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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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Elements of Craft: Many Metals

In this edition of we take a look at metals outside the world of blacksmithing. Instead of forging things from iron and steel, we look at artisans who make useful and beautiful things out of tin, bronze, silver, and gold. 

External links to artisans in this piece:

Karl Schmidt's Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/thetinschmidt/

Doug Swenson's Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/pg/gooseprairieforge/about/

Todd Hawkinson's website

https://www.trhltd.com

Michael Seiler's website

https://crowntroutonline.com/tag/michael-seiler/

 

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Plants collected by North House students

Elements of Craft: Plants and Herbs

Elements of Craft is a podcast and radio series produced between WTIP and North House Folk School looking at traditional crafts and natural materials in our area.

Medicinal herbs and edible plants are all around us - if you know where to look, and how to use them. Will Moore visits with North House Folk School herbalist instructors Monarda Thrasher and Gigi Stafne as they explore the nearby flora of Grand Marais, Minnesota.

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Pathfinder shoes made by Molly Grant. Photo by Will Moore

Elements of Craft - Episode 10 - Leather

Elements is a series produced between WTIP and North House Folk School about traditional craft and natural materials in our environment. Today’s feature marks the third year of the series, focusing on leather. In this feature, WTIP’s Will Moore talks to craftspeople who make bags, sandals, shoes, and more all out of leather.
 

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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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Black ash log

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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