Decorating on Wood—Making Your Pieces Come Alive

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Decorating on Wood—Making Your Pieces Come Alive

Oct. 20-22, 2017 with Darlene Fossum-Martin and Rebecca Hanna

Youth ages 12-17 receive a 25% discount.
Level of Instruction
All levels.
$195.00 Members
$247.00 Non-members

Do you have a piece of woodenware or carving that you’re not sure how to decorate or enhance? Come and learn three simple techniques of surface decoration to make your wood look grand! Kroting is cutting lines into wood after the object has been painted or stained. Svidekor is burning small patterns and symbols into wood with a heated tool. Kolrosing is incising fine lines into the wood surface and brushing with a colored pigment. Participants will need to bring or purchase woodenware (or bring your own carved pieces). 

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About the Instructors

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.

Rebecca Hanna
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 school teacher. Rebecca is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist and was instrumental in the creation of Vesterheim Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2, dedicated to woodworking.

Learn more: Watch this video, Collection Connections: Woodworking where Rebecca Hanna highlights collection objects to inspire your woodworking.

Check out this article to learn more about Rebecca's studio and recent projects! In the series Folk Art In Place, explore and learn with folk artists as they take us through their workspaces and demonstrate their craft.