Adults and Families: Reclaim Your Christmas Tree
Darlene Fossum-Martin and Rebecca Hanna
$15 per person or family members/$25 per person or family non-members
Start a new family tradition and celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas by recycling your once-living Christmas tree. January 6 is Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, and is the time in many Scandinavian countries when the Christmas tree and all its decorations come down. But why throw out that beautiful and natural tree? Give the tree a new look and your house a Nordic look year round, inside or out. Don’t want to save the entire tree? Then let us show you how to make hooks that can be used for coats, cups, hats, curtain rods and more. Bring your own cut Christmas tree. Class will begin with learning the safe and proper use of knives, and hand saws.
Level of Instruction: All levels. Families with children over 12 years of age welcome.
Darlene Fossum-Martin is a third-generation Norwegian who grew up on a small farm where her family recycled before recycling was a household word. She has always had a passion for folk arts and the way her ancestors expressed themselves through their work. She loves working with wood in its natural form, is an avid kolroser, and has carved with Judy Ritger; Harley Refsal; Kåre Herfindal, Voss, Norway; and Leif Ottar Flaten, Drangedal, Norway.
Rebecca Hanna is Scandinavian American, but only began pursuing her heritage as a student at Luther College. She is an elementary-school teacher at South Winneshiek School, and is very active in the Decorah Sons of Norway chapter. Rebecca is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist and was instrumental in the creation of Vesterheim magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2, dedicated to woodworking.