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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 days
Teaser image for Everyday Slöjd- A Firewood Carrier made from Firewood

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
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…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Mon, Mar 11th, 2019
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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Tool-Making for Wood Workers 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, May 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, May 5th, 2019
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

Three Rare Tools in Three Days