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Nate Johnson

Northhome, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Nate Johnson

Born and raised in northern Minnesota, Nate likes to craft the crafts, know the plants, eat the mushrooms, make the tools, trap the animals, tan the hides, weave the baskets, catch the fish, fiddle the fiddle, sing the songs, watch the birds, work the woods, sew the clothing, knock the rice, make the canoes, and bend the snowshoes. Nate has traveled the continent studying wilderness living, traditional crafts, natural building, wildlife tracking, botany, birds, mushrooms, and ancient skills in general. He now makes his living sharing his learning with others. See more at

Current Courses Offered by Nate Johnson

2 days
Teaser image for Making the Mocotaugan: Forge & Craft a Crooked Knife

Making the Mocotaugan: Forge & Craft a Crooked Knife

The “crooked knife” is known by many names – mocotaugan (Cree), waagikomaan (Ojibwe), couteau croche (French), and the aforementioned English version. It is an old tool of Native American origin historically used as the primary means for a wide variety of woodworking projects - birch bark canoes, snowshoes, paddles, ax…
Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018  –  Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Nate Johnson

Past Courses Offered by Nate Johnson

Birding Basics

Field Botany

Traditional Hide Tanning