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Decorating on Wood with Darlene Fossum-Martin & Rebecca Hanna

  • Norway House 913 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55407 United States (map)

Do you have a piece of woodenware or carving that you’re not sure how to decorate or enhance? Come and learn three simple 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. Participants will need to bring or purchase woodenware (or bring your own carved pieces).

The course will run for two days, 9:00am-5:00pm. 



Darlene Fossum-Martin

Darlene Fossum-Martin

Darlene Fossum-Martin of Decorah, Iowa, is a third-generation Norwegian, who grew up on a small farm near Spring Grove, Minnesota, the first Norwegian settlement in the state. She is both a woodworker and Norwegian food specialist. She has always had a passion for the folk arts and the way her Norwegian forefathers expressed themselves through their work with their hands and hearts.

Darlene loves working with wood in its natural form and is amazed what beauty a simple incised line can give to a piece of wood. She is an avid kolroser and has carved with Judy Ritger, Harley Refsal, and Norwegians Kåre Herfindal and Leif Ottar Flaten.

She says her cooking style is shaped by the Norwegian foodways of her ancestors. Her strengths in Norwegian cooking come from the women in her family, as well as the years she spent living in Norway. Darlene has taught traditional Scandinavian immigrant food classes for adults and children of all ages throughout the Midwest, Colorado, and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Darlene says, “What better way to keep traditions alive for future generations than sharing these time-honored recipes of our immigrant forefathers.”


Rebecca Hanna

Rebecca Hanna

Rebecca Hanna of Decorah, Iowa, is passionate about many Norwegian folk arts, especially woodworking. A graduate of Luther College in elementary education and museum studies, she is a retired elementary teacher. Rebecca is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist and was instrumental in the creation of Vesterheim magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2 dedicated to woodworking.