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April 2020

Build a Wooden Paddle

- Sold out!
April 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 4, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on April 5, 2020 at 11:00 am

$140 Sold out

If you have not been able to take this class yet – now is your chance!  Limited space available! Build your own bent shaft canoe paddle. Students will learn about wood selection and grains, use of hand tools and skill saw, paddle design and considerations, and paddle sizing.  Each student will leave with a completed bent shaft paddle ready for varnishing. This class will take place over 3 days for a total of 9 hours: Friday 4/3 – 5:30 PM…

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Sourdough from Start to Finish

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 4, 2020 at 9:00 am

$90 1 ticket left

Learn all the secrets of sourdough bread making!  This is an eight-hour class, starting Friday evening and picking up again on Saturday. Students are encouraged to come on Friday to get a sneak preview and to help start the fermentation process. On Saturday master breadmakers Bryce and Ross will take you through the steps of making bread without commercial yeast, along with instructions for the caring and feeding of your own starter.  When you have finished this class, you will…

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Telling the Story – A Writing Workshop

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$60 9 tickets left

Nothing grabs a reader more than a good read, a story a reader just can’t put down!  This writing workshop will center on storytelling across all genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry).  We’ll  read some short pieces from master storytellers and discuss how these writers captivate and hold an audience. We’ll work on a number of writing exercises, focusing on the essentials of good storytelling – developing plot, character, dialogue, point of view, image and metaphor.  And we’ll critique each other’s writing…

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Beginning Crop Art

April 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$60 1 ticket left

Is Crop Art the first exhibit you race to at the Minnesota State Fair every year?  This is the class for you!  Typically incorporating a variety of seeds, grains and other natural materials, crop art has been described as the ‘collision of art and agriculture’.  Is crop art ‘kitsch’ or ‘art’ or somewhere in between?  You decide, as you join the fun and create your own design.  Did you know the Minnesota State Fair is the only state fair with…

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Abstract Alcohol Inks on Canvas

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50 6 tickets left

Alcohol inks are a vibrant, dye-based medium that work best on non-porous surfaces such as glass, Yupo paper, metal, and more! However, did you know that you can also apply alcohol inks to canvas? You can, and they look wonderful! This intriguing medium has recently gained popularity over the last few years. You may have heard about alcohol ink, but what actually is it!? Alcohol inks are fast-drying, highly pigmented, alcohol-based inks that are great to use on any hard,…

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Intermediate Nålbinding

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$75 5 tickets left

This class is designed as a follow-up to ‘Introductory Nålbinding’ with Janet Ames. Those Vikings never did anything easily, and Nålbinding is no exception – it’s hard to do! Janet is offering a day of guidance to give beginning students more time to practice their new craft, ask questions, and share the frustration and rewards of learning a new skill with other beginning students. You’ve learned the basic stitch of Nålbinding using interlocking loops. This class will focus on continuing the construction…

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Hex/Barn/Quilt Signs

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April 18 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
$55 Sold out

Beautify your property and neighborhood!  Barn signs or ‘hex signs’ are mostly known today for their decorative purposes, but some believe they were painted by Pennsylvania Dutch farmers to ward off evil spirits or storms, or to bestow blessings and protections on the farm family.  Using bright colors and often incorporating a star pattern, these beautiful designs were originally found primarily in southern Pennsylvania, a region settled by farmers from the Rhineland area of Germany. Create a unique handmade gift…

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Gardening: Companion Planting

April 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
$40 – $50 37 tickets left

Get ready for spring planting! In this class, Companion Planting, you will learn the secrets and science of how flowers can help you grow healthier vegetables. The practice of companion planting is making a comeback with organic home gardeners- and for good reason! With a few key flowers; some to attract beneficial insects and some to repel pests, you can help your vegetables flourish while adding beauty to the space. Locally saved seeds and cultivation tips included. Be ready to…

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Raising Backyard Chickens (intergenerational)

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30 13 tickets left

Raising backyard chickens is fun!  As one of our chicken-raising board members says, "You can lose hours watching chickens!  Plus, eggs are nature's perfect food!"   In this backyard chicken class you will learn everything you need to get started raising your own chickens for eggs or food! Breeds - Layers & Broilers Housing & Predators Chicken Health & Welfare You will also leave with handouts and instructional videos to help make your chicken raising a total success! Intergenerational:  Age…

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Herbal Tea Gardening

April 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$40 – $50 38 tickets left

Growing an herbal garden is rewarding on many levels. Growing herbs specifically for tea opens new worlds of flavor and self-care. This is a beginner’s class and we’ll focus on well-known herbs; both the growing of and preparation of the plants for tea.  We’ll also get to sample some homegrown teas. Participants will go home with a few plants to start your own herbal tea garden. We are excited to offer two classes on gardening in one day.  You can…

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Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50 11 tickets left

Why make your own food wrap?  Beeswax food wrap is made from materials you can feel good about!  Another advantage? It’s reusable! Once you’re done with your wrap, just wash it with gentle soap and cool water (hot water can melt it), then let it air-dry to use it again.  Beeswax fabric lasts a long time and when it’s time to switch out to a new one,  you can cut the old into strips to compost it — or use…

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Intergenerational: Imagination + Kids + Camera = FUN! Beginning Photography Age 10+ – 2 half-day classes

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
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One event on May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

$65 6 tickets left

A picture is worth a thousand words!  This class will empower students to begin to capture images that express themselves in relation to the world around them.    Students will be introduced to technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, providing them with the foundation for life-long enjoyment & expression. This class is on 2 consecutive Saturdays:  April 25th & May 2nd, from 9:00am – 11:30am each Saturday. Bonus:  At the end of class, each student will own their own digital camera!…

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Basketweaving for Beginners

April 25 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
$55 4 tickets left

While basket weaving is one of the widest spread crafts in the history of any human civilization, it is hard to say just how old the craft is, because natural materials like wood and grass decay naturally and constantly. Much of the history of basket making has been lost and is simply speculated upon.  The oldest known baskets have been carbon-dated to between 10,000 and 12,000 years old, earlier than any archaeological finds of pottery, and were discovered in Faiyum in upper Egypt. Instructor Kirsten Skoglund, a basket…

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Sami Inspired Bracelet

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$45 11 tickets left

The Sami have been living in the extreme north of Europe for at least 2,000 years. The origins of their culture remains a mystery. The first mention of the Sami was made by the Roman historian Tacitus in AD 98. The region they live in today is popularly known as ‘Lapland’ but officially given the Sami name Sápmi. It encompasses northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, with much of it lying above the Arctic Circle. The Sami produce…

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Nature Inspired Fused Glass

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$55 6 tickets left

This fun three-hour workshop introduces the art of glass fusing and slumping. No experience with glass is necessary.  Fused glass (sometimes called kiln-formed,  warm or, kiln-glass) is an accessible and rewarding art form for many people around the world – and it is growing quickly in popularity. Unlike stained glass, fused glass has no “lead lines” and unlike blown glass, the learning curve is relatively short.  Two basic techniques glass art are: Fused: Two or more pieces of glass are placed in the kiln…

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May 2020

Announcing Class Cancellations

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

MMFS is committed to providing a safe and supportive experience for all our students, instructors, and volunteers.  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.  All classes have been cancelled through May 1, 2020.  At that time we will reassess the changing situation regarding COVID-19 precautions. Students registered for cancelled classes will receive an email with confirming details and will be issued a gift certificate…

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Build a Wooden Paddle

- Sold out!
May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on May 2, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on May 3, 2020 at 11:00 am

$140.00 Sold out

If you have not been able to take this class yet – now is your chance!  Limited space available! Build your own bent shaft canoe paddle. Students will learn about wood selection and grains, use of hand tools and skill saw, paddle design and considerations, and paddle sizing.  Each student will leave with a completed bent shaft paddle ready for varnishing. This class will take place over 3 days for a total of 9 hours: Friday 5/1 - 5:30pm -…

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Introduction to Stove Carving: House Numbers

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$90 4 tickets left

Create unique hand-carved house numbers with skilled stone mason Mike Tibbetts.  This is how gifted stone masons of the Middle Ages began learning their craft, by creating castle numbers!  Perhaps not, but this class will provide a hands-on introduction to stone carving, and you’ll take  home a beautiful addition for your house.  Learn what material works best, how to create a stone blank of the desired size, design considerations and how to carve stone.  Each participant will take home an…

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Shibori Indigo Dye

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$50 14 tickets left

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and then binding it to create incredible patterns. The dyeing process is quite playful and the end result is undeniably stylish. One of the earliest written descriptions of shibori dates to 238 C.E.! Popular instructor, Cara Corey will lead students in a variety of Shibori folding techniques to create brilliant patterns with indigo-dyed textiles. You will use wood boards, clips, rubber bands, and other items to…

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Stone Balancing

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$60 15 tickets left

The piling of stones has been happening since ancient times, whether for spiritual purposes, identification of burial grounds, navigation, or other reasons.  Stone balancing has been compared to yoga practice, as the mind becomes focused and quiet during the process of balancing the stones. Uniting elements of performance art, sculpture, and meditation, Peter Juhl has been arranging natural stones to create works of art for over twenty years, primarily on the North Shore of Minnesota. The sculptures he creates evoke…

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