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Split Log Bowls: Exploring New Forms

Course Overview

Almost anyone who has carved bowls from split half-logs has experienced the disappointment of finding pre-existing checks that lead to throwing wood into the scrap pile. A Mercedes emblem at the end of a bowl log has always been unwelcome. But this needn't be the case. This will be a innovation workshop to explore what can be done with logs split into thirds, quarters, fifths and … what else? Potential forms can be pith up/bark down and up-side-down, shallow or high-sided, stemmed or scow shaped. We will look in unexpected places for inspiration. For instance, what happens when you slice and deconstruct an onion?

In the early 90’s, Kulturhus in Stockholm organized a major traveling exhibit “Swedish Folk Art — All Tradition is Change.” What does this mean? The accompanying catalog, with fabulous photographs and about twenty provocative essays is food for thought for those who want to take their craft to a next level. This two-day course welcomes participants with prior bowl carving experience, professional carvers, and teachers. Class members will be expected to contribute ideas as the course unfolds. We will work with rounds supplied by North House, and what participants bring to class. Limited to 8 advanced students. Please bring examples of your work, lots of tools, materials in any stage, your questions and ideas.


Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019  –  Mon, Sep 23rd, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $200.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($50 and up)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • safety glasses
  • gouges - All sizes and styles. They should be sharp
  • striking tools - mallets and hammers
  • clamps and holdfasts - large
  • chisels - 1” and larger
  • 12, 24” rulers
  • white poster board with pencils, felt markers
  • smooth plane - very slightly curved blade is best
  • small carving axe

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

  • scrub plane (optional)
  • spokeshave (optional)
  • scorp, inshave (optional)
  • small hollowing adze (optional)

There will be material to use at North House, but feel free to bring your own slections as well. We’ll be making moquettes of experimental bowl designs, explorations, not masterpieces.

  • Round saplings and logs 4 - 10 inches in diameter, 10 -20 inches long
  • Green or air-dry
  • Soft species only. These can be deciduous or conifers, any kind of poplar, pine, butternut, soft maple

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 Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
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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.