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Randy Schnobrich

Grand Marais, MN
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Randy’s life in the North is a classic: he has mushed dogs, planted thousands of trees on his homestead and built eight outbuildings on his property (but still no garage). He moved to the North Shore from Wisconsin in 1994 with plans to raise a family and create a new lifestyle. After buying some land "back in the woods a bit," he and his wife built a woodshop and log home, a perfect spot to raise three kids and live a little closer to the earth. With more than 20 years of woodworking under his belt, Randy has built everything from cabins to dogsleds, commissioned furniture to custom doors. Nearly all of his interests lie in the outdoors, and he says it’s hard to remember life before Cook County.

Current Courses Offered by Randy Schnobrich

2½ Days
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Adirondack Chair Building

Without question, the Adirondack chair is a timeless classic—the high back, large armrests, and contoured seat and back are unmistakable. For many, the Adirondack chair defines the ideal deck or lawn chair for a well-deserved break.  This course is the perfect opportunity for you to learn and expand basic woodworking…
Fri, Jan 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2/3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Feb 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 23rd, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Day 2/3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
5 Days
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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin, or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course…
Wed, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Wed, Sep 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2½ Days
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Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet

Considering when and where to start on that big cabinet project you want to build and install?  Start here.  Before you jump into a big project, learn the basic techniques, tools and equipment used by both traditional and contemporary cabinet makers.  As a class project, each student builds a pine…
Fri, Feb 7th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 9th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-9pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2 Days
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Handcrafting Doors: From Stiles to Rails

Doors play a role in everyone’s day-to-day life, whether solid, windowed or screened. They do everything from keeping the weather out to guarding our belongings. In this course, you'll learn about the basic techniques of door construction. Styles include a basic interior door (32” wide) and a screen door (36”…
Sat, Mar 14th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 15th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2½ Days
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Kick Sled Building: Push and Glide

Scandinavians know how to move on snow. Follow in their tracks, and take advantage of snow-covered roads, sidewalks, and trails by crafting a kick sled of ash wood this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking skills. From laminating wood for making runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering,…
Fri, Dec 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
3½ Days
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Outdoor Timbered Benches

A sturdy, timbered outdoor bench will invite years of use and is perfect for long conversations, a short break from walking, or simply watching the world go by. This unique bench design borrows joinery common to timber frame construction and utilizes rough cut, sustainably harvested white pine timbers. It’s beautiful,…
Thu, Apr 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich

Past Courses Offered by Randy Schnobrich

Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

First Impressions: Building Exterior Doors Service Learning Course

Inkle Loom: Build Your Own

Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building