Workshops

Seasonal Wild Foods Learning
with the Indigenous Environmental Network
These classes are free and open to the public.  No registration required.

Making Maple Sugar
Saturday, April 20 10:00-12:00 at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji, MN

We will be go through the process of making granular sugar, exploring the different stages along the way – maple cream, maple taffy, blowing maple bubbles… We’ll talk about making candies, sugar cones, and other confections as well.
 
Spring Greens: wild edibles and plant walk
Saturday, May 18  meet at 10:00am at Rail River Folk School

Nettles, fiddleheads, wild leeks and more! Learn to identify and safely harvest early spring edible greens. Cooking and preparation will also be discussed. We will meet at Rail River and carpool to the class location.
As part of the Arts of the Earth Festival at Bemidji State University
Saturday, April 27
   No registration required.
10:00-1:00 Nettle and basswood string making 
1:00-4:00 Spoon Carving (limited to the first 10 participants)https://www.facebook.com/events/358548581391852/
Black Ash Pack Baskets
May3-5 (or 4-5), 2019
at Rail River Folk School, Bemidji, MN
Comfortable, durable and made to be used! Make your own pack basket using hand pounded black ash splints.
This class has two options you can choose from:
-Come Saturday and Sunday only and use material that has been pre-prepared for you
OR, learn more!
-Come Friday, Saturday and Sunday and prepare your own. Learn how to pound the log to get your material, then cut the splints to width using a cutting jig.
Class will take place May 3-5 or May 4-5 (depending on which option you choose) and run from 9:00-5:00 each day (noon – 5pm on Fri May 3 if you choose).
The cost is a sliding scale $175-$200 (pay what you can afford). Scholarships are available – please ask for more information. To register contact Nate Johnson at nate (at) ivegottwohands.com or (218) 25five-1345
Button Making Social
Tuesday, May 21   5:50-7:30   suggested donation $5-$10
at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji, MN         No registration required.
The world is full of buttons! Make a collection of buttons using a variety of materials including wood, antler, bone and more. Drop in for a bit or stay for the whole 2 hours.
Make as many buttons as we have time and supplies for.
Suggested donation covers materials and space use. No one turned away.
Hand Stitching with Buckskin
Thursday May 23  5:30-7:30  $30  
at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji     Registration is required.
Make your own small pouch with brain tanned deerskin. Sew with leather thong while learning a variety of decorative and functional stitches.
Have your own thin, suitable leather to bring and use? Signup for just $10!
Traditional Hide Tanning
May 31- June2    9:00-5:00    $175-$200 sliding scale*

at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji, MN    Registration is required.
Using brains, smoke and hard work, learn this traditional method of “braintanning” – turning a deer hide into a soft piece of buckskin. While physically demanding, with determination anyone is capable of producing their own leather. In this 3-day class, each student will work on their own hide, or may sign up with a partner to work on one together. Class may run later than 5:00 on Saturday.

 

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2018

Spring Craft Classes
at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji

Space is limited and registration is required!
For more details and to register: Send an email to emilyderke(at)hotmail.com or call 763-245-7050


Willow Basketry
April 7-8, 2018   10:00-5:00
 $100
Make your own sturdy and useful willow basket! Willow is an abundant and resilient local material, perfect for making durable baskets. Each participant will complete their own unique basket, while learning a variety of weaving techniques.
Please note that moderate hand strength is necessary when working with willow. 


Maple Sugar Demonstration
Sunday, April 22, 2018    2:00-4:00
 FREE
Learn to turn maple syrup into granular maple sugar! We will guide you through the process using several homemade tools to produce a soft, granular maple sugar.
This event is FREE and open to the public! No registration required.


Black Ash Pack Baskets
May 4-6 or May 5-6, 2018   9:00-5:00
  $175
Comfortable, durable and made to be used! Make your own pack basket using hand pounded black ash splints.
This class has two options you can choose from:
– Come Saturday and Sunday only and use material that has been pre-prepared for you.
OR, learn more!
– Come Friday, Saturday and Sunday and prepare your own. Learn how to pound the log to get your material, then cut the splints to width using a cutting jig.


Birch Bark Weaving
Saturday, June 2, 2018  10:00-4:00
 
$50
Create a beautiful and useful birch bark basket using Scandinavian style weaving techniques. Class will include a discussion of harvesting and preparing your own bark, and a gallery of different woven baskets to inspire your future creations. 


Traditional Hide Tanning
June 8,9,10, 2018  9:00-5:00
$175
Using brains, smoke and hard work, learn this traditional method of “braintanning” – turning a deer hide into a soft piece of buckskin. While physically demanding, with determination anyone is capable of producing their own leather. In this 3-day class, each student will work on their own hide, or may sign up with a partner to work on one together. 


 

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