Classes

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  • April 16, 2024
    9:00 am

Nature Journaling and the Art of Observation

We will meet on Tuesday mornings for three consecutive weeks. The instructor will guide you in developing a practice of nature journaling—using words and sketches to record observations, reflections, and questions about nature. Each class will start indoors with discussion and practice of basic sketching techniques, then move outdoors for making observations and recording themContinue Reading
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  • April 17, 2024
    5:00 pm

Game Night

Join us for Game Night every Wednesday 5 pm – 8 pm at Dovetail Café! Cribbage and Board Games Free Admission  
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  • April 18, 2024
    6:00 pm

Sustainable Duluth: A Community How-to Workshop Series for Your Household

Join the City of Duluth and Duluth Folk School in a community workshop series on how to incorporate sustainable practices in your household! Food provided and child activities available Register here
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  • April 19, 2024
    5:00 pm

Beginner Sewing Class Featuring Organizer Pouches

An Introduction to the Sewing Machine: In this course participants will be come familiar with and learn how to sew on a basic tabletop sewing machine. The conclusion of which will result in the beginner making a custom zippered organizer pouch to take home with them. Registration Includes Instruction and all materials are provided. YouContinue Reading
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  • April 20, 2024
    8:30 am

Fika & Fiber

Join us for a free, drop-in knitting and fiber arts group! Saturdays at 8:30 am at the Dovetail Cafe. Come share a cuppa’ and craft! *Fika is a beloved Swedish custom of pausing for a moment of quality time to connect with others, often with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Please note:Continue Reading
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  • April 20, 2024
    8:30 am

Selecting, Using and Maintaining Vintage Handsaws

The purpose of this one-day block of instruction is to introduce students to saw selection, use and maintenance through proven traditional sawyering techniques that have endured throughout the centuries, back when communication moved at the speed of a horse or a sail. Much of the information below has been forgotten when generations of woodworkers followingContinue Reading
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  • April 20, 2024
    5:00 pm

Old Time Jam Session

Come on down for a free old time music jam session at the Duluth Folk School! Bring a fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, or bass and learn new tunes! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen,Continue Reading
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  • April 20, 2024
    7:00 pm

Community Dance

Tamarack Dance Association is hosting a folk dance at the Dovetail Cafe/Duluth Folk School! Rotating live band with caller every month. New dancers are invited to learn a new art form, and experienced dancers, musicians, and callers will have the opportunity to continue developing their skills. To ensure youth safety and a positive dance experience for participants,Continue Reading
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  • April 21, 2024
    5:00 pm

Open Mic Night

Join us for Open Mic Night!  Sundays 5pm – 8pm 
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  • April 23, 2024
    5:30 pm

Altar Box Painting Jam Session

Create your own Altar Box—a unique spiritual tool that functions as both an altar structure and as a super handy spiritual carry-case for your sacred items. In this class you’ll create your altar box in intentionally inspirational and devotional space (there will be candles and Sade). You’ll create your altar box in two phases: onContinue Reading
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  • April 26, 2024
    5:30 pm

Garden Herbs For Mental Health Support

Come learn about herbs you can grow in your backyard or forage in our bioregion, the ways they can support your mental health balance, and key herbal precautions. Craft your own tea blend to take with you and make a dream map for your future garden. Registration Includes Instruction and all materials. You will goContinue Reading
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  • April 27, 2024
    3:00 pm

Chocolate Making: Bean to Bar Production from Ethical Sourcing to Enjoyable Eating

You will learn how to make your very own chocolate bar, starting from cocoa beans. The discussion will start by exploring a few bean origins, then students will take part in hands-on activities for each of the chocolate making steps (roast, grind, winnow, refine, conch, temper, pour, solidify) and end with a discussion on sensoryContinue Reading
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  • May 2, 2024
    5:30 pm

Make Your Own Bug Spray

You will learn about local plants and essential oils that you can use to make your own bug spray to keep mosquitoes and ticks away! Then each person will make their own big spray to take home and use. Registration Includes Students will go home with a bottle of bug spray that they made, andContinue Reading
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  • May 4, 2024
    9:00 am

Two Day Spoon Carving Workshop

This two day workshop covers all aspects of spoon carving, from splitting and axing, to spoon design, carving techniques, knife grips, safety and finishing cuts. If you’ve taken our Intro to Spoon Carving Class and want to learn more, this is the class for you. Class will meet from 9am – 4pm each day, withContinue Reading
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  • May 4, 2024
    6:30 pm

Dance Workshop

These dances will be focused on learning new skills and growth as a dance community. Each month will have a different theme. Beginners are welcome and no partner needed.
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  • May 16, 2024
    5:00 pm

Upcycled Denim Faux Cathedral Window Table Runner

Everyone has old jeans that are a little too beat up to be worn, but that still have lots of good fabric. In this class, you’ll create a faux cathedral window table runner. You’ll join circles of denim, fill them with contrasting squares of fabric, and stitch down the edges. Take this home and runContinue Reading
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  • May 22, 2024
    5:00 pm

Finding Your FLASH: How to tell a story in 500 words or less

Everyone has a story and I want you to tell yours! In a world that is fast paced, flash fiction has become increasingly popular. Flash fiction is the ability to write a story in approximately 1,000 words or less. The ability to craft a compelling narrative in as little as 500-1,000 words requires discipline, creativity,Continue Reading
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  • May 25, 2024
    10:00 am

Carving a Floral Ornament in Basswood

In this class you will learn to carve a vase/floral piece in basswood and learn how to add color and even wood burning if it is preferred. Registration Includes Students will go home with a basswood flower/vase ornament, a printed pattern and instructions on how to finish it if it does not get finished duringContinue Reading
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  • May 29, 2024
    5:00 pm

Finding Your VIEW: How to leverage points of view

From the intimacy of first-person to the detached all-knowing omniscient narrator, point of view makes an impact on how a reader understands stories. This course will examine first, second, and third-person points of view as well as omniscient. Through reading examples of each, the group will gain a better understanding of what works, what doesn’t,Continue Reading
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  • May 31, 2024
    5:00 pm

Felt Sit-Upons

Create a felt mat that can brought along on a hike or picnic to bring a little comfort for sitting. Or, mats have been know to hang on a wall for a little splash of fiber art color! Registration Includes You will go home with a felt Sit-Upon mat of your own. You should bring…Continue Reading
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  • June 1, 2024
    1:00 pm

Introduction to Spoon Carving

Join us for a 3 hour introduction to the craft of greenwood spoon carving. You will finish the class with your own hand carved serving spoon. For the first part of class we will study safety, knife grips and traditional techniques for carving. For the rest of the class you will apply what you haveContinue Reading
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  • June 8, 2024
    1:00 pm

Forest Bathing

Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. During a Forest Bathing walk we will have the opportunity to slow down and carefully observe our senses. We may begin to notice incredible things about ourselves and the more-than-human world aroundContinue Reading
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  • June 15, 2024
    9:00 am

Ecoprinting Silk Scarves

Plants contain a variety of natural pigments that can be printed directly onto fabrics in a technique called ecoprinting (also known as ‘contact dyeing’). You’ll take a silk scarf, lay out a design in leaves and flowers, and learn how to roll it into a bundle. You’ll take your completed roll home to bake. TheContinue Reading
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  • July 20, 2024
    10:00 am

Dye Like a Viking

Join us for an exploration of natural dyes used in Viking textiles – vibrant greens, soft reds, lichen purples, deep golds, and rich blues – based on archeological evidence. You will learn to prepare dye baths, mordant fibers, modify colors, and identify dye plants. Students will receive eight 25-yard skeins of yarn to dye, enoughContinue Reading
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  • July 20, 2024
    11:00 am

Forest Bathing and Food

I would like to invite you to join me on this unique and sensory experience. We continue to exist because of the nourishment provided by the beings around us. Intaking food and having the food turn into our cells and tissues is a remarkable experience. We give back to the vegetation around us by breathingContinue Reading
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  • August 15, 2024
    5:00 pm

Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners

In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of punch needle rug hooking while working on a small project. While traditional rug hooking involves pulling a piece of wool or yarn up through the background, punch needle rug hooking involves punching yarn or wool down through the background. Punch needle rug hooking can be used toContinue Reading
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  • August 17, 2024
    9:00 am

Forest Bathing

Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. During a Forest Bathing walk we will have the opportunity to slow down and carefully observe our senses. We may begin to notice incredible things about ourselves and the more-than-human world aroundContinue Reading
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  • August 24, 2024
    12:00 pm

Self Care to Community Care: Beginner Herbalism Apprentice Certificate Course

Do you desire to be more self-sustainable with your personal health care and home? Have you dabbled with herbalism a bit or maybe even for years informally and now you’re ready to learn more? Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, by apprenticing with Master Herbalist Gigi Stafne for an intensive andContinue Reading
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  • August 31, 2024
    10:00 am

Urban Herbal

Have you dabbled in herbalism and are now ready to take a deeper dive into learning and doing? Here’s a class that will help you create intentional, sustainable health. Urban Herbal is a full day course for city folks serious about herbs, wellness and being happy urban dwellers during these stressful times. Sure, you canContinue Reading
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  • October 20, 2024
    10:00 am

Winter Ills and Chills? Herbs to the Rescue!

As Ole Man Winter blows into the north, be cozy and well in the comfort of your home with herbal goodies for your natural medicine cabinet. Learn about 6-12 essential botanicals to help you cope with winter ills and chills, the common ailments that frequent the season. You’ll feel more self sufficient once you learnContinue Reading
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1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

Duluth Folk School
Office: 218-216-6929 or info@duluthfolkschool.com
Office Hours: Monday-Friday (9 am – 1 pm)

Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace
Cafe: (218) 481-7888 or kitchen@dovetailcafe.com
Marketplace: market@dovetailcafe.com
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday (8 am – 8 pm); Monday & Tuesday (8 am – 3 pm)

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