Rowing Across the Big Lake
(Mark Hansen Loves to Row)
In 2017, I was invited to participate in an exhibit to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of North House Folk School where I teach classes. The school sits on the shore of Lake Superior or the Big Lake which marks the rhythm of life with its lapping or crashing waves, and influences everything from weather to which classes are taught. The character rowing is Mark Hansen, the founder of North House, and I tried to include references to many of the classes offered there, such as: timber framing, basketry, Norwegian work shirt, fishing, oar making, millenary, and of course, automata.