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    VFVC Newsletter - GFTW Edition September 2006

    September 1, 2006

    Dear Friend of VF/VC:

    As you venture into the fall months, invite your friends and family to explore the Northwoods in all its glory during the fourth annual Goods from the Woods celebration in Grand Rapids, Sept. 14th through 17th.

    It’s your chance to experience Minnesota in the fall with crisp clean air, a rainbow of colorful foliage and flocks of migratory birds streaming through the grand Mississippi flyway.

    September 14-17 will feature in Grand Rapids four days of forest education, community presentations by Jögge Sundqvist and Wanda Urbanska, artisan demonstrations, music, and the midwest's largest showcase of forest-based products at the 'Up North' Marketplace on Sept. 16-17.

    Goods from the Woods is a vibrant public-private partnership between organizations and businesses committed to promoting connections between a healthy local forest products industry and healthy forest ecosystems to create vital local economies with widely shared benefits.

    In 2005, the Marketplace drew more than 5,500 visitors - nearly doubling its draw from the inaugural year. Now in its fourth year, events are getting even bigger and better!

    If you have experienced Goods from the Woods, you know what we are talking about. If you haven’t, here is your chance to take a walk through the Northwoods in all its glory with Goods from the Woods.

    Following is a sneak preview of this year’s exciting events.

    For more information visit GoodsfromtheWoods.org.

    “…such a variety of products that people are making…very exciting.” - (Mary Matthews, NE Entrepreneur Fund)

    "A great outlet for the very unique artisan and for the public -- it allows access to work we otherwise could not see." - (Up North Marketplace visitor)

    'Up North' Marketplace - Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17

    IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN - Admission: $3

    Two days packed with events featuring:  

    Goods from the Woods™
    prides itself on its unique character as a show that brings a variety of world-class artists and craftspeople who demonstrate their outstanding ideas, designs & crafts. This year's demonstrations will be rich in color, design, and innovation.

    > Unique and highest-quality forest-based products of region's premier artisans and artists
    > Master artisan demonstrations
    > Hands-on learning for families
    > Resource center for forest and tree management
    > Kiwanis blueberry pancake breakfast
    > Food of the Northwoods


    > Watch for vendor demonstrations - Demonstrations throughout the weekend by region's premier artists and artisans. Be sure to pick up the Showguide for detailed schedules.
    >Jögge Sundqvist - Accomplished hands that firmly hold on to heritage crafts, Jogge Sundqvist is heralded as Sweden’s premier woodcarver. Jögge will demonstrate his crafts and skills.
    > Jennifer Neptune - A member of the Neptune family of Passamaquoddy artists of Maine and a leader of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. Jennifer will be joined by Mike Benedict, a well-known Minnesota basketmaker.
    > Ray Boessel - St. Paul PIONEER PRESS says, “Ray Boessel keeps a centuries-old craft alive-- the craft of building birchbark canoes.” Visit Ray Boessel’s interpretive exhibit on Sun, Sept. 17 outside the IRA Civic Center.

    Products at the marketplace 

    Birch Bark Canoes, Carved Owls, Custom Cabinetry, Willow Baskets, Timbers, Maple and Berry Syrups, Hardwood Flooring and Paneling, Gourmet Soups and Breads, Custom Log Homes, Rustic Tables, Fine Turned Bowls and Vessels, Pottery, Salves, Balms and Medicinal Herbs, Beeswax, Clover/Basswood Honey, Carved Songbirds, Moose Planters and Cribbage Boards, Decorative Lamps, Bent Willow Loveseats, Pounded-Flower Pillows and Textiles, Windsor Chairs, Poles, Woven Birch Bark Ornaments, Log Railings, Fireplace Mantels, Log Café Tables, Log Dressers and Headboards, Wall Decorative Items, Wooden Lamps, Forest-inspired Jewelry, and many more...

    Learn with Goods from the Woods

    At the Marketplace

    September 16 and 17 - Hands-on with North House Folk School
    IRA CIVIC CENTER, Saturday and Sunday
    Modeled after the Scandinavian “folkeshoskoles,” developed in Denmark during the mid-1800’s, North House Folk School is the most active organization in the greater Midwest offering life-long skills and traditions. The spirit, mission and vision of the North House Folk School have captured the imagination of many people, from Lake Superior’s North Shore to Greater Minnesota and far beyond. Traditional Craft Workshops - At no cost to visitors (No registration required)

    September 16 - How To Prepare Splints For Baskets, with Mike Benedict
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Treasured for its strength and durability, black ash has helped sustain cultures and peoples who have harvested its bark and utilized its wood for snowshoe frames, canoe ribs and basket making materials.  Mike will show you how to properly split the ash material for black ash basket making and get you started on your road to basket making! Cost: Free.

    September 16 - Weaving With Birch Bark, with John Zasada
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Experienced silviculturist and forester, John Zasada will describe the variety of birch bark weaving projects that he’s encountered – from Scandinavian shoes and knifecases to Russian baskets and packs. See for yourself how it’s done. Participants may be able to weave a ring or small decorative bead to take home.

    September 16
    - Natural Seat Weaving, with Cathryn Peters
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Give your chairs an elegant and natural refinishing.  Learn to weave new seats for them using natural materials including bulrush and natural cattail leaves.  Cathryn Peters, also known as the Wicker Woman, will discuss how to harvest these ‘goods from the woods’ and follow traditional weaving patterns for footstools and chairs. Cost: Free.

    September 17
    - Scandinavian-Style Green Woodworking, with Jon Strom
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Jon Strom will present two of Sweden’s most popular styles of folk art: Köksredskap (knives, cutting boards, spoons) and Krymburkar (shrinking green wood container). Learn the appropriate techniques and tools required for the job and try your hand at shaping a spoon or knife.
    Cost: Free.

    September 17 - Make A Birch-Bark Box, with Fred Livesay
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    For the birch bark enthusiast, the Scandinavian-style birch bark storage box is an intriguing basket-like project to work on. Traditionally, these boxes were used as storage containers, some big enough for clothing, while others are small enough to be used as snuff boxes. Their look is that of a small, personal treasure chest made of silken-smooth, leathery birch bark. Get started on making these decorative and highly functional oval boxes using the most basic tools by coming to this workshop. Cost: Free.

    September 16 and 17 - North Central Lakes Project Resource Tent
    IRA CIVIC CENTER (tent outside), Saturday and Sunday
    - Resources for year-round and seasonal lake home owners:
    Lakescaping for wildlife, shoreland restoration, new shoreland standards, conservation easements, Clean Water Legacy, making
    decisions for the future of our economy and
    - Water quality professionals
    - Cabin management expert Phil Gelbach

    September 16 - In Closing...
    IRA CIVIC CENTER (tent outside), 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Simplify the ritual of preparing your cabin for next season. No two cabins are exactly alike and each list for closing-up is equally unique. In this workshop you’ll learn how to keep the plumbing intact, motors ready to start and critters where they belong.
    Cost: $25. Register at the tent.

    Before the Marketplace

    September 14 and 15 - Traditional Weaving with Jennifer Neptune MacRostie Art Center, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
    There are baskets, and then there are baskets! Jennifer Neptune returns to Minnesota to teach the traditional art of basketmaking. She will focus on utilizing local materials (ash, grasses and barks) as well as the integration of color. This two-day hands-on class is geared to the full range of skill and experience levels. Participants will make a “fancy basket” with cover while learning the history of traditional arts in Maine. Cost: $140. Register 218.326.2697.

    September 14 - Scandinavian Woodcarving with Jögge Sundqvist
    Forest History Center, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sweden’s premier woodcarver, Jögge Sundqvist, will share his expertise about traditional Scandinavian carving, use of color, material, hand tools, family mark, and much more! An exclusive opportunity to work with an internationally-known craftman. For experienced carvers/woodworkers. Cost: $105. Register 218.326.5430.

    Community Presentations

    Goods from the Woods will host two exciting presentations:

    Jögge Sundqvist, "Re-emergence of Woodcrafts in Scandinavian Culture" - Sept. 15, 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Free admission. Jögge Sundqvist is heralded as Sweden’s premier woodcarver (and a rock star too). Steeped in traditions dating back to folk art of the 17th century, Jogge’s work has reignited passion for heritage rafts across Scandinavia. Join this lively conversation, sponsored in part by Sons of Norway.

    Wanda Urbanska, "Toward a Better, More Sustainable Lifestyle" - Sept 16, 3 p.m. at Reif Center. With Marketplace admission.

    The New York Times calls her "A spokesperson for the simplicity movement." Utne Magazine calls Simple Living "A kind of This Old House for the American Dream."

    The host of "Simple Living," a PBS-syndicated show airing across the country, Wanda is a national advocate for a simpler lifestyle. Combining the core values of environmental stewardship, thoughtful consumption, financial responsibility and community engagement, Wanda promotes steps toward a simpler, more satisfying and sustainable life. Hear Wanda talk about ways to reconnect with your community, craftspeople, and nature. More information about Simple Living at www.simplelivingtv.net.

    Thank you for your interest in the Vital Forests/Vital Communities initiative. For more information, or to share any comments, please feel free to call 218.327.8728 or email: brjoselyn@blandinfoundation.org.

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