fall & winter 2014/15 shoemaking class schedule update

i’ve filled out my 2014 shoemaking class calendar and scheduled some early 2015 classes!
check em out!

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2014 december 6/7 & 13/14 internal stitchdown boot making class

2015 january 15-18th internal stitchdown “chukka” boot making class

2015 january 23-25 9th century german turn shoe making class

2015 february 12-15th internal stitchdown boot making class

2015 february 21/22-28/1 10th century scandinavian turn shoe making class

2015 march 12-15th 10th century scandinavian turn shoe making class

2015 march 21/22-28/29 internal stitchdown boot making class

2015 april 9-12th welted moccasin boot making class

2015 april 16-19th modern turn shoe making class

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    rabbit house

    amma and bunniesabout a year and a half ago a friend gave me 2 rabbits, a male and a female, i read a couple of straight forward books on keeping meat rabbits and following the advice in the books i built two 3′ x 3′ x 1′ wire mesh cages and hung them from the inside of my chicken coops larger “run” area… the rabbits seemed miserable from the start, sitting lifelessly in the corners of their wire cages.

    i imagined there must be a better way soo i started digging out a little used portion of the chicken coop, re enforcing the under ground wire mesh to keep racoons, dogs and possums from digging in, filled it back in with about 6 inches of dirt and straw and transferred the rabbits as quickly as possible…  and they were soooo happy! they immediately began exploring their new digs.

    the female had a small litter of 3 bunnies inside an old hollowed out cedar stump i’d put in her pen to give her some privacy. we still kept the male and female (+ 3 bunnies) separate and i was beginning to realize that it would soon be getting pretty cramped inside mamma rabbits pen so i started working on a bigger and better rabbit house… i dug out an old thimble berry patch next to the chicken coop and decided to build this one down as well as out and up. while happier on the ground in the new pen the rabbits didn’t really get to dig as the wire was only about 6 inched below the floor of their pen. in the new rabbit house i dug down about 2 feet and after building the frame wired it all up and down, filled it back in with dirt and turned the rabbits loose. again they seemed sooo very pleased to have more room to move and run about. with the next litter mamma rabbit had 6 babies and this time i kept the male together with the whole clan. they all seemed to get along nicely for quite some time. buck, the pappa rabbit, did indeed pester mamma now and then but he seemed to give up after a while and she seemed to have no problem letting him know she wasn’t interested. the young rabbits grew quickly eating mostly weeds from our garden, they dug and impressive network of tunnels and rooms in the new rabbit house. the underground was soo extensive that when surprised all 8 full sized rabbits would jump up, run and dive below ground. all 8 rabbits would be below ground at the same time! i did however eventually separate buck from the group after about 4 1/2 months as he was starting to incessantly attempt to hump every rabbit in the house. he was a bit depressed after i took him out… so i thought if i build another house and find another breeding female buck can spend a few months with each family in turn…

    soooo…. i built another rabbit house. here is a photo album documenting the process. i’ll update it with more pics as new family members arrive.

      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!

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      **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

      late-summer-update

       

        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.

        www.labradorpassage.com

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

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          2014 spring shoe making class schedule

          my new 2014 spring shoe making class schedule!!!

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

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

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          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

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

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            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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