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Ely Folk School



Demonstrations

Birch Bark Canoe Project

$15

with Erik Simula

Calendar Jun 5, 2022 at 1 pm

Sunday, June 5, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer

Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm - 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 

Birch Bark Canoe Project

$15

with Erik Simula

Calendar Jun 12, 2022 at 1 pm

Sunday, June 12, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer

Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm - 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 

Knife Sharpening 101

$20

with Paige May

Calendar Jun 16, 2022 at 6 pm

Thursday, June 16, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Remember what it’s like to have a truly sharp knife? That bad boy cut clean and clear through just about anything. With a good knife, kitchen prep becomes much more enjoyable. You might even find yourself hosting more dinner parties or attending more Ely Folk School potlucks!

For a sharp knife to continue slicing cleanly through everything from tomatoes to walleye, you have to show it some love. That means cleaning it properly, storing it properly, honing it regularly, and sharpening it to maintain the blade. Take this class to gather the tools you need to keep you and your knife healthy and happy.

If you don't have a high quality knife but are in the market, Instructor Paige May might be able to offer just what you need! Paige has custom chef and puukko knives available for order on his website: www.wildernesseffects.com

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.

Birch Bark Canoe Project

$15

with Erik Simula

Calendar Jun 19, 2022 at 1 pm

Sunday, June 19, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer

Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm - 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 

Birch Bark Canoe Project

$15

with Erik Simula

Calendar Jun 26, 2022 at 1 pm

Sunday, June 26, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer

Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm - 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 

Birch Bark Canoe Project

$15

with Erik Simula

Calendar Jul 3, 2022 at 1 pm

Sunday, July 3, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer

Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm - 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 

Birch Bark Canoe Project

$15

with Erik Simula

Calendar Jul 10, 2022 at 1 pm

Sunday, July 10, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer

Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm - 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 

Birch Bark Canoe Project

$15

with Erik Simula

Calendar Jul 17, 2022 at 1 pm

Sunday, July 17, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer

Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm - 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 





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