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Kjetil Groven

Rapid City, SD
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Kjetil Groven
Kjetil Groven, or “KJ,” grew up in Norway in a medium size town called Skien in Telemark. He spent most of his childhood on the family farm with his grandfather. He was exposed to hand work early, by the time he was 12 he started his first fire in the forge, though it got quickly extinguished when his uncle thought the barn was on fire. In 1999, he moved to South Dakota to finish his B.S. in mechanical engineering. After graduating, Kj worked as an engineer and quickly discovered it was not for him. He has been a log home builder and forged metal as a hobby and to make some of the tools he needed as a carpenter. For the last 4 years he have been on his own, done carpentry work, furniture and forging -everything from church hardware to cutting tools. This fall he’ll finally build a blacksmith shop of his own with the name “Tufte Smie.”