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The Maasepän Puukko

with Paige May

November 13th to 14th, 2021

$294 More Info

Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $144  Materials: $150

Registration will close on November 1st in order to ensure time to forge the puukko blades.

The Maasepän puukko is the oldest style of puukko, a basic villager's blacksmith knife, that dates back to the early Middle age. It is elegant in its simplicity and examples can be found using a variety of types of wood for the handles, and leather (tuppi) or birchbark (tuohituppi) sheaths.

In this class, students will learn about some of the process that goes into harvesting and preparing the handle materials for puukko making. They will shape their own maasepän puukko handles with a wood rasp and strips of sandpaper, sew the leather sheath, and learn how to take care of a carbon steel blade. This includes maintaining a good cutting edge. Students will then take home their very own puukko, with a handle and sheath they made themselves. 

The materials fee includes the blade, handle wood block, birch lesta sheath liner, epoxy, sandpaper, sheath leather, thread, needles, and sheath finishing wax. Students will need to bring their own cutting board, ruler, pencil, pliers, wood rasp, utility knife or razor blade, and thimble. If you are able, bring a set of clamps. Each day will include a lunch break - feel free to bring your own lunch or visit our neighboring restaurants. 

About the Instructor, Paige May: I grew up on a hobby farm in Northeast Nebraska, and starting at a very early age my parents got me out in the woods. I learned to fish as a toddler, and then started hunting and trapping. I’ve always liked to keep busy building things and crafting, so it’s no surprise that once I moved to Northeast Minnesota, I fell in love with wilderness here.

Over the past 13 years, I’ve focused my creative energy on using the wild fur that I trap and the raw materials from the boreal forest to create beautiful and useful things, like furry winter garments and knives. I have really resonated with the strong Scandinavian heritage in Minnesota and have gravitated towards becoming a puukko knife maker, or puukkoseppä.

While I have learned to forge puukko blades, my best friend Jamiah Mahoney at Subtle Forge, already has his smithy set up. Jamiah’s fine-tuned skills produce gorgeous high-quality carbon steel puukko, leuku and chef’s blades. For this reason, I currently source my blades from him and in so doing support not only one of my best friends, but another local business.

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Scandinavian Christmas Hearts: Live Online

with Kim Garrett

November 6th, 2021

$42 More Info

Saturday, November 6, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuition: $42

Learn how to paint Traditional Scandinavian Heart Ornaments. In this class we will learn how to make the heart designs, prepare the wooden ornaments for painting and paint our heart ornaments. This class will be taught using acrylic paints but oil painters are welcome.

Make it a day of painting fun and join the afternoon's Scandinavian Heart Dala Horse Ornament class with Kim! 

Students will receive a list of supplies needed upon registration.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been painting Scandinavian folk art in the Norwegian Rosemaling and Swedish Dalmålning styles for about 14 years. Kim has traveled to Scandinavia several times to learn her craft from expert folk artists there. She has been teaching for 8 years throughout the Midwest. 

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Stop by and Make Your Own Pot Pie

with Lacey Squier

November 27th, 2021

$20 More Info

Shop Small Saturday at the Ely Folk School: 

Stop by and Make Your Own Pot Pie

Saturday, November 27

Hourly pie crust making tutorials starting at 10:00am until 2:00pm

Tuition: $10  Materials: $10

Each participant will take home one 5” chicken pot pie 

Swing by the Ely Folk School on Shop Small Saturday and spend an hour with us, learning how to make a delicious, flaky pie crust for an individual chicken pot pie. Resident cooking instructor Lacey Squier will have prepared the filling from scratch in advance. Homemade pie crust tutorials will begin on the hour between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required. 

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Homemade Beeswax Wraps

with Sarah Elkins

December 16th, 2021

$34 More Info

Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $10

Learn how to make homemade beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are not only an environmentally conscious choice compared to plastic wrap but will also save you money on single use plastics. Students will leave class with 8-10 wraps (depending on size) and a recipe to make more wraps at home. Not only are beeswax wraps a great addition to your kitchen, but they make great gifts.

Students must also bring 1 yard of 100% cotton fabric of their choice. Fabric must be washed.

About the Instructor, Sarah Elkins: I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have always had a fascination in handmade goods and enjoy learning and experimenting with different techniques and media. I am primarily self taught and through my creative journey I have learned that the aspect of crafting and creating I love the most is seeing the unique individuality different people bring to a project. Because of this I emphasize individuality and creativity in my classes.

Although I dabble in many areas, I focus my time on crochet, embroidery, and papermaking. I am the owner and primary creator of Corduroy Cat Studios, a home goods and stationery business.

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Scandinavian Heart Dala Horse Ornament: Live Online

with Kim Garrett

November 6th, 2021

$42 More Info

Saturday, November 6, 2021
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $42

Come and paint a Scandinavian Heart Ornament with a Dala Horse added for extra fun. In this class we'll learn how to make the design, prepare the ornament for painting and use acrylic paint to make our ornaments.

Make it a day of painting fun and join the morning's Scandinavian Heart Ornament class with Kim! 

Students will receive a list of supplies needed upon registration.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been painting Scandinavian folk art in the Norwegian Rosemaling and Swedish Dalmålning styles for about 14 years. Kim has traveled to Scandinavia several times to learn her craft from expert folk artists there. She has been teaching for 8 years throughout the Midwest. 

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Live Online in Two Parts: Bulk Individual Pot Pies

with Lacey Squier

December 2nd, 2021

$48 More Info

Thursday, December 2, 7pm - 9pm: Preparing homemade filling & pie crust
Saturday, December 4, 10am - 12pm: Assembling & wrapping pot pies
(Note: times are approximate)

Tuition: $48

Each participant will make ~8 5-inch chicken pot pies

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to 1) save and freeze leftover Thanksgiving turkey or make and store a whole ~4lb chicken, and 2) to make homemade stock in advance of the class. Recipes and instructions for cooking a whole chicken and making homemade stock will be provided. Participants may opt to purchase or prepare poultry and stock as they see fit. 

About the Instructor: Lacey Squier loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner ... as long as you're willing to make it yourself!

When not experimenting with food at home (and making a huge mess of her kitchen), Lacey likes to take walks or go on a hike with her spouse, Eric, and their dog Wendell. Lacey serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.  

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Papermaking

with Sarah Elkins

November 17th, 2021

$34 More Info

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $10

What could spread more joy than a note written on a piece of colorful unique paper? Papermaking has been essential to society for thousands of years but in modern times mass production has led to an emphasis on low cost and uniformity in paper products. Learn how to make beautiful and unique handmade paper from junk mail and paper scraps.

Students will learn the basics of the paper making process as well as how to choose and embed additions such as glitter, metallic foil, and botanicals. Students will go home with 15-20 sheets of homemade paper.

About the Instructor, Sarah Elkins: I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have always had a fascination in handmade goods and enjoy learning and experimenting with different techniques and media. I am primarily self taught and through my creative journey I have learned that the aspect of crafting and creating I love the most is seeing the unique individuality different people bring to a project. Because of this I emphasize individuality and creativity in my classes.

Although I dabble in many areas, I focus my time on crochet, embroidery, and papermaking. I am the owner and primary creator of Corduroy Cat Studios, a home goods and stationery business.

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Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools

with Forging Community

December 3rd to 4th, 2021

$140 More Info

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $115  Materials: $25

You will experience the transformative process of heating rigid metal to a bright glow and shaping it into a useful tool, like a hammer, tongs, or cooking utensil! You will learn or review the basics of forge management and safety. Students will learn to use more advanced tools and techniques like drifting, riveting, basic grinding and tempering. You will work with steels of various sizes and carbon content to make useful hardware that will last for generations. Be prepared to have fun! 

This class is accessible to any level of skill. Whether you are ready to make your own pair of tongs or you are a beginner and eager to start learning with a brat fork, our instructors will cater to you! You will get to go home with your new, homemade tools! 

Students need to wear rugged, non-synthetic clothing and tough boots. The Folk School does provide aprons, gloves, safety glasses and earplugs, but do bring your own safety equipment if you have it. You can bring your own bag lunch including something to cook over our charcoal fires or order in from nearby restaurants.

About the Instructors from The Forging Community:

Caleb Shadis started blacking smithing in 2015 and became a Crafter Member of Forging Community that summer.  A couple of years later he started teaching a class here and there.  By 2019 he had become a board member and one of the primary teachers of FC. He has tried his hand at many different projects to continue learning the art and expand his knowledge.

Caleb is a Software Engineer by profession, and an active woodworking enthusiast, wood turning being his favorite aspect of woodworking.  He has a woodworking shop and a smithy behind his garage that he spends many hours tinkering away.

Paul Webster holds a Masters in experiential education and a Bachelor’s in English. He has taught 18 years in high school classrooms and was a light industrial trainer for 15 years. He is a founder of Forging Community, a blacksmithing school in Duluth, MN, started in 2012. Paul has been forging since 1988 and worked as the blacksmith for Duluth Pack Store and the Frost River Trading Company doing classes and demonstrations. He has taught many community education classes and runs a limited apprenticeship program from his home forge, Greenfire.

Warren Bettencourt is a professional welder with an associate degree from Lake Superior College. He has been teaching Blacksmithing classes at Forging Community for 8 years and selling his work for 12 years at various events and demonstrations. Besides the classes he teaches, he does a great deal of production work at his home forge.

Charley Brown has been forging since 1978. He has done many demonstrations and taught numerous classes, selling work ever since picking up a hammer. Much of his career has been in plumbing and metal working. He loves the craft!

Only one of these instructors will be teaching your class.