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Jim Sannerud

Grand Marais, MN
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For over 30 years, Jim Sannerud’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 pieces tells the story of their creation. Jim has studied extensively in Sweden and Northern Europe, drawn to the vibrant and organic folk art that is part of those areas history and modern culture. An experienced teacher, Jim’s enthusiasm is infectious as he teaches students the ways of the wood, the knife and the lathe, empowering them to become creators themselves.

Current Courses Offered by Jim Sannerud

2 days
Painted carved wood

Carving and Painting on Wood

Woodenware has been embellished since ancient Egypt: by adding color, pattern and texture, a finished piece reflects the taste, culture, and interests of you, the maker. We will look many places for inspiration: the natural world and the extensive collections of folk art available in digital archives in the museums…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 10th, 2019
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
3 Days
Teaser image for Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty--an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern birch as you learn safe lathe operation and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, working with fresh cut wood, learn…
Tue, Mar 26th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 28th, 2019
2 Days
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Volksmöbel: Build Custom Plywood Furniture

One interpretation of folk craft is simple and straightforward: the things people make using the materials they have readily available. In the twenty-first century, lumber yards and home improvement retailers always have a supply of plywood for relatively cheap; learn how to turn that plywood into functional custom furniture for…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Instructor: Jim Sannerud

Past Courses Offered by Jim Sannerud

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

Knife, Bowl & Spoon: Four Days of Woodcraft

Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

Pattern,Texture, Paint: Personal Expression through Craft

Skimming the Surface: The Basics of Milk Paint

Woodcarving for Woodturners