Visit Decorah with a partner or friend, to learn about traditional European band loom carving and weaving! These two classes, one in weaving and one in woodcarving, make for a fun weekend together. Weavers will learn how to weave elaborate patterns on a band loom (also called tape loom or rigid heddle), while carvers will learn how to carve a one-piece band loom and shuttle. Band looms were traditionally carved and used as sweetheart gifts, so at the end of the weekend, the loom will be presented to the weaver for Valentine’s Day. This is a class two people can share, at Vesterheim and in your future creations together! (See the fiber arts section for information about the weaving class.)
Carvers will learn how to carve a traditional Scandinavian band loom. A flat piece of wood is carved using gouges, chip knives, and hand drills to create a unique and personalized loom and traditional flat shuttle. Samples will be available to follow, but each loom will be an individual creation. Carvers will leave the class with a beautiful, individual band loom and shuttle to present to your partner or friend. There will be a materials fee.
Level of Instruction: All levels. People signed up as a couple receive a 10% discount.
Roger Abrahamson is a traditional bowl turner. Using spring pole lathes, hand forged tools, and freshly harvested native woods, he specializes in the creation of Norwegian ale vessels. His fascination for these objects has its roots in his immigrant grandmother’s ale bowl, which is still in the family. Roger has demonstrated his art at Vesterheim’s Nordic Fest, Norsk Høstfest, the Minnesota State Fair, the Smithsonian Institute’s Viking Exhibition, and several other events and historic sites. He has been a turner and demonstrator for 18 years, working almost exclusively with a pole lathe the past 15 years.
Reggie Delarm grew up and still lives in an old family homestead in Connecticut. After attending college for fine arts, she worked as a graphic designer and started a pottery company in 1986. Always interested in history, she also designs period clothing, knits, quilts, spins, and weaves. For the past 15 years she has been weaving on the band loom and has written an instructional book, Tape Loom Weaving
. . . Simplified. She teaches weaving and pottery at museums and shows across the country.