Try-it Mini Courses
Courses are limited to 8 people. Children ages 12 and over are welcome with an accompanying adult. Pre-registration required. June 14 - September 28
During the summer and early fall seasons, we host weekly public programs focused on traditional northern craft. Timber framing, wood-fired bread baking, and a mini-course by the instructor-in-residence. Looking for other opportunities to dig in? Take a tour of the campus on Saturday, hop on our schooner, Hjørdis, or explore our school store.
Try-it: Wood Fired Baking
Thursdays • 1-3 pm or 4:30-6:30 pm • not offered on June 21 or Sept 13
Cost: $20/person or $30 for an adult/child pair
Students will be introduced to baking bread using a wood fired oven. Each student will get to bake carta di musica and focaccia while exploring the history and science of bread baking.
Try-it: Timber Framing
Fridays • 10-noon • not offered on June 22 or Sept. 14 • Free
Students will be introduced to the concept of timber framing by exploring timber framing tools, joinery, and history. As a group, students will raise a small timber frame and take it apart.
Fall Skill Shares
October 4, 7pm | Feltmaking Skill Share and Presentation
Curious about felt, but have never got your hands wet before? This will be a quick introduction to the magic of felt-making. Explore some of the many variations of raw wool, and then see for yourself what happens when you apply a little water, soap, and agitation. You will come to understand why this was one of the main fabrics for generations of nomads of Central Asia as you create your own coasters or trivet.
$10 | Location: Blue Building
October 11, 7pm | Japanese Sweets for All
Are you brave enough to try mochi, yokan, and ohagi? Learn about the way Japanese people developed a variety of sweets using simple ingredients like rice and beans. The flavors and shapes of many sweets reflect the seasons so this is a great chance to try some fall specialties adapted for the Minnesota palate and pantry.
$5 | Location: Fish House Teaching Kitchen
October 18, 7pm | Sharp Home Chef: Knife Skills
Come learn basic kitchen(chef) knife skills to make cooking faster and more fun! First let’s talk about the basics of sharpening and honing your knife. Then we will learn about some of the basic cuts you can use, and when to use them. Before getting a chance to hone our new skills!
Free | Location: Blue Building
October 25, 7pm | Knit Fix!
Get ready for winter by improving your knitwear repair skills! Bring your sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves that have holes or runs, and learn how to fix that damage in seamless or creative ways. You are also welcome to bring along knitting projects that have gone awry to get them back on track. Samples will also be provided for practicing repairs.
Free | Location: Blue Building
November 1, 7pm | Roots, Berries, Bark, + Flowers: Brewing Wild Root Beer!
Using a ginger bug culture for fizz, and brewed hand-harvested plants, we will create a root beer soda closer in flavor to traditional/historical brews. You will learn creation and care of a ginger bug fermented culture, and we will discuss what the different herbs lend to this nourishing and delicious medicinal drink.
Materials fee: $15 | Location: Blue Building
October Residency: Community Feltmaking Project 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.
Read more about all the opportunities to get involved in the Community Feltmaking Project on the Instructor Residency page.
Fjord Horse Experience: Two-Hour "Pleasure Driving"
10am to Noon or 2-4pm
$75 | $25/additional friend or family
Enjoy a two-hour experience with Norwegian Fjord Horses, a unique breed of gentle horses, while learning the basics of pleasure driving a horse and cart. Selectively bred for more than 20 centuries, Norwegian Fjord Horses might best be described as short and stocky, friendly and versatile. Whether pulling boats along Scandinavia’s fjords, working in farm fields, or pulling a cart to market, fjord horses were important partners for generations of farmers. Lessons begin in an outdoor arena and progress to beautiful trails through the quiet woods above Grand Marais. This experience is open to all, including those who would prefer simply to relax and take a pleasure drive with a team of fjord horses driven by the instructor. One additional person is welcome to share in the cart/wagon ride pulled by these gentle giants for an additional $25.
Registration for this class is not available online — please call us at 218-387-9762 to schedule a session. Available most days August 1 to October 1, weather & instructor availability permitting.