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Make a Bent Willow Chair

$115

with John Bajda

Calendar Sep 25, 2021 at 8 am

Saturday, September 25, 2021
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $90  Materials $25 
One registration is good for two students and one chair.

If you have been looking for a statement chair or a way to dip your hands into furniture building for the first time, you've come to the right place! John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs. 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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Demo: Intro to Home Brewing

$35

with Charlie Cecil

Calendar Sep 30, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

Tuition: $25  Materials: $10

Have you ever been curious to brew your own beer but were not sure where to begin? The good news is that it is not as difficult as you may think. Anyone with a kitchen and some basic equipment can brew their own delicious beer at home.

This class is designed to be a general introduction to all things home brewing, with the goal of giving students the skills and confidence to dive into this hobby on their own. We will cover the basic brewing process, sanitation, recipes, equipment needed, stages, and trouble shooting any surprises that may arise. Home brew samples will be available throughout the class.

About the Instructor: Charlie Cecil has been living and working in the woods of northern Minnesota since 2011. Over the years, he has guided canoe trips, worked with sled dogs, hiked and camped all over the state. Through it all, home brewing has been a stable hobby. After brewing over 20 successful batches, some of them done without electricity or plumbing, Charlie is excited to share this hobby with the community and pass it on to others.

Create a Herringbone Bracelet

$39

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Oct 7, 2021 at 1 pm

Thursday, October 7, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $15

This bracelet utilizes magatama beads and jump rings to create a unique herringbone design. Each bracelet will utilize a center focal bead for accent. A variety of colors will be available to choose from. This is a fun project and makes gorgeous bracelets. You may soon be making bracelets for all your holiday gifts! 

Additional bracelet kits will be available for purchase at a discounted rate. Sources for additional materials will be reviewed and options for cord and closures to use will be discussed.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Make Saag Paneer

$40

with Alvin Goeser

Calendar Oct 19, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tuition: $25  Materials: $15

This is the in-person version of Saag Paneer. Click here to reigster for the Zoom version. 

Are you taking the paneer cheese making class and looking for a recipe to use your cheese? Do you like simple, healthy meals and are interested in trying something different? This class is for you!

Saag Paneer, aka Sarson ka Saag, is a traditional Punjab dish of Northern India. Mustard greens are the celebrated ingredient in this dish as the Punjab region is known for growing them in abundance. However, bitter greens such as arugula, dandelion, or even kale can be used in conjunction with spinach. This dish is served best with fresh naan (flat bread) and mint chutney (a spicy dipping sauce).

In this class, we will make saag paneer and mint chutney. A naan recipe will be sent out upon registration to class but we will not have time to make it in class. In a pinch, I like to lightly pan fry flour tortillas. If you are signed up for the paneer cheese class, please bring your cheese with you to the in person class. If you did not make paneer, store bought paneer works, or it can be substituted with Greek halloumi.

About the Instructor, Alvin Goeser: 

Raised in Omaha, Nebraska as the youngest of six to a home-econ mother who prepared three squares daily, I have been fascinated and intrigued by nourishing, and satisfying the palettes of the masses. A picky eater as a kid, my tastebuds didn't blossom until my late teens. At 16, my first job was at pizza shop, then a fine dining restaurant where I was introduced to a worldly pantry and meals created by chefs who gleaned from their seasoned experiences.

Through the years and into my mid to late twenties, I dabbled in the Omaha restaurant scene as a busboy, waiter, bartender, manager, sous chef, and chef de cuisine. Omaha has a very high number of eateries in relation to its population, as well as being one of the top forms of entertainment.

Entertaining, or at least throwing big dinner parties for 9+ of my friends and family illuminated my desire to hone my skills as a cook, so I apprenticed with three CIA (Culinary Institute of America) chefs for 20 months. My personal focus was to take ingredients and techniques to create, but not limited to, fusion style meals; Asian/ French, African/Asian, Pacific Rim/ Southern US, as well as the great classics.

To prepare a meal that is pleasing to look at, but more importantly pleasing to the palette has bee a long time goal of mine. And as my philosophy of cooking has been, and still is today is, To feed my people with food made with love!

Make Saag Paneer: Live Online

$25

with Alvin Goeser

Calendar Oct 19, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tuition: $25  

This is the online version of Saag Paneer. Click here to reigster for the in-person version. 

Are you taking the paneer cheese making class and looking for a recipe to use your cheese? Do you like simple, healthy meals and are interested in trying something different? This class is for you!

Saag Paneer, aka Sarson ka Saag, is a traditional Punjab dish of Northern India. Mustard greens are the celebrated ingredient in this dish as the Punjab region is known for growing them in abundance. However, bitter greens such as arugula, dandelion, or even kale can be used in conjunction with spinach. This dish is served best with fresh naan (flat bread) and mint chutney (a spicy dipping sauce).

In this class, we will make saag paneer and mint chutney. A naan recipe will be sent out upon registration to class but we will not have time to make it in class. In a pinch, I like to lightly pan fry flour tortillas. If you are signed up for the paneer cheese class, please bring your cheese with you to the class. If you did not make paneer, store bought paneer works, or it can be substituted with Greek halloumi.

About the Instructor, Alvin Goeser: 

Raised in Omaha, Nebraska as the youngest of six to a home-econ mother who prepared three squares daily, I have been fascinated and intrigued by nourishing, and satisfying the palettes of the masses. A picky eater as a kid, my tastebuds didn't blossom until my late teens. At 16, my first job was at pizza shop, then a fine dining restaurant where I was introduced to a worldly pantry and meals created by chefs who gleaned from their seasoned experiences.

Through the years and into my mid to late twenties, I dabbled in the Omaha restaurant scene as a busboy, waiter, bartender, manager, sous chef, and chef de cuisine. Omaha has a very high number of eateries in relation to its population, as well as being one of the top forms of entertainment.

Entertaining, or at least throwing big dinner parties for 9+ of my friends and family illuminated my desire to hone my skills as a cook, so I apprenticed with three CIA (Culinary Institute of America) chefs for 20 months. My personal focus was to take ingredients and techniques to create, but not limited to, fusion style meals; Asian/ French, African/Asian, Pacific Rim/ Southern US, as well as the great classics.

To prepare a meal that is pleasing to look at, but more importantly pleasing to the palette has bee a long time goal of mine. And as my philosophy of cooking has been, and still is today is, To feed my people with food made with love!

Scandinavian Christmas Hearts: Live Online

$42

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Nov 6, 2021 at 9 am

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

Scandinavian Heart Dala Horse Ornament: Live Online

$42

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Nov 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm

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. 

The Maasepän Puukko

$294

with Paige May

Calendar Nov 13, 2021 at 9 am

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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