THE ART OF WOOD CARVING & WOODWORK
John has been making a variety of wood creations from wood of many kinds, especially since he retired some 16 years ago. Items range through furniture, jewelry, magnets, candle holders, lamps, canes, cremation urns, wine bottle stoppers, ikabanas, cribbage boards, and more. He especially enjoys working on a lathe, so roundness is evident in his work. He lives in St. Cloud with his wife Rita of 57 years, and summers on Woman Lake, enjoying some fishing and gardening.
Ever since a shop teacher introduced Bob Seemann to the joy of working with wood, it’s been his life-long passion. Over the last 40 years, he’s built everything from custom cutting boards to armoires and from grandfather clocks to saunas. In his shop in Longville, Bob works with oak, maple, walnut, cherry, birch, mesquite and pine.
Hal started carving around 1990. For Hal carving is therapeutic and relaxing and it has also given him the opportunity to learn more about his Scandinavian heritage. Hal has taken classes with instructors from Norway and Sweden, learning kolrosing, chip carving, bentwood and creating shrink boxes.
Dave & Kathy Towley
In our wood turning, we strive to marry form with function so as to please the eye as well as to satisfy the hand. Self-taught, this journey of discovery continues to surprise and delight us as we never fully know just what we may find around the next ‘turn’. In our work we hope that you too will find a quiet pleasure in the nature of the wood transformed.
Ken & Charlotte Johnson
Northwoods Sleigh Company
Charlotte and Ken Johnson are Northwoods Sleigh Company. They are of Scandinavian decent (Swedish and Norwegian) and have been handcrafting Scandinavian gift items for over 35 years. They make delicate wooden trays in several sizes. The trays are constructed with compound mitered finger-joints at all corners. Additional, they make a line of decorative wooden sleighs patterned after those used by emigrants for logging and farming. They also make small Tomtens (dolls) to complement the sleighs. All of their products are designed, hand-crafted and merchandised only by them. They have participated in and sold their artifacts at numerous Scandinavian Festivals.
Karin Schott is a busy homeschooling mom of two creative boys. She has spent the last several years baking to raise money for their activities. With Maverick’s and Monte’s inspiration and her husband, Randy’s, encouragement she has discovered her artistic side. She has been enjoying watercolor painting but loves wood burning. She now burns on just about anything that isn’t nailed down! Her wooden spoons and cutting board creations have made her family proud. You can follow Karin on Facebook at The Schott Family’s Shanty Boutique.