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Elements of Craft

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Will Moore

Elements is a series produced between WTIP and North House Folk School focusing on the natural materials found in our environment used in traditional Northern crafts.  Each episode takes a look at natural materials of our environment and how they're used to create basic things people need for their lives. 


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Paula Sundet Wolf making a willow basket

Elements of Craft: Willow

Elements of Craft is a series produced between WTIP and North House Folk School to promote interest in the folk arts. This episode takes a look at willow and how it's harvested both in the wild and as a cultivated plant. Will Moore talks to former North House intern and instructor Emily Dierke, who crafts wild willow into baskets, as well as Lindsay Lee, who grows his own willow for basketry. 

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Lobster mushroom

Elements of Craft: Foods and Foraging

Elements of Craft is a series produced between WTIP and North House Folk School to promote interest in the folk arts. This episode focuses on food and finding food in our Northern climate. You'll hear about traditional Viking food, methods of harvesting wild rice, and how to forage for mushrooms. Will Moore talks to culinary archeologist Daniel Serra, North House instructors Eric Edgin and Ian Andrus, mushroom expert Michael Karns, and food blogger/author Lisa Golden Schroeder. 

Here are some links to some books mentioned in this episode:

Daniel Serra
https://www.amazon.com/Early-Viking-Cookbook-Culinary-Odyssey/dp/9198105604

Michael Karns, Lisa Golden Schroeder, Dennis Becker
https://www.amazon.com/Untamed-Mushrooms-Field-Michael-Karns/dp/1681340860

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Elements of Craft: Black Ash

Elements is a series is produced between WTIP North Shore Community Radio and North House Folk School to promote interest in the folk arts. Each episode takes a look at natural materials of our environment and how they're used to create basic things people need for their lives. This episode involves black ash trees - and how they are pounded and peeled into strips to make heavy-duty and beautiful baskets. 

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Elements of Craft: Flour and Bread

Elements is a series produced between WTIP and North House Folk School to promote interest in the folk arts. Each month, the series looks at a different natural material and its use in various traditional crafts. This episode, the second of 2018, looks at flour, the grains it comes from, and the breads it produces.

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Elements of Craft: Wool

Elements is a series produced between WTIP and North House Folk School to promote interest in the folk arts. Each month, the series looks at a different natural material and its use in various traditional crafts. This episode, the first of 2018, looks at wool, sheep, and natural dyes.

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Elements of Craft: Timbers in the North

Northeastern Minnesota has been an epicenter of logging for generations, thanks to the lush forests that coat the region. And now, the heritage of those who first settled along the North Shore returns to the area through traditional craft.

In this edition of Elements, we take a look at the regional timbers that are harvested from the woods and used for building traditional homes and structures through North House Folk School, and how differing landscape and time changed how they were used.

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Elements of Craft: Iron and Steel

In this installment of Elements of Craft, we take a look at iron and its transformation by humans to steel. North House instructors and students tell how blacksmithing and smelting were integral to communities throughout history, and how ore from the earth in our own area can be used to make metal tools. 

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NHFS Elements: Birch Bark

Elements is a new series produced in conjunction between WTIP and North House Folk School exploring natural materials found in our area, and the culture that surrounds them. This episode, we focus on the harvesting and many uses of birch bark.
 

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Elements of Craft: What's the Big Idea?

Elements of Craft is a new series made in collaboration between North House Folk School and WTIP. It explores the natural materials in our area and how they apply to traditional craft. This first installment explores the concept of material culture - how the objects people create reflect their culture and environment- and finds out how some people find meaning in making things.

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