Class Calendar

Aug
24
Sat
2019
Canoe Flotilla to Lac La Croix Pow Wow @ Lac La Croix
Aug 24 all-day

Thursday, August 22, 2019 to

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We visited in 2016 and had our 13′ birchbark canoe blessed by an elder, and the Lac La Croix First Nation has invited us back for their celebration in August. Join us as we resurrect the traditional method of transportation, when flotillas of canoes would arrive each summer from Ely for the festivities.

We’ll launch from Little Indian Sioux and camp on Loon Lake. On Friday, we’ll paddle to Lac La Croix to camp and then arrive at the pow wow on Saturday morning. The pow wow grounds has tent sites, bathrooms, campfire cooking and a lovely sand beach.

Fun includes games, a feast and competetive drumming and dancing. Sunday morning includes a breakfast buffet and native ceremonies. We hope to bring our 20′ birchbark canoe for a blessing by the elders.

There will be an orientation session at the Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan, at 4:00 on Monday, Aug. 12. For complete details, see the blog on our web site.

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Craft a Custom Fit Moccasin
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 24, 20199:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $35

Moccasins are the best natural footwear ever devised. Warm, light & lithe, they’re said to give you “magic feet” that can be rolled up and taken with you to parties, and worn inside your own home.

You will learn to create a pattern for deerskin moccasins, customized to fit your feet. This style of moccasins is a two-piece style, all hand-sewn. At the end of the class, you will either have a pair of completed moccasins or possibly have some work left to do at home.

Students should bring pliers and scissors. Feel free to bring any beads you may have to decorate the top with one special bead or a simple design.

About the Instructor: Donna Mienk has her own moccasin-making business and has taught the process for many years.

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Weaving Bands on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, August 24, 20199:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $10

Do you own a rigid heddle loom and wonder what else you can weave on it? Learn how to weave bands that can used for straps or decorative trim. Students will learn how to warp the loom for a band, weave a plain pattern, learn how to weave pick-up and how to remove your band. If time permits, students may be able to design their own pattern, warp the loom, and start weaving it. Please bring any weaving tools that your have along with your own rigid heddle loom or use one the school’s looms. The school looms will be available for rent if need to finish your weaving at home.

This is not a beginner class, so the Learn to Weave class or comparable experience is a prerequisite. If you have experience weaving, contact the instructor for consent to take the class.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she purchased her first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s, when she focused on spinning and knitting, which she has since taught at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She currently is offering knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

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Make a Bent Willow Chair
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmSaturday, August 24, 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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Aug
25
Sun
2019
Canoe Flotilla to Lac La Croix Pow Wow @ Lac La Croix
Aug 25 all-day

Thursday, August 22, 2019 to

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We visited in 2016 and had our 13′ birchbark canoe blessed by an elder, and the Lac La Croix First Nation has invited us back for their celebration in August. Join us as we resurrect the traditional method of transportation, when flotillas of canoes would arrive each summer from Ely for the festivities.

We’ll launch from Little Indian Sioux and camp on Loon Lake. On Friday, we’ll paddle to Lac La Croix to camp and then arrive at the pow wow on Saturday morning. The pow wow grounds has tent sites, bathrooms, campfire cooking and a lovely sand beach.

Fun includes games, a feast and competetive drumming and dancing. Sunday morning includes a breakfast buffet and native ceremonies. We hope to bring our 20′ birchbark canoe for a blessing by the elders.

There will be an orientation session at the Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan, at 4:00 on Monday, Aug. 12. For complete details, see the blog on our web site.

Register Here

Aug
27
Tue
2019
Minnesota Medicinal Herbs
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 PM 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $25

Join us as we learn the basics of identifying, harvesting, and utilizing some of the most common medicinal herbs in Northern Minnesota. In this hands-on class, students will learn how to identify, harvest, dry, store, and use some of the most common medicinal herbs native to Northern Minnesota. This will be an in-classroom discussion as well as hands-on class- students will work with some freshly harvested herbs and will also learn to prepare some common remedies with them such as tincturing, teas, and infusions. Each student will take home their own herbal remedy made in class, and a Minnesota Medicinals handbook with photos, step-by-step instructions, and recipes!

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health.

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Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry
Aug 27 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 27, 20191:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $35 Materials: $20

Polymer clay can be used to create decorative pottery, wall decor, jewelry, and figurines. It is easy to work with and does not require any equipment other than what you would find in your kitchen. In this class basic processes to work with clay will be demonstrated. Then students will complete a polymer clay necklace from a prepared kit. Time will be available for students to then work with the clay and create jewelry components of their own. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a reduced rate.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Aug
30
Fri
2019
Eco-Friendly House Building
Aug 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, August 30, 20199:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

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

Andy will be working on the exterior house wall insulation, demonstrating the steps in the “Perfect Wall” construction developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD, Engineer.

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. June and July will offer “Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall” first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and 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.

In September, we will move outside and build raised garden beds.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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Upscale Dream Necklace
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday, August 30, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Students will create a one-of-a-kind necklace loosely based on the style of a Native American dream catcher. Recycled jewelry and natural materials will be used to create these necklaces. Students should bring any broken earrings or necklaces they’d like to incorporate into their pieces. Students can also consider picking up materials they find outdoors such as bark, feathers, or pieces of rusted metal to bring to add to the finished pieces.

About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School, sharing her beautiful creations, her skills, and her playfulness exploring color and creativity.

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Aug
31
Sat
2019
Herringbone Beaded Bracelets
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday. August 31, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.

About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read…so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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