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working with wood, bone, antler & cow horn

Intro to Timber Framing: Make a Trestle with Dale PedersonTimberframing

Level: Beginner and above
Date: Friday through Sunday, February 17, 18 & 19, 2012
Time : Friday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: February 4, 2012
Location: Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls

This class is a must for anyone interested in traditional building techniques. Students will learn to lay out timber frame joinery, cut joints, sharpen chisels and use several hand and power tools involved in timber framing. Participants will take home 2 trestles, which can be used in the home or shop for a table base, sawhorses or a bench base. The class is a wonderful starting point to learn the basics of timber framing before moving on to more advanced projects.

Tuition: member $160 non-member $175
Supplies: $85

To register or for questions, please call Dale Pederson at 320-564-3799. To view examples of Dale’s work, visit

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Creating Useful Objects in Bone, Antler & Cow Horn with Harley Refsal

Bone SpoonsLevel: All levels welcome, beginners and experienced.
Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 18, 19 & 20, 2012
Time: Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 5, 2012
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Scandinavian-style spoon carvers or figure carvers know that Harley Refsal usually works in wood. But in recent years he has also begun to work in horn, bone and antler – "the plastic of the pre-industrial era" – making everything from shoe horns to spoons to jewelry. These materials were commonly used throughout history, especially in areas where there were few trees, and the tradition of using these materials continued right up into the 20th century.

Class participants will make a cow, bison or goat horn spoon, as well as two or more items from bone or antler, such as a Stone Age-inspired fish hook pendant. We will work outdoors as much as possible, as these materials can tend to be a bit odoriferous.

Please bring a quality compass and mechanical pencil. Feel free to bring along any Dremel-type tool you may have, but the instructor will bring along a supply of hand tools and a couple of Dremel-type tools for class use. People who have taken knife making courses will find that rasps, files, etc. used in knife making lend themselves well to working in these materials as well.

Tuition: member $165 non-member $180
Supplies: $10-$20

For questions, please contact the Milan Village Arts School at 320-734-4807 or

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