Mondays, from noon til midnight, Bruce Engebretson will host a working open house at his rural northern Minnesota weaving, spinning and dyeing studio.
Each week, he’ll set up a community project in which open house visitors can participate. The outdoor oven will be fired up to serve fresh bread and soup. Mondays from noon to midnight, now til the first week of November and after that he’ll see how the forest road is holding up.
Bruce is a craftsman, an artisan who learned to weave, spin and dye in the ethnic tradition of northern Minnesota. His focus is on technique, those skills which not too many generations ago were relied upon to make household textiles that provided warmth, comfort and basic needs. Living in the Smokey Hills State Forest, which locals call ‘in the hills’; Bruce’s homestead and studio can be found at the end of a forest road somewhere between Osage, Ponsford and Park Rapids.
If you are interested in visiting Bruce, please call ahead for directions. Google and other mobile maps may not show the exact location. See below for Bruce’s phone number.