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Organizational Journaling for a Satisfying Retirement - Live Online


with Deb Schanilec

Calendar Nov 5, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 3 weeks

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!


  • 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.


Intro to Chip Carving


with Bart Dunning

Calendar Nov 7, 2020 at 12 pm

Saturday, November 7, 2020
12:00 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.

Scandinavian Gluten-Free Baking: Caramel Chai Eplekake Live Online


with Rena Hartman Rothauge

Calendar Nov 7, 2020 at 3 pm

Saturday, November 7, 2020
3:00 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."


The Best Year-End Sky Delights for Stargazers: Live Online


with Bob King

Calendar Nov 12, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Thursday, November 12, 2020 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

This class is free! A freewilll donation is encouraged! The Ely Folk School depends on donations from students like yourself who would like to see more classes in the future!  

The year may be wrapping up but not without a little celestial excitement. We'll talk about Mars, an upcoming lunar eclipse, the best meteor shower of the year, and the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. 

This lunch hour class is a great way to get reinvigorated about all there is to see in the sky this winter. If you've always meant to learn more about the sky or haven't gotten outside as much as you've wanted, this class will offer you tools to go outside and understand the wonders of the night sky this season!  

About the Instructor: Bob King fell in love with the night sky and astronomy when he was a kid growing up in Illinois and loves to share his passion with people of all ages. Bob was a photographer and photo editor at the Duluth News Tribune for 39 years before retiring from the paper in 2018. When he's not outside looking at comets and galaxies, he writes the astronomy blog Astro Bob as well as articles for Sky & Telescope magazine and its website. He's taught community education astronomy classes at the University of Minnesota-Duluth planetarium for many years.

His books "Night Sky with the Naked Eye" and "Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die" describe the joys of skywatching. Bob's third book, "Urban Legends of Space," examines science vs. pseudoscience in astronomy.

"The greatest wilderness is the one over your head — to get there you only need to look up."


Bananas Foster Flambé: Live Online


with LynnAnne Vesper

Calendar Nov 13, 2020 at 10 am

Friday, November 13, 2020
10:00 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. 

Introduction to Photoshop


with Ken Hupila

Calendar Nov 13, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Introduction to Editing in Photoshop
Friday, November 13, 2019
12:30 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.

Painted Scandinavian Heart Ornaments - Live Online


with Kim Garrett

Calendar Nov 14, 2020 at 10 am

Painted Scandinavian Heart Ornaments
Saturday, November 14, 2020
10:00 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.

Beginning Chip Carving-Live Online


with Bart Dunning

Calendar Nov 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

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

Monday, November 16, 2020  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday, November 30, 2020  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday, December 4, 2020      6:30 PM -  7:30 PM
Monday, 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 in
¾ 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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