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North House was founded in 1997 by a small handful of inspired locals passionate about traditional craft and cooperative learning. Folk schools emphasize learning for the sake of learning. There are no exams, no credits, and no term papers. As much as our courses teach a particular skill (timberframing, basketmaking), they also encourage lifelong learning.

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April

Birch Bark Berry Basket April 19 Belt Making: Forge and Stitch April 19 Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner's Botanical Medicine April 19 Knitting the Night Sky: The Borealis Hat April 19 All Ground Up: Sausage Making April 20 Sharpening Tutorial April 20 Timber Frame: Build Your Own Smaller Frames April 22 Loop-in-Loop Chain Bracelet April 26 From Checkerwork to Hex: Black Ash Baskets with a Twist April 26 Felt a Seat Cozy April 27 Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade April 27 Service Learning: Felt a Seat Cozy April 28 Artisan Breads Immersion April 30
May

Birding Wednesday: Drop-in Session May 1 Fundamentals of North Shore Pebble Jewelry May 1 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond May 2 Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner's Botanical Medicine May 3 Hand-Sewn Leather Shoulder Bag May 3 Artisan Breads Immersion May 3 Fundamentals of North Shore Pebble Jewelry May 5 Birding Wednesday: Drop-in Session May 8 Basic Timber Framing May 8 Anishinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery & Moccasin Sewing May 9 Woven: Traditional Swedish Table-Made Hair Bracelet May 9 Ovencrafting: Building and Baking in the Wood-Fired Oven May 9 Welcome to Blacksmithing! May 10 A Toast to Mothers May 11 Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl May 14 Birding Wednesday: The Workshop May 15 Tool-Making for Woodworkers and Others May 16 Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Bead, Felt, & Frame May 17 Turning Fine Detail Platters May 17 Wood, Fiber, Leather, Wire: A Handcraft Sampler May 17 Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop May 17 Foods for a Superior Spring May 18 Fly Casting Workshop and North Shore Fly Fishing Primer May 19 Elegant Side Grain Boxes May 20 Birding Wednesday: Drop-in Session May 22 Weft-Faced Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom May 24 Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl May 24 Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings May 24 Spring Birding on the North Shore May 25 Custom Leather Sandal Construction May 25 Cooking With Spring Vegetables May 25 Discovering the Language of Birds May 26 Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles May 26 Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl May 27 Birding Wednesday: Drop-in Session May 29 Birding by Ear May 31 Discovering the Language of Birds May 31 Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles May 31 Wool: The Full Experience May 31 Botany for Naturalists, Ecologists, and Herbalists May 31 What's this Rock Too? Central North Shore's Geologic Story May 31 Northwoods Nature Through the Lens May 31
June

Spring Birding on the North Shore June 1 The Modern Summer Pantry June 1 Advanced Door Construction Service Learning Project June 1 Lichens: Pioneers of the North Woods June 1 Event: Northern Landscapes Festival June 2 – 4
Ferns: Finding Magic in the North Woods June 2 Blacksmith’s Folding Knife June 6 Fine Furniture: Windsor Comb Back Mini Settee June 6 Bird Carving June 7 Crafting the Twig and Driftwood Chair and Footstool June 7 Cyanotype Leather and Canvas Bags June 7 Isle Royale and the Sleeping Giant June 7 Scandinavian Band Weaving June 8 Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo June 8 Fine Furniture: Natural-Edged Windsor Coffee Table June 9 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond June 12 Cedar Bark Mat Weaving: From Forest to Floor June 13 Timbered Sawhorse Trestles: Women & Non-Binary Session June 13 Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Bead, Felt, & Frame June 14 A Midsommar Feast June 14 Post and Rung Stool Building June 14 Swedish Dalmålning Using Traditional Techniques June 15 Fly Fishing the North Shore: Grand Marais Area June 16 Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade June 17 Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup June 17 Tvåändsstickning - Mittens in Swedish “Twined” Knitting June 19 Give Some Heart: Carving Wooden Hearts June 20 Introduction to Rosemaling Gudbrandsdal Style June 20 Event: Summer Solstice and Wooden Boat Festival June 21 – 22
Families at the Forge June 21 Sail Training Trip: Lonely Island Tour June 21 Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals June 24 Canoe vs. Kayak: An Intro to Skin-On-Frame Building June 24 Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Pathfinder June 24 Inkle Loom Weaving June 25 Fly Fishing the North Country in Prime Time June 25 Tapestry Weaving: Painting with Fiber June 28 All Ground Up: Sausage Making June 29 Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Squire Boot June 29
July

Boreal Basketry Immersion July 5 Families at the Forge July 5 Krympburkar: Scandinavian-Style Shrink Boxes July 5 Carve a Bench: Introduction to Greenwood Chair Building July 5 North Shore Cyanotype Folio July 5 Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond July 6 Scandinavian Summer Classics July 6 Log to Timber Frame - Building by Hand: Hewing Session July 6 Log to Timber Frame - Building by Hand: Joinery July 11 Forgework Skills Refresher July 11 Decorative Ironwork Intensive July 12 Lakeside Swatch to Sweater Adventure July 12 Crafting the Traditional Longbow & Arrow Making July 12 Chip Carving: Decorative Wall Hanging July 13 The Great British Baking Class July 13 Swedish Toothbrush Rugs July 13 Braided-In Rug July 14 Crafting the Traditional Longbow & Arrow Making July 17 Hand-Forged "Using" Knife July 18 Figure Carving: Scandinavian Style July 18 Woven Cotton Towels on the Rigid Heddle Loom July 19 Black Ash Pack Basket July 19 Leaves, Roots, & Bugs: Natural Dyes July 19 Spinning: Alpaca, Llama, Mohair and More! July 21 Handmade Whisk Brooms July 21 Young Woodworkers Camp July 22 Blacksmithing Camp: Hammers, Fire, and Fun July 22 Blacksmithing Camp: Hammers, Fire, and Fun July 22 Young Woodworkers Camp July 22 Grand Marais & Beyond Nature Photography Workshop: Summer Session July 24 Step-by-Step Willow Baskets July 25 Outdoor Timbered Benches July 25 Herbal Foods and Drinks July 26 Families at the Forge July 27 Young Makers Camp July 29
August

Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings August 1 Hardcover Codex Bookbinding August 2 Small Breads: Bagels, Biscuits, Bollars, and More August 2 Invasive Color: Using Invasive Species as Natural Dyes August 3 Craft Exploration Camp for Adults August 5 Makers Camp for Outdoor Kids August 5 Craft Exploration Camp for Families August 5 Mushroom & Fungi Intro August 9 Mushroom & Fungi Intro August 10 Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style August 12 Viking-Era Bronze Casting with Recyclable Clay Molds August 15 Shadow Weave: Complex Patterns from Simple Structures August 15 Bezel Set Stones for North Shore Jewelry August 16 Rosemaling: Os Style August 16 Foraging to Fiber: Naturally Dyed Tote Bag and Scarf August 16 All Ground Up: Sausage Making August 17 Sail Training Trip: Learn to Cruise the North Shore, Knife River to Grand Marais August 17 Basic Timber Framing August 21 Viking Axe Heads August 21 Warp and Weft: Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving August 22 Handmade Pasta August 23 Mushroom & Fungi Intro August 23 Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket August 23 Natural Dyes in the Steam Box August 24 Mushroom & Fungi Intro August 24 Bounty of the Big Lake: Fish Cookery August 24 Mushroom & Fungi: A Closer Look August 25 Timber Frame: Build Your Own Smaller Frames August 27 Lions, Tigers, and Dragons: Forging Animal Heads in Steel August 28 Turned Twill Block Weaves August 29 Wool: The Full Experience August 30 Foundations of Spoon Carving: Crafting a Spoon with Artistry August 30 Untamed Mushrooms: A Walk in the Woods & Cooking Exploration August 31 Understanding, Forecasting, and Photographing the Aurora Borealis August 31
September

Traditional Scandinavian Knife Forging September 3 Fine Furniture: Windsor Comb Back Armchair or Rocking Chair September 4 Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop September 5 Handwoven Wool Tote Bag September 5 Luffarslöjd: Bowls of All Sizes September 6 Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze, and Gouge September 6 Hand-Sewing Slöjd September 6 Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation September 6 Forged Wood Carving Tools September 7 Introduction to Anishinaabe-Style Beadwork September 7 Fine Furniture: Natural-Edged Windsor Bench September 7 Untamed Mushrooms: A Walk in the Woods & Cooking Exploration September 7 White on Blue: Organic Indigo and Resist Designs September 10 Overshot Weaving September 12 Warp Weighted Tabletop Loom: Build and Weave September 12 Natural Dyes Above and Beyond September 12 Blacksmithing: Women & Non-Binary Session September 13 Introduction to Spinning on the Wheel September 13 Basic Timber Framing September 13 Kioke: Japanese Coopered Vessels with Shuji Nakagawa September 13 Event: Unplugged September 14 – 17
All Ground Up: Sausage Making September 14 Lichens: Pioneers of the North Woods September 14 Celestial Navigation: Dancing with the Stars September 17 Forged Cooking Utensils: At the Grill and in the Kitchen September 17 Rosemaling an Acrylic Dala Horse September 18 Bundle Dyeing with Garden-Grown Pigments & More September 19 Spoon Carving Crash Course September 20 Japanese Woodworking Introduction September 20 Spoon Carving Crash Course September 22 The Authority of Stamping: Printmaking Workshop September 23 Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals September 23 Fly Fishing the North Shore: Fall Fly Fishing Adventure September 23 Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings September 23 Spoon Carving with Barn the Spoon September 24 The Modern Autumn Pantry September 24 Grand Marais & Beyond: Autumn Nature Photography Workshop September 25 Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner's Botanical Medicine September 27 Leather Bedside Book Bag September 27 Welcome to Blacksmithing! September 27 Rosemaling Plants from the Boreal Forest September 27 Peak Veggie: Cooking with September's Vegetables September 28 Willow Exploration Extravaganza September 30 Event: Basket Week October 1 – 7

October

Weaving the Black Ash Pack Basket: Extended Session October 1 Advancing with Coiled Baskets October 2 Etched Birch Bark Maple Sugar Cones October 2 Willow Exploration Extravaganza October 5 Cider: Crafting Fine Hard Cider at Home October 5 Sweetgrass Basketry October 5 Woven Birch Bark Basketry October 5 Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry October 5 Weaving Holiday Ornaments October 5 Viking-Era Smelting: Iron-Age Technology in the Modern Era October 9 Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions October 10 Single Slat Post and Rung Chair October 10 Fall Fly Fishing Tactics for Brook Trout and Splake October 10 All Things Cardamom October 10 Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session October 11 Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Bead, Felt, & Frame October 11 Sharpening for the Woodworker October 12 Mabon Medicines: Being Deeply Rooted October 12 Event: Family Weekend October 18 – 19

November

Event: Winterers' Gathering and Arctic Film Fest November 22 – 24

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