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Saturday, February 5, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $36  Materials: $30

There is no materials fee if you bring all your own wood and supplies. Call before paying if you'd like to move forward with this option. 

This is an opportunity for students in the introductory carving class to deepen their skills and their carving! Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills. Instructor Ken Baasi will show you how to create three-dimensional carvings highlighting the diamonds in the willow like fine sculptures. 

Bring cut-resistant gloves and any tools you may have such as knives, gouges, riffler rasps and sandpaper. Ken will supply enough carving knives for students, but if you want to purchase your own, he recommends shopping at Piragis and getting the flex-cut brand of carving tools.

Ken is also offering a class in the morning which will encompass carving basics as well as harvesting and peeling the diamond willow. 

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

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Stained Glass Studio

with Betty Firth

March 21st, 2022

$148 More Info

Mondays, March 21, 28, and April 4, 2022
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $108  Materials: $40

The age-old craft of stained glass continues to fascinate and delight us with the interactions of color, light, and design. This class is open to beginners as well as those with some experience. Beginners are encouraged to choose a simple design or pattern with a focus on learning well the techniques of cutting patterns, scoring glass, copper foiling, soldering, finishing, and framing with zinc came. 

Experienced students may choose a pattern, work with their own design, or bring a project that has been sidelined and is yearning to be completed. Basic techniques of using lead came with appropriate designs will be introduced. Instruction will be individualized based on students’ experience and skills. Everyone will have the opportunity to complete a project during a 3-week session or choose to work on a larger project over the course of ongoing studio sessions. Students are also welcome to work independently on their projects during Maker Mornings on Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30. 

All the tools, supplies, and safety glasses will be provided. If you regularly wear glasses, please bring them. The materials fee will cover one piece approximately 12” x 12” or two smaller pieces. Additional glass and materials are available for purchase for larger or additional pieces.

This class has scholarship seats available for youth and members of the Northern Lights Clubhouse. Please call to inquire about eligibility and availablity! 

Please do not wear scented personal products to class due to chemical sensitivities. 

About the instructor: Betty Firth loves an abundance of colors and light and surrounds herself with as much of each whenever she can. Stained glass combines the beauty of both with unending, delightful possibilities. Betty has also indulged her love of color and craft working with pottery, fabric collages, weaving, beading, and watercolor painting.

Betty has taught many subjects to students from six years old to 90 and always enjoys the opportunity to open up new worlds to students.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature's general and arts and cultural heritage funds.

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Intro to Chip Carving

with Bart Dunning

February 12th, 2022

$80 More Info

Saturday, February 12, 2021
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM 

Tuition: $55  Materials: $25

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, chip carving at Marine Mills Folk School, and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.

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Saturdays, February 12, 19, 26 & March 5, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $100  Materials: $70  Shipping: $17

This class builds on technique learned in Laura's Intro to Tapestry Weaving class. Students who have taken Level 1 or Level 2 are eligible for the class. 

Ready to practice your new tapestry weaving skills and apply them to a beautiful scenery piece?  “Canoe Trip” is a great Level 1 skill builder that combines techniques from Laura’s course like hills and valleys, soumak, coal mining, and more to create this lovely Northwoods image. The kit comes with beautifully hand dyed wool from her farm’s sheep and a lovely felt mounting board with wooden pins for showing off your finished work.  Practice good technique, enjoy the community of weavers, and advance your skills with this four-part class with Laura.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

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Stained Glass Studio

with Betty Firth

February 14th, 2022

$148 More Info

Mondays, February 14, 21, and 28, 2022
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $108  Materials: $40

The age-old craft of stained glass continues to fascinate and delight us with the interactions of color, light, and design. This class is open to beginners as well as those with some experience. Beginners are encouraged to choose a simple design or pattern with a focus on learning well the techniques of cutting patterns, scoring glass, copper foiling, soldering, finishing, and framing with zinc came. 

Experienced students may choose a pattern, work with their own design, or bring a project that has been sidelined and is yearning to be completed. Basic techniques of using lead came with appropriate designs will be introduced. Instruction will be individualized based on students’ experience and skills. Everyone will have the opportunity to complete a project during a 3-week session or choose to work on a larger project over the course of ongoing studio sessions. Students are also welcome to work independently on their projects during Maker Mornings on Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30. 

All the tools, supplies, and safety glasses will be provided. If you regularly wear glasses, please bring them. The materials fee will cover one piece approximately 12” x 12” or two smaller pieces. Additional glass and materials are available for purchase for larger or additional pieces.

This class has scholarship seats available for youth and members of the Northern Lights Clubhouse. Please call to inquire about eligibility and availablity! 

Please do not wear scented personal products to class due to chemical sensitivities. 

About the instructor: Betty Firth loves an abundance of colors and light and surrounds herself with as much of each whenever she can. Stained glass combines the beauty of both with unending, delightful possibilities. Betty has also indulged her love of color and craft working with pottery, fabric collages, weaving, beading, and watercolor painting.

Betty has taught many subjects to students from six years old to 90 and always enjoys the opportunity to open up new worlds to students.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature's general and arts and cultural heritage funds.

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Diamond Willow Carving: From Tree to Trekking Stick

with Ken Baasi

February 5th, 2022

$66 More Info

Saturday, February 5, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $36  Materials: $30

Class will include an explanation on identifying diamond willow, a demonstration on properly harvesting and peeling diamond wood, and then dive into carving walking sticks.

Learn how to carve correctly and bring out the elusive beauty of diamond willow while making a beautiful walking stick. Instruction will including information about the best tools to use, tool maintenance, safety techniques and finishing methods.

You will not be charged a materials fee if you provide your own diamond willow. Ken will supply diamond willow and carving tools, but if you’re interested in purchasing your own, he recommends checking out Piragis’ supply of flex-cut carving tools.

Ken is also offering an advanced class from 1:00 to 4:00 on the same day for students to deepen their skills and their carving. Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.