain considerations as well as paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. Choose from a variety…
Thu, May 31st, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 1st, 2018
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
Thu, Jun 28th, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 29th, 2018
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske

Past Courses Offered by Mike Schelmeske

Northland College: Handcrafting a Northwoods Paddle