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Make Ojibwa or Bear Paw Snowshoes


with Peta Barrett

Calendar Feb 12, 2020 at 9 am

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80  Materials: $110

***Students must register by January 28. You will be emailed the information for selecting the kit for the snowshoe style and size you want to make. Then pick up the kit at the Folk School the day before before class to have time to read through the instruction booklet, which will save time during class. 

Students can choose from two different styles of traditional snowshoes: Ojibwa or Green Mountain Bear Paw. Kits will include white ash frames, tubular nylon lacing rated 1,400# stress, and an instruction booklet, and you will learn how to lace the snowshoes during class.

Students should bring a pencil, Bic lighter, ruler, and sharp scissors or a knife. Peta will provide a wood burning tool should anyone wish to add a simple phrase, date, or design to their frame. 

Peta will provide discussion and handouts (or electronic docs) with information/resources for the varnishing process and choosing bindings.

Bring your own water and snacks and a bag lunch or order lunch from a nearby restaurant. 

About the instructor: Peta Barrett is an avid outdoorswoman with 25+ years of wilderness trail experience leading groups in the BWCAW in all seasons, currently through her business, Women's Wilderness Discovery. She has had a life-long appreciation for the outdoors! Born and raised Minnesotan, she has always hunted, fished, camped, hiked, biked, paddled, and explored the outdoors.



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Intro to Chip Carving


with Bart Dunning

Calendar Feb 15, 2020 at 12 pm

Saturday, February 15, 2020
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $25
(Please note: Registration will close on February 8th to allow time to order materials.)

Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires 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 receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs. 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.

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