Bowl Turning: Nordfjord Style Ale Bowls (Webinar)



This class is being rescheduled for a later date. Please register below to be notified when a new date has been set.


Roger Abrahamson and Patti Goke


This is an online webinar hosted on Zoom.  


Join Vesterheim Gold Medalist Patti Goke and master woodworker Roger Abrahamson as they discuss historic bowl turning and Nordfjord-style ale bowls.

Traditionally, decorated bowls were used to serve ale ceremonially for special events, such as weddings, Christmas, christenings, and others. Each bowl is born from a green (freshly cut) log, then turned. Tool marks on the surface show the hand of the maker. As you see in old bowls, small imperfections and warpage does occur and is part of the natural process. The wood is worked green and seasoned after the bowl is created, and minimum abrasives are used. Each bowl is a unique creation, there are no two exactly alike.

Pieces from Vesterheim's collection will be discussed, as well as historic examples in Norway and contemporary work made in the historic tradition. This event will fascinate woodworkers, rosemalers, and folk art enthusiasts alike!



Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.  

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Special Instructions:   

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's email address or be prepared to forward all communications. 


Click here to learn more about instructor Roger Abrahamson

Click here to learn more about instructor Patti Goke.


This program is supported in part by a generous gift to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from Paul Johnsen.

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