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Traditional Shaving Horse Building Workshop (Service Learning)

Support North House Folk School’s passion for woodworking and woodcarving while learning the fundamentals of putting together a traditional shaving horse - a must-have shop tool for any traditional woodworker.  As a group, students will build up to 6 shaving horses for the North House woodshop (from ash and oak hardwoods), while learning basic mortise and tenon joinery, the assembly and function of the shaving horse and an introduction to applicable woodcarving projects related to the shaving horse (including some woodturning demonstrations). After this workshop, you will go home with a set of plans and know-how to pursue their own shaving horse project on your own.  Experienced and beginning woodworkers are encouraged to register.  Your participation fees for this service learning project may include:
   * traditional hand tool maintenance and use
   * basic mortise and tenon joinery
   * basic woodworking skills
   * lunch served daily on the North House campus for all service learning participants
   * pizza potluck in North House's wood-fired pizza oven


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$75.00 per student (Regular rate)


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All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Jim Sannerud Jim Sannerud

Jim Sannerud is a professional woodturner with his studio in Saint Paul, MN, overlooking the Mississippi River. With a background of 25 years woodworking experience, Jim "turned" to the lathe 6 years ago to follow his passion and creativity. He has shown and sold his turnings nationally and shares his infectious enthusiasm for woodturning with a wide variety of students - from children in Ukraine to community education classes in Saint Paul. He has studied with a number of professional turners and carvers but most recently gained inspiration while studying in Sweden with Willie and Jogge Sundqvist. Jim's work is a unique blend of craft using the modern lathe while holding on to traditional sloyd handwork and techniques.

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Traditional Shaving Horse Building Workshop (Service Learning)