Class Calendar Update

Fall color abounds at Country Workshops.

Our remaining summer classes with guest instructors are fully enrolled. If you would like to attend and can come on a “last minute” basis we can put your name on a waiting list in the case of cancellations.

The fall tutorial schedule is now on the calendar. “Tutorials” are limited to 4 students for each session. Classes take place in the winterized section of the workshop. Tuition includes lodging in a private room, course materials, and Louise’s home cooked meals served in the Langsner dining room.  We also provide use of all specialized class tools. (This is an excellent opportunity to see and try the tools from our CW Store.) Drew Langsner is the instructor.

Registration can be by phone (828 656 2280), e-mail, or post. The tuition deposit is $250, with the balance due 4 weeks before class. We accept personal checks, Visa/MasterCard and money orders.

The winter tutorial schedule will be announced in the September newsletter. The 2014 summer schedule will be detailed in our print catalog mailed later in the fall. Send us an e-mail with your name and postal address if you would like a free copy.

July 15 -19. Japanese Woodworking – The Byobu Project (Osamu Shoji) - Full
July 29 - August 3. Ladderback (Post-and-Rung) Chairmaking (Drew Langsner) - Full
August 12 - 16. Make a 17th Century Carved Box (Peter Follansbee) - Full

Fall Tutorials with Drew Langsner
(Limited to 4 students)

November 4 - 8. Carving Bowls and Spoons – open for registration
November 18 - 22. Rustic Windsor Chairmaking – open for registration
December 2 - 6. Ladderback Chairmaking – open for registration

Wille Sundqvist daily user spoons.

Wille Sundqvist Video Project Update

Wille Sundqvist

We wish to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser for the Wille Sundqvist Video Project. The Kick Starter account closed at $13,575 and we received $3,605 in checks sent to Country Workshops. These are mostly donations from supporters in the U.S. In Sweden the cultural ministry provided a grant of about $15,000. The Sundqvist family also contributed to the project.

Recording the material with professional quality video has become an on-going process during these summer months. The big work push for this project is post-production editing. This will include translations with subtitles in English.

While editing is in progress both Wille and Jögge Sundqvist will be hand crafting the gifts promised to project contributors. All supporters will also receive a copy of the DVD.

As of now there isn’t a firm date for completion of the project. We are hoping that the Taunton Press reprint of Wille’s book “Swedish Carving Techniques” will be out when the DVD is released.  Of course copies of the DVD and book will be available for purchase through the CW Store.


Boomer Bill's to get a makeover.

For many years Country Workshops’ summer season got under way with our annual Volunteer Week. This was a time when friends of CW got together to improve the workshop; it was originally a very sketchy tobacco-curing barn. During our historic Volunteer Weeks we converted the old Boomer Bill farmhouse into a summer dorm (electricity for the first time!) We also built a winter dining room, and other improvements that have been enjoyed by class participants. We’ve had many repeaters for this annual event; some claimed that they came for Louise’ garden fresh cooking.

Boomer Bill’s farmhouse is about to become the home for Naomi Langsner and Teo Reha. This Old House will undergo yet another renovation, making it suitable for year around living – with indoor plumbing, insulation, and a safe heating system. Once again, a variety of work needs to be accomplished, and in a compact time span.  Welcome home Naomi!

Louise has suggested another Volunteer Week. That means more great food and conviviality as good work is accomplished. We now have dates on the calendar – October 7-11 – also designated as Week 41. If you’re interested, phone us (828 656 2280) or use e-mail.

Incidentally, this should be the perfect time to appreciate the fall colors in our N.C. mountains.


Click the above photo to see a larger version.

Butter knives, which are also called spreaders, are carved wooden utensils that can add a special hand-made touch to any table setting. Making a spreader shouldn’t be difficult, but designing one that functions well and has a personal, artistic signature is a challenge. They can also be an excellent gift, or a comfortably priced hand-carved item to sell.

Number 112. Unknown maker and origin.

We invite wood carvers to contribute their version of a spreader to our design/study collection. There is no budget for this project, and it’s not a contest. We encourage wood carvers to develop their personal design, which should be useful and practical. Newly acquired butter knives are featured in this newsletter, and there is a complete web-site archive at Country Workshops’ Spreader World Gallery. This includes “as seen from above photos” that are not in the newsletter. The collection is available for viewing and handling when you are at CW.

The latest addition to the collection, another gift from Norman Stevens, was found at the Swap Shop in Mansfield, CT. The maker is unknown. Based on the painted seascape, it could be from Sweden. 6-1/2 inches. Clear finish on the blade, carefully painted handle.


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