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.
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 school 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 is an accomplished craftsman with 35 years of experience. He has been carving for over 26 years. He brings with him a level of craftsmanship that he is ready to share with any student. He will help you with not only the carving of your projects, but also the construction of them. He has studied with Hans Sandom, Else Bigton, Philip Odden, and, of course, life itself. Steve is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist.