Woodworking Studio Coming in Spring 2023!

After much discussion and planning with our woodworking friends, we’re excited to announce that we are opening a woodworking studio in Spring 2023! Woodworking classes have been on our course calendar since we opened our doors in October 2018. We currently offer Wooden Paddle Building, Spoon and Open Carving, Kolrosing, and more — and the…

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Spoons, New Beginnings & Woodcarving

Spoons are symbols of new beginnings … …from a baby’s first bite to a woodcarver’s first foray. When someone is interested in learning to carve wood, they’ll often choose to start with a spoon. So much learning goes into the art form: wood selection, tool usage, curing, and even history. Form and function are explored. Risk-taking is…

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I Was Hooked! Foraged & Farmed Holiday Wreaths

Lindsay Ellis has a new holiday tradition, thanks to the Foraged & Farmed Holiday Wreaths class at Marine Mills Folk School. As she gears up for her third year of taking the class, Lindsay shares what makes this activity so special for her and her family. “This will be the third year that my mom,…

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Fred Livesay to Teach at Marine Mills Folk School

Internationally renowned woodcarver will lead an Advanced Spoon Carving workshop Woodcarvers are invited to attend a special two-day Advanced Spoon Carving workshop with Fred Livesay at Marine Mills Folk School.  “We’re so excited to be able to feature Fred at this two-day workshop,” says Kirsten Skoglund, program director for Marine Mills Folk School. “Fred will…

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Becky Utecht

Becky Utecht Becky raises sheep and makes fiber art, specializing in feltmaking. Using the wool from her flock of sheep, she creates two- and three-dimensional felt art pieces including wall art, garments, accessories, rugs, and vessels. Felting combines her love of animals and nature with her passion for art. She enjoys teaching and sharing the…

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Kathleen Sheridan

Kathleen Sheridan “I began folding in elementary school and am still amazed to think what can be created with paper. As a licensed teacher who taught Spanish for 18 years, I’m now following my paper dreams! I have a degree as a Secondary Spanish teacher and taught Spanish for 18 years. Though I loved the…

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Liesl Chatman

Liesl Chatman Liesl Chatman is a spoon carver, kolroser, and teacher. Her kolrosed spoons have been exhibited at the American Swedish Institute and the Vesterheim Museum, and she has taught kolrosing, spoon carving, and given demonstrations at North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, ASI and Fireweed in Minneapolis, the Spoon Gathering in Milan MN,…

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Become a Member of Marine Mills Folk School

Many of you know the joy and community that comes from taking a class at Marine Mills Folk School: learning from our skilled artisans; meeting other curious, supportive learners; and experiencing the pride of challenging yourself and the personal growth that follows. At the heart of our mission is providing opportunities for the joyful learning…

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Carson Gross

Carson Gross Carson is a wild-food enthusiast and educator. His fascination with fungi began in Western Pennsylvania, when a friend showed him a bright orange chicken-of-the-woods mushroom. He was immediately hooked and set out to learn everything he could about foraging for mushrooms, an obsession that continues to today. Carson joined the Western PA Mushroom…

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I Was Hooked! Basket Making

Becca Gross has taken her education beyond the classroom, exploring the art of basket making in her free time. We love to celebrate and share stories like hers, and hope you enjoy hearing from Becca in her own words. “This past winter, I took Kirsten Skoglund’s Market Tote class. After the class, I purchased a…

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Heidi Skoog

Heidi Skoog Heidi Skoog is the proprietor of Serious Jam. After nearly two decades as an award-winning  florist, she swapped blooms for an apron to pursue her passion for food. A self-taught jam maker, Heidi combines traditional methods and a flair for experimenting with flavor  combinations and unusual ingredients. The result is a well-balanced, vibrant…

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Taking Pride in Ourselves

Photo by Tony Webster. One of our not-so-secret goals as a folk school is to create world peace by bringing together people from different cultures and ways of life. With the Twin Cities Pride Festival and other Pride events taking place this weekend, we wish to honor LGBTQ+ individuals who have been fighting for decades for equal rights.…

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Folk School Aims to Strengthen and Empower

By Nealy Corcoran editor@countrymessenger.com Marine Mills Folk School offers a variety of classes where everyone is welcome. People are invited to learn traditional skills in a collaborative environment. Classes include (but are not limited to) photography, gardening, knitting, baking, wood-carving, syrup making, music and much more. Following a focaccia baking class, students at MMFS proudly pose…

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Scandinavian Textile Artist Returns to Marine Mills Folk School

Kirsten Aune, artist-owner of Kirsten Aune Textiles Studio in Duluth, Minn., will be returning to Marine Mills Folk School on Monday, June 20 to teach Scandinavian Textile Stenciling. Students ages 18 and older will learn the art of stenciling on fabrics as they create a decorative textile for the home such as a pillow cover, handbag,…

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I Was Hooked! Barn/Hex Signs

Janet Walker Beckman reached out to Marine Mills Folk School recently to share her burgeoning interest in creating barn/hex signs. We love to celebrate and share stories like hers, and hope you enjoy hearing from Janet in her own words. “One of the first things that caught my eye when I moved to the Chisago…

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Leah Moss

Leah Moss Leah Moss-Parham is an Ayurvedic Practitioner with an MS in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine from the Maharishi International University. She is a member of the Maharishi Ayurvedic Association of America and holds a professional Practitioner of Ayurveda Certification from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, NAMA. She owns her own Ayurvedic practice, Simply Veda…

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David Westphal

David Westphal David has been building many things since he was 12 years old and has extensive experience in most areas of woodworking.  He has been building bluebird houses with various groups, concentrating on his 4-H club.  He loves to teach his passion and is looking forward to doing so at Marine Mills Folk School.

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Nino Nardecchia

Nino Nardecchia My name is Anthony “Nino” Nardecchia. A 1967 graduate of White Bear Lake High School, I attended the United States Air Force Academy graduating in 1971. For the next 20 years, I served in the Air Force in many capacities including being an F-15 jet fighter pilot. After retiring from the Air Force…

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Chiaki O’Brien

Chiaki O’Brien Chiaki O’Brien is a SAORI Leaders Committee Certificate recipient. She began SAORI Weaving in 1996 in Japan. She worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office/school in Japan before moving to Minnesota in 2004. She’s been teaching a variety of ages and abilities at schools (including special education classes), at facilities for…

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Laurie Allmann

Laurie Allmann Laurie Allmann is a St. Croix Valley-based environmental writer, essayist and poet. She received a Minnesota Book Award for her collection of essays, Far from Tame: Reflections from the Heart of a Continent (University of MN Press). Her recent book of poetry, An Hour from Now (Nodin Press) was recognized with top honors…

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Peta Barrett

Peta Barrett In the early ’90s a friend took me on my first true Boundary Waters canoe camping trip – a group of women. The camaraderie, the laughter, the solitude for reflection, the joyful teamwork as we gently paddled and portaged the wilderness…I WAS HOOKED! I’ve now racked up some 25+ years of wilderness trail…

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Dale Setterholm

Dale Setterholm “My family grew up loving the outdoors, and we always took an interest in what it was we were seeing out there,” says Setterholm on his start in geology. He worked for the Minnesota Geological Survey for 40 years before retiring. “Geology is everywhere,” he says. “It’s the study of the earth, and…

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