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Jim Sannerud

Grand Marais, MN
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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

3 Days
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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 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 26th, 2020
Instructor: Jim Sannerud
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

Carving and Painting on Wood

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