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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 outdoors, and he says it’s hard to remember life before Cook County.

Current Courses Offered by Randy Schnobrich

2.5 Days
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Adirondack Chair Building

Without question, the Adirondack chair is a timeless classic—its 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, Feb 26th, 2021  –  Sun, Feb 28th, 2021
Days 1&2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2.5 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 this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking  skills; from laminating wood to make runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering, you’ll walk…
Fri, Dec 4th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 6th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Days 2 & 3 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Jan 15th, 2021  –  Sun, Jan 17th, 2021
Days 1&2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
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, comfortable…
Thu, Mar 11th, 2021  –  Sun, Mar 14th, 2021
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich

Past Courses Offered by Randy Schnobrich

Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet

First Impressions: Building Exterior Doors Service Learning Course

Handcrafting Doors: From Stiles to Rails

Inkle Loom: Build Your Own

Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building