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Instructor in Residence: Beth Dow - Leatherwork

Sat, May 11, 2019 - Fri, May 31, 2019

Beth Dow will be Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School May 12-31st. Beth designs and creates traditional saddle stitched leather goods, which you can see on her website

During her residency, Beth will welcome the community to visit with her during open studio days on the North House campus as well as at public demonstrations of her craft around the county. She’ll offer two classes for the community during her time at North House as well as several school field trips with local youth. Read on for all the details on opportunities to experience Beth’s work and try your hand at leather craft!

Community Class: Beginning Saddle Stitch Leatherwork

May 27 - 29

Join Beth Dow, instructor in residence, to learn the basics of saddle stitched leatherwork. You’ll make a small wallet or glasses case over two evenings and learn the basics of stitching, waxing the thread, leather decoration techniques and leather care.


Leatherworking Demonstrations

May 16, 17, 18, 23

Leatherworker Beth Dow will be conducting live craft demonstrations around Grand Marais. Visit with Beth and see what goes into making items out of leather—watch Beth transform it from flat sheets to a functional bag! All demonstrations are free and drop-in style - stop by to observe and ask questions!


Service Learning Class: Tool Sheaths for Campus

May 20 - 21

Join Instructor in Residence Beth Dow to learn the basics of saddle stitching leather as you work together to make sheaths for sharp tools on the North House campus in this two day mini class. You'll make one or two sheaths for campus plus one sheath to take home.


Open Studio

May 12, 14, 24, 25, 26, 27

Stop by to meet leatherworker Beth Dow, learn about her process, and see works in progress!