Class Calendar Update

Students assemble a high-back rustic Windsor.

Summer 2013 was our 36th year teaching courses with guest instructors – coming to Country Workshops from around the US, Sweden and Japan. We are now shifting into a smaller format based on our successful fall and winter tutorials where classes are limited to 4 students. Class members will benefit with this more personal group size. (We may also include an intern or other guest student.) Drew Langsner is the instructor.

At Country Workshops there are no hidden fees for registration or your materials. Tuition also includes lodging in a private room. Specialized tools are provided for all courses. (Students are requested to bring more common woodworking tools.) This is an excellent opportunity to see and try the tools available from our CW Store. Tuition also includes our well-known, garden fresh meals prepared by Louise Langsner. (You can get an idea from Louise's cooking blog at

Registration can be by phone (828 656 2280), e-mail, or post. The tuition deposit is $350, with the balance due 4 weeks before class. We accept personal checks, Visa/MasterCard and money orders.

Our summer tutorials will be announced on our website by mid-December. The 2014 schedule and our CW Store offerings will also be detailed in our next print catalog. Send us an e-mail with your name and postal address if you would like a free copy. It will also be possible to print out the catalog using a PDF link on our Web site.

Upcoming Classes
(Limited to 4 students)

Winter Tutorials
January 20 - 24. Ladderback Chairmaking - Full
February 3 - 7. Carving Bowls and Spoons
February 17 - 21. Rustic Windsor Chairmaking
March 3 - 7. Making the Langsner Hearth Chair
March 24 - 28. Carving Bowls and Spoons – 3 openings
April 7 - 11. Ladderback Chairmaking

Spring Weekend Tutorials
May 3 - 4. Carving Spoons and Butter Knives
May 17 - 18. Carving Half-Log Bowls

Summer Tutorials
To be announced in our next newsletter, and on our Web site when available.

Book and Video News from Sweden
Wille Sundqvist teaches a class at CW in 1980.

Carving spoons and bowls continues to be an area where more and more woodworkers find their special niche. The English version of Wille Sundqvist's book "Swedish Carving Techniques" was published by Fine Woodworking in 1990. Perhaps 10 years later it was discontinued. Used copies became expensive, if you could find one.

We are pleased to announce that this classic book is available once again. Nothing has been changed, except for the inevitable price increase. Now available from the CW Store. You can purchase a copy by phone (828 656 2280) or e-mail.

Swedish Carving Techniques by Wille Sundqvist.

TP-02 Swedish Carving Techniques by Wille Sundqvist
(S&H add $7.50)

We also have some good news about the new Wille Sundqvist video. The Kickstarter portion of the production funding exceeded the original goal. And the Swedish Cultural Ministry contributed. Recording took place during multiple sessions at Wille's rural home in August. Jögge Sundqvist has been working with the postproduction videographers and he tells us that it is coming together very nicely. It's a lot more work than he had anticipated, but also quite exciting to be involved in the production. Meanwhile, Wille is working on the gifts that are coming to the Kickstarter donors. We will announce when the DVD is available on our web site and a future newsletter.

2014 Store Pricing

Hans Karlsson and Svante Djarv are our key tool suppliers in Sweden. These are very small family operations. (Literally there are no employees.) Recently both shops have informed us that prices will be adjusted for 2014. Production expenses have gone up, as has airfreight. And the exchange rate for Swedish kroners has not been favorable compared to our dollar.

New prices will be posted on our web site about January 1. We will honor the present prices for orders received by December 26. The new pricing will also be in our print catalog, which will be distributed about the same time. You can order by phone (828 656 2280) or e-mail. There is a printable order form on our web site at


137. Sage Blankenship, Webster Springs, W.Va. Walnut, 8-5/8"

138. Mike Loeffler, western Wisconsin. Black cherry, 7-1/8"

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.

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.

Since our last newsletter the collection has received two additional spreaders. Number 137 was carved from walnut by Sage Blankenship in Webster Spring, W.Va. This is another gift from spoon collector Norman Stevens. Number 138 is black cherry, carved by Mike Loeffler. Mike and partner Julie Benda donated this spreader to our collection when they visited Country Workshops in October. They are based in western Wisconsin.


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