Past Classes

PAST CLASSES: 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Build a Bat House (an Earth Day Activity)

Dave Rasmussen with Bob Wild, Park Naturalist

$19 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $29 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is April 16, 2016

bat houseParticipants will learn about the value of bats in our world from the Park naturalist and also build a bat house to take home. This is a family activity open to all ages and skill levels. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. One bat house per fee.

Students need to bring safety glasses, a hammer, and ear protection. Please bring a lunch.

 10 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class.

Please bring a lunch.

This class is closed due to capacity enrollment. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. ET

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Travis White, Trout Unlimited Copper Country Chapter, and Park Naturalist Bob Wild

$5 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $5 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 1, 2016

fly_fishing_clinic_3In this beginner class, students will concentrate on fly casting, fly tying and river entomology. Trout unlimited will provide all equipment. This class is for beginners only.

 20 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class.

Students should bring a sack lunch and dress appropriately for outdoor activities.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ET

Pollinators Gardening

Marilyn Knuteson & Carol Maass

         $15 Class Fee includes the materials you will take home

butterflyRegistration Deadline is May 1, 2016

Learn about Pollinator’s gardens and the importance of native plants to wildlife from a Master Gardener. Discover how to plan and prepare a spot at home for a butterfly garden. Then get hands on experience planting native plants in the park. Presentation on butterflies for a break from toiling in the soil. Take home seed packets and small native shrubs to create a butterfly garden. A parent with a child (6 and up) can register as one student.tree

 15 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class

Please bring a sack lunch.

Not held in 2016 due to illness in an instructor’s family. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Friday, May 20, 2016 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Crafting a Style of Native American Flute

Tom Gustin

$64 Class Fee +  $24 Materials Cost = $88 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 13, 2016

Group with flutesStudents will create a wooden cedar flute from a kit developed by the instructor. Students will use the arm, hand, finger as the ruler. Students will burn holes on one half of the flute and use a Xacto 11 and 17 blades to clean up all burrs and chambers and develop mouth piece. The crafter will sand and seal the air chambers with a sealant to prevent a moisture build-up. After sanding the two halves it will be glued together and wrapped with rubber tubes to prevent cracking of the wood. When the glue is dry students will sand the cylinder, create a focus channel, and “bird” for the air to flow from one cylinder to the next. This “bird” will create an air tight seal for air to flow into the cylinder which creates the musical sound showing life in a newly created instrument.

Students will get instructions on playing and creating their own personal song. Students must be age 18 or older. No musical ability is required. Students must be able to use small xacto blades and sand paper. Students need to provide xacto blades 11 and 17.

10 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class

Please bring a lunch on Saturday.

Cancelled in 2016 due to instructor illness. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.–noon ET

Introduction to Stained Glass

Laura Hamlett

$48 Class Fee includes materials cost = $48 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 27, 2016 at noon

sg jewelryEach student will make a sun catcher of their choice. Students will learn the basics of the copper foil method of stained glass made famous by Louis Tiffany in the 1800s. Teens to seniors are welcome.

 10 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Stepping Stones in Stained Glass

Laura Hamlett

$48 Class Fee includes materials cost = $48 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 27, 2016 at noon

IMG_2603Students cut and grind glass and create their own stepping stone patterns. They take their molds home to make more! Teens to seniors are welcome.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Jewelry Making in Stained Glass

Laura Hamlett

$48 Class Fee includes materials cost = $48 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 27, 2016 at noon

jewelry 1Students will use stained glass and wire to make their own unique jewelry. A student’s only limit in creating jewelry is her own imagination. Students, bring your ideas, and Laura will help them become reality. Teens to seniors are welcome.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


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Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

All Day Stained Glass Special

Laura Hamlett

sg stuff$124 Class Fee includes materials cost = $124 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 27, 2016 at noon

Listings for the individual classes include class descriptions. Please bring a lunch.

 10 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Introduction to Stained Glass

Laura Hamlett

$48 Class Fee includes materials cost = $48 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 27, 2016 at noon

sg jewelryEach student will make a sun catcher of their choice. Students will learn the basics of the copper foil method of stained glass made famous by Louis Tiffany in the 1800s. Teens to seniors are welcome.

 10 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 1:00 pm.–4:00 p.m. ET

Advanced Stained Glass

Laura Hamlett

$83 Class Fee includes materials cost = $83 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 27, 2016 at noon

sg stuffStudents will make a larger stained glass piece using a more complicated design than in the other classes. Students must have taken the Introduction to Stained Glass class on either Saturday or Sunday. Teens to seniors are welcome.

 8 spaces available; 2 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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DSCN0568Friday, June 3, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m, and Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Make a Greenland Paddle

Dave Rasmussen

$42 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $57 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 27, 2016

Learn the history of the Greenland kayak paddle. Then use power and hand tools to shape and finish your own paddle. Students are welcome to bring their own abrasive paper, hand and power tools to avoid wait time for shared tools. Tools and equipment used: draw knives, hand planes, palm sander, belt sander, safety glasses, ear protection, dust mask, tape measure.

Bring a lunch on Saturday

 12 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Container Gardening

Marilyn Knuteson

$17 Class Fee +  $35 Materials Cost = $52 Total Fee with planter provided by the student

$17 Class Fee +  $60 Materials Cost = $77 Total Fee with planter purchased from the instructor

Registration Deadline is June 4, 2016

This class stresses the value of both native and greenhouse plants as food source for pollinators. Great enjoyment can be gained by creating a flower container that will thrive in a specific site and augment the natural beauty of an area.

Module 1: Explore the benefits of growing vegetables in containers when soil conditions are less than optimum, space is limited, or a longer growing season is needed.

Module 2: Design and plant an annual flower container to take home, choosing from a selection of pre-selected plants.

Learn the basics of soil structure; plant/site selection; seeds and pollination; plants that attract birds, butterflies and bees; native versus greenhouse plants; and container design. Bring your own favorite planter or purchase one from instructor. Plants, soil and fertilizer provided.

 12 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class

Cancelled due to illness in the instructor’s family. Please check back next year.

Class options


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 am.–11:00 a.m. ET

Silk Scarf Painting

Beth Cox

$18 Class Fee +  $25 Materials Cost = $43 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016

DSCN7441Students will have the opportunity to create a colorful silk scarf. They will apply heat set dyes to the silk scarf which will result in a wonderful one-of-a- kind fashion accessory. Class is intended to be fun. The class is open to ages 10 and older.

 10 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. ET

Hand Forged Copper Bracelet

Mollie Larsen

$29 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $39 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016

copper bracStudents will create their own bracelet using techniques as old as history. They will forge their bracelets in an open fire, pound them with stones, and learn how to embellish them with beads. Each bracelet will be a unique piece of art. The class will be held outside by an open fire pit.

 The Folk School will provide a fire pit and firewood, eight chairs and one picnic table for supplies. Mollie will provide pounding logs and stones as well as fire tongs and water buckets.

 8 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class

This class is closed due to capacity enrollment. Please check back next year.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Needle Felting Critters

Donna Thurston

$28 Class Fee +  $7 Materials Cost = $35 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016

DSCN7443Each student will complete a 2 or 3 dimensional figure using wool and alpaca fiber. Figures can be traditional, bunny, lamb, penguins, etc, or fantasy figures of the participants choosing. Two dimensional figures can be incorporated into an 8 x 10 wall hanging. Previous needle felting experience is helpful, but not required; students will be using a sharp barbed needle.

All skill levels are welcome. The class is open to ages 10 and older.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

All Day Crafting Extravaganza!

Beth Cox, Mollie Larsen and Donna Thurston

Take all three classes offered on June 18 for a total cost of $90.

Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016

DSCN7441See the individual class listings for class descriptions. Please bring a lunch if you attend all three classes.

 8 spaces available;  6 students needed to hold the class

This class is closed due to capacity enrollment. Please check back next year.

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Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.DSCN7443This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET

Copper Wrapped Bead Pendant (a Copper Fest Activity)

Heidi Bukoski

$68 Class Fee +  $20 Materials Cost = $88 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is June 18, 2016

IMG_0358Class participants will start by making a number of wonderful, sparkly felt beads to use as the focal point in the pendant.  Each will select a favorite bead to use in the piece.  They will then, literally, weave with copper wire to create a band to encircle and showcase the bead. Each piece will be finished with the maker’s unique design.  Participants will learn to wire weaving, wire wrapping, how to make a bail and how to finish the ends of a piece, and of course, how to make gorgeous felt beads.

This class provides an excellent introduction to the art of working with wire. It also teaches some basic wet felting skills. Those who desire to learn wire wrapping will leave with skills to take them into other more complex projects. By using copper wire we honor the resources native to the Porcupine Mountains.

The class is open to all, ages 18 and older. Please bring a towel, jewelry pliers, and reading magnifiers if you have them. They are not necessary for successful completion of the project.

Please bring a lunch.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class

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Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET

Needle-Felted Eastern Bluebird
Heidi Bukoski
$68 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $83 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is June 18, 2016
IMG_0442Students will create a life like Eastern Bluebird entirely out of wool. This project is an excellent opportunity to learn, or perfect the art of sculpting with a felting needle.   The technique, also known as dry felting uses a barbed needle and has many applications which we will discuss. We will start by creating the basic shape of the bird. We will then add color and detail, finishing it with black onyx beads for eyes.

The class is open to all, ages 18 and older. Please bring reading magnifiers if you use them.

Please bring a lunch.

 12 spaces available;4 students needed to hold the class


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Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Make a Kubb Game
Dave Rasmussen
$33 Class Fee +  $37 Materials Cost = $70 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is June 25, 2016

kubbParticipants will learn a little history and how to play the Scandinavian game of Kubb. Then, as an individual or family, they will make a complete set of game pieces for Kubb. This is a family activity open to all ages and skill levels. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. One game per fee.

Any routers and palm and belt sanders brought by the students will speed up the process and cut down the wait times for shared equipment.

Bring safety glasses and ear protection.

Please bring a lunch.

 10 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–noon ET

Letting Loose with Watercolors I (beginning)

Donna Lenard

$45 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $55 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is July 18, 2016

030Students will be encouraged to explore the medium, letting watercolors help them create three small paintings. Novice to accomplished students, teens and adults are welcome to take the class.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, July 23 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Letting Loose with Watercolors II (intermediate)
Donna Lenard

$45 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $55 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is July 18, 2016

030Students will be encouraged to explore the medium, letting watercolors help them create three small paintings. Intermediate to accomplished students, teens and adults are welcome to take the class.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.  ET

Letting Loose with Watercolors All Day
Donna Lenard

$78 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $93 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is July 18, 2016

030Take both watercolor classes and go home with six small paintings! Donna welcomes teens and adults to let watercolor help them create all day. Please bring a lunch if you will be at the Folk School all day.

 12 spaces available; 4students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Beach Art Mirror Frame

Debby and Henry Kisor, Tina Davidson, and Dave Rasmussen

$21 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $36 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is July 27, 2016

mirror1122Students will assemble a lovely pine mirror frame (precut by the instructors) and then decorate the frame with natural treasures from the area (stones, fossils, sea glass pine cones, birch bark, driftwood, etc.). We encourage students to find and bring their own special natural treasures, and the instructors will provide plenty of extras. The class is open to students age 12 and older.

Please bring a lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Wednesday, August 3, Thursday, August 4, and Friday, August 5 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. each day ET

Take a Journey:

From a Northern Michigan Inspired Idea to a Book-in-Print

Brenda Havens

$68 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $68 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is July 27, 2016

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WRITERS’ WORKSHOP:

Turn Your Porkies Experience into a Children’s Story!

Teen and Adult writers will create a story to share with

family and friends, or to get published.

Day One: Ideas to Paper

Day Two: The Elements of a Children’s Story

Day Three: The Publishing Market

The instructor will weave her journey from a spark of an idea to publishing into a three-day workshop on writing a children’s story. And it all begins here, in the realm of the beautiful Porcupine Mountains.

   Students need to have basic writing fluency and a background of reading a wide variety of genres. Students need bring their own laptop and notebooks, pens, and pencils. Student can also bring in manuscripts they are already working on if they like, although that isn’t a requirement. The Folk School building does not have Wi Fi.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Friday, September 9 , from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Weaving a Birch Bark Wall Basket

John Zasada

$91 Class Fee +  $30 Materials Cost = $121 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 2, 2016

wall basketJohn will provide materials that students need to weave a wall basket using the split outer bark of paper birch. This a diagonally woven, double-walled basket. Basswood inner bark will be used to make a twine “hanger”.

Please bring scissors, clips (like snapper clothes pins or something that would serve that same purpose) and a knife.

Youngsters (ages 10-15) are welcome as students with a parent to assist.

Please bring a lunch.

 10 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class

Cancelled in 2016 due to instructor illness. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Friday, August 19, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21 from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day ET

Russian Leaf Beadweaving

Jenny Schu

$320 Class Fee +  Materials purchased from the instructor= $320 Total Fee not including materials

More information about materials in the class description. Questions about materials? email: e-mail

Registration Deadline is August 10, 2016

Russian LEaf and Pod Jewelry Grouping_Jenny Schu_Workshop ImagesThe Russian leaf stitch is useful as an element in many different kinds of jewelry and art pieces. Jenny uses them in many of her jewelry pieces and also in her leaf panels combined with other stitched and fiber designs.

Day 1 (Friday, Aug. 19) : Students will learn how to do the diagonal peyote stitch to create an open leaf for earrings, or as accents for other works they have in mind.

Day 2 (Sat., Aug. 20): Now that students have the stitch down, Jenny will show them how to alter the stitch to create a pod-form rather than an open leaf.

 Day 3 (Sun., Aug 21): Students and Jenny will be working on how to weave and stitch the leaves together to create a variety of different types of jewelry.

Because students have varied tastes, Jenny will work with individual students on this day. The group will learn and grow ideas off of different techniques students will use on this day.

Materials cost varies by material preference, for 1 day students can get by with $5-$10 in materials bought from Jenny, so for 3 days, depending on how fast they bead, etc, $30 would cover anything they will need.

Some beading experience is helpful (like threading a beading needle) but not necessary. The class is open to students age 16 and older.

Jenny will provide for sale any materials that a student may need. The first needle and all thread come with the cost of the class.   If students want to purchase ahead of time, Jenny encourages them to bring what they already have, or order seed beads from Fire Mountain Gems. She can provide a more detailed list with links if students would like to purchase ahead of time; her color offerings are limited to what she has available.

The class liaison will provide a catered lunch each day: sub sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, and condiments. Students with special dietary needs can contact the liaison, Barb Braithwaite, e-mail, with their requests.

 10 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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