thoughts by Jögge Sundqvist

I’m spoiled in many ways. A healthy, happy family. I spend my days overlooking the river, making things for my very patient clients; using sharp hand-tools and the best-quality oak you can find in this country. And over the years, I have met, worked with and became friends with some great craftspeople. I have been particularly spoiled by Jögge Sundqvist – his influence on me far exceeds the spoon and bowl carving I sometimes do.

It reaches inside, to how and why I make things; and how those things connect me to this place (New England) and the past. We’ve seen Jögge’s Rhythm and Slöjd presentation at Greenwood Fest; (I slept through parts of it in Swedish too!) and it’s easy for me to become complacent to the point where I fully expect productions like this short film he posted this morning. (It’s a booklet too, newly translated into English – I’ll post ordering information as soon as I have it…)

The book of thoughts Jögge Sundqvist as s u r o l l e from surolle on Vimeo.

But I am always in awe of the depth of his work. In 2016 he took a few of us on a tour through some museum collections in Sweden where we learned a lot about the sources behind his work. He also touches on these themes in his Lie-Nielsen video released last year. If you haven’t got it yet, here’s the link:

7 thoughts on “thoughts by Jögge Sundqvist

  1. Thank you for the information, I just ordered my DVD, I’m very excited to watch it.
    Keep up your great work, looking forward to hearing more from you as you get time.

  2. Thanks, Peter. I was idly reading a few blogs after lunch when you pointed us to this video. That’s it for today. Got some knives and axes. Have green wood from storm damage outside. It is a nice day here. Bye.

  3. Thanks Peter. I spent a day in the shed restoring a set of old school room storage drawers. Not green woodworking I know, but watching the video topped my day off nicely.

  4. Thanks for this Peter. Again, this is Cory from Utah (the scrawny weirdo you met at Colonial Williamsburg). I’m struggling with a lot of things in my life right now, and this post really did a lot to help me out emotionally. You’re a great man, and I appreciate the few times I got to speak with you one on one in my scholarship trip. I’m not an internet guy, but I figured this is at least a way (maybe THE way?) that I can once again express my gratitude to you.

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