Kolrosing—Incising in Wood

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Kolrosing—Incising in Wood

Feb. 18, 2017 (9:30-4:30) with Darlene Fossum-Martin

Youth ages 15-17 receive a 25% discount.
Level of Instruction
All levels.
Norway House, 913 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota.
$65.00 Members
$85.00 Non-members

Not a crafts person? You don’t have to be. Try your hand at kolrosing (coal-rose-ing), a fine-line decoration consisting of one cut with the tip of a sharp tool, rubbed with a ground bark, and then oiled to enhance the design. Kolrosing is a very old and simple Scandinavian decorative craft that has its roots in the Viking times. In class you will learn incised designs, such as simple borders, Celtic motifs, geometric lines of the Sámi, or flower leaf and vine forms like those in rosemaling. Kolrosing was often used on utilitarian objects, like spoons, cups, bowls, and boxes. You will start with the basics of knife control, and move from kolrosing straight lines to curved lines. While working on rounded surfaces, you will learn techniques of shading to give your design depth. There will be a materials fee of $5.

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About the Instructor

Darlene Fossum-Martin
Darlene Fossum-Martin
Darlene Fossum-Martin

Darlene Fossum-Martin, of Decorah, Iowa, is a third-generation Norwegian, who grew up on a small farm near Spring Grove, Minnesota, the first Norwegian settlement in the state. She is both a woodworker and Norwegian food specialist. She has always had a passion for the folk arts and the way her Norwegian forefathers expressed themselves through their work with their hands and hearts. She says her cooking style is shaped by the Norwegian foodways of her ancestors. Her strengths in Norwegian cooking come from the women in her family, as well as the years she spent living in Norway. Darlene has taught traditional Scandinavian immigrant food classes for adults and children of all ages throughout the Midwest, Colorado, and at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Darlene says, “What better way to keep traditions alive for future generations than sharing these time-honored recipes of our immigrant forefathers?”

Learn more: In the article, Det Sitter i Veggene, from Vesterheim, Vol. 6, No.1, 2008 – Thought for Food, Darlene expands on Norwegian culinary traditions. And watch this video, Collection Connections: Dairy Production & Cooking Utensils where Darlene highlights objects in the Vesterheim collection that tell a story about Norway's unique food traditions.