Discover the joy of creating together through traditional arts and crafts.

Featured Classes

Book Binding – Leather Wrap Long Stitch

Create a beautiful leather book in the medieval tradition, without the use of any adhesives.  Long-stitch book binding is one of the oldest methods of book binding and is still employed by book artists today.   In this  workshop you will produce a 4.5 x 6 x 1″ journal which although simple, will be beautiful and…

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Writing: The Power of Place

As described by writer Mark Doty: “The inner life happens in the body, and the body is always somewhere. For me, it’s the vehicles the world provides, what Whitman called the ‘dumb beautiful ministers’ that allow us to see the soul.  What’s the self in an empty room?  Breath and memory.  I’m interested in being…

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Intergenerational: Sourdough Bread Baking

Slow down, get your hands messy, have some fun and learn the benefits of sourdough baking. The class will feature all steps of the sourdough baking process: sourdough culture maintenance and levain (starter) preparation, dough handling and shaping, as well as the final proof and how to bake in a home oven. You will leave…

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Saami Inspired Scandinavian Bracelet

The dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is that of the midnight sun, northern lights, and the Sámi, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Sámi jewelry incorporates elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather, braided pewter wire, and sculpted antler. Discover this unique tradition with veteran instructor Liz Bucheit…

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Intergenerational: Relax…Breathe…Weave: Exploring Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Whether you are a beginner or experienced weaver, you will enjoy learning how to weave on the versatile Schacht “Cricket” Rigid Heddle Loom. You will complete a table runner or set of coasters, learning how to create patterns using color, fiber texture and a few simple techniques. Looms will be pre-warped for all weavers. You’ll…

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Hand-Sewing Leather: Everyday Goods

This entry-level class is designed to introduce the classic techniques of hand-sewing with leather. Students can choose from a mix of projects that demonstrate the basics of working with leather including cutting, punching, hand sewing, riveting, snap setting, finishing and care. Students will be guided through the process from hide to finished product – leaving…

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Pysanky-Ukrainian Egg Decoration

Learn the art of making pysanky – Ukrainian decorated eggs.  Using beeswax and dyes applied in layers, students will create amazing, beautiful eggs that will please anyone lucky enough to receive the egg as a gift. In addition, Laurelie will instruct on making 1-dye, hanging Christmas ornament eggs. The term ‘pysanky’ is of Eastern European-Slavic…

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About Us

Marine Mills Folk School is a burgeoning experiential learning center located in the beautiful St. Croix Valley, less than an hour from the Twin Cities.

Our teachers will be your guides in woodworking, fiber arts, baking or other arts & crafts pursuits.

We offer lifelong, hands-on, whole-person experiential learning for all ages in a supportive environment that is fun, collaborative, and restorative.

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Dog Days of Summer

While many think the ‘dog days of summer’ refers to the heat of the summer, turns out the phrase has…

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Photo Contest: Dog Days of Summer

Young students of Carl Wegener’s Digital Photography classes this spring and summer have taken some wonderful pictures of their dogs…

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We’re Moving!

We’re excited to announce that beginning in September, we’ll be offering classes at the former Marine Elementary School building in…

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

― Maya Angelou