Bentwood boxes are made by wetting a strip of wood and then bending it around a form to dry into a curved shape. We will begin with learning the history of the 'typical' Scandinavian bentwood box and its different types and uses. You will learn how to select the wood, make a mold, wet the wood, and bend the wood onto a form. Different types of lacing will be discussed. Lastly we will learn how to construct and fit the bottom and lid in place on your finished box. There will be a materials fee of $20.
Hal Bitzer started creating ‘things’ out of wood in the 1990s and has been creating ever since. He finds carving to be very therapeutic and relaxing and it has given him the opportunity to learn more about his Scandinavian heritage. Hal has studied kolrosing, chip carving, bentwood box construction, and creating shrinkboxes with some of the best instructors from Norway and Sweden. You may see him at some of the area Midwestern festivals with his wood creations.