Jane Laurence

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Jane Laurence

Jane Laurence

Jane has enjoyed building things since she helped her dad build their family cabin at age 11, using only hand tools. Later, learning log building and timber framing led to a chance to learn Norwegian lafting and Gindbygg joinery and an appreciation for axes and drawknives. When the opportunity to build something isn’t there, Jane usually has a spoon or flat plane carving project going. Jane has spent quite a lot of time in Norway, usually drawn to chances to study and practice sloyd. She is fluent in Norwegian and likes to keep a Krim novel handy. The latest dive into Knutkorg and Sendingskorg is an example of the amazingly rich history of craft that found its way from the remote corners of Scandinavia to the settlements of the Midwest in the late 1800s to early 1900s. So fascinating!

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