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Spoon Carving Workshop

With Yuri Moldenhauer

April 2 - 3, 2016



Please join us for the weekend (a two day workshop) as we learn an old scandinavian tradition of spoon carving.  The workshop will be held at Norwegian Wood Retreat just south of Princeton, MN.  


The workshop will start with a walk in the woods to identify where the best spoons can be found and end with using it!  There will be lots of skills and safety tips learned from start to finish. Bring a bandaid just in case.  The class will be taught by local craftsman Yuri Moldenhauer. 


As Yuri would describe his wood working experience: “I have been involved with some type of wood working pretty much my entire life. I am a carpenter by trade. I found spoon carving around 10 yrs ago after seeing the work of the late Frank Foltz. He mentored me and started me on my love of spoon carving and Buckthorn. I have been teaching for around 7 years now and love to get people interested and involved in the  tradition. 


Bring your own sloyd knives.  If you don’t have basic tools, please let us know so that we have enough for you to borrow.  Carving materials will be provided.


Weekend Retreat rate includes Saturday overnight shared room accommodations, meals on Saturday and Sunday, and spoon carving instruction - $200.  Class will be held from about 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 


Rate without overnight accommodations includes spoon carving instruction and lunch - $150 for both days.


Deadline for registration is March 15, 2016.  Class will be limited to 8 carvers.  Please call 651-335-3449 or email to reserve a spot before deadline.  Payment is accepted with check, cash, credit card.




Knitting with 

Arnhild Hillesland

April 15-17, 2016


Arnhild Hillesland, a native Norwegian and expert in knitting, will be providing instruction on finishing your Norwegian Sweater at Norwegian Wood Retreat, Princeton, MN.


Finishing techniques you will learn:

Stitching and cutting

Attaching facings

Shoulder seams (two versions)

Knitting up stitchess (picking up)

Spacing buttonholes

Making buttonholes

Attaching front bands

Neckband (collar)

And other miscellaneous tips learned over a life time of making sweaters!


You don’t need to have a sweater started but the instructions will help immensely if you have started one. 


Weekend Retreat rate includes overnight accommodations, 5 light healthy meals, and knitting instruction - $300.  


Daily Rate without overnight accommodations and includes meals for the day - $120 per day.

Bring your project that you have started or your own wool yarn, needles, pattern.  Also available for purchase are patterns through Arnhild at  Rauma yarn available through The Yarn Guys at


Register at or call 651-335-3449    

Deadline for registration is March 31, 2016.         

Payment is accepted with check, cash, credit card.





Wild Edible Mushroom Identification Workshop


Sunday, August 21, 2016, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Presented by Nick and Sarah Jordan 

at Norwegian Wood Retreat, LLC

30440 Highway 169, Princeton, MN 55371

Cost - $50 per person

Proceeds will be used to support the new Oak Savanna Learning Center at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. 



This workshop is designed to help people develop the skills and confidence to begin collecting, identifying, and safely eating wild edible mushrooms.  Activities will include a photo presentation of edible Midwest mushrooms, practice identification with fresh specimens, a mushroom foray in a nearby forest, and cooking/sampling edible mushrooms.  Edibility guidelines, cautions and other pointers will be provided for each "form group" of mushrooms, with emphasis on the most common, delicious, and readily identifiable mushrooms found in the Midwest. Dozens of species of edible/inedible and poisonous mushrooms will be on display!


Bring your own bag lunch, camera, notebook, mosquito-proof clothing, basket, and any mushrooms you found and are curious about or just want to share!  Suggested field guide:  North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi by Orson K. Miller and Hope Miller 2006.


About the Instructors:  Sarah Foltz Jordan is a conservation biologist at the Xerces Society working to help preserve rare insect species and their habitats. She spends her free time documenting, identifying, and enjoying fungi. Nick Jordan believes that fungi are our allies and that their role on this planet is powerful and often underestimated. During the summer, he and Sarah grow vegetables, fruit, and of course mushrooms on their small organic farm in Princeton, MN.


For more information visit the instructors‘ Edible Mushroom Website:


To Register, email, or call Deb at 651-335-3449.  Prepayment is accepted by check, Visa, and PayPal. 


Due to limited space pre-registration is required.