Too much happened there for me to write the whole thing down. After Täljfest, Jögge Sundqvist led a few of us on a mini-tour of parts of Sweden. We were me, Jogge, Del & Mary Stubbs and Masashi Kutsuwa and his wife Madoka and their daughter Fuku. Jogge kept things beyond interesting.
First stop – I have no pictures I can share with the blog – a storehouse for the Nodiska Museet (Nordic Museum for some of us) – absolutely mind-boggling array of wooden objects. I don’t remember seeing anything that was un-decorated. (the website for the museum down in Stockholm, which can’t possibly compare to its storage collections http://www.nordiskamuseet.se/en – better to work through this site, which can be sorted by object, collection & more http://digitaltmuseum.se/ )
An evening with Anja Sundberg and her family, her work is amazingly personal, and lively. She almost couldn’t be harder to find on the internet, Robin Wood wrote about her work some time ago. http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/10/26/anja-sundberg/#lightbox/9/
Next morning, a stop for breakfast with Nicke Helldorff, among other things, a carver of birds. http://handochtanke.se/ommig.aspx
Then, Hans Karlsson’s shop, http://www.klensmide.se/?pid=47e92d9a963a9&lang_id=sv where we all had fun (& Hans’ cherry pie) watching Del go out of his mind comparing notes and techniques with Hans, Mats, Johan, Andreas and Ludwig.
When we arrived, there were three flags outside the shop – US, Sweden & Japan. They had to make the Japanese flag, couldn’t find one to buy!
That night, we stayed with Ramon & Marie Persson. http://www.ramonpersson.se/ He was patient enough to show us his birch cannister work, while several of us clicked away with cameras.
A really nice old shaving horse at Ramon’s shop:
The next morning, as we were trying to leave, out came the box of antique spoons!
Then on to a house museum with the most astounding collection of carved work. Sophia Isberg carved vessels to hold cigars, of all things. But the carvings she did rendered them into a sphere all their own. http://www.motalamuseum.com/utstallningar/index.html
A stone overmantel dated 1662, for the 17th-century enthusiasts :
After that, to Öland. Another post for that leg of the trip.