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Liesl Chatman

Minneapolis, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Liesl Chatman

Liesl is a spoon carver, kolroser, and teacher and is fast becoming known as one of the top kolrosers in the US.  Her background as a handlettering artist and graphic journaler influences her spoon forms and kolrosing images.  In her teaching, Liesl works with students to carve spoons and kolrose wood with confidence and joy through mindfulness,  technique, and practice. The American Swedish Institute invited Liesl to do an exhibit of thirty-five of her kolrosed spoons from 2020 to spring of 2023 that chronicle COVID and historical times.  She teaches at the American Swedish Institute, Fireweed Community Woodshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, North House Folk School, and Vesterheim. Currently she serves on the Milan Spoon Gathering Planning Committee and as a Folk-Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Liesl has received national recognition for her work in education, equity, and organizational change and was given the Ethical Leadership Award for her work at the IDEAL Center, Science Museum of Minnesota. She loves that spoon carving and kolrosing are crafts that are accessible, affordable, enjoyable, and healing. 

Current Courses Offered by Liesl Chatman

Teaser image for Pocket Spoon Carving

Pocket Spoon Carving

Many spoon carvers struggle with how to safely and efficiently make a beautiful short spoon. Learn…
Tue, Mar 12th, 2024  –  Thu, Mar 14th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Liesl Chatman

Past Courses Offered by Liesl Chatman

Kolrosing: Decorative Line Carving

Pocket Spoon and the Double Blank Method

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