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Advanced Carving with Diamond Willow


with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $20 
(There is no charge for materials if you bring your own.)

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.

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.

Ask the Photography Experts


with Les Conrad & Ken Hupila

Calendar May 5, 2019 at 3 pm

Drop-in Photography Studio (Please register ahead of time)
Sunday, May 5, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $15

This is your chance to ask all those niggling questions you haven’t quite figured out. Les Conrad and Ken Hupila will be on hand to help you with your camera and the mysteries of photographic software. Les works primarily with Adobe Lightroom and Ken with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Do bring your questions along with your camera and learn from other people’s questions, as well...and do register.

About the Instructors: Les Conrad spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife, and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky which never ceases to amaze.

Ken Hupila has been fascinated with photography since receiving his first box camera as a kid, and in retirement has been able to devote much more time to exploring photography and nature. His photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular including Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, Landscape Photography, Advanced Photography, and Introduction to Photoshop.



Beeswax for Your Skin


with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Mar 30, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday March 30, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Learn the versatility of beeswax! You will learn how to use beeswax as an additive with herbs and oils to create a variety of consistencies and products. Learn how to make a wonderful moisture cream for your face and a treat for your lips. You will go home with a jar of moisture cream and lip butter for everyday use.

About the Instructor: Jaime Brennan has practiced herbalism for over 10 years, studied under master herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and is a Certified Health Coach. Her knowledge of using herbs keeps her family healthy, and she is passionate about sharing that wisdom through her business, Tranquility Wellness.

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Carving a Diamond Willow Walking Stick: Intro


with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 6, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $20

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 is also offering an advanced class from 1:30 to 3:30 on Saturday 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.

Chasing Northern Lights


with Greg Ash

Calendar Apr 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $5

Have you asked yourself, “How can I shoot those cool Northern Lights photos I see on Facebook? What setting should I use on my DSLR? How do I know when and where I should go?” In this classroom setting, you will learn those answers with many tips and tricks to the trade as we explore this beautiful phenomenon. Students should bring a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera with a 24 mm or smaller lens.

About the instructor: Greg Ash is a self-taught Aurora chaser and enjoys the chase! He has also taught at the Duluth Folk School.


Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace


with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Mar 31, 2019 at 10 am

Sunday, March 31, 2019
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

In this class you will create your own 18 to 24 inch natural Amber necklace. Amber is fossilized tree resin which possesses the look of hardened honey. It has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic time. It also is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone. Amber has been used as a power in medicinal creams and is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace.

As a student, you will learn basic beading techniques as you select from a variety of amber beads, cultured pearls, stone beads and glass beads to create a beautiful, natural looking necklace that will compliment almost any outfit. In addition to learning basic beading techniques, students will learn about what cords and findings work best for various jewelry projects.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has facilitated workshops at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Honey Tasting


with Deb Funk

Calendar Mar 31, 2019 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week

Sunday, March 31, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $20

Good honey is just as layered and complex as wine, chocolate, and olive oil.  Become a honey connoisseur by tasting several different honeys from many locations around the world and describing their different accents.  Learn about how honey bees actually make their particular flavor of honey, the different grades of honey, and what foods are perfect companions with honey. Come taste the difference that each honey bee can make.

About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn how important they are to our food supply. She was trained on sensory analysis when learning how to taste the different varieties of honey.


Honey Walnut Potica


with Mary Louise Icenhour

Calendar Mar 30, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuition: $40, Materials: $8

Learn how to make the renowned pastry associated with Ely’s Slovenian heritage. You’ll make the dough, learn how to roll it just right, then create and add the walnut filling, and bake to take home your own delicious potica. Enjoy learning from Mary Louise Icenhour in our wonderful teaching kitchen from her mother’s recipe (Rose Mavetz).  Bring your own rolling pin, Mary will provide all the ingredients. 

About the Instructor: Mary Louise is an Ely native & retired teacher who loves to share her passion for traditional skills & teaches our Pine Needle Basketry, Apple Strudel, Pasty and Canning classes and serves on the Board of Directors.

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