Class Calendar

Rustic Chair or Bench
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 31, 20209:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70

A rustic chair, rocking chair, or garden bench makes a great addition to your yard, patio, or deck. This class walks you through making your very own rustic furniture using sticks that you can collect from your local forests and yard.

You will learn about the techniques and tools necessary to build a strong, sturdy chair or bench using mortise and tenon joints. Tools include a tenon cutter, drill press, and miter saw.

If you want to make a rocker, John can make the seat and rockers for you for $30. He will also send a pattern if you prefer to make your own. Let the Folk School office know that’s your choice.

You can make the bench out of any species of sticks, but some of the longest-lasting would be from cedar, although other species will last for a long time if the bench is protected from extreme weather. At the end of the day, you’ll head home with a beautiful and unique piece for your home!

It is recommended to have a partner working with you. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair or bench.

About the instructor: John Bajda is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching how to build rustic furniture through his local community ed program for the past 18 years. He gets five stars from students for his patient, thorough, cheerful instruction.

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Blacksmithing – The next step
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 31, 202010:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $15

This class will give students who have taken A Taste of Blacksmithing at the Folk School or who have other previous experience an opportunity to make a variety of S hooks requiring different blacksmithing techniques and that are used in different ways. Students will have a choice of making three different styles or three of the same style.

Anyone who can demonstrate that they have mastered the S hook by making an excellent piece in a short period of time will be able make a more complex piece, a long fireplace poker.

Bring a lunch or be prepared to order in from nearby restaurants.

The classes will be limited to four students. Students must bring protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores for under $10. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided but students should bring their own if they have them. Wear clothing appropriate for working with coals and intense heat.

Social distancing and appropriate COVID restrictions will be in force. Students will be asked to wear masks when appropriate.

About the instructor: Phil Leino is intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. He has been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools. After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

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Organizational Journaling for a Satisfying Retirement – Live Online
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Three Thursdays, 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Nov. 5th, Nov. 12th and Nov. 19th

Tuition: $30

What’s next in your life? Are you: Exploring the concept of retirement and finding all the options overwhelming, especially now with COVID? Pulling that retirement trigger tomorrow/next month/next year and still not sure what your day-to-day will look like? Retired for a while and finished or haven’t gotten around to those projects you thought would keep you busy?

Wherever you are in the process, this Introduction to Organizational Journaling for a Satisfying Retirement class is for you!

Benefits: Achieve a sense of direction for this major life transition Enjoy improved physical health and increased longevity through beneficial activity Ensure that who and what is important to you are a priority Identify and phase out barriers to taking action Start where you are, based on practical exercises and focused support

What students will learn: 5 Ds and 1 B of retirement, and how to avoid them 3 Key Aspects of a satisfying retirement Specs for Satisfaction that are as individual as you are Methods of staying organized using the way your brain works

About the Instructor: Deb experienced her share of life’s challenges, moving often, living overseas, parenting a special needs child, divorce, and getting laid off, and she became an expert at managing stress and creating tools and communities of support. She learned how to cope and eventually to thrive wherever she was planted.

She developed Organizational Journaling to offer techniques and practices for leading an uncluttered, focused and creative life.

Approaching retirement, she realized that the knowledge and skills she had acquired to navigate the emotional side of difficult transitions was exactly what was called for again. She now shares these techniques and practices with anyone close to or in the thick of retirement.

Deb taught 5th to 12th grade language arts in Italy, South Carolina, Oregon and Kansas City for fifteen years, and has taught Organizational Journaling for several years at Wet Paint in St. Paul, with various organizations, and one-on-one.

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Intro to Chip Carving
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, November 7, 202012:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25 (Please note: Registration will close on October 30 to allow time to order materials.)

Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures.

You will receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs.

Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.

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Scandinavian Gluten-Free Baking: Caramel Chai Eplekake Live Online
Nov 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday, November 7, 20203:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuition: $20 This class is live online.

Gluten free baking doesn’t have to be difficult! Learn to bake this beautiful apple cake inspired by Rena’s Norwegian mor mor’s recipe, but with a twist–the beautiful spices of chai tea and gluten-free flours. This cake is delicious, simple, and a real treat for the holidays that you’ll want to make over and over again. You will also learn some of the secrets for transitioning your baking to gluten-free recipes. Bring your questions!

About the instructor: Rena Hartman Rothauge says, “I am a budding, self-taught chef focused on my rich Scandinavian Heritage as it translates to modern fresh dishes. I am in the process of building a growing social media following with my project Langt Nord Liv. I am a Minnesota native, a writer, and a Midwestern maximalist, obsessed with all upper Midwestern oddities. My husband and I moved here from Oregon four years ago and love the wilderness surrounding us. We have a beautiful daughter, a big Chesapeake mix, and a crazy Vizsla puppy along with too many houseplants to count.

“I’ve been teaching cooking to my stepdaughter via Zoom, coordinated teaching projects with Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, and assisted Lynn Evenson in teaching those lessons in various high school classrooms. I hold a graduate degree from New York University and am currently pursuing a certification as a health coach in integrative nutrition.”

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Bananas Foster Flambé: Live Online
Nov 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, November 13, 202010:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Add this simple and impressive dessert to your repertoire and amaze your guests at your next dinner party. Covid has put a damper on your dinner party plans, you say? At least you can have some solo or family fun at home. Bananas Foster Flambe involves caramelizing bananas by igniting a small amount of rum. Don’t worry… with the guidance of our dessert expert, you won’t light your whole kitchen on fire. Bananas Foster is a dessert developed over 70 years ago by a chef in New Orleans. It is a lovely party trick — practice now for when we get to have parties again.

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips in the Ely area for over 20 years. A successful wilderness trip includes delicious food! On winter camping trips especially, dessert is not optional — it’s an important part of adequate daily calorie intake. LynnAnne perfected her Bananas Foster Flambe technique in the Boundary Waters, and this class will include a discussion of variations for the wilderness setting. LynnAnne has taught a number of craft and outdoor skills classes for Ely Folk School and is praised for being a thorough and patient teacher with a great sense of humor.

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Introduction to Photoshop
Nov 13 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Introduction to Editing in PhotoshopFriday, November 13, 201912:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $30

You bought the camera. You’ve gotten comfortable with taking photos but are intimidated by using editing software. Here’s the class for you: beginning Photoshop editing! Learn how to load your images onto your computer easily, organize your files and do the most important editing to take your images to another level! We’ll concentrate on the six most important areas to Photoshop success for the beginner: Crop/Straighten, Color correction, Adjust lighting, Reduce noise/Increase sharpness, Selective editing, Layers/Masks. And we should have enough time to have some fun as well!

Participants should bring their laptops to class, loaded with your editing software and plenty of images to play with. If you don’t have editing software now, Ken strongly suggest Photoshop Elements, at least version 10 or later. The cost is very reasonable and it can be downloaded from the internet or picked up at any place that is savvy with computers – like Best Buy. Elements is a very powerful tool and will do EVERYTHING you will need for successful image editing.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila says, “I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography.”

Ken’s photography classes at the Ely Folk School are very popular: Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, Landscape Photography, and Intro to Digital Photography as well as Photoshop.

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Painted Scandinavian Heart Ornaments – Live Online
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Painted Scandinavian Heart OrnamentsSaturday, November 14, 202010:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Take a break and let’s paint! You will learn to paint the iconic Scandinavian heart design on a four inch wooden ornament. The class is live, so you will be able to chat with other students and asking Kim questions. We will be using acrylic paints which you will need to have on hand. This class is appropriate for all experience levels and ages.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several “Gold Medal” winning American rosemalers as has traveled to Norway three times to stud traditional 18th century rosemaling design with Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taken lessons in Sweden in the Swedish folkart painting style, Dalmaining. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling and received the Best in Show twice.

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Beginning Chip Carving-Live Online
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please note that the fourth class is a two-hour class.

Monday, November 16, 2020 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMMonday, November 30, 2020 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMFriday, December 4, 2020 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMMonday, December 7, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuition: $50

Materials: See below for materials you will need.

Chip carving is a very old craft in many cultures, but the patterns we typically see are Northern European. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice with patience and a steady hand.

Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will need a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving. You will learn how to handle and care for the knife, how to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts, and how to deal with mistakes.

If you have questions about using Zoom, email or call 218-235-0138. You will receive the Zoom invitation when you register. Drafting Compass – higher quality examples: JARLINK – $6, Mr. pen – $12 Staetdler – $27 Pencil Ruler Various templates for arcs and triangles Chip Carving Knife – examples Pfeil Chip Carving Knife B – $20 Wayne Barton Chip Carving Knife – $50.

A more expensive knife will be in a condition that is ready to use. The less expensive Pfeil knife requires some work to tune it appropriately.

Knife Sharpening supplies: Extra Fine whetstone examples Arkansas white extra fine Black ultra fine stone for about $20. Generally any sharpening “stone” of 3000 grit or finer for final sharpening. Final stropping and polish – firm suede leather and stropping compound (metal rouge polish) such as Beaver Craft Leather Strop and honing compound for $10, or similar. Two Basswood pieces measuring 5″x5″x1/4″ or similar Bart can supply at $2 per piece, plus shipping, if necessary.

Optional Extras: Books by Wayne Barton, or other pattern guides for chip carving.The Complete Guide to Chip Carving by Wayne Barton – $20 General sharpening – DMT credit card-size diamond whetstones. Set of three, Course/fine/extra fine grit (325/600/1200) $25.00 (Amazon, D3EFC)

Woods used would be basswood (preferred), white pine or butternut. Typically the thickness would be ¼ to ½ inch. Most wood will come in¾ inch thickness or in blocks for 3-D carving. These would need to be resawn and planed to the dimensions desired. Some sources: Woodcraft and Rockler.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has built furniture and done three dimensional and relief carving. He has been doing chip carving for 20 years.

Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

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