St. Olaf Folk School


We are lining up some new programming for 2017. Check back again, and visit our facebook page to see what we were up to in 2016!


Hand-Sewn Leather work for Beginners

Teacher: Beth Dow

Class is Full!

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In this class you will learn the art of hand sewing vegetable-tanned leather with a traditional two-needle saddle stitch and waxed linen thread. We will touch on leather selection, sewing technique, tools, pattern making, wet-molding, hardware (rivets, snaps, etc), and finishes. This is a fun and creative class that brings the heritage of traditional materials and processes into our daily lives. No prior sewing experience is necessary, but this class will require good hand dexterity. Bring your reading glasses if you need them!

Date: Dec. 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Flaten Art Barn, St. Olaf Campus
Fee: $30 which includes supplies
Class size: Limited to 10
Age: 14+

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Last Year’s (2016) Programming in Summary:

  • Afternoon spoon carving sessions for beginners, and for those with experience, spread throughout the year. Open to adults, and children over the age of 11, fee $25
  • All day Sami-inspired bracelet-making class with Norma Refsal, October 22
  • All day Scandinavian figure carving class with Harley Refsal, October 22
  • All day Spoon carving class with Jarrod Stone Dahl. Intended for those with previous spoon carving experience. November 5.
  • Birch Bark Weaving with Beth Homa-Style. November 10 and 12.
  • A beginning leather-working class with Beth Dow, December 10.
  • Week-long folk school summer camp for teens (July 9 – July 15, 2017)

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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.


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.