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Kubbestol—From Log to Chair

June 26-30, 2017 (Mon. 6:30-9:00, Tues.-Fri. 9:00-5:00) with Rebecca Hanna and Steve Speltz

Level of Instruction
All levels.
  • $285.00 Members
  • $335.00 Non-members

Learn the history of the kubbestol and the steps for making one. You will also learn how to pick the proper tree for the size of the kubbestol you want to make (with a trip to the woods.) We will take you through the process of debarking, shaping, and hollowing a log necessary for the drying process. Next you will begin shaping and sanding on your own child size kubbestol and fitting the seat to the stool. While all this is done on a small stool, you will be able to transfer everything you learn to a full-size stool by the end of the class. The stool will have to be shaped mostly with hand tools. While we will not use a chain saw in this class, we will suggest methods for using one to accomplish the shaping and hollowing out of the log. You will leave the class with a 21-24 inch kubbestol. There will be a materials fee of $50.

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About the Instructors

Rebecca Hanna
Rebecca Hanna

Rebecca Hanna of Decorah, Iowa, is passionate about many Norwegian folk arts, especially woodworking. A graduate of Luther College in elementary education and museum studies, she is a retired elementary teacher. Rebecca is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist and was instrumental in the creation of Vesterheim magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2 dedicated to woodworking.

Steve Speltz
Steve Speltz carving a kubbestol.

Steve Speltz is owner and operator of Custom Hardwoods, where he’s been designing and building cabinets and furniture since 1984. His motivation to carve came from a desire to make some of his furniture look better and he’s been carving for more than 25 years. His training includes classes with instructors at Vesterheim and with Philip Odden and Else Bigton, plus “just plain life experiences.” After six years of competing he received a Vesterheim Gold Medal. To date, Steve has roughed out six chairs. Steve says, “Chairs are furniture too, but a chair from a log, wow, what a challenge! I learned to carve a kubbestol through trial and error and hope with this class you can eliminate some of the error and retain all of the trial.”