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  • Carving for Christmas
    the touch with a safe finish wood is a great alternative to plastic Harley will cover all aspects of figure carving About the Instructor Harley Refsal Harley Refsal is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist who has taught Scandinavian figure carving throughout the United States and Norway He was honored by H M Harald V King of Norway with the St Olav Medal of Honor for his efforts in reinvigorating Scandinavian figure carving in both the United States and Norway A retired professor of Scandinavian folk art at Luther College in Decorah he also regularly demonstrates and gives many presentations about Norwegian folk art and traditions He is the author of several books Harley was named the 2012 Woodcarver of the Year by the magazine Wood Carving Illustrated Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist community Read More Folk Art School Find a Class Fiber

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2016-11-04-carving-for-christmas/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Whittling Klubb for Kids—Session I
    skills for carving Create stuff out of wood while learning the safe and proper use of a carving knife gouge and V tools We ll also learn how to keep our tools sharp In Session I we ll practice with a knife by making a hook out of a Christmas tree and progress to using gouges and v tools while carving on a small wooden container In Session II we ll carve a Dala horse and in Session III we ll make a pumpkin and Santa Take one or all three sessions About the Instructor Rebecca Hanna Rebecca Hanna of Decorah Iowa is passionate about many Norwegian folk arts especially woodworking A graduate of Luther College in elementary education and museum studies she is a retired elementary teacher Rebecca is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist and was instrumental in the creation of Vesterheim magazine Vol 3 No 2 dedicated to woodworking Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2015-01-15-whittling-klubb-kids-session-1/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Band Loom Carving (carving segment of class for couples)
    will learn how to carve a one piece band loom and shuttle Band looms were traditionally carved and used as sweetheart gifts so at the end of the weekend the loom will be presented to the weaver for Valentine s Day This is a class two people can share at Vesterheim and in future creations together Find information about the weaving class here Carvers will learn how to carve a traditional Scandinavian band loom A flat piece of wood is carved using gouges chip knives and hand drills to create a unique and personalized loom and traditional flat shuttle Samples will be available to follow but each loom will be an individual creation Carvers will leave the class with a beautiful individual band loom and shuttle to present to your partner or friend About the Instructor Roger Abrahamson working with a spring pole lathe Roger Abrahamson is a traditional bowl turner Using spring pole lathes hand forged tools and freshly harvested native woods he specializes in the creation of Norwegian ale vessels His fascination for these objects has its roots in his immigrant grandmother s ale bowl which is still in the family Roger has demonstrated his art at Vesterheim s Nordic Fest Norsk Høstfest the Minnesota State Fair the Smithsonian Institute s Viking exhibition and several other events and historic sites He has been a turner and demonstrator for 18 years working almost exclusively with a pole lathe the past 15 years Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2015-02-14-band-loom-carving/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Scandinavian Bowl Turning on a Spring Pole Lathe
    were brought to America by immigrants because they were portable and were a little piece of the old country Most old bowls were turned on reciprocating motion spring pole lathes In this class students will begin by splitting a fresh green birch log Using axes hand forged hook tools knives and a foot powered spring pole lathe each student will create a turned ale bowl to take home and use Design layout axe work proper cutting techniques finishing and tool sharpening will be covered During the class there will also be lively discussions on the design function and culture surrounding these objects as well as the history of woodturning About the Instructor Roger Abrahamson working with a spring pole lathe Roger Abrahamson is a traditional bowl turner Using spring pole lathes hand forged tools and freshly harvested native woods he specializes in the creation of Norwegian ale vessels His fascination for these objects has its roots in his immigrant grandmother s ale bowl which is still in the family Roger has demonstrated his art at Vesterheim s Nordic Fest Norsk Høstfest the Minnesota State Fair the Smithsonian Institute s Viking exhibition and several other events and historic sites He has been a turner and demonstrator for 18 years working almost exclusively with a pole lathe the past 15 years Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist community Read More Folk Art School Find a Class Fiber Arts Food Traditions Jewelry and Wirework Knifemaking

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2015-02-10-scandinavian-bowl-turning-spring-pole-lathe-abrahamson/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Whittling Klubb for Kids—Session II
    carving Create stuff out of wood while learning the safe and proper use of a carving knife gouge and V tools We ll also learn how to keep our tools sharp In Session I we ll practice with a knife by making a hook out of a Christmas tree and progress to using gouges and v tools while carving on a small wooden container In Session II we ll carve a Dala horse and in Session III we ll make a pumpkin and Santa Take one or all three sessions About the Instructor Rebecca Hanna Rebecca Hanna of Decorah Iowa is passionate about many Norwegian folk arts especially woodworking A graduate of Luther College in elementary education and museum studies she is a retired elementary teacher Rebecca is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist and was instrumental in the creation of Vesterheim magazine Vol 3 No 2 dedicated to woodworking Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2015-03-05-whittling-klubb-kids-session-2/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Constructing a Norwegian Three-legged Chair
    as our inspiration This is a perfect opportunity to jump in and begin learning woodworking or advance skills you already have About the Instructor Jim Sannerud Jim Sannerud has over 30 years of experience working with wood The essence of his art comes from respecting and working with the natural order of wood the beauty of its movement and the incredible adaptability of different parts of the tree Jim enhances these natural elements by leaving the raw imprint of his interaction with the tree like tool marks and hand carving Having studied in Sweden and Northern Europe Jim s love of the raw folk art of these areas results in work that is vibrant organic and just fun His greatest joy comes from teaching sharing his infectious enthusiasm and empowering others to create Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist community Read More

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2015-05-04-constructing-norwegian-three-legged-chair/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Norwegian Stave Container
    with woodburning rosemaling or acanthus carving combining art with function The bands are pre soaked in water and then installed as tightly as possible While drying the bands shrink keeping the stave s nice and tight Primarily using hand tools Owen will help you construct a straight sided stave bucket or pail with a cover The model for the class is an 1846 container from Vesterheim s collection on view in the museum s Valdres House You ll have a blast creating your own beautiful wooden stave container and making your own piece of history About the Instructor Owen Christianson is a Ph D research scientist engineer specializing in cryogenics superconductors and thermal aspects of motors and generators As a hobby Owen studies Scandinavian woodworking and he taught a grindbygningen timber frame class at Vesterheim in 2014 When asked how much wind it would take to blow over his camping grind his reply was give me some time and I can figure that out Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2015-09-16-norwegian-stave-container/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Kolrosing—Wood Incising
    was used to decorate everyday utensils such as spoons and bowls It is simple and requires only one knife some finely ground coffee to darken the carving and a finishing oil or varnish About the Instructor Darlene Fossum Martin Darlene Fossum Martin of Decorah Iowa is a third generation Norwegian who grew up on a small farm near Spring Grove Minnesota the first Norwegian settlement in the state She is both a woodworker and Norwegian food specialist She has always had a passion for the folk arts and the way her Norwegian forefathers expressed themselves through their work with their hands and hearts Darlene loves working with wood in its natural form and is amazed what beauty a simple incised line can give to a piece of wood She is an avid kolroser and has carved with Judy Ritger Harley Refsal and Norwegians Kåre Herfindal and Leif Ottar Flaten She says her cooking style is shaped by the Norwegian foodways of her ancestors Her strengths in Norwegian cooking come from the women in her family as well as the years she spent living in Norway Darlene has taught traditional Scandinavian immigrant food classes for adults and children of all ages throughout the Midwest Colorado and at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina Darlene says What better way to keep traditions alive for future generations than sharing these time honored recipes of immigrant forefathers Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/woodworking/2015-09-20-kolrosing-wood-incising/ (2016-02-10)
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