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Susan Miller

Susan Miller has lived in Interior Alaska for 25 years. She made her first coiled basket as an elementary student in Minnesota and has been practicing a wide range of fiber arts since the age of six. She lives in a yarn shop with her husband and cats.Read More

Susan Miller has lived in Interior Alaska for 25 years. She made her first coiled basket as an elementary student in Minnesota and has been practicing a wide range of fiber arts since the age of six. She lives in a yarn shop with her husband and cats.

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Beret Nelson

Beret is an art quilter living in Fairbanks with her family, three large dogs, and one brave cat. She loves to create and teach, which eventually led to designing. Beret is always learning and loves to pass on the things she has learned. Through teaching, her blog, and other forms of social media, she hopes to get others excited about working with their hands.Read More

Beret is an art quilter living in Fairbanks with her family, three large dogs, and one brave cat. She loves to create and teach, which eventually led to designing. Beret is always learning and loves to pass on the things she has learned. Through teaching, her blog, and other forms of social media, she hopes to get others excited about working with their hands.

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Jennifer Nu

Jennifer Nu is a freelance writer, photographer, and multimedia storyteller specializing in wellness, the environment, traditional food systems, and stories about people and community. Her work has appeared in Edible Alaska magazine, Alaska Dispatch, Capital City Weekly, and the Juneau Empire. She enjoys backcountry trekking, packrafting, home cooking, and foraging. She is grateful to friends across the state who have shared their teachings and wisdom with her.Read More

Jennifer Nu is a freelance writer, photographer, and multimedia storyteller specializing in wellness, the environment, traditional food systems, and stories about people and community. Her work has appeared in Edible Alaska magazine, Alaska Dispatch, Capital City Weekly, and the Juneau Empire. She enjoys backcountry trekking, packrafting, home cooking, and foraging. She is grateful to friends across the state who have shared their teachings and wisdom with her.

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Nick Nugent

Nick Nugent was born in west central Indiana and grew up there. He was in Cub and Boy Scouts. He was also a Merit Badge Counselor for the Midnight Sun Council while his son was in scouting. He has been in Fairbanks since July of 1977. Nick enjoys primitive outdoor skills. Nick studies Alaska History and more broadly the history of North America prior to 1840.…Read More

Nick Nugent was born in west central Indiana and grew up there. He was in Cub and Boy Scouts. He was also a Merit Badge Counselor for the Midnight Sun Council while his son was in scouting. He has been in Fairbanks since July of 1977. Nick enjoys primitive outdoor skills. Nick studies Alaska History and more broadly the history of North America prior to 1840. His interests also range to the use of carbide lamps and vintage pressure stoves.

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Becky Oviatt

Becky Oviatt is an award-winning fiber artist, owner of AK Frayed Knot, a local online yarn and specialty shop, and co-owner of the Fibering Squad, a fiber craft studio in Anchorage, AK.  She teaches spinning with wheel or drop spindle, beginning weaving, fiber painting, and fur sewing.Read More

Becky Oviatt is an award-winning fiber artist, owner of AK Frayed Knot, a local online yarn and specialty shop, and co-owner of the Fibering Squad, a fiber craft studio in Anchorage, AK.  She teaches spinning with wheel or drop spindle, beginning weaving, fiber painting, and fur sewing.

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Mary Pagel

Mary moved to Alaska in 2003 in pursuit of adventure. She has not been let down. She is an avid canoeist and kayaker, and a volunteer instructor for the Becoming An Outdoors Woman program. She makes her living as a Civil Engineer.Read More

Mary moved to Alaska in 2003 in pursuit of adventure. She has not been let down. She is an avid canoeist and kayaker, and a volunteer instructor for the Becoming An Outdoors Woman program. She makes her living as a Civil Engineer.

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Carolyn Parker

Carolyn has done botanical surveys throughout Alaska and in other far northern landscapes for over 30 years. The rest of the time she stays based at the University of Alaska Museum while gardening, hiking and ski-joring in the boreal forest around Fairbanks.Read More

Carolyn has done botanical surveys throughout Alaska and in other far northern landscapes for over 30 years. The rest of the time she stays based at the University of Alaska Museum while gardening, hiking and ski-joring in the boreal forest around Fairbanks.

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Kaari Parrish

Kaari has lived in the Interior since 1974. She has been obsessed with fiber and textiles her whole life and has been fascinated by weaving since her first class in 1995. A main focus in recent years has been on narrow bands and the techniques used to both produce the yarn needed and weave them. Most of her yarn has been spun by walking the dog.Read More

Kaari has lived in the Interior since 1974. She has been obsessed with fiber and textiles her whole life and has been fascinated by weaving since her first class in 1995. A main focus in recent years has been on narrow bands and the techniques used to both produce the yarn needed and weave them. Most of her yarn has been spun by walking the dog.

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John Peirce

John began woodworking in earnest in 1985 when he apprenticed with Maine furniture maker David Margonelli. About the same time he discovered green woodworking. Guided by books by Drew Langsner, J Alexander and Roy Underhill, he started with post and rung chairs and snowshoes. Over the years has made spoons, kuksas, wooden skis, and other items beginning with a freshly cut tree rather than lumber yard wood.…Read More

John began woodworking in earnest in 1985 when he apprenticed with Maine furniture maker David Margonelli. About the same time he discovered green woodworking. Guided by books by Drew Langsner, J Alexander and Roy Underhill, he started with post and rung chairs and snowshoes. Over the years has made spoons, kuksas, wooden skis, and other items beginning with a freshly cut tree rather than lumber yard wood. Currently John does cabinets and carpentry as Boreal Woodworks to pay the bills, but for fun he works on boats, bowls, and bodgers benches!

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Marisa Pena

Marisa Pena, Program Manager, Stone's Throw Born and raised in the Philippines, Marisa and her family moved to Chicago in 1998, where she earned a BAS in Culinary Management. Over the next decade, she worked in professional kitchens from fast food to fine dining. Marisa came to the village of Tok in 2013 for a summer job but soon fell in love with Alaska and decided to make Fairbanks her new home, where she currently lives with her significant other (who is also a chef), their dog Hagi and cat Izzy.…Read More

Marisa Pena, Program Manager, Stone’s Throw
Born and raised in the Philippines, Marisa and her family moved to Chicago in 1998, where she earned a BAS in Culinary Management. Over the next decade, she worked in professional kitchens from fast food to fine dining. Marisa came to the village of Tok in 2013 for a summer job but soon fell in love with Alaska and decided to make Fairbanks her new home, where she currently lives with her significant other (who is also a chef), their dog Hagi and cat Izzy. The Bread Line is Marisa’s first venture into the non-profit world and she is honored and excited to be part of an organization that makes positive changes in the Fairbanks community.

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Don Pendergrast

Don and Tracie Pendergrast are co-owners of the Alaska Canoe School. Don has been recreating in Alaska for 45 years. They have been enjoying Alaskan adventures together for over 25 years. Both on personal, work, and guided trips, they have organized many remote and road-based adventures; from weekend trips to multi-week expeditions. Their goal is to help others gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get out and experience Alaska.Read More

Don and Tracie Pendergrast are co-owners of the Alaska Canoe School. Don has been recreating in Alaska for 45 years. They have been enjoying Alaskan adventures together for over 25 years. Both on personal, work, and guided trips, they have organized many remote and road-based adventures; from weekend trips to multi-week expeditions. Their goal is to help others gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get out and experience Alaska.

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Tracie Pendergrast

Don and Tracie Pendergrast are co-owners of the Alaska Canoe School. They have been enjoying Alaskan adventures together for over 25 years. Both on personal, work, and guided trips, they have organized many remote and road-based adventures; from weekend trips to multi-week expeditions. Their goal is to help others gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get out and experience Alaska.…Read More

Don and Tracie Pendergrast are co-owners of the Alaska Canoe School. They have been enjoying Alaskan adventures together for over 25 years. Both on personal, work, and guided trips, they have organized many remote and road-based adventures; from weekend trips to multi-week expeditions. Their goal is to help others gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get out and experience Alaska. Tracie has also been combining two of her favorite things, food and wilderness canoe canoeing, for over 20 years. Whether it be on a journey for two over a long weekend journey, or a longer fly-in expedition for 10, she is dedicated to never eating another pre-packaged, freeze-dried meal again.

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Tony Perelli

I’m excited about art and handcraft, teaching and learning, and about nature and wild places.  To me, all of these things are connected and influence each other in my life. Most recently I’ve been working on wooden plates, bowls and spoons, objects for daily use.  I love working with wood as a way to interact with nature and also a way to create objects for everyday use at the same time.…

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I’m excited about art and handcraft, teaching and learning, and about nature and wild places.  To me, all of these things are connected and influence each other in my life.
Most recently I’ve been working on wooden plates, bowls and spoons, objects for daily use.  I love working with wood as a way to interact with nature and also a way to create objects for everyday use at the same time.
I’m interested in including more handmade, natural objects in our lives as well as the process of teaching and learning together.
I have studied and carved with Bill Coppertwaite & Jarrod Dahl and have a teaching degree & teaching certificate from the state of Alaska. I have taught carving skills in Eagle River, Anchorage, Fairbanks, McCarthy, Homer, Seldovia, Tatitlek & Nuuciq culture camps.
I also do work with clay, making functional ceramics that complement the wood work I do.
My path to art and craft has included living and working in various residencies with potters, woodturners, carvers, and homesteaders.
I’ve been an educator at all levels, teaching woodcarving, packrafting, wilderness travel, and special needs physical education. Originally from Wisconsin, I currently live in a small home on the edge of the Chugach mountains with a yurt that serves as my workshop.
When not making things I like to explore and adventure by foot, ski, & packraft all over Alaska.
See more info and work at tonyperelli.org

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Rachel Pernick

Rachel Pernick splits her time between Fairbanks and Detroit, Michigan. At present, she works seasonally for a handful of botanical research projects, but maintains an active home printmaking practice, emphasizing in relief techniques. Her interest in printmaking started as a teenager, and she continued her study at The University of Michigan Residential College.Read More

Rachel Pernick splits her time between Fairbanks and Detroit, Michigan. At present, she works seasonally for a handful of botanical research projects, but maintains an active home printmaking practice, emphasizing in relief techniques. Her interest in printmaking started as a teenager, and she continued her study at The University of Michigan Residential College.

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Liann Peryea

Liann Peryea, Production Chef, Stone's Throw Liann has 15 years experience in the food service industry and has been an avid home cook all her life. After graduating Stone’s Throw in December 2015, she went on to work with the Chartwell Team at UAF. She also has been involved in several high profile local food event such as Arctic Science Summit Week 2016, Arctic Interchange 2017, and Sotomayor 2016.…Read More

Liann Peryea, Production Chef, Stone’s Throw
Liann has 15 years experience in the food service industry and has been an avid home cook all her life. After graduating Stone’s Throw in December 2015, she went on to work with the Chartwell Team at UAF. She also has been involved in several high profile local food event such as Arctic Science Summit Week 2016, Arctic Interchange 2017, and Sotomayor 2016. She now leads the Fairbanks Summer Food Program through Stone Soup and is the Production Chef for the Stone’s Throw Program.

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Robert Prince

Rob Prince is an Associate Professor in the Communication & Journalism Department teaching courses in video production and documentary film making. In 2014 he created Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska with the goal of sharing the real Alaska with the world. Since then the live show has drawn audiences of over 800 to Hering Auditorium and the podcast has over 1000 subscribers.Read More

Rob Prince is an Associate Professor in the Communication & Journalism Department teaching courses in video production and documentary film making. In 2014 he created Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska with the goal of sharing the real Alaska with the world. Since then the live show has drawn audiences of over 800 to Hering Auditorium and the podcast has over 1000 subscribers.

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Nita Rae

I'm a musher and I love living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I've always enjoyed hand crafts of every type and anything done outdoors. Raised on a farm in NC, I learned early in life to make do with what was on hand - gardening and processing foods and taking care of farm animals.Read More

I’m a musher and I love living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I’ve always enjoyed hand crafts of every type and anything done outdoors. Raised on a farm in NC, I learned early in life to make do with what was on hand – gardening and processing foods and taking care of farm animals.

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Andy Reynolds

Andy is a lifelong boataholic and watersports junkie and has been self employed as a woodworker/builder for 4 decades. Andy has been working with wood for 50+ years starting with a Soap Box Derby car and later a family project, Folbot kit, followed by Alaska cabin and outhouse construction, progressing through rough (and crude) carpentry, to finish carpentry and eventually cabinet making and custom joinery.…Read More

Andy is a lifelong boataholic and watersports junkie and has been self employed as a woodworker/builder for 4 decades.

Andy has been working with wood for 50+ years starting with a Soap Box Derby car and later a family project, Folbot kit, followed by Alaska cabin and outhouse construction, progressing through rough (and crude) carpentry, to finish carpentry and eventually cabinet making and custom joinery. Recently and most relevantly, more boatbuilding has provided ongoing challenge. He has been partly self-taught, mentored and inspired by many friends, family, and co-workers, as well as attending workshops by various well known artisans and craftsmen and women, and has attended the Woodenboat School in Brooklin, Maine.  Andy has taught paddle making, canoe and kayak repair and paddle board building classes for TFS since 2013. In his spare time he likes to be on, or in, water, in all its many forms.

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Jim Richardson

Jim is a retired general contractor. Most of the work he did was residential.Read More

Jim is a retired general contractor. Most of the work he did was residential.

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Natalie Schuldt

Natalie was born in Fairbanks and raised on her parents' homestead in Salcha between the Piledriver Slough and the Tanana River. Childhood winters meant mushing and reading by gas lights, summers meant being outside more than in, and autumn meant berry picking until snow forced her inside. She has lived all over the country, including Dallas, New Orleans, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.…Read More

Natalie was born in Fairbanks and raised on her parents’ homestead in Salcha between the Piledriver Slough and the Tanana River. Childhood winters meant mushing and reading by gas lights, summers meant being outside more than in, and autumn meant berry picking until snow forced her inside. She has lived all over the country, including Dallas, New Orleans, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Because the boreal forest is imprinted on her soul, she made her way back to Fairbanks and plans on staying forever. Since moving back to Alaska, she has recovered her childhood love of cross-country skiing, berry picking, and generally getting lost in the woods. She loves all things folksy and is passionate about learning how to make things by hand in the old ways. Natalie has an art degree from UAF and is a work-at-home printmaking artist and mother. She lives in Goldstream Valley with her husband Gabe and her two sons, Charlie and Ole.