Decorating on Wood: Kroting, Svidekor, and Kolrosing



Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, 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.


Rebecca Hanna and Darlene Fossum-Martin


Do you have a piece of woodenware or carving that you’re not sure how to decorate or enhance? Come and learn three simple Norwegian techniques of surface decoration to make your wood look grand! Kroting is cutting lines into wood after the object has been painted or stained. Svidekor is burning small patterns and symbols into wood with a heated tool. Kolrosing is incising fine lines into the wood surface and brushing with a colored pigment. You will need to bring or purchase woodenware (or bring your own carved pieces).

These techniques were often used on wooden utilitarian objects, like spoons, cups, bowls, and boxes. In this class, in all three techniques, students will learn incised designs, such as simple borders; Celtic motifs; geometric lines of the Sámi; or flower, leaf, and vine forms like those in rosemaling. You will start out with the basics of knife control, then move from cutting straight lines to curved lines, and then learn techniques of shading to give your design more depth.


Level of Instruction:

All Levels - Rest assured, anyone can do this!


The full supply list is available here

If you have any small wooden objects such as spoons, bowls, or plates, (unfinished wood) you would like to decorate feel free to bring them.

Enrollment Deadline: 

August 24, 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.


Learn more about instructors Rebecca Hanna and Darlene Fossum-Martin.


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