Roger is a traditional bowl turner. Using a spring pole lathe, hand-forged tools and freshly harvested native woods, he specializes in the creation of Norwegian ale vessels. Roger's fascination with these objects has its roots in his immigrant grandmother's ale bowl, which is still in the family. Roger has demonstrated his trade at the Nordic Fest, Norsk Hostfest, the Minnesota State Fair, the Smithsonian Institute's Viking Exhibition and several other historic sites. He has been a turner for 18 years, working with a pole lathe exclusively for the past 12.
Current Courses Offered by Roger Abrahamson
Old World Ale Bowls: Pole and Power Lathe Turning
Learn to turn on both the power and pole lathes and explore the historical continuum of bowl turning in this unique course offering. Students will move back and forth between the foot-powered pole lathe and modern electric lathe to delve deeply into a study of old world Norwegian ale bowls.…
Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls on the Pole Lathe
Wooden ale bowls are an excellent example of functional Scandinavian folk art. These ceremonial drinking vessels were used both for serving on special occasions and in the brewing process. In this class, students begin with a green birch log. Using axes, knives, hook tools and a foot-powered spring-pole lathe (plus…