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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 - 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…
Fri, Sep 28th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 30th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Apr 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 14th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Apr 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
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, May 8th, 2019  –  Sun, May 12th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Wed, Jul 10th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
3 Days
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Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

None of us are getting out of this alive, so we may as well bury ourselves in our work!  Put your hands to work making something truly useful while also building a strong base of woodworking skills. The above-ground applications of your resulting project are numerous – a bookshelf, coffee…
Fri, Jan 11th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 13th, 2019
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 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 10th, 2019
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, Feb 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 24th, 2019
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 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 (or…
Fri, Dec 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 9th, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Fri, Dec 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 16th, 2018
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 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Thu, Jun 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 9th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich

Past Courses Offered by Randy Schnobrich

First Impressions: Building Exterior Doors Service Learning Course

Inkle Loom: Build Your Own

Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building