October Instructor Residency: Community Feltmaking with Mary Reichert
This October, feltmaker Mary Reichert will lead a three week community rug making project during her instructor residency at North House Folk School. Whether you drop in to learn how to card raw wool one time, or spend days designing and helping to felt the giant rug, there is a place for everyone in the community rug project. Mary will share her extensive knowledge of cultural traditions around felted rugs as the community works together to design and create the final piece- which will be hung in the fibers classroom on the North House campus for all to enjoy.
Check the Instructor Residency page for more details on all the ways to be involved in the Community Feltmaking project with Mary.
Service Learning Project: Sweetheart's Bluff Timber Frame Raising
Join instructors Mike Loeffler and Anne Grinager to raise two new picnic shelter frames at the Sweetheart's Bluff nature area in Grand Marais. This class is for anyone interested in getting an introduction to timber framing. We will be raising two 12x12’ frames as day use shelters on the local trail system of Sweethearts Bluff. In this class you will learn about how to raise a timber frame by hand. For this project the timbers will have already been cut, we will focus on the raising of a frame. Day one we will meet at North House Folk School, and layout the safety expectations and goals of the project. Then we will transport materials out to our raising sites, and prepare the bents ( section of timbers pre-assembled on the ground). Day two we will raise the frames! Students should come dressed to work outside (hats, gloves, layers etc), and wearing closed toed shoes. Lunch will be provided both days. No experience required.
Please note: There will be heavy lifting, traversing difficult terrain, we will be on our feet all day, potentially cold/inclement weather.
Date: Sunday October 21 and Monday October 22 (Monday is optional). 9-5 each day.
Age Limit: 15 and up (15-18 year olds must have parental consent)
Please bring: Proper clothing for working outside all day, closed toe shoes (preferably work boots), and work gloves. Optional: Hard hat, impact driver, rawhide mallet.
To register: Call or stop by North House any day between 8 and 5 pm to register in the School Store. 218-387-9762.
Kids camp 2018 was a wonderful two weeks of exploration of all kinds of craft. Woodworking, baking, felting, and so much more! Check back in March 2019 for next summer's camp registration info.
Youth Sailing Program
North House owns the 50’ schooner Hjørdis and maintains a summer schedule of 2-hour sails from June-September. Building off the success of the community volunteer deckhand program, the organization is offering a Youth Sailing Program, providing learning opportunities and involving youth in everyday operations of their working boat. The Youth Deckhands program and the Youth Sailing Camp were offered in 2018. Check back in the spring for summer 2019 opportunities and listen below to the radio story about the program.