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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. 

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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 learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools – the adze, axe, gouge and push knife.  During this class, topics including selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing,…
Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Instructor: Jon Strom
2 Days
Teaser image for Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives & Spoons

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, Mar 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 24th, 2019
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…
Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019  –  Mon, Feb 4th, 2019
Instructor: Jon Strom