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, 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 discussed are: 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 is closed due to full enrollment in the class. please check back with us next year.

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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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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