Craft Culture: Fresh views on camping at Vistabule Teardrop Trailers






There’s a timeless nostalgia and sense of adventure in the very shape of a teardrop camping trailer. The petite, two-person campers weigh around 1,200 pounds and can be hauled by most station wagons or small trucks. They were popularized in the 1930s, but the internet age renewed them into fashion. Now a handful of entrepreneurs … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: On the cutting edge with Eversharp






One might think the center of the Twin Cities culinary scene is anchored firmly on Nicollet Avenue or one of its downtown counterparts. But there’s a brick storefront with a simple red awning and a single glass door—nestled between industrial buildings in Northeast Minneapolis—that might rival any restaurant for its impact on local eats. Eversharp … [ Read more]

Do It Yourself, Together: How maker spaces & tool libraries are building community






A squat, unassuming building of beige-painted brick and exposed cinder block sits tucked behind some of the great restaurants of Northeast Minneapolis’ Central Avenue. A red, hexagonal sign reads “MPLS Make” in white letters. It’s 4pm on a Thursday. A sign on the back door reads: “KNOCK LOUD! We’re rocking music and power tools  in … [ Read more]

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How To Build Your Own Wooden Toolbox and 12-Pack Carrier






Photos by Kevin Kramer, The Growler Skill level: Moderate Total time: 3 hours over a few days Materials One 1” x 6” x 8’ oak board Six 1¼” pocket screws Kreg Pocket-Hole System Wood glue 6” length of ½” black gas pipe (1) 4½” length of ½” black gas pipe (2) ½” black gas pipe … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Creative reuse and customer empowerment at Junket Tossed & Found






At first glance, you might think Junket: Tossed & Found is yet another vintage shop surrounded by numerous other vintage shops on Minnehaha Avenue in South Minneapolis. Old rockers, desk chairs, and salvaged theater seats huddle together out front. There’s a ‘90s-era school desk with a flip-up lid and a classic red wagon. An old … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Turning family tradition into modern day practice at George’s Shoe Repair






Looking at the pair of shoes, Luke George didn’t just see worn down heels, scrunched up leather, or years of grime built up on the once-white surfaces.  The cobbler knew these were more than just a pair of old dress shoes—they once belonged to his customer’s grandfather. They had history. A legacy. Years in the … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: Handcrafting stories at North House Folk School






On a winter day in picturesque Grand Marais, all is quiet. Overworked boats sit empty on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Cafes and gift shops stand subdued. A lonely seagull is perched atop a pile of rocks. Only the cold wind whooshes about—a present from nearby Canada. From the outside, the colorful buildings of … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Hand-sewn garments at Mill City Fineries






Surrounded by fabrics from all over the world, Brad Wellman, 29 years old and cofounder of Mill City Fineries, stands in a quiet, freshly painted warehouse in St. Anthony East. Bundles of pastels and plaids crowd a wire rack packed with Brazilian silk, soft Scottish wool, and swatches of houndstooth and herringbone. Arms outstretched, he … [ Read more]

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Tool Library coming to St. Paul






Have a home improvement project on the to-do list but not the tools to build it? Head to the library. The Northeast Minneapolis Tool Library, a nonprofit organization that rents out basic hand tools and power tools to its members, announced it is opening a new branch in St. Paul. After a successful crowdfunding campaign … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: ‘Heirloom’ packs, handcrafted at Duluth’s Frost River






“There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance, adventure, solitude, and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness, and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: From fire comes functional art at Elias Metal Studio






The two words employees dread hearing most came hurdling out her manager’s mouth: “You’re fired.” That’s what Lisa Elias heard 20 years ago when she returned home to Minneapolis after a two-week trip to New York for an experimental art workshop. Like many artists trying to pay their way, Elias worked a part-time job at … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: Custom messenger bags at Trash






When Modist Brewing Company painted its trademark teal floor and started pouring beers this spring, Andy Larson, the 34-year-old owner and CEO of Trash Messenger Bags, had a front-row seat. That’s because the North Loop brewery is also his landlord. Tucked into the narrow, low-ceilinged loft above Modist’s brewing tanks, the doorway and stairs leading … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: Great Northern Boatworks turns unusable boats into show pieces






Along the eastern edge of a chewed-up dirt lot off Como Avenue in St. Paul, the pristine white bow of a Windsor Craft boat noses through a large garage door, reflecting the bright afternoon sun. It’s an odd place to spot a boat, considering there’s not a drop of water in sight. The buildings around … [ Read more]

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Sanborn Canoe Co. bringing Merrimack Canoes to Minnesota






What’s a paddle without a canoe? Or a canoe without a paddle? Sanborn Canoe Co., known for their handcrafted canoe paddles, always planned to add handcrafted canoes to their product line. After recently acquiring Merrimack Canoes, one of the nation’s oldest canoe makers, they are one step closer to achieving their goal. According to Sanborn co-founder Todd Randall, … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Hand-thrown tableware from Ceramic Chinn






Two years ago, Alex Chinn propped open the lid of his electric kiln to inspect the 40 plates stacked inside. He noticed something he didn’t expect. Before firing the plates, Chinn had dipped each one in a white satin matte glaze. But instead of creating an even surface, the glaze had broken apart on the … [ Read more]

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