North House Folk School

If only I didn’t live so far away from The North House Folk School, I’d be hanging around there a lot. The number of classes they have is amazing. Birchbark canoes, blacksmithing, tool making, timber framing, fiber arts, on and on. I’m just looking at one page, and I’d take the class on making a crooked knife, and another on sharpening. They are in the northwest corner of Minnesota, on Lake Superior, up Highway 61 (yes, that same Highway 61 — “…7th mother, 7th son…”) from Duluth.

   Get their catalog if you like making things with your hands (or if you have kids who want to learn some hand-made skills): https://www.northhouse.org/

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to North House Folk School

  1. i understand the above is made for practical purposes…(keep one's feet dry when moving over water..grin),
    however, myself, i for sure would hang it in my home as amazing art/craftsmanship/technique/beauty….

    ah well, i really love stuff like that, all seems to me like it should be in an Art Museum

  2. They sell Shelter in their bookstore. Got my copy there on the way back from a trip to the Boundary Waters maybe 10 years ago. Like most extant copies of the book, it's been paged through and dog-eared almost to death now.

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