2023-07-22 – Kolrosing Foundations



Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 (9:00 am-Noon, 1:00-5:00 pm)


Liesl Chatman


This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School.


Kolrosing is like scrimshaw on wood and a great way to decorate spoons, spreaders, and plates. It doesn’t involve specialized tools, strength, or a studio. In fact, you can do it in your lap and carry everything you need in a pencil case! Rather than removing material, kolrosing is cutting an incision in the wood, filling it with pigment like cinnamon or coffee, and then burnishing it closed. It’s wonderful for spoons because kolrosing is smooth to the lips and doesn’t fill with mashed potatoes! 

In this course, students will learn the basics of kolrosing through good technique and practice allowing them to confidently and joyfully explore kolrosing beyond this class. Kolrosing artist Liesl Chatman will cover layout and design, surface preparation, knife techniques, cutting straight and curved lines into letters and patterns, and techniques for working on both flat and curved surfaces. You will be able to make something extra special through kolrosing—like including someone's name or their birthday or kolrosing an image on a special wooden object like a spoon. Plus, you’ll make your own pocket zine or booklet using Liesl’s hand drawn handouts—all sized to be pasted into a 3 x 5 inch moleskine notebook that fits in your kit!   


Level of Instruction:

Prior experience in woodworking is helpful but not required.


There will be a materials fee of $60 payable directly to the instructor during class.  Included are a complete kolrosing kit with everything needed to get started—and to keep going independently. The kit includes travel-sized bottles of Mahoney’s walnut oil and ground cinnamon, oil-based artist’s pencils with point protectors, a Kum fine-point pencil sharpener, a dot-grid notebook, handouts sized for the notebook, a 6-inch clear plastic grid ruler, 3 x 6 x 3/8 inch basswood letter boards, craft sticks, and a sturdy canvas zipped bag that everything fits into. Students will be using Del Stubs kolrosing knives and antler burnishers, which can be purchased or borrowed from the instructor. (Kolrosing knives and burnishers are not included in the kit.) Custom fine-point kolrosing knives also made by Del Stubs and select hand-tuned antler burnishers may also be purchased as available.

Enrollment Deadline: 

 July 10, 2023


Learn more about instructor Liesl Chatman here.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.

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