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Joey-Kenig

Joey Kenig

Joey Kenig is a singer-songwriter whose chosen instrument is the acoustic guitar.  Joey has written countless songs, many of which are fun sing-alongs and some of which are children’s favorites.  Joey has taught songwriting classes at the Folk School and has performed here as well.

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Erik-Simula

Erik Simula

Erik is a Finnish-American artist, master birch bark canoe builder, outdoor educator, and wilderness mushing guide, who operates the Arrowhead Wilderness School and Finland Bush Camp, and is a former national park ranger at Grand Portage National Monument and instructor for Voyageur Outward Bound School and Vermillion College in Ely, Minnesota. Inspired by traditional Finnish, Saami, and Anishinabe art and […]

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Sarah-Malick-Wahls

Sarah Malick-Wahls

Sarah Malick-Wahls has been working with fibers for 20 years, felting for 6. She enjoys making wearable art from natural materials, and felted products are warm, durable, and attractive–perfect for Minnesota winters. Sarah delights in creating traditional crafts because she feels the activities connect us to our roots. Many cultures have felting traditions, including Scandinavia […]

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Kim-Garrett

Kim Garrett

Kim started rosemaling in 2007 by taking a class at the North House Folk School with rosemaling instructor Mary Schliep. She fell in love with it and has been painting ever since. Kim has studied with several Vesterheim Gold Medal winning rosemaling instructors. She has also studied with Norwegian instructors here in the US and while studying traditional rosemaling […]

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Three creative girls sewed skirts and more at Autumn's class at the Ely Folk School lady weekend. A fun day with the girls and their moms or grandmas.

Autumn Cole

Autumn has been actively stitching quilts of all sizes, as well as quilted bags and other fabric items for the past 12 years. She has taught numerous classes in creating quilts from Civil War reproduction fabrics and specializes in knowing the fabric styles, colors, and quilting motifs from this era. Autumn has sewn a few […]

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Fred Livesay

Fred Livesay carved his first spoon at age seven and has never stopped. Now, at age 51, he has 44 years of spoon carving experience and over 30 years of teaching the craft. Fred is recognized as one of this country’s best spoon carvers. At 14 he began a formal seven-year carriage and wheelwright apprenticeship. Fred […]

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Emily Ingram

A recent transplant to Ely, Emily worked for several years in the oil industry and indulged her inner free spirit by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. She learned to cross-stitch at an early age, beginning a lifetime of enjoyment and creative projects and recently expanded her crafting repertoire to include quilting. Emily lives in Ely.

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Kerry Lambertson

Kerry Lambertson

Trained as a boat builder, Kerry Lambertson has done woodworking projects from log building to lutherie. Kerry values the use of native woods and traditional methods and believes creating things with our hands connects us to our environment in joyful and meaningful ways. Kerry has taught at other folk schools and numerous woodworking venues.

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