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New & Noteworthy

Community classes are launching this fall! They are scheduled largely in the evenings so locals who work during the day can participate. Initial offerings include cooking, sewing, felting, and woodworking.

Long time instructor Jess Hirsch and collaborators have re-opened Fireweed Community Woodshop in Minneapolis, dedicated to empowering women, non-binary, and BIPOC makers.

Jane Laurence has an article on Knutkorg in Northern Wilds. "Knot" baskets were plentiful in Scandanavia in the 1800s. Immigrant laborers fell back on their craft when the USA failed to provide dignified living conditions.

North House wants to host courses accessible to anyone. Scholarship applications for the latest course release close tomorrow, 9/30. Work Study is another way to pitch in and earn course credit while saving money.

North House is turning 25, and this year's Unplugged is the party you won't want to miss! Three days of big-name concerts, regional and international artisans, the Points North Auction, and an unmissable gala dinner sets the stage for the 25 more.

Looking for more online craft content? Visit our Crafting in Place page for a full schedule of upcoming webinars, videos, and more, as well as the complete archive of past content.

Featured Events & Activities

Hiring Communications and Marketing Manager

Hiring Communications and Marketing Manager

Bring North House to Life

The Communications & Marketing Manager serves in key roles: sharing our story through our iconic Course Catalogs, Shavings Newsletters, and Annual Reports, forging connections with our community of students, supporters, and partners via social media & other tools, and projecting our vision to the world through special projects. Closing date: October 24, 2022 at Noon.


Basket Week

Basket Week

October 4-11

Join us for a gathering of basket-makers, both advanced and aspiring! Basketry embodies the soul of traditional craft: simple tools, natural materials and skilled hands result in purposeful, beautiful items. Birch bark, spruce root, pine needles, black ash-- the northern forest has been generous to basketmakers, and we’ll explore a variety of techniques and forms.

Daily Sailing on Lake Superior

Daily Sailing on Lake Superior

Hjørdis sails now open for registration! The flagship of the Grand Marais Harbor, Hjørdis shares the name of the mythical Norse goddess of war. Take a trip on this 50’ traditionally-rigged steel schooner and gain access to both the largest lake in the world and experience Grand Marais as it was approached in the centuries before Highway 61 — from the water.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend

October 20 - 23

Family Weekend at North House offers a dozen or more classes, some for kids only, others for adults and kids to take together.  From cooking to fiber arts, woodworking to blacksmithing there is a skill to learn for everyone. The weekend includes both formal classes that require registration ahead of time as well as drop-in activities that are free and require no pre-registration. We’ll also host a Family Fun Night on Friday October 21st open to the community.

Request a Catalog

Enjoy the tactile sensation of browsing our newsprint catalog of courses? Request your free copy of the North House Catalog here! And browse the digital edition while you wait!

Resident Artisan Blog

Read what our resident artisans have been up to!

Summer Scraps – September 01

In her latest blog post, Resident Artisan Laura Brown reflects on summer and some fun new directions in her quilting.  

Be Still Enough to Listen – June 30

As Artisan Development Program alumnus Elise Kyllo wraps up her Scandinavian travels, she takes a moment to reflect on her experiences and think about how they will influence her life and work going forward.