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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: $215.00
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

  • magnifying glasses
  • wooden spoons or butter spreaders or 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.