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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod


with Kris Kristufek

Calendar Apr 20, 2018 at 5 pm

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
Three-Day Class:
4/20:  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4/21:  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4/22:  9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuitition: $180  Materials: $225

Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.  

This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished.  During three days of classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine, apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.

Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements? 

In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by March 4th. Registrations will be taken after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.

About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the "Rod Professor" as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of Custom Rod Building.




Payment plan available: $275 deposit plus 2 payments of $65.00

Create a Hardbound Book


with Consie Powell

Calendar Apr 14, 2018 at 9 am

Create a Hardbound Book
Two Day Class:
April 14, 2018, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
April 15, 2018, 9:00 Am- 1:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $30

An elegant and sturdy hand-bound book is a joy to make and a pleasure to use, whether for writing, sketching or as a guest book. In this class, we will create a hardbound, cloth-covered book with blank pages of high quality, acid-free paper .At the end of the class, you will have a book ready for whatever use you desire. The skills you gain using simple tools will enable you to make hardbound books at home without complicated bookbinding equipment.

About the Instructor: Consie Powell is an artist and writer who creates picture books for young readers and has been making her own sketch journals for years. She has taught bookbinding skills to numerous individuals, as well as teaching journaling classes for the Ely Folk School.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $30.00

Foraging for Diamond Willow


with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 14, 2018 at 9 am

Foraging for Diamond Willos
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40

Fine diamond willow is a most elusive phenomenon, revealing hidden beauty when properly exposed. Students will learn how to find and identify diamond willow. This class is for people who wish to harvest their own diamond willow to carve a walking stick in the class on Sunday, April 15, or for those who wish to find some willow to carve on their own.

Meet at the Ely Folk School at 9:00. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a bag lunch, if desired.

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.


Wool Needle Felting


with Val Wagner

Calendar Feb 4, 2018 at 10 am

Wool Needle Felting
February 4, 2018
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $10

Needle Felting is a fascinating craft that allows you to create picture or three-dimensional objects using a needle and wool roving. THe special needle with sharp barbs agitates the wool to felt it and integrate it with the background piece of wool. We will be making a simple Nordic snowflake. You can use felting to embellish clothing, pillows, wall hangings and create all kinds of interesting three- dimensional sculptures.

About the Instructor: Bob and Val Wagner are career teachers and have taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes here. Bob has also been a park naturalist and chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited

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