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Ely Folk School

Winter Festival

Beginning Rug Hooking


with Bonnie Lundorff

Calendar Feb 3, 2018 at 12 pm

Beginning Rug Hooking
Saturday, February 3
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $50  Materials: $35

Dating back to the 19th century rug hooking has been a popular way to create beautiful rugs using wool strips. This updated version uses a punch method with the same results as traditional hooking. Students will make a small project while learning to use the Oxford rug punch tool, which will be supplied for use in class along with a 10" hoop.

About the instructor: Bonnie Lundorff owns the Willow Wood Market, a quiltshop and wool studio and has been sharing her love of fiber arts for 20 years. She teaches wool appliqué, quilting, needle felting, and rug making at fiber arts events, her store and throughout the upper Midwest. She designs simple-to-make projects for her students and customers. One of her designs was recently published in a nationally known fiber arts magazine, Wool Works. Bonnie lives in the woods south of Bemidji with her husband Tim and a cranky little 16-year-old dog.

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Brew It Yourself Root Beer


with Jess Edberg

Calendar Feb 6, 2018 at 6 pm

Making Homemade Root Beer
at the Dorothy Molter Museum
Tuesday, Feb. 6
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $10

Learn how to make your own homemade root beer just like Dorothy Molter, the Root Beer Lady of Knife Lake! Dorothy Molter sold her famous root beer to thousands of visitors each year at her island home in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the early 1950s through 1986.

Meet at the Dorothy Molter Museum and learn more about Dorothy Molter and the story behind her root beer business with a private, guided tour through her original cabins which have been relocated to the museum grounds in Ely. Then, make 32 oz. of your own root beer in a growler to take home and enjoy!

This class is appropriate for ages 8 and up; youth under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Classes can be arranged at other times on request for groups of 4 to 10.

About the instructor: Jess Edberg has over 15 years of teaching both formal and informal environmental education and historic interpretation.She enjoys living in Ely with her family and taking advantage of the outdoor recreational opportunities, especially in winter. She is the Visitor Services Manager at the Dorothy Molter Museum and is an adjunct instructor for the Natural Resources Technology Department at Vermilion Community College.


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Coconut Potica


with Mary Louise Icenhour

Calendar Feb 4, 2018 at 1 pm

Sunday February 4,2018
1:00 PM- 5:00 PM 
Tuition: 40 Materials:$5

This is a coconut (no walnuts or honey) version of walnut potica using the same sweet leavened dough, but filled with a rich coconut - sour cream filling.  You will learn how to prepare the dough for rolling, fill with the coconut mixture, and bake the potica.  This is a very tasty potica toasted and buttered before serving.  Each student will take home their own loaf of coconut potica.

About the Instructor: Mary Louise Icenhour is an Ely native and retired teacher who loves to share her passion for traditional skills. She also teaches our Pine Needle Basketry, Apple Strudel, Walnut Potica and Canning classes.

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Create a Bohemian Stool
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Create a Bohemian Stool


with Evan Faltesek

Calendar Feb 6, 2018 at 12 pm

Create a Bohemian Stool
Tuesday February 6, 2018
1:00PM- 5:00PM

Tuition:$40 Materials: $15

In this beginners carpentry class, you'll create a functional furnishing that can become an heirloom craft piece! With pre-cut pieces and guidance from a professional woodworker, you'll jig saw, assemble, sand and seal this elegant stool. Then, later, if you'd like, let your imagination go "Bohemian" and paint it as whimsically as you choose. Better yet, give it as a handcrafted gift for a favorite young friend or family member to paint. 

About the Instructor: Evan Faltesek runs Silver Birch Builders and helped spearhead the Make Your Own Bathouse class, which broke a Guinness World Record. He has taught how to carve stone and wood at Ely Folk School previously and has a passion for carving.

Fly Tying


with Bob Wagner

Calendar Feb 4, 2018 at 12 pm

February 4, 2018
12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $12

Fly Fishing is a fun and rewarding "Lifelong Adventure." You can fly fish all water, for any fish! This class is for beginners to advanced tiers, including youth 10 and older. You will enjoy tying two simple - but effective - streamer patterns, creating a great spring-type fly for Pike and Bass that also catches Walleyes. The tying techniques covered in class can also be applied to jigs and crank baits. 

All equipment and materials are provided. 

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

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


with Andy Hill

Calendar Feb 10, 2018 at 10 am

Make your own Renown Spaghetti Sauce
Saturday February 10, 2018
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $8

Andy’s Famous Spaghetti Sauce secrets will be revealed in this upcoming class. This meat sauce is requested for benefits and out of town hunting venues and the international recipe has been made in Canada all the way to Mexico and the Island of Paul Mari.

About the Instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable practices in his off-the-grid homestead and garden for many years and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He promises there will be no secrets! He teaches our Sustainable Living classes including the basics of photo voltaic solar panels and has installed several systems in the Ely area. Andy is a valued folk school volunteer and student reviews of Andy’s classes are always positive.

Intro to Digital Photography


with Ken Hupila

Calendar Feb 11, 2018 at 9 am

Sunday February 11, 2018
9:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Tuition: $60

This class is intended for beginner to intermediate photographers, and it's just in time for you to get great shots at Ely's Winter Festival! Topics covered include equipment selection- camera, lens, tripods, shutter releases, flash and a few other odd and ends. Camera and lens use- menu, knobs, buttons, care of and manuals. Theory- shutter/ aperature/ ISO relationships and how to use them to the best advantagae of your settings. Composition techniques and special situation camera setting to create good photographs.

This course will begin in the classroom and then will head outside to try out techniques presented. Bring a digital camera and manual to class, DSLR preferred but not mandatory. Also a tripod and shutter release if you have them, and a bagged lunch.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila says, "I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography."

Ken's photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular. He also offers Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Intro to Photoshop.

Intro to Pisanki


with John Rajtar

Calendar Feb 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Intro to Pisanki
February 3, 2018
1:30 PM- 5:30 PM

Tuition:$40 Material: $15

The ancient art form of pisanki, “writing” a design on an egg, is inspired by nature and is steeped in tradition. You will learn the old method: a wooden handled metal funnel filled with beeswax is melted under a candle flame. The melted wax is your pencil and the egg is the canvas.

John will provide the design, instruction, and dye. You will need to bring three raw organic eggs, a tapered candle and holder. John has taught students of all ages and loves sharing these traditional crafts. Students 9-years old and up may attend.

About the instructor: John Rajtar lives in the US but comes from Poland. He has been involved in folk art since early childhood, painting on glass and decorating eggs. He makes scratched eggs, eggs decorated with paper cut-outs or straw following the Ɓowicz traditions (nalepianki), pisanki using the wax batik method and acid-etched pisanki.

 He has been demonstrating and teaching in Twin Cities art galleries and at the Festival of Nations for 22 years. He received an award of distinction at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.



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