Bentwood Box



Sunday, July 24 - Wednesday, July 27, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


Hal Bitzer


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.


Level of Instruction:

All levels. Experience with power tools and knowledge of shop safety useful.


The instructor will be providing all tools on this list here. Please bring any tools on this list that you have. 

There is a materials fee of $20 payable to the instructor in cash or check.

Enrollment Deadline: 

July 1, 2022

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 or call 563-382-9681.


Click Here to learn more about Hal Bitzer.


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