late summer 2014 shoe making class schedule

howdy folks,
i’ve just posted my updated late summer 2014 shoe making class schedule! i’ve added more classes here in portland due to popular demand and i’ll be traveling back to northern minnesota in september and october to teach a few at the north house folk school. check em out and don’t wait too long to sign up cause they fill fast!

**SPECIAL NOTE**   Rewild Portland is having an earthday party and fundraiser on tuesday april 22nd at mississippi studios from 6-9pm. included in the silent auction is one spot in an upcoming 10th c. scandinavian turn shoe making class (july/aug classes)! get out and support rewild portland, see guest speaker dr. nicole apelian, and dance to live music!

july 17-20th internal stitchdown boot making class (portland, or.)

july 24-27th 10th century scandinavian turn shoe making class (portland, or.)

august 2/3rd – 9/10th 10th century scandinavian turn shoe making class (portland, or.)

august 16/17th – 23/24th internal stitchdown boot making class (portland, or.)

internal stitchdown work boot making class at noth house folk school (minn) sept. 25-28th

10th c. scandinavian turnshoe making class at north house folk school (minn) oct. 2-5th

internal stitchdown work boot making class at noth house folk school (minn) oct. 9-12th



labrador passage

filmmaker and explorer peter marshall contacted me last year about making him a pair of boots for this journey. i made the boots, he’s tested them out on a short run canoe trip and he’s now making final preparations for his epic labrador passage! …AND there is a brief interview with yours truly in the film! check the trailer out..

LABRADOR PASSAGE is a documentary film project co-produced by Twin Cites Public Television that follows two men who will set out in June, 2014, to retrace Mina Hubbard’s historic 1905 canoe journey through Labrador. The unique aspect of the trip is that the crew will only use non-synthetic equipment. We’re talking the classics here: waxed canvas tent, tin-cloth rain gear, and a cedar canvas canoe. Much of this equipment that will be used will be handmade by local craftspeople. On this website, you can acquaint yourself with the history of the expedition, as well as the process of putting the outfit together.

and here is an article about peter and his preparations for the trip…


2014 spring shoe making class schedule

my new 2014 spring shoe making class schedule!!!

february 15/16 & 23/24 internal stitchdown boot making class


march 22/23 & 29/30 10th century scandinavian turn shoe making class


april 11-13 9th century german turn shoe making class

9th century turnshoe option 2

april 19/20 & 26/27 modern turn shoe making class


may 17/18 & 24/25 welted moccasin boot making class


north house summer 2013

i spent 5 weeks this summer at north house folk school in grand marais minnesota teaching shoe making and learning as well… i participated in a timber framing basics class, had the best conversations and heard some mind blowing stories! i also got super inspired by all the carvers! harley, jarrod, bruce, fred, jon, rodger… too many to name! i picked up a few tools from the north house store and carved some spoons of my own! oh yeah! and the spring pole lathe!! gonna build one of those in the coming months to… any way.. here are a few pics from my grand adventure on the north shore..

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summer and fall 2013 shoe making class schedule update

summer and fall 2013 shoe making class schedule update

i’m happy to announce that i’ve just posted my remaining shoe making class schedule for the rest of 2013! i’ll be traveling to north house folk school in grand marais minnestoa this june and july teaching a total of 4 classes. i’ll take a couple months off upon my return in august and september to catch up in the garden and play a show or two with waldteufel then i’m offering 4 more classes throughout the months of october and november. don’t wait too long to sign up cause these classes will fill up fast!

north house folk school – summer 2013 (grand marais, mn.)

internal stitch down boot making class – oct. 10th – 13th 2013 (portland, or.)

10th c. turn shoe making class – oct. 19/20 & 26/27 2013 (portland, or.)

10th c. turn shoe making class – nov. 7th-10th 2013 (portland, or.)

internal stitch down boot making class – nov. 16/17 & 23/24 2013 (portland, or.)



a minority of one anahata free album release


i’m pleased to announce the long over due full length release of  a minority of one  “anahata”… and it’s free to download!

click any picture to download the new album or

click to download a minority of one anahata

a minority of one anahata


for this recording a minority of one was:

jason hovatter

markus wolff

arrowyn craban

jason oneill-butler

james woodhead

brian booty


01 bowl sung

02 work makes free

03 anahata

04 sweat of the face

05 woodseedstoneskin

06 inertia

07 wave rolls (psychedelic version)

08 water is love


cover artwork “aesthesis” by jh, kid skin and kangaroo leather appliqué on steer hide

insert photos by ryhs balmer

 Aesthesis, (greek: “to breath in”), is the space between our practiced senses of touch, taste, seeing, hearing, and smelling. It is feeling, it is a common sense that unifies the others. The organ with which we experience and perceive aesthesis is the heart. Heart based perception is for me an essential practice, without which i would be lost, in this age of constant sensory distraction and reductionist linear explanations of the world around us. Ancient peoples utilized this awareness on a daily basis, communicating directly with the plants around them to understand their many uses, with animals to ask for assistance in feeding and clothing their families and with the spirits of the land and sky for guidance along the way. Aesthesis is our direct communication with the spirit that moves in all things.

 i created this piece many years ago for the first (& last) annual “heathen art show” here in portland at optic nerve arts, curated by a. von rautman and markus wolf.  it’s a 7 color kid skin appliqué tapestry measuring about 2 1/2 ft wide by 3 1/2 ft high. the design is inspired by ancient hungarian “magyar” motifs.

 many thanks to mr stephen harrod buhner author of “the secret teachings of plants: the intelligence of the heart in the direct perception of nature” and many other fine works. i have borrowed the word ‘aesthesis’ and his explanation of it here as it was a direct

influence in the creation of this piece.

package design layout by jh


01 bowl sung

when i first began to consider how to bring this project out onto stage to perform this music live i teamed up with a friend (balam mcnally). we spent long hours creating bizarre instruments that sounded as if they’d been run thru effects processors but where in fact  completely acoustic in nature. the best of these was a large copper bowl, maybe 4 feet wide and a foot or so deep… i built a hanging strap system and filled it about half full of water. this song was recorded entirely in and on that copper bowl.


02 work makes free

i’ve long been fascinated by the sounds of my everyday life… markus and i recorded this song utilizing the tools and sounds i work with in my shoe making shop along with a beautiful little iranian zither that he brought along and a bowed cymbal or two. this happened right around the time i bought this house i’d been living and working in for a few years and big in my mind at the time was how deeply grateful i was and am to this space where i live, work and play music and that thru the sweat of my brow am able to keep up the payments… work truly can set you free! also included are samples from a set of recordings of everyday sounds from papua new guinea, a family chopping down a tree. we always include wood chopping in live performances of this song.


03 anahata

this song arose from a night at home when i overheard arrowyn doing a bit of chakra vocal toning and noticed the similarity in pitch to a new singing bowl i’d just gotten.. i grabbed the bowl and joined her! this song really is literally at the heart of this set of recordings. we’re also joined vocally by markus and jason o.b. on flute.


04 sweat of the face

again, at the time i was thinking a lot about the work i do and the joy it brings me. this song is dedicated to and a celebration of working hard and it’s just rewards.


05 woodseedstoneskin

recorded in a ritual setting using wooden percussion, a seed shaker, stones and a handmade elk skin drum.


06 inertia

recorded live at my first solo amo1 performance in october of 2010 at satyricon in portland, or., i caught live drum and glass percussion loops and recited lyrics from a song i did years ago under the name “torture chamber” with mr jon canady. this song in it’s original form had been inspired by the bret easton ellis book “american psycho”. “i think to myself that this place eats the sound, does not digest it, and will never, shit it out.”


07 wave rolls (psychedelic mix)

markus, jason o.b. and myself attempted to do our own version of the classic veljio tormis choral classic “wave rolls” a few years ago and released it on our “bathe in fiery answer” album. i had the tune stuck in my head for weeks and would sing it to my self constantly.. one morning as i sung under my breath i started to hear a super noisy bm style guitar grating along to the tune in my head and called my friend brian, who is the mastermind of one of the few metal bands i really love “l’acephale” and fellow band mate in “waldteufel”, to see  if he’d be interested in working on a metal version with me. i also asked james woodhead who collaborated on the last amo1 record and has played several shows with me if he’d like to work on this as well, he has a small collection of beautiful analogue synths that he uses in his projects “at the head of the woods and elemental chrysalis” and the tracks he came up with just blew my mind… as i listen to this new version of the song it gives me the same nearly overwhelming feeling of liquid panic that i sometimes feel just as a strong  hallucinogen like lsd or mushrooms are taking hold, it takes me to those moments when everyday perception begins to separate from that which is about to be revealed…


08 water is love

one of my continued experimentations with blending different time signatures and home made instruments, this song features a 7 foot long tube drum i made several years ago with a 3 foot long spring protruding from the raw hide drum head.