2023-04-22 – Introduction to Kolrosing (Online)



Saturdays, April 22 and May 6 (10:00 am-Noon CT)


Chelsea Bowen


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


Kolrosing is an art form practiced by the peoples of Scandinavia. It was used to add embellishments to handcrafted wares. Traditionally, a pattern was incised into wood, antler, or bone, and then a darkening agent like ash or bark was used to highlight the design. In this two-part class, you will learn the history of kolrosing and try your hand at the very techniques used more than 1,000 years ago. Instructor Chelsea Bowen will guide you through traditional geometric patterns, and you will create your own freehand designs as well.


Included in the cost of the class is a full kit of materials (a $50 value) with kolrosing tools, practice wood, and two final projects: a basswood plaque and a hand-carved butter spreader. You are also encouraged to bring wooden items that you are comfortable experimenting with. Spoons, bowls, knives, and wood frames make great kolrosing canvases!

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

Additional Supplies:

You will need to provide ground cinnamon to use as a colorant, food-safe oil (walnut oil, other tree nut oils, linseed oil, etc.), rags, a pencil, and paper.


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 sessions 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.

Enrollment Deadline: 

April 7, 2023

Click here to learn more about instructor Chelsea Bowen.


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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