St. Olaf Folk School

Sami-inspired Bracelets with Norma Refsal

Saturday May 19, 9:30am – 5pm.  $90 plus $35 materials fee paid to Norma.

Join jeweler and knife maker Norma Refsal in creating a Sami-inspired bracelet using the materials traditional to the Sami culture: reindeer leather, spun pewter thread & a button fastener made of shed reindeer antler. Norma shares her knowledge and respect for the Sami people and their process, and talks about how you can apply this knowledge and the materials found near you to create your next bracelet!

Tools will be provided for use during the course, and a materials fee of $35 per bracelet is paid to the instructor. Please bring your own thimble, if you have one, and a bag lunch. Register here.

The class is held in the Center for Art and Dance on the St. Olaf Campus. Free parking is available in the Buntrock Commons lot, just East of the CAD main entrance.



Our folk school classes are available to all – youth through adults of all ages, including college students who might want a break from classwork. There’s even a summer camp, especially for teens. Come work with your hands, and meet new friends from the greater Northfield community!

We embrace the concepts championed by Nikolaij Grundtvig, who started the Nordic folk school movement in the 1840’s, such as lifelong, hands-on, whole-person learning. Many of the skills taught will stem from the Nordic countries but will hearken back to basic everyday skills common in many cultures.

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Legacy Logo ColorFinalmsab_logo_color_small   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.