Upcoming Classes

2017 Classes

* Please note that the Porkies Folk School is in the Eastern time zone. All class times are Eastern time.

* Some class instructor fees have been sponsored to keep our prices down for our students.



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Friday, June 9, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m ET

Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Greenland Paddle

Dave Rasmussen

$60 Class Fee + $15 Materials Cost = $75 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, June 2, 2017

paddleShape and finish a Greenland style kayak paddle and learn the history of this unique paddle.

You are welcome to bring your own draw knives, hand planes, palm sander, belt sander, and tape measure. Please bring safety glasses, ear protection, and dust mask.

12 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class

Please bring a lunch on Saturday.

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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.  ET

Summer Solstice Celebration

Marilyn Knuteson and Joy Ibsen, co-chairwomen

FREE EVENT

Come celebrate!

Play Kubb, a Scandinavian lawn game. Then move into the Folk School building for music featuring Tanya Paasikas Stanaway from Ishpeming singing Finnish songs. Then enjoy the fire ceremony, music, s’mores and other refreshments and  the companionship of others from near and far as you celebrate the longest day of the year.

 

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

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.–noon ET

Fusing Glass

Beth Cox

$21 Class Fee + $25 Materials Cost = $46 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017

monarch pin[1]Learn the ancient technique of glass fusing to create jewelry components and/or a sun catcher. Pieces will be fired off site and returned to students.

15 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class

Ages 12 and older are welcome. No previous glass cutting experience is needed.

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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, June 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Hand Forging Copper Bracelets

Mollie Larsen

$20 Class Fee + $5 Materials Cost = $25 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017

copper braceletJoin us around the fire where you will hand forge your own copper bracelet using fire, stone and wood.

9 spaces available; 3 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, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Double the Crafting Fun

Beth Cox and Mollie Larsen

$35 Class Fee +$30 Materials Cost = $65 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017

copper braceletJoin Beth and Mollie for a double the crafting fun!

9 spaces available; 3 students needed to hold the class.

Please bring a lunch.

 

 

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 15, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–noon ET

Celebrating Lake Superior through Memoir

Felicia Schneiderhan

$29 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $29 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, July 11, 2017

img_0397-version-3Explore a wide variety of memoir forms as Lake Superior Magazine writer Felicia Schneiderhan guides you through a series of activities, and begin your own Lake Superior memoir piece. Beginning and advanced memoir-writers are welcome!

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

Bring a notebook or other writing materials.

  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 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Dyeing Yarn using Natural Dyes

Dawn Andersson

dyed-yarns-anderssondg$24 Class Fee +  $20 Materials Cost =  $44 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dye yarn using dyes from local plants. Learn which local plants provide the best dyes. Experiment with a variety of mordants to “fix” the dyes, and fill a notebook supplied by the instructor with dye samples.

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

Please bring a lunch.

  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, July 23 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Exploring Lichens and Linen Stitch Knitting  

Karena Schmidt

$45 Class Fee +  $20 Materials Cost = $65 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, July 15, 2017

Stroll in the woods learning the fascinating natural history of lichens.  Nearly 600 species of Lichens with stories to tell make their home in the Porkies.   Then use yarns dyed the previous day in Dawn Andersson’s class and learn to knit a hat or scarf project using the linen stitch that creates fabric looking more woven than knitted .

12 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class

Please wear walking shoes or boots for the morning lichen walk, and bring a lunch.

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 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–noon  ET

Create a Simple Landscape with Watercolor

Donna Lenard

$51 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $61 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 24, 2017

Paint from landscape photos, pulling out shapes and simplifying the image to create a pleasing painting. The instructor will provide all materials needed, and students are welcome to bring a landscape photo they would like to use.

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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Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Lake of the Clouds: a Stained Glass Creation

Laura Hamlett

$53 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $53 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, July 28, 2017

Use your own color scheme to create a large (8 inch by 10 inch) sun catcher of the iconic Lake of the Clouds overlook view. As you create your sun catcher using approximately 20 pieces of stained glass, you will learn techniques for assembling stained glass scenes. No prior experience is necessary. Teens through senior citizens are welcome.

 8 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, August 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Everyone Can Write Poetry

Marlene Broemer

$33 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $33 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, August 5, 2017

Explore poetry as song and story-telling before learning how some major poets that can be used as models for writing your own poems. You will use park surroundings as writing prompts.The class will highlight Native American (Joy Harjo), Michigan (Jim Harrison) and Nature poets. 

 16 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class.

Bring a notebook, laptop or tablet for writing. the Folk School does not have WiFi. Please bring a lunch and a beverage. 

Writers of all ages, 12-120, are welcome. Grandparents, bring your grandchildren!

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 by MadePerfect

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Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Lake of the Clouds: a Stained Glass Creation

Laura Hamlett

$53 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $53 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017

Use your own color scheme to create a large (8 inch by 10 inch) sun catcher of the iconic Lake of the Clouds overlook view. As you create your sun catcher using approximately 20 pieces of stained glass, you will learn techniques for assembling stained glass scenes. No prior experience is necessary. Teens through senior citizens are welcome.

 8 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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Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. ET

Basketry Petals and Stars

Karen Tembreull

$30 Class Fee +  $55 Materials Cost = $85 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017

img_1160Form a lovely white pine bark petal basket stitched and rimmed with split spruce root, and weave two Scandinavian birch bark stars. This class is a basketry deal! Each student will take home three pieces of basketry art.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class.img_2930

Students age 12 and older and all skill levels are welcome.

Please bring a lunch.

  

 

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, August 19, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Weave a Willow Tension Tray and Suet Holder for Birds

Poppy Hatinger

$20 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $30 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, August 5, 2017

(This date is firm because the willow needs to be soaked for a week before it is used.)

  1. IMG_20150805_21Popp5455Construct a tension tray in the morning and a suet holder that your birds will love in the afternoon. Both projects use sustainable harvested upper peninsula willow. The instructor will lead a class discussion of willow growing and harvesting and other uses for this natural material in your home and garden.Bring a sharp, by-pass hand held pruners and an old bath towel.suet-feeder

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

Please bring a lunch.

Questions? Call 906-884-7662 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, September 23, 2017 from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Lake of the Clouds: a Stained Glass Creation

Laura Hamlett

$53 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $53 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017

Use your own color scheme to create a large (8 inch by 10 inch) sun catcher of the iconic Lake of the Clouds overlook view. As you create your sun catcher using approximately 20 pieces of stained glass, you will learn techniques for assembling stained glass scenes. No prior experience is necessary. Teens through senior citizens are welcome.

 8 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, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 14 from 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Adventure: Navigation in the Wilderness

Jeffrey Ward

$85 Class Fee + $15 Materials Cost = $100 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Start with basic compass work and continue to build your skills by incorporating use of  a topo map and UTM coordinates with advanced compass skills.  Then take the leap to direction finding by navigating by using the sun and other navigation stars along with using nature awareness to maintain direction while moving. Shift your thinking about “lost” by learning to say: “Camper not lost….campsite lost…camper right here.”

If  you have used a map and compass before, then you qualify. Wear hiking footwear and appropriate clothing for the Porkies in October and bring rain wear, a a plastic baseplate compass with orienting arrow and lines inside a rotating capsule, a 12 “ plastic ruler, and food, snacks and water in a day pack. The instructor is a navigation master. See his biography on our “Instructors” page.

Ages 15 and older are welcome. Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

20 spaces available; 12 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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Tuesday, October 24, Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. ET

Create a Cutting Board

Dave Rasmussen

$58 Class Fee + $20 Materials Cost = $78 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 17, 2017

cutting-boardChoose your woods; then glue a straight stick cutting board, sand and edge with a router. Take all three sessions to create a chevron design cutting board (pictured) at no extra cost.

Any routers, palm and belt sanders brought you bring will speed up the process by decreasing the wait times for shared equipment.

8 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.

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Days, Dates and Times ET

Class Title

Instructor Name

$ Class Fee +  $ Materials Cost = $ Total Fee

Registration Deadline is date/year

Class description

 spaces available; 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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The Porcupine Mountains Folk School is sponsored in cooperation with the Porcupine Mountains State Park and the Friends of the Porkies, whose mission is to promote and enhance the use of the Porkies. The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.

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