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Jim Sannerud

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jim Sannerud

For over 30 years, Jim’s passion for craft has been fueled by his respect for the natural properties of wood and a strong sense of his Scandinavian heritage. Even from the same tree, each piece of fresh wood holds the potential for discovery and movement, and the tool marks, gentle curves, and hand-carving on each functional piece tells the story of its creation. Jim has studied extensively in Sweden and Northern Europe, drawn to the vibrant and organic folk art that is part of the history and modern culture of those areas. An experienced teacher, Jim’s enthusiasm is infectious as he teaches students the ways of the wood, the knife, and the lathe, empowering students to become creators themselves.

Current Courses Offered by Jim Sannerud

Teaser image for <p>Furniture Design and Modeling</p>

Furniture Design and Modeling

You can find almost anything you need while wandering through a certain Swedish big box furniture store...almost. But sometimes generic designs just don’t fit the unique needs of a space. Designing and building custom furniture for your own home can be a unique and rewarding experience. From bookcases to dressers,…
Fri, Jan 14th, 2022  –  Sun, Jan 16th, 2022
9am - 5pm each day
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
Teaser image for Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

The shrink box is a wooden container that relies on a simple trick: Freshly cut (green) wood and dry wood behave differently. The body of the vessel is made from green wood that changes in size as it dries (putting the “shrink” in shrink box). The bottom of the vessel…
Fri, Dec 3rd, 2021  –  Sun, Dec 5th, 2021
9 am-5 pm each day
Instructors: Paul Linden, Jim Sannerud

Past Courses Offered by Jim Sannerud

Build Custom Furniture with Dimensional Lumber

Carving and Painting on Wood

Chair Design and Modeling Intensive

Furniture Design and Modeling

Intermediate Woodturning: Adding Pattern, Color and Texture to your Work

Knife, Bowl & Spoon: Four Days of Woodcraft

Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

Pattern,Texture, Paint: Personal Expression through Craft

Skimming the Surface: The Basics of Milk Paint

Woodcarving for Woodturners