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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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Wooden Boat Show at North House by Annela Rova

Elements of Craft: On the Water

Elements of Craft is a series made in partnership with North House Folk School about natural materials used in traditional craft. This episode takes a bit of a different path, looking at what types of materials are used in wooden boats, and even teaches the basics of celestial navigation.

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Some of Beth Carter Gautsch's stone jewelry / Photo via North House Folk School

Elements of Craft: Stones

Elements of Craft returns in 2020! This radio series and podcast focuses on natural materials used by artisans, in partnership with North House Folk School.

This episode looks at stones- How they can be used to make tools or beautiful jewelry, with a focus on the geology and types of rock you may find on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

More about the work of the artists in the piece can be found here:

Beth Carter Gautsch
https://www.artgalleryps.org/portfolio/beth-gautsch/

Michael Seiler
https://gotcharocks.com/

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Cedar drums made by Eric and Dayna Mase - photo by Will Moore

Elements of Craft: Cedar

Elements of Craft is a podcast and radio series about natural materials that make up traditional crafts. In this edition, we look at uses for wood from the cedar tree. Hear about different types of cedar from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest, and explore drum-making, traditional carving, and canoe building with the material.

 

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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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