This past weekend we went to the American Swedish Institute to participate in the opening of Craft BOWL. The installation runs through April, and I highly recommend you go see it. Friday night there was a show with Jögge Sundqvist telling his story while making a shrink box. It was an amazing multi media show with music, images and carving! Jögge is a green wood carver and folk artist working in the “slöyd” craft tradition of Scandinavia. He is a skilled craftsman steeped in traditional methods as well as a thoughtful and innovative artist. A great show and a chance to talk to a lot of carvers and crafters in attendance we haven’t seen in a while. All in all an excellent night.
Hey! We just added a heart carving class for those of you who would like to dabble in carving, but don’t want to commit to carving a spoon. Think of this as an intro to your new favorite hobby. We know once you get a taste of green wood carving, you’ll want to come back for more. This class is one of our shorter classes and taught by Michele.
2017 was a big year for us. And we couldn't be more grateful. We moved our studio back into our building on Johnson St in NE Mpls in January and really started to focus on what we wanted to do with the space and our new business. A fresh start, a new year, a new/old studio and lots of ideas. We took every opportunity that came our way and just said "yes". And it really paid off.
In the spring we went to the Milan Spoon Gathering and met many new friends, and saw many familiar faces. Learning and watching carvers with many more years experience is always a treat. In early summer we were excited to be a part of a show at Light Grey Art Lab called THE NEW NORTH. Throughout the spring and summer we participated in various demonstrations at Ingebretsen's Nordic Marketplace and the American Swedish Institute showing folks how we carve our spoons. We taught spoon carving classes in our studio, at the Norway House and Ingebretsen's, we even had a guest instructor and met a Swedish carver who we've admired afar on Instagram in our new studio. Late fall and early winter we participated in many different pop up shops and long time craft sales. We were honored to be chosen for the 13th annual No Coast Craft - O - Rama sale, a big step for us to getting into the swing of this type of event.
And at the end of the year, we received notice that we were finalist to a contest we had entered with the Minneapolis St Paul Magazine "Made in North" contest. This has been the most exciting news we've ever gotten. Not only did we get a page of ink and some great photos in the magazine, but today Ali Kaplan, style editor for MSPMAG, talked about and showed off our spoons on local tv show, The Buzz . We were blushing with pride as we watched the piece..... what a year.
None of this could not have happened without the support of our family, friends and our local community. And for that we are forever grateful. Thank you everyone for your help and support. It means the world to us to be able to do what we love doing most, carving. 2018... we will keep saying "yes".