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Boats take to the water for the boat parade
A long line forms for the popular chowder lunch
See craft in action and try it yourself during craft demos
The solstice pageant features a unique cast of characters



June 17-19, 2016

It's the biggest celebration of the year! Try your hand at a workshop or course;
be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers; and plan your next adventure. It's a fun, family-oriented educational event--curiosity is welcome. 
Grab a paddle and journey North!

Festival Highlights

Harbor Side Wooden Boat Display
| Boats-to-Tools Auction
Wooden Boat Speaker Series | Craft Demonstrators
Lake Superior Chowder Experience |
Steam Bent Brunch
Solstice Pageant on Saturday at 8 pm | Members Annual Meeting

Featured Speakers
Featured speakers are Brian Miller and Randy Gosa of The Lost Forty who will share
traditional folk songs adapted from field recordings and manuscripts of singers from the Great Lakes region along with stories about the source singers, contextual information about the songs and projections of historical photos.

Featured Instructor
Our Featured Guest Instructor is Swedish woodworker Beth Moen, While on campus, Beth will teach two courses (see below) and speak during the event. Beth is the primary instructor of the woodworking program at the Sätergläntan Institute of Handcrafts in central Sweden and is regarded as one of the premier woodworkers in Sweden.

Boats-to-Tools Auction
Get a glimpse of some of the emerging 2016 auction items!

Mini Courses
Morning session (10 am - Noon) | Saturday, June 18
- Scandinavian Snack Breads: AM Session
- Carving for Kids

Afternoon session (3-5 pm) | Saturday, June 18
- Sparks & Flames: Fire-Starting
- Scandinavian Snack Breads PM session
- Sing & Play Folk Songs from Northern Minnesota! (*2-4 pm)

Course Offerings
Featured event coursework surround the entire Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival weekend.  To review all of the courses in calendar format follow this link to see all the June 2016 calendar of courses.

Starting Monday, June 9
- Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation

Starting Monday, June 13
- Staved Containers: An Introduction to White Cooperage with Beth Moen

Starting Tuesday, June 14
- Primitive Rug Hooking: Beginning Techniques

Starting Wednesday, June 15
- Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving
- Hand-Forged "Using" Knife

Starting Thursday, June 16
- Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting

Starting Friday, June 17
- Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics
- Solstice Cooking: Celebrating our Longest Days

Starting Monday, June 20
- Sausages for the Summer Grill
- Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade
- Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation
- Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals
- Bowl Carving in the Swedish Style with Beth Moen
- Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own


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   - Full Event Program

   - Boats-to-Tools Auction

   - Boat Display Registration

   - Steam Bent Brunch
     Reservation Form

5 Great Reasons to Make Plans for WBS 2016

1. Featured Speakers/Performers - The Lost Forty
2. Guest International Artisan - Beth Moen
3. Ribbon Cutting for New Classroom/Admin Building and School Store
4. Over 15 Live Craft Artisans
5. Boats to Tools Auction - featuring 200+ items, two high quality boats already on the block

- Cook County Event Info
- Area Lodging & Business Info



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