Class Calendar

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Eco-Friendly House Building
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, September 20 20199:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

The workdays available for student participation have been changed from Saturdays to Fridays.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Friday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

You can choose individual Fridays for the phases of the construction that interest you. September will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

Watch for details in these class postings with the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

More information at ecoely.com

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Each week Andy will give a short update on the project first and answer any questions that come up.

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

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Made to Fit: Custom-fitted Blouse
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, September 20, 201912:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $40

Do you find shopping for a blouse that works for you is just about impossible? The styles are just not right or the fabrics are all wrong, the cost is exorbitant or they just don’t fit right. Well, this class will give you the information and skills to take just a very basic blouse pattern and create a wide variety of blouses. What style of collar do you want? Sleeve length? Cuffed? Fitted or not? Long tails or tuck-in length? Hem straight or scalloped? Your imagination is the only limit you have to having a closet full of fun blouses that fit your style, budget and size.

Students need to purchase before the class: 2-1/2 yards of fabric of choice, 1/3 yard light-weight interfacing [I prefer iron on], matching thread, 6-8 buttons [Can purchase locally at Mary’s Spinning Wheel]. Also bring pins and a sewing needle for some hand stitching.

About the instructor: Candace Bischoff has been called a crafting fanatic. She sews, knits, crochets, embroiders, and does cross stitch, needlepoint, and smocking. She’s game to try almost any craft at least once, often combining crafts such as sewing and embroidery. Candace says, “My grandmother introduced me to the sewing machine when I was 10, and I have sewn Barbie Doll clothes, prom dresses, my wardrobe from junior high school to the present, as well as many garments for friends and family. I get frustrated with the clothing available today in the stores and make most of my own garments or alter the style or fit of store-bought items. I love making things unique to my need and styling.

I love helping people learn a new craft and see how much fun they have with the new knowledge and skill.

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Make a Bent Willow Chair
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, September 20, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmSaturday, September 21, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You’ll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don’t have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

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Sep
21
Sat
2019
Make a Bent Willow Chair
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, September 20, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmSaturday, September 21, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You’ll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don’t have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

Register Here

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Eco-Friendly House Building
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, September 27, 20199:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

The workdays available for student participation have been changed from Saturdays to Fridays.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Friday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

You can choose individual Fridays for the phases of the construction that interest you. September will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

Watch for details in these class postings with the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Each week Andy will give a short update on the project first and answer any questions that come up.

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

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All About Bees & Honey Tasting Too!
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 27, 20191:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuition: $30 Materials: $10

In this class you will learn about the Minnesota Solitary Bees as well as Honey Bees, their similarities and differences. During the second half of the class, you will learn how to distinguish the differences between several different honeys. You will be given step-by-step instructions on how to taste honey, describe its flavor, and determine what other flavors pair best with a particular honey as you taste honeys from around the world.

About the instructor: Deb took up the hobby of beekeeping four years ago after retiring. She enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge about bees with others. Deb has taught other classes at the Ely Folk School, including Pollinator Planters and Honey Tasting. She has also contributed her time as a volunteer in a number of valuable ways!

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Sep
29
Sun
2019
Capturing Fall Colors
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 29, 20199:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70

Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!

Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the weather.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.

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Oct
5
Sat
2019
Nature Writing: Autumn in the North
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, October 5, 20199:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60

As autumn’s colorful landscapes peak, we pause to appreciate summer’s bounty and prepare for the season to come. Set aside a day at the Ely Folk School on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to discover the richness of your inner harvest through nature writing. In a supportive group circle, you will generate written pieces through reading, discussion and free-flow, nature writing exercises. The class will focus primarily on the early stages of the writing process and include time to reflect on our work and share. Weather pending, we may take a short walk

About the instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. She’s been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review and is author of Path of Belonging and Finding the Lost Woman. She was awarded Individual Artist Grants through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust to complete her book This Earth Woman and her forthcoming poetry collection, The Shore’s Absolute Edge. Two of her poems were broadcast on KAXE radio’s Wordish program.

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Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 5 @ 11:59 pm

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PMSunday, October 6, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images.

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. Weather permitting, we’ll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and the aurora (if she graces us with her presence).

On day 2 we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from my night photography sessions in case the weather is cloudy or rainy.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

About the instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

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Meet the Moon & Other Sky Sights
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 5 @ 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuition: $20

Calling all lovers of the night sky! We’ll start in the classroom to survey all the fun things to look at when you’re out at night this fall including bright planets, the northern lights and especially the moon. Weather permitting, we’ll set up a telescope to go out and view the first quarter moon along with Jupiter, Saturn and other sights.

About the Instructor: Bob King has loved the stars since he was a kid and shares that love through teaching and writing. He lives in Duluth with his wife Linda and is recently retired from a career as a photojournalist and photo editor at the Duluth News Tribune.

His books “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” and “Wonders of the Night Sky” are available on Amazon and at area bookstores. His latest book, “Urban Legends from Space” will publish this fall. Bob has 31 years teaching community education astronomy for the Duluth School District and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School and North House Folk School.

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