Skip to main content

Kolrosing: Decorative Line Carving

Course Overview

Kolrosing is like scrimshaw on wood and a great way to decorate spoons, spreaders, and plates. It doesn’t involve specialized tools, strength, or a studio. In fact, you can do it in your lap and carry everything you need in a pencil case! Rather than removing material, to kolrosing is to cut an incision in the wood, fill it with pigment like cinnamon or coffee and then burnish it closed. It’s wonderful for spoons because kolrosing is smooth to the lips and doesn’t fill with mashed potatoes! This course will include layout and design, surface preparation, knife techniques, cutting straight and curved lines, lettering, patterns, kolrosing on flat and curved surfaces, and techniques for working on small objects. We’ll develop skills as we practice on boards, tongue depressors, and inexpensive wooden kitchen spoons. As students grow in confidence and skills, they may make kolrosed name tags and decorate spoons and spreaders that they have brought along.

Prior experience in woodworking is helpful but not required.

This course is part of Wood Week! Plan to attend the Carvers Conference on March 6, a day of speakers, demonstrations, skill shares and community gatherings free for all enrolled students, including the rare mid-winter pizza bake. Come early or stay late! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 8th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $195.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Jan 25th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $25.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • a sharp pointed slojd knife (available in the North House school store)
  • a kolrosing knife if you have it, but these are for sale in the North House school store as well. Call ahead to reserve yours if you plan to buy it at North House.

Optional Tools

  • wooden spoons, butter spreaders or other items you'd like to kolrose

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Jan 25th, 2020
Registration Cost:
Name Email Phone

Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.