Upcoming Classes

2016 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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Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Fun with Tie Dyeing

Kathy Waid

$9 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $9 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is August 29, 2016

photoStudents will learn folding and dyeing techniques on 2 – 4 ALL COTTON or ALL LINEN clothing or other items, such as napkins, socks, etc. that they bring to class. The items must be 100% cotton or linen.

No experience is necessary. The class is open to all ages 10 and older. Please note that students need to provide their own garments or other items.

The instructor needs a sink and buckets of water for pre-soaking. Students will take their wet items home to dry.

 8 spaces available; 6 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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IMG_20150805_21Popp5455Saturday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Willow Tension Tray

Poppy Hatinger

$40 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $55 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 3, 2016

Students will use U. P. cultivated and hedgerow wild willow to construct a pair of simple rustic willow tension trays. During the 6 hour class students will have time to build 2 trays and participate in a discussion of willow cultivation and harvest and other uses of this sustainable material.

Some hand strength is required. Students should bring sharp bypass hand pruners.

Please bring a lunch.

 12 spaces available; 6 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, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m. and Monday, September 12

from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET

Initial Journal

Karen Tembreull

$50 Class Fee +  $75 Materials Cost = $125 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 5, 2016

IMG_4038Karen will give students pieces of birch to use as the front and back covers of the journals. Students will design and stitch an initial onto the cover of their journal using spruce roots and waxed linen. Both front and back covers will then be lined and edged with spruce roots and sweet grass and stitched with the student’s chosen color of waxed linen. Students will add a leather strap for the Monks Lace closure and bind their journals with waxed linen using the Coptic stitch method. The journal paper is hand torn, artists grade 80# white.

Please bring a lunch.

IMG_403712 spaces available; 6 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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Tuesday, September 20, Wednesday, September 21, and Thursday, September 22

from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. ET

cutting boardCreate a Cutting Board

Dave Rasmussen

$36 Class Fee +  $20 Materials Cost = $56 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 14, 2016

Students will glue a straight stick cutting board design, sand, router and finish in 2 classes. For those that prefer, a chevron cutting board design can be completed in 3 classes for the same fee.

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

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

Heidi Held will provide snacks.




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 Heidi Held.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 12:30 p.m.– 3:00  p.m. ET at the Folk School; Union River Excursion from 3:30–5:00 p.m. ET

Landscape and Waterfall Photography Basics

Tim Feathers

$20 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $20 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 17, 2016

Feathers-Union River-Porcupine Mountains-smallThis class is designed for those beginning in photography who would like to learn more about the available settings on their cameras. They will also learn some tips on how to improve the composition of their photos. Tim go over how your camera works and how that knowledge can help you to improve and have more control over how your photographs turn out. Emphasis will be on landscape and waterfall photography. The Union River expedition is optional.

Students need to bring their own cameras. The class will focus on digital SLR cameras but a point and shoot with various shooting modes will work. If students have a tripod for their camera they need to bring it. Students age 18 and older are welcome.

Tim’s website is: http://www.feathersphotography.com/

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, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Poetry in the Porkies

Joy Ibsen

$64 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $74 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 24, 2016

Poetry speaksWriting poetry is an act of creative expression. It can be practiced throughout life and is a powerful way to describe one’s appreciation for the beauty of wilderness and insights about one’s life. In four sessions over two days, participants will study and listen to poets reading their own poetry (i.e. Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Dorothy Parker, Gwendolyn Brooks), become familiar with use of poetic techniques (alliteration, metaphor, simile, rhyme, onomatopoeia, etc), and forms of poetry (couplet, Haiku, limerick, sonnet). Workshops will include experiencing and observing nature, writing poetry, and helpful critiquing of each other’s work. A booklet of poetry from the sessions will be published and distributed 4-6 weeks after the workshop.

The class is open to students age 12 and older.

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, October 8, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET

Grow Your Own Garlic in the U. P.

Wayne Walma

$16 Class Fee +  $7 Materials Cost = $23 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is October 3, 2016

IMG_0630Students will learn the basics of growing their own garlic, common growing methods and the challenges of growing in a northern climate. Issues to be discussedare: the varieties of garlic, sources for further study, cost considerations, and the potential to grow for market. Students will take home several garlic samples to plant.

 30 spaces available; 8 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 15, 2016 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Carve a Finnish “Shaving Tree” (Curly Evergreen)

Pekka (Peter) Olson

$23 Class Fee +  $5 Materials Cost = $28 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is October 10, 2016

DSCN7379Students will use a knife to carve a “curly” tree from cedar, bass, or large-tooth aspen wood.

Bring gloves to wear while carving. You may bring a small-blade, sharp hunting knife,
or purchase a Mora carving knife for $16. When you register please indicate
if you would like to purchase a knife.

 10 spaces available; 6 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 18, Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20,

from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. ET

cutting boardCreate a Cutting Board

Dave Rasmussen

$36 Class Fee +  $20 Materials Cost = $56 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is October 14, 2016

Students will glue a straight stick cutting board design, sand, router and finish in 2 classes. For those that prefer, a chevron cutting board design can be completed in 3 classes for the same fee.

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

Heidi Held will provide snacks.

 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.

This class has been sponsored by Heidi Held.

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Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Triangle Tree Applique Wall Art

Wayne Walma

$45 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $60 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is October 19, 2016

tree appliqueStudents will ‘peg’ triangular pieces of hardwood to a backing board to make a piece of wall art. The basics of wood appliqué will be explained and practiced. Students will cut, sand, and applique the triangles following their own design. Ideas and suggestions for finishing will be discussed. An additional piece may be made as time, material and interest permit. Creativity and fun in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere is the goal. Go to www.overthefencedesignsgallery.blogspot.com to see where this learned skill might lead.

Students 16 and older, with any skill level and a desire to learn are welcome.

Students MAY bring hand held sanding blocks, hand spring clamps, small hammer, side cutter,electric/battery drill, razor knife. There will be tools to share, but additional tools will be helpful. Material Fee includes a drill bit.

 12 spaces available; 6 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, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Make a Pair of Snowshoes

Registration Deadline is October 12, 2016

Instructor Theresa Neal

$100 Materials Cost = $100 Total Fee

snowshoesMake snowshoes using kits that include the wooden frame and lacing. This is a great opportunity to learn about snowshoe making with the help of an instructor. You can choose one of 3 kit styles – the Alaskan, Ojibwe, or Green Mountain. If you would like more information regarding the snowshoe styles or to order the kit for the snowshoes you want to make contact Carol Maass at 301-462-9279 or e-mail

Please bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. The registration deadline is firm in order to allow ample time for delivery of the snowshoe kits.

12 spaces (pairs of snowshoes) available; 7 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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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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