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Jon Strom

Cook, MN
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Look for the woodchips flying and you're sure to find Jon. Jon is a sculptor, woodworker, and log builder with a strong interest in Swedish spoon and bowl carving techniques as well as the history of log building. He has demonstrated at Grand Portage National Monument, Old Fort William, and White Oak Society, and has taught at various workshops, including Goods from the Woods in Grand Rapids. Jon has also designed his own personal bowl carving bench, which may be adapted by students for their own workshops. 

Current Courses Offered by Jon Strom

3 Days
Teaser image for Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge

Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge

Make the wood chips fly!  This course is for students ready to stand at the chopping block and to learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools—the adze, axe, gouge and push knife. Topics to be explored include selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing, use…
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
5 Days
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Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge: Continuing Exploration

Using hand tools to create beautiful and functional bowls from freshly split birch can be something of an addictive pursuit. For those who have taken the introductory session of this course before and/or have experience carving with green wood, long-time instructor Jon Strom offers this new extended course focused on…
Wed, Jan 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
2 Days
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Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons

Create beautiful and useful things for your kitchen using simple hand tools and birch wood. Participants in this course will be introduced to the Swedish traditions of ‘köksredskap,' or the process of carving functional utensils, including butterknives, small spoons or bread boards. Students will start by splitting a green log,…
Sat, May 9th, 2020  –  Sun, May 10th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
3 Days
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Carving Ladles & Spoons

The spoon is in the eye of the beholder. A crooked branch can become a perfect ladle; a slight bend makes a lovely eating spoon. Enjoy three days of handwork in this greenwood carving class focused on ladles and spoons. Working with birch, you’ll use simple hand tools and carving…
Thu, Sep 19th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom