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Fall Series Community Program: Multi-week Course

Build a Post and Rung Stool

Wednesdays: October 18, 25, and November 1 from 7 - 9pm
Instructor: Rose Holdorf
All Ages (14 and up must bring an adult)
Cost: $50; Pre-registration required

We sit every day. In this course students will each build a stool as we explore aspects of stol craft, or chair making. One the first day, learn how to shape and shave stool parts out of greenwood. On day 2, use mortise and tenon joinery to bring your stool to life. On the final day, we’ll explore different seat weaving patterns and use traditional shaker tape to weave a beautiful pattern for your seat. And of course, we’ll sit. As any good chairmaker says, a chair is never finished until you sit on it.

Fall Series Community Program: Skill Shares

Open Carving Nights

Tuesdays; October 17, 24, and 31 from 7 - 9pm
All Ages (14 and up must bring an adult), carving styles, and experience levels welcome
Free; drop-in, no pre-registration required

Bring your own carving project and tools for a night of wood carving and socializing at North House. A casual evening will include plenty of carving, sharing ideas and tips, and hot coffee and tea for a cool fall night. These carving nights will be hosted by North House instructors Angela Robins and Harley Refsal. Come to one or all evenings to hone your carving skills! Don’t have a carving knife but are curious? Drop by anyways - there will be some tools, wood scraps and plenty of ideas to share! 

Get Whittling

October 26 from 7 - 9pm
All Ages (14 and up must bring an adult)
Free; drop-in, no pre-registration required

Learn to safely wield a sloyd knife! In this course we’ll explore a number of effective, safe knife grips, practice carving with the grain, and touch on knife sharpening. By the end of the night you’ll have the know-how to tackle your own carving projects at home!

Weaving with Birch Bark

November 2 from 7 - 9pm
All Ages (14 and up must bring an adult)
Cost: $5; drop-in, no pre-registration required

The Birch tree is a beloved and beautiful fixture of the Northwoods. Driving along 61, walking through the Superior National Hiking Trail, the soft hues of the bark make us all feel at home. At this skillshare, learn how to create a sheath for your carving knives or a cardholder using basic weaving techniques. You will leave with a practical object, knowledge on how to continue weaving independently and a reminder of the great North woods.

The Leather Mystery Braid Handle or Cuff

November 9 from 7 - 9pm
All Ages (14 and up must bring an adult)
Free; drop-in, no pre-registration required

Learn a simple way to take a single piece of leather strap and turn it into a comfortable and useful handle, or a handsome bracelet. The mystery braid has no knots or seams to start or finish and may not appear to be possible at first. This simple braid pattern can be attributed to many utility objects and has the option of expanding in complexity. Join for the evening and leave with a bracelet!


Kids Camp

Each summer, we offer a week-long Kids Camp for youth to explore traditional Northern crafts in a community of like-minded kids. As a day camp, youth join us for morning and afternoon craft classes each day with fun games and community building activities in between. Parents are invited to a camp celebration on the last day of the week.

Home School Days

Periodically, we host day-long programs for area home school families. Each day includes time for learning about different traditional crafts and building community amongst families.