A different location

scrolla ner för svenska

Slöjd is always scouting locations to exhibit it´s quiddity.
The regional craft association of Gästrikland-Hälsingland:
-What about a tractor garage, have we tried that?
-Let´s do it!

So we, myself and blacksmith Per Alnaeus, ended up in an unusual environment, and we had a kind of dialogue/workshop where we talked about the tools of slöjd, and then the audience could experience the materials that we work with.

Slöjd scoutar hela tiden locations för att visa dess innersta väsen.
Gästrike Hälsinge Hemslöjdsförbund inför årsmötet:
-Vad sägs om ett traktorgarage, har vi testas det?

Så vi, jag och smeden Per Alnaeus, hamnade i en lite ovanlig miljö, för att hålla en sorts dialogseminarium/workshop kring slöjdens verktyg, där publiken sedan fick känna på och uppleva materialen lite mer handgripligt.



Vissa saker lever sina egna liv på nätet. Som det här examensarbetet från HV som jag skrev 00. Nu presenterat såhär fint i pdf-format.

Den 17 maj ska jag vara med på en slöjdbio i Bergsjö – på yxtema – och tänkte läsa på lite. Jag visste att det här arbetet låg någonstans därute. Och voila! Tack för det Yumpu 🙂

ps. Kuriosa: Jag gav ett ex. till yxmuseet i Gränsfors och fick en bila som tack av Gabriel Brånby, dåvarande vd. Han frågade om jag ville ha ett långt eller kort skaft. Jag sade att jag ville ha den oskaftad, varpå jag fick en skaftad + ett extra skaft. ds.

pps. Kuriosa 2: en tid innan hade jag besökt smeden Håkan Grims. När jag sade att jag var sugen på att köpa en timmerbila från Gränsfors sade han: ”vill du inte köpa en av mig då?” Varpå jag blev överlycklig. Håkan frågade om jag ville ha ett 1800- eller 1700-tals öga. Jag ville ha ett 1700-tals öga. ”Då ska jag smida en sådan” sade Håkan, ”men jag har ingen väntlista så du får höra av dig om ett tag och kolla om den är klar”. Jag åkte hem och ringde efter en vecka. ”Nej, jag har inte smidit något bila” fick jag veta. Sedan surrade vi i någon timme. Efter en vecka ringde jag igen. ”Nej, jag har inte smidit något bila” fick jag veta denna gång också. Sedan surrade vi i någon timme. Efter två veckor ringde jag igen. Samma sak. Varje gång någon timmes surr eller mer om verktyg, smide etc. Det blev längre och längre mellan samtalen. När jag hade väntat någon månad med att ringa så sade han plötsligt: ”ja jag har smitt en bila med 1700-tals öga. Men en norrman var hit och köpte den”. Så det var tur att jag fick min Gränsforsbila – med 1900-tals öga. dds.

On thin ice.

New vlogg. Taking material for spooncarving. Felling a birch in a tight spot with no place for the tree to fall. How I do it.

Ny videologg. Ta material till skedtäljning. Fälla träd i tätväxande skog där det inte finns någon fri fällriktning. Hur jag gör.


Interview on Wooden Spoon Carving

I was interviewed by Daniel Marcou for his excellent site Wooden Spoon Carving.

The site is a personal blog, but also a resource for anyone who wants to carve spoons. Especially interesting is the list of booktitles and interviews with spooncarvers.

Read the interview.

Jag blev intervjuad av Daniel Marcou för hans site Wooden Spoon Carving.

Siten är en personlig blogg, men också en resurs för alla som täljer skedar. Särskilt intressant är listan med täljböcker och intervjuerna med skedtäljare. 

Läs intervjun.



Konsten att tälja

Yes! Got an advance copy of the swedish edition of my book ”The Art Of Whittling”.
Konsten att tälja is in stores on january 25. Published on Kabusa böcker.

Fick ett förhandsexemplar av Konsten att tälja, den svenska upplagan av min bok The Art Of Whittling. Kommer den 25 januari på Kabusa böcker.

Check it out on adlibris.se 


Me and Jakob.

Another commercial for carved spoons have seen the light of day. I give you the short insta-version. I have also inspired my friend Jakob Danhard to start vlogging. Watch his jazzy pot-throwing below. And give him some likes 🙂



Slöjd is a fool´s hope


One thing I learned in the states is that there are places that are truly sacred. Where you can feel the energy of nature almost taking a physical form, becoming a person.

We were guided to a sacred place by someone who could prepare us for what we were about to meet. And I am wondering now that if we hadn´t been that – maybe I would not have seen it?

My relationship with nature is of a kind that I appreciate its beauty and I feel a serenity when I spend time outside. Yes, I can be with myself. But I never tried to make it something religious or spiritual.

How are we supposed to be with nature, to really see those sacred things? Or maybe even more to feel them… I am always aware now, that those places can be around me. And I am trying to blur out the boundaries between myself and other beings. Trying to see the small things, plants, spiders, birds as I would look on a person. Or see myself not as a person…

The spoons are taking me somewhere

Right now I love every spoon I make. Not that they are perfect or “the best one”. It is the way that they come into sight for me. It feels like I could stop anywhere in the process and the spoon would be finished. It is the way you would think that art feels.

Slöjd is a fool´s hope

It feels like I need to pause everything for a while. Just to breathe. That´s the constant feeling in this race. In the mornings, when I leave the kids at school, I see everyone struggle to adjust their lives to a rigid system of theoretics. Slöjd is a fool´s hope for me. Spooncarving has a logistic, almost the only one, that works in my every day life.

the knife and the axe – there is a constant flow

I have recently read two great books about spoons; by barnthespoon and hatchetandbear . I just recently visited northhousefolkschooland on Friday my own book theartofwhittling is released on carltonbooks

The more I carve spoons and the more I feel that other people get involved in spooncarving, the more meaningful it feels. And the more meaningful it feels the more spiritual it is.
Yesterday’s carving was total enlightenment – every single cut felt meaningful.
And I decided to do something I don’t do – an art spoon. 

The knife and the axe: there is a constant flow.
The shape of the handle represents the constant unsymmetrical and shifting flow of the river. The carvings are the little spirits of the woods, the axe and the knife.

North House Folk School

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.

Grand Marais.

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.