The Art of Kolrosing, with John Carlson

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The Art of Kolrosing, with John Carlson

October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Kolrosing is an ancient form of wood surface decoration. Thin lines are incised into wood and a powderized substance, such as ashes, coffee grounds or cinnamon, is rubbed into the lines. Oil is applied to the wood, suspending and sealing the substance, creating colored patterns on the surface that are smooth to the touch.

Unlike woodcarving or woodburning, Kolrosing is not removing wood, but spreading the wood and filling the grooves. The technique is easy to learn and is commonly used to decorate wooden spoons and other utilitarian objects.

In this hands-on class we will cover the following topics while decorating a Norwegian butter knife:

  • Tools
  • Wood Selection
  • Surface Preparation
  • Design
  • Applying a pattern
  • Incising techniques
  • Applying color to incised lines
  • Sealing, finishing, maintenance

Instructions: You may wish to bring a water bottle, snacks, or something to take notes with. This class will take place indoors.

Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: People’s Food Co-op, 315 5th Ave S, La Crosse, WI 54601
Ages: 12+
Materials Fee: $10

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Supported Level Ticket: $35
If you struggle to fund your basic needs and have limited access to resources in your family and community, or if you would not be able to access this offering without a discounted payment option, consider paying at this level. We value your presence and contributions to our community and do not want any economic circumstances to be a barrier to attendance!


October 12
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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People’s Food Co-op
315 5th Ave S
La Crosse, 54601 United States
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