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Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry


with Jessica Kellogg

Calendar Feb 9, 2019 at 9:30 am

Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15 (Please note: registration will close February 2 to allow time to order materials.)

In the 4th century BC chainmaille was a highly versatile and effective type of armor. Today the basic premise is still used in cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, as well as shark-resistant wetsuits.

With the availability of brightly colored enameled and anodized metals, chainmaille took on a more fashionable role with the intricate weaves being used for jewelry.

This class will focus on the Byzantine weave. Students will receive the supplies and tools necessary to complete a bracelet. If students learn the Byzantine, we will explore other weaves.

About the instructor: Jessica Kellogg was fascinated in 5th grade by the middle ages. This interest eventually led her to teaching herself the European 4-in-1 weave, using rings she made myself. Over time, she learned more and more complex designs. Today she makes jewelry, keychains, ornaments, fidget toys, scalemaille, and inlaid pictures.


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Intro to Chip Carving


with Bart Dunning

Calendar Feb 9, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, February 9, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $25
(Please note: Registration will close on February 4 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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Nature Writing: Winter in the North


with DyAnne Korda

Calendar Feb 16, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60

During the season of reflection, set aside a day at The Ely Folk School on the edge of the Boundary Water wilderness to receive winter’s gift of inner nourishment through nature writing. You will generate written pieces in a supportive group through reading, discussion, contemplation and free-flowing nature writing exercises

About the instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet, artist, and experienced writing instructor. She has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review and is author of Path of Belonging, Between Moon & Creek, and Finding the Lost Woman. She was awarded an Individual Artist Grant through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust to complete her most recent book, This Earth Woman.

Rosemaling in the Valdres Style


with Kim Garrett

Calendar Feb 22, 2019 at 2 pm

Two Day Class:
Friday, February 22, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 23, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $110 Materials: $35

Participants will learn the basic strokes of rosemaling, progress through color mixing and working with oil paints, and then use those skills to complete a small bentwood box or decorative plate.

Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian. The Norwegian Folk-art of Rosemaling began around 1750. This class will focus on the Valdres style, which originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif.

PLEASE NOTE the different times for each day. 

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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Stained Glass


with Rosemary Shepherd

Calendar Feb 2, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2018
1:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Tuition $40 Materials: $20

Have you ever admired the beautiful stained glass designs in churches and historic buildings and wondered if you could ever create one yourself? In this introductory class you will have the opportunity to learn about stained glass techniques: copper foil method, soldering and finishing, in addition to glass cutting. You can choose one of the pictured designs to make in class.

About the instructor: Rosemary Shepherd has been a stained glass crafts person for 30 years and has worked on projects nationwide with her husband, John.  Rosemary and John have a stained glass shop, Kekekabic Studios, at 118 E Chapman St., right here in Ely, where this class will be held.

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