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Paul Linden

Minneapolis, MN
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Paul Linden is an artist who lives in Minneapolis and 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 1/4 days
Teaser image for Everyday Slöjd for the Garden

Everyday Slöjd for the Garden

A summer in the garden can be enhanced with some creative woodworking. In this 2 day course we will create some of the common objects that get used in flower and vegetable gardens, making them ourselves using simple tools and re-purposed sticks, branches, or inexpensive split cedar. Students will be…
Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
2 days
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Everyday Slöjd- A Firewood Carrier made from Firewood

Make a sweet little firewood/kindling carrier from three pieces of firewood, straight from the woodpile. We will cut, split and shape using hand tools, and refine our skills with a carving knife for the joints and smaller details. A fourth piece of wood will be split up to load the…
Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
2 Days
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Kids Only - Slöjd in the Wood Shop

This is a course for kids only, and is meant as an introduction 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…
Fri, Oct 19th, 2018  –  Sat, Oct 20th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
2 days
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Making Wooden-Bodied Hand Planes - 9/14/2018

A wooden-bodied hand plane, properly tuned, epitomizes the harmonious connection between a woodworker and their tools. In this course we will begin with pre-milled and fully prepared stock, and follow a proven pattern to produce one of several different examples  (a smoothing, scrub, or hollowing plane are each possible options).…
Fri, Sep 14th, 2018  –  Sat, Sep 15th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
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Strippers, Splitters, Knockers and Froes: Tools for Basket-Making

This class will focus on making the various tools used by basket makers. Whether you work with birch bark, black ash, willow, or other weave-able materials, it can be difficult to find that tools that you need. From simple fids and strippers for bark and splint, to froes and splitters,…
Sat, Sep 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
3 days
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Three Rare Tools in Three Days

In this course we will make three rare and fantastic woodworking tools in three days. Our emphasis will be on making unique, custom tools that perform well, not on trying to emulate commercially produced tools. These are traditional designs, but with modern improvements that make them more workable than antique…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden

Past Courses Offered by Paul Linden

Carving for Kids

Everyday Slöjd for the Bed & Bath

Everyday Slöjd for the Kitchen

Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes