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Paul Linden

Minneapolis, MN
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Paul is an artist who works in the Art Department of the University of Minnesota. He has taught courses and workshops in sculptural woodworking, metal fabrication, and metal-casting; and has a deep love for craft-based techniques. Paul has almost never met a tool that he didn’t like, and proves this by his ever-expanding collection. He takes great satisfaction from using self-made tools and is constantly modifying, remaking, and learning the use of old and new hand tools. Paul tries hard to spend all of his extra time either in the wood or metal shop, or outside with his kids.

Current Courses Offered by Paul Linden

2 Days
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Kids Only - Slöjd in the Wood Shop

This course introduces kids age 10 and older to the various hand tools and simple skills involved in working with wood in the shop. The course is co-taught by a father and son team, Paul Linden and Avery Carlson (age 16). Avery has been working with many of these tools…
Sat, Oct 19th, 2019
9am-3pm
Instructor: Paul Linden
3 Days
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Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

The shrink box is a wooden container that relies on a simple trick: Freshly cut (green) wood and dry wood behave differently. The body of the vessel is made from green wood that changes in size as it dries (putting the “shrink” in shrink box). The bottom of the vessel…
Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Paul Linden
3 Days
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Tool-Making for Woodworkers and Others

This course is an introduction to working with, and heat-treating, the common high-carbon steels used for edge tools. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different steel types and put this knowledge into practice by creating several tools. We will analyze a number of different tools and compare their…
Fri, Jun 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 14th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Paul Linden
3 Days
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You Saw it Here First: A Handsaw Primer

Whether you work with green or dry wood, there are extremely few processes that do not involve the use of saws in some way. This humble tool is the backbone of so much of what happens in woodworking. Power saws of many types are inexpensive and available for almost every…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Paul Linden

Past Courses Offered by Paul Linden

Carving for Kids

Everyday Slöjd for the Bed & Bath

Everyday Slöjd for the Garden

Everyday Slöjd for the Kitchen

Everyday Slöjd- A Firewood Carrier made from Firewood

Making Wooden-Bodied Hand Planes - 9/14/2018

Strippers, Splitters, Knockers and Froes: Tools for Basket-Making

Summer Camp - All-Levels Woodworking: Things That Fly

Summer Camp - Intermediate Woodworking: Things That Float

Three Rare Tools in Three Days