day for rustic windsor students is always exciting.
Registrations are now being accepted for fall tutorials. These
courses are limited to 4 students. Tuition includes materials,
meals and your private room. Specialized tools are provided
for all of these courses. Drew Langsner is the instructor. Further
details are on our web
Registration can be by postal mail, phone or e-mail. The tutorial
deposit is $350, with the balance due 4 weeks before each course
begins. The cancellation policy is on our web site. The web
site also has a printable registration form.
Our 2012 print catalog with listings for winter tutorials, weekend
classes and next summer’s courses with guest instructors
will available this fall.
October 3-7: Ladderback
November 14-18: Rustic
December 5-9: Carving
Bowls and Spoons
Our Summer Workshops
size averages 6-8 students. Tuition includes materials, room
and meals, and use of specialty tools (except for Japanese Woodworking
where tuning your tools is a major part of the course.)
Woodworking (Carl Swensson)
August 1-6: Post-and-Rung
Rocking Chair (Tom Donahey)
August 15-19: Carving
Bowls and Spoons (Drew Langsner)
August 29-September 3: Coopering
(Carl Swensson) – 1 opening
Books at the Country Workshops Store
Abbott and Jögge Sundqvist books
from our English friend, Mike Abbott. Mike’s third
book about green woodworking is called Going With
the Grain. This time around, Mike has focused
on post-and-rung chairmaking, and he has set aside his
pole lathe in favor of making a drawknife shaved chair,
utilizing rung tenons made with a Veritas tenon former.
Mike shares myriad tricks and insights from the past 25
years or so. He also includes a variety of post-and-rung
designs, including his “perching stool” with
a forward tipped seat that encourages better posture than
the conventional drop towards the back. It’s all
in metric dimensions; but maybe this is a good time to
start making the conversion. The book is loaded with color
photos. 190 pages, soft cover.
With the Grain
Jögge Sundqvist’s book, Slöjda I Trä,
is entirely in Swedish, but it’s still something
of a thriller for anyone interested in sloyd crafts from
Scandinavia. Contents include making butter knives and
bentwood spatulas, making a knife, clothes hooks and cupboard
knobs, spoon carving, making a shrink box and rustic stools.
There’s lots of illustrations, and the close-up
color photos show off Jögge’s work very nicely.
89 pages, with hard cover.
Yes, books from Sweden are pricy. We have discounted the
price and will probably not re-order after selling our
Butter Knife Project
the past month we received contributions from 4 carvers.
The variations in design and concept range from straightforward
and utilitarian, to skilled production, to fanciful and
humorous. The photos below are of the profiles only. Top
view photos for each piece are included in The
Butter Knife Gallery on our web site.
Dave Fisher (from Greenville, PA) is known mostly
as a bowl carver who has a wonderful mastery of contemporary
(but traditionally based) forms from Sweden. Both of his
butter knives were carved from naturally curved limbs,
so they are particularly strong. Number 17 is cherry.
9-1/2” in length. Number 18 is hickory. It has a
thin blade but is mighty strong with it’s fully
with-the-grain, bent limb construction. 9”
Number 19 was carved by Will Simpson (Moscow, ID). This
design is quite close to what one thinks of when considering
the traditional smör knivar. It’s
comfortable in the hand, and not too complex, so it was
probably carved in less than 2 hours – one of the
original (but ignored) guidelines for the collection.
Birch with a walnut oil finish. 9-5/8”
Faasse. Willow-cherry prototype, Survival Spreader,
Gene Faasse (Traveler’s Rest, SC) has contributed
3 additional butter knives to the collection. As with
his earlier butter knife (spörk knivar,
number 16 in the collection) these are all fanciful, experimental,
humorous, and what else???
Number 20 is an adventurous prototype that combines basketry
willow and cherry to make a useful utensil. Working the
twisted willow is always a challenge; willow wants to
kink until you become an expert with it. 11”
Number 21 is a go-for-it fun piece that Gene says could
be called a Survival Spreader. Mixed media, including
a nylon sheath with snap. There’s a compass and
waterproof matches in the handle. 13”
Number 22 is possibly the world’s first pocket spreader.
It really works. Cherry, with a popsicle stick spring
which locks the blade in place when the spreader is open.
5-1/4” folded, 9-1/2” open.
Sundqvist "Set of 3" #'s 23, 24, 25
The spreader collection now includes 3 pieces from Jögge
Sundqvist. (Jögge’s black handled smör
knivar – spreader A in the first photo in The Butter
Knife Gallery – was given to Louise Langsner.) This
is an especially fine addition, because Jögge’s
production (but fully hand-crafted) butter knives were
the inspiration that led to the start of our collection.
We now have his “Set of 3” which Jögge
says must stay together as a family unit.
Numbers 23, 24 and 25 are carved from Swedish white birch
that was collected around Jögge’s home near
Umeå, Sweden. He uses artist’s oil colors
for the paint, and then a finish of cold pressed linseed
oil. Number 23– Red is 7”. Number 24–
Blue is 5-3/4”. Number 25– Chartreuse measures
6-3/4”. Our May e-newsletter features another (really
nice) photo from Jögge’s book. (Note the sale
price in the e-news book section.)
Thanks Dave, Will, Gene and Jögge.
you are into spoon carving, or want to be, making a butter
knife is a great way to test your tools, develop knife
grasps, check out different types of wood, and play with
designs. Please consider a contribution to the collection.
We now have 25 very interesting pieces, and hope to see
many more. The entire collection is on our web site at
World – The Butter Knife Gallery. And of course
the collection is available for in-person appreciation
(including handling) if you have an opportunity to visit