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Sam Gathje

Rochester, MN
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Sam Gathje is a third generation woodworker from Rochester, MN. Drawing on 15+ years of experience working with his father and grandfather building homes and cabinetry, Sam first became interested in traditional hand craft at Luther College where he was introduced to Scandinavian Fine handcraft by Harley Refsal. After receiving his BA in Art and Writing, Sam served as a North House intern in 2016 where he began to learn to carve spoons, turn wooden bowls, and refine his hand tool practices. In 2020, Sam received his Masters of Fine Arts from Montana State University where he taught Drawing and 2D/3D Design. In his own studio practice, Sam focuses on wood sculpture, printmaking, and bookbinding. Sam is interested in pedagogy, material intelligence, and the intersection of folk art and story telling.

Photo credit Hannah Lauber

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Current Courses Offered by Sam Gathje

3 Days
Teaser image for Hardcover Codex Bookbinding: Online Course

Hardcover Codex Bookbinding: Online Course

This course will cover the basic tools, techniques and design elements involved in the construction of a hardcover book. Codex binding is the style of binding often seen today in hardcover books where groups of pages called signatures are stitched together and then attached to a hard case. Over the…
Wed, Nov 4th, 2020
Nov 4, 11, 18; 6:30-8:30 pm CT
Instructor: Sam Gathje