Mukluk Making Class

November 2-5, 2018

A workshop led by Jo Wood, a veteran instructor with the North House  – Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks


Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather?  Do away with rigid unbreathable footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the north: mukluks.  The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows moisture to escape.  In this course you’ll be guided through the process of pattern making, and handcraft your own pair of hide mukluks with knee high or shorter uppers. Booties or liners must be purchased or made before the workshop. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.

You’ll learn to make a mukluk pattern on your own foot, then use it to cut out the leather and canvas pieces (a technique that may apply to other footwear projects, including slippers and liners).  The leather will then be hand-stitched and use of a sewing machine will help with the canvas seams and buttonholes.  Sewing fear?  Not to worry.  Folks who have never sewed on a button have danced out of this class in their own new mukluks.

Course dates are November 2 – 5, 2018 with 2 ½ days of instruction, running from Friday at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  A special cabin package is available for this course.

North House tuition is $200 per student ($190 for the Early Bird rate), plus materials of $80.  Registering for this course is a two-step process.  You can register for the course directly with North House here:

Then you can call us for a cabin reservation at: 1-800-328-3325 and ask for the Mukluk Class special package. You do not have to stay with us to participate in the class.

Mukluk Making Package includes

  • Accommodations in a lakeside cabin with fireplace, sauna in-suite or available by reservation, and kitchen or kitchenette
  • All guided Naturalist activities
  • Use of all hiking trails

Package pricing

  • $60 per person per night in a Classic Cabin
  • $65 per person per night in a Romantic Cabin or Gunflint Lake Home
  • 3 night minimum; 4th night is 50% off
  • Base cabin occupancies apply

Taxes and service charge are additional