In september I held two courses at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. It was a great experience since I haven´t been to another continent before. I went with my girlfriend Anna-Karin.
After a nine hour flight from Amsterdam across the Atlantic we landed in Minneapolis. It was a strange feeling. After all the security- and paper checks we stepped out of the terminal and suddenly I realized I was on another continent, a different soil. Then it was all as usual – and then I realized – again – I was really on another continent… and so on.
We went to Deb and Dan´s place where we would stay for two days. And we had pizza in their back yard under a great ash tree.
In the morning we had breakfast at Butter, Dan´s restaurant, a great place, before we went to the American Swedish Institute.
We drove up to Grand Marais and North House. And now I let the photos speak…
Deb and Dan´s House, pizza in the garden
The american Swedish Instiitute
We were invited to Eric and Michelle for dinner with good company Paul Linden, Jarrod and Jazmin. I got some walnut and cherry from Eric and Michelle. The storefront is their combined woodshop and hairsalon! On the way back Paul took me to see the First Avenue.
The shore of Lake Superior in Duluth.
Our neighbour across the street in Grand Marais.
The angry trout cafe, next door to North House.
Spoonblanks from cherry. Nice carving!
North House Folk School by the waters of Lake Superior.
Spooncarvingclass at North House Folk School.
Dinner with the interns, Skyler and Anna in this photo, and Anna-Karin to the right. We had some spicy nachos!
Finished cherry spoon, carved by the Lake Superior.
Pizza potlock. Fulton IPA and Greg White, Director of North House Folk School.
Folk artisan marketplace. Angela Robins is in the Artisan Development Program.
Folk artisan marketplace. Unknown broom-maker and April Stone making ash-baskets.
Beth Homa-Style from the Artisan Development Program.
Happy craft shoppers.
One of my spatulas painted by rosmåling artist Mary.
Birch bark workshop at Folk artisan marketplace.
Candace Lacosse, Hemlocks Leatherworks.
Wildrising with Tim Cochrane. Tim took us up to the Grand Portage Reservation and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a truly unforgettable experience.
The lighthouse in Grand Marais.
Canoe building class. What else?
I got some Osage Orange from Jim Bodin. Great carving!
Spooncarving course number two. Carving outside.
Greg and his family invited us to dinner and a look at their beautiful garden. Olia showed us the chickens and ducks.
Kay`s house, where we had a really good time.
Anna, one of the interns at North House.
The drive back to Minneapolis.
Paul Linden gave us a tour of the University´s art department in Minneapolis.
Good time carving at Liesl and Erin´s place night before we left.
Liesl´s special coffee gave us powers for the journey home. End grain cup turned by Jarrod Stone Dahl on a spring pole lathe.