Woodcarver’s Corner

carving spoon

Woodcarvers can supplement their craft and find a wide variety of books through the Washington County Library system.

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Kay Anderson

Kay Anderson

“After spending years in the software consulting world using my creativity to build software solutions for my clients, I decided to retire. Then there was Covid. I decided I needed to make changes in my life. I bought a dog – a Siberian Husky full of life– and I learned to paint. I fell in love with alcohol…

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Tina Green Krause

Tina Green

“I started my woodcraft journey in 2017, fueled by a desire to learn and create handmade, functional, beautiful objects that I could make for my home. There are so many ways craft and creating has made my life richer. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share what I know, be connected and inspired…

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Jane Grant-Abban

Jane Grant Abban

“Through both my paintings and therapeutic art workshops and retreats, my goal is to help others experience the joy and wonder of creating with child-like freedom,” Jane says. “For many adults that inner child may have gone unnoticed and unexpressed for many years. I want to re-awaken that child within because it is an essential part of…

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Carol Stec

Carol Stec

Carol is a lifelong crafter. She learned to sew, knit, and crochet as a child and has shared her knowledgewith fortunate co-workers and friends for decades. In addition, Carol has developed and constructed herown patterns in all three categories. She has found her background in health care to be beneficial inteaching, as it cultivated patience,…

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Wesley Hathaway

Wesley grew up in Indiana where being creative was always encouraged, whether it was playing an instrument, drawing, or just cutting up popsicle sticks. Wesley spent 6 years in the United States Air Force which is how he stumbled upon a folk school in Fairbanks, Alaska and got exposed to craft back in 2017. Wesley…

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Tasha Hock

Tasha Hock is passionate about textiles: their history, how they function in our contemporarylives, and how they connect us to one another. She teaches our Talismanic Embroidery class.

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Jaime Souza

Jaime Souza

Jaime Souza has 20 years of teaching experience in the great outdoors. She has worked for incredible organizations, such as the Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, Osprey Wilds, and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, leading a variety of nature-based adventures, classes, programs, and workshops for people of all ages. In…

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Steve Van Houten

Steve Van Houten

Steve is a semiretired engineer with a longtime involvement in folk and bluegrass music. He wasa longtime member and volunteer with the Minnesota Bluegrass Association as well asan enthusiastic jammer and sometime performer. He is not a published or recorded songwriterbut says his music has been well-received.

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Pam Heaton

Pam has been teaching as a certified clogging instructor, locally, for 25 years! “It is my passion and I love sharing this traditional American dance with anyone willing to give it a try. I love that it is an activity that all ages can participate in together. It is great fun and great exercise, mentally…

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Melanie Harding

Melanie Harding

Melanie Harding is an Environmental Education leader and a self-proclaimed nature nerd basedin St. Paul, MN. She has 30 years of experience engaging people in the science and beauty ofnature. She is also an avid gardener and loves teaching people about indoor and outdoorcomposting.

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Kevin Klein

oil painting

Kevin teaches oil painting classes and tells this story of how he got started: “When my son was a baby, we started watching Steve Ross’s dad’s show to help fall asleep. One day I saw an ad in community edwith Kristi Nelson, a CRI (Certified Ross Instructor). I thought I’d give it the old college…

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Rick Yonker

Rick Yonker longbow

Rick is currently a science and technology specialist for Farmington Schools, in Farmington, MN. He has been tinkering with wood for most of his life and has been building bows since 1996. He is an instructor at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN and has taught traditional bow making there since 2003. Rick…

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Cathy Mackiewicz

Cathy and Mike Mackiewicz started Bone Lake Meadows Apiary, have been keeping bees forover 23 years and have hives in various locations along the St. Croix River Valley. “Our apiaryaims towards sustainable beekeeping. As beekeepers it’s our job to set up our bees to succeed.We do this by placing our bees on organically farmed land,…

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Lizzie Christian

Lizzie Christian

Lizzie Christian is a self-taught printmaker based in Minneapolis. She runs a one-woman art business under the name Rare Press, and focuses on blockprints, painting, and textiles. She loves sharing the joy of blockprinting with others through local workshops as well as through her Patreon community. Plants, portraits, and patterns are themes that weave through…

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Marine Fall Festival Returns September 16

Bluegrass band North Shore Trail performs at the Marine Fall Festival at Marine Mills Folk School while a crowd watches.

The Marine Fall Festival hosted by Marine Mills Folk School will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 16. Drop in and enjoy a variety of activities at the free community festival located on the grounds of Marine Mills Folk School.

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Mandora Young

Mandora Young teaches Hmong Embroidery

“I was born in Vientiane, Laos. I came to the United States in 1979 as a refugee to California. Ilearned Hmong embroidery from both my mother and grandmother who are skilled in cross-stitching, reverse applique, and story cloth stitching. I enjoy teaching Hmong embroidery tostudents, adults, and anyone who wants to learn about Hmong paj…

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Alex Yerks

Alex Yerks is a self taught traditional wood carver focused on what he calls items of “kitchenalia” or “kitchen sloyd.” His wide range of expertise in making traditional craft objects includes hewn bowls, spoons & utensils, cups, shrink pots, wooden sculptures, forging his own carving tools, and helping other tool makers design long lost tools…

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