2023-06-07 - Crafting the Knutkorg: The Scandinavian Knot Basket



Wednesday, June 7-Sunday, June 11 (9:00 am-Noon and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)


Fred Livesay and Phil Moody


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


If Little Red Riding Hood were Scandinavian, she would have skipped through the forest with a knutkorg or “knot basket." Knot baskets are particular to Telemark and the West Coast of Norway and the Hedesunda region of Sweden. This intensive four-day class begins with a close study of baskets from Vesterheim’s collection and those of the instructor. Students will then begin crafting a 10 x 10 x 8-inch basket using only a few tools and simple methods. The class will progress from how to select, gather, and process the materials to carving the “knots” and splitting out of corners, uprights, and weavers. You will also learn proper techniques to achieve tight and good-looking baskets.


Level of Instruction:

Previous carving experience is highly recommended. For example, having
carved a minimum of 6 spoons or the equivalent. Good hand strength is a
must for this class (ability to open a fairly tight jar).


There is a materials fee of $45 payable to the instructor in cash or check.

Additional supplies required:

    • Mora 106 or 120 carving knife
    • Metric ruler
    • Fine tooth Japanese-style saw
    • Soft pencil or small tipped Sharpie
    • All other tools will be supplied by the instructors.

Enrollment Deadline: 

May 17, 2023


Read more about instructors Fred Livesay and Phil Moody 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.


Vesterheim’s woodworking classes are supported in part by a generous gift to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from the Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust.

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