Lake Superior Project

LSProject: Building canoes for the community

North House Folk School in Grand Marais is all about showcasing life near Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters.

Illustrating this, North House instructors Tom Healy, Jeanne Bourquin and Josh Tolkan, one of the new resident artisans at North House, are helping others build three wood canvas canoes.

Of the three canoes coming to life in mid-April at North House, one of them comes with a specific destination. One of the wood canvas canoes will be the prize for a local raffle taking place this summer and into the fall to support the 2020 Great Place Project, which provides small grants to businesses, community groups and individuals to create great small places around Cook County.

A canoe raffle has been used in years past to help fund the Great Place Project, but this is the first year the canoe has been built at North House.

The collaboration this year between North House and the Great Place Project only showcases the unique opportunities that exist on Lake Superior’s North Shore, Tolkan says.

In this installment of the Lake Superior Project, WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs visits North House Folk School to learn more about the canoe-building process and this local collaborative effort.

Support for this series comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.