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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.


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

Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

Pattern,Texture, Paint: Personal Expression through Craft

Skimming the Surface: The Basics of Milk Paint

Woodcarving for Woodturners