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Ely Folk School



Online Class

Tracking Animals in the Snow

$50

with Steve Engel

Calendar Feb 2, 2021 at 4 pm

This is a two-day class with an online introduction and an on-site field trip.Sign up by January 25th in order to receive your materials before the February 2nd online introduction.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021   4:00 PM- 5:00 PM Live Online

Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  On-site, location to be announced

Tuition: $50 

Snow is a wonderful medium for tracking animals. Even when tracks are not clearly defined, their trail reveals a pattern of footprints that is characteristic of the animal's shape, size, and behavior. Once you know these characteristic patterns, it becomes possible to put yourself in the mind of the track maker and begin to interpret their behavior.

This class has a one-hour live online session on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, followed by a field trip on Saturday, February 6th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You will be notified of the location for the field trip site on Thursday, February 4th. It will be within 30 miles of Ely and accessible by well-traveled roads.

About the instructor: Steve Engel has been studying and collecting animal tracks since 1981. In addition to dozens of workshops delivered to classrooms, conferences, and parks, he has taught animal tracking at the California Academy of Sciences, Headlands Institute, Siskyou Field Institute, Portland Audubon Society, and Lindblad Expeditions. He holds a Level III Track & Sign Certificate from Cyber Tracker North America. 

Steve has a B.S. in Natural History from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. He said, “I have worked as an environmental educator, field biologist, shipboard naturalist, natural history trip leader, education director, artist, and writer. There are millions of things to learn and teach, and my mission is to keep learning and keep teaching. I’ll answer direct questions, but I’d rather help others explore and discover the answers for themselves.”

 

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Herbal Facial: Time for Renewal: Live Online

$60

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Feb 4, 2021 at 1 pm

Thursday, February 4, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuition: $15   Materials: $45

*Please contact us prior to registration if you would like to pick up your materials in Ely instead of having them shipped*

Registration closes 9 days prior to class in order to allow time to ship materials. 

Experience a luxurious herbal facial at Home!

Everyone could use a pick-me up, time to decompress and nourish yourself on every level. Learning how to take care of your skin on your face with natural products is for any age and gender.

Creating time for self care is so important as it replenishes your being on every level. During this time you’ll be helping to combat the effects that exposure, weather, and so many other factors have on your skin with this relaxing and nourishing treatment. Your facial will begin with a handmade scrub, so natural you could eat it, followed by cleansing and opening your pores with an herbal steam, then a relaxing honey mask with chamomile tea bags or cucumbers for your eyes. A refreshing Rose Water toner will close your pores and you’ll end with a refreshing and soothing facial cream. When you’re finished you’ll feel like a new person, and you will know how to give yourself this treat anytime you want.

The herbal facial kit will be mailed to you and will include: Miracle Grains, Facial Steam, Rose Water, Facial Cream, Tranquility Lip Butter, directions, hand-folded box. You will need to have some basic supplies on hand. Further information will be provided upon registration. 

About the Instructor: Jaime Brennan had a love for plants and wanted to know what they were all called starting at age 5. In a college she found a program focused on flowers and plants and graduated with a Bachelors in Horticulture. It was a natural progression for Jaime to want to know more about the power of plants and followed that to studying Herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar.

Wanting to support those that sought her help she studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a certified Health Coach. Her business, Tranquility by Jaime inspires transformation by helping create a body in balance, a mind at ease and a satisfied soul.

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Nature Writing: Winter in the North: Live Online

$20

with DyAnne Korda

Calendar Feb 6, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, February 6, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuition: $20

During the season of reflection, receive winter’s gift of inner nourishment through nature writing. Set aside one Saturday morning to generate written pieces in a supportive group through free-flowing writing exercises and discussion. Time permitting, you’ll also have the opportunity to share a piece of writing that you find especially inspiring.

About the Instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. Her work has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review. She is author of several poetry and story collections including This Earth Woman, Path of Belonging, and Finding the Lost Woman. DyAnne was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through the Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete her most recent book, The Shore’s Absolute Edge. 

 

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Beginning Chip Carving-Live Online

$50

with Bart Dunning

Calendar Feb 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Please note all four days: only the first class will show up in the calendar. And note that the fourth class is a two-hour class.

Saturday, February 6, 2021  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 14, 2021   6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday, February 19, 2021     6:30 PM -  7:30 PM
Monday, February 22, 2021   6:30 PM -  8:30 PM

Tuition: $50

Materials: See below for materials you will need, which you can buy individually or in a kit. Bart can supply the appropriate wood and will be contacting you after registration. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 27 if you need to order wood, tools, or a complete kit.

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 info@elyfolkschool.org or call 218-235-0138. You will receive the Zoom invitation when you register.

A kit including the following tools is available for $65.
Order from the instructor, Bart Dunning by January 27.

  • 1 - Pfeil chip carving knife, prepped and sharpened
  • 1 - Drafting compass
  • 1 - Fine/ultra-fine sharpening stone
  • 1 - Strop and polishing compound
  • 2 - Pieces basswood - 5"×5"×3/8"

If you have some tools or prefer to order them on your own, here are Bart's recommendations:

  • 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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Needle Felt a Loon: Live Online

$70

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Feb 8, 2021 at 2 pm

Monday, February 8, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little loon. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two loons, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

 

Full Course

All About Elderberry: Live Online

$59

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Feb 9, 2021 at 1 pm

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuition: $15; Materials: $44

*Please contact us prior to registration if you would like to pick up your materials in Ely instead of having them shipped ($34)* 

Please register by February 1, 2021 in order to allow time for materials to be shipped to you.

Elderberry has become a very popular remedy for helping with the cold and flu and can be found in most stores. Come learn why this is, what this berry can do for you and how you can use it to stay healthy or recover more quickly. We'll discuss several different methods for making herbal remedies, then make two to three of them using the elderberries and ingredients in your kit; syrup, tincture, and if time permits an oxymel. At the end of our time your syrup will be ready to sample and use. You'll also have your very own elderberry tincture ready in four weeks and you'll experience the joy and confidence that comes from making your own health boosting remedies.  

About the Instructor: Jaime Brennan had a love for plants and wanted to know what they were all called starting at age 5. In a college she found a program focused on flowers and plants and graduated with a Bachelors in Horticulture. It was a natural progression for Jaime to want to know more about the power of plants and followed that to studying Herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar. Wanting to support those that sought her help she studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a certified Health Coach. Her business, Tranquility by Jaime inspires transformation by helping create a body in balance, a mind at ease and a satisfied soul.

Your All About Elderberry Kit will include:

  • Dried Organic Elderberries for tincture and oxymel
  • 2 oz Immunity Syrup Blend (Organic ingredients of Elderberry, Echinacea Root and Leaf, and Ginger)
  • 2 oz Kid's Immunity Syrup Blend (Organic ingredients of Elderberry, Rosehips, Astragalus Root)
  • Dropper Bottle and Label

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Let's Paint Something Swedish: Live Online

$35

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Feb 10, 2021 at 1 pm

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

Tuition: $35

In this class we will talk about the Swedish folk painting style called Dalmålning and then paint a small project in that style. Dalmålning is sometimes known as Swedish Dala Painting and originated from the Dalarna region in Central Sweden. It is known for ornate floral patterns. 

This class is taught in acrylic paint and no experience is required, but a little painting experience is helpful.

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.

 

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Hawthorn Cordial: Live Online

$31

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Feb 11, 2021 at 1 pm

Thursday, February 11, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 

Tuition: $15   Materials: $16

*Please contact us prior to registration if you would like to pick up your materials in Ely instead of having them shipped to you ($8)**

Please register by February 2nd, in order to allow time for materials to be shipped to you. 

 

Let’s come together, have some fun and make some healthy and delicious cordials. We'll spend a little time reviewing the benefits of hawthorn, which is one of the best herbs for the emotional and physical heart. Hawthorn is commonly used in hedges or can be found in fields. Cordials are sweet medicinal tonics, often infused with liquor and served as a post-dinner dessert

We'll then use dried hawthorn berries, brandy, and other healthful ingredients to create the cordial: ginger, cinnamon, lemon, cardamom and more. The cordial will take six weeks to soak before being ready to use. It's perfect as an after-dinner retreat as it also aids digestion.

About the Instructor: Jaime Brennan had a love for plants and wanted to know what they were all called starting at age 5. In a college she found a program focused on flowers and plants and graduated with a Bachelors in Horticulture. It was a natural progression for Jaime to want to know more about the power of plants and followed that to studying Herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar.

Wanting to support those that sought her help she studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a certified Health Coach. Her business, Tranquility by Jaime inspires transformation by helping create a body in balance, a mind at ease, and a satisfied soul.

 

 





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