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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Saami school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you'll learn about the origin of ski design, function and construction. We'll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings, and information related to use and handling of these ancient tools of transportation. Craft your own pair of skis custom-sized to your height, weight and intended use and prepare to enjoy the wintry wonderland of backcountry and ski trails outside your back door.  Evening sessions may include films and a variety of discussion topics on the history and craft of ski making.

Ian Andrus has apprenticed with Mark Hansen for six years to continue to pass on the craft. For additional insight into the total traditional outfit, enroll in the Traditional Finnish Ski Poles course scheduled immediately following this course.


Thu, Jan 05, 2017 - Sun, Jan 08, 2017 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 11/24/16)

Course Details

Length in days:
3 1/2

Day 1: 5-9pm; Day 2-4: 9am-5pm

$350.00 per student (Regular rate)
$335.00 per student (Early-bird rate)

Varies (approx. $175-$250)


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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.

Ian Andrus Ian Andrus

Ian lives in the woods outside Grand Marais without running water or electricity in a yurt he built himself, spending much of his time gathering wild foods, firewood and craft materials. He is inspired by traditional lifestyles and is always seeking to uncover the lost art of living off the land. Aside from yurts Ian makes black ash and birch bark baskets, birch bark canoes, and other utilitarian crafts. Ian is a former North House Folk School intern.

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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set