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Bruce EngebretsonWeaver, spinner, dyer
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.
His studio is separate from the house, in what farmers would call an out building. Bruce spends his time making pieces such as rugs and kitchen cloths primarily to use, secondarily to sell. He is in the process of restoring a 19th century loom and has just started a weekly open house at his 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.