Friday, February 10, 2017

What's Raspberry Island Folk School?

Hello! We are Gary and Janet Hill, the only human residents of Raspberry Island on beautiful, historic Big Sandy Lake, about 2 1/4 hours straight north of the Twin Cities. (For more information about life on Raspberry Island, see

Because we run our folk school from our home, visitors are welcome **by prior arrangement only**, by calling Gary at 218.851.6085 or Janet at 218.259.4090. Classes are held only from May to September; there are no winter classes. Thanks!  

We started offering summertime classes in blacksmithing and pottery on the island several years ago, mainly taught by Gary himself. Over the years, we've expanded our offerings to workshops taught by well-known and sought-after instructors in the folk arts. Our mission is to bring low-cost, high quality instruction in the traditional folk arts to our community and beyond.  
Class offerings and sign-up information are provided below. We look forward to having you join us for an art and nature break!


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