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Liesl Chatman

Liesl Chatman is a greenwood spoon carver, kolroser, and teacher and is fast becoming known as one of the top kolrosers in the U.S.  Spoons and creating images on a small scale have always been part of her life. Her father, a U.S. history teacher, collected American coin silver spoons that hung in her parents’ dining room. Liesl, though, got hooked on beautiful wooden spoons. Her background as a hand-lettering artist and graphic journaler influences her spoon forms and kolrosing images. In her teaching, Liesl works with students to carve spoons and wood with skill and joy. She fosters confidence through mindfulness, good safe techniques, and practice. She works with students to make spoons that are useful and pleasing to the eye, hand, and mouth. Liesl’s spoons have been exhibited at the American Swedish Institute and Vesterheim, and she teaches at the American Swedish Institute, Fireweed Community Woodshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, North House Folk School, and Vesterheim. Currently she serves on the Milan Spoon Gathering Planning Committee, and in the fall of 2023, Liesl is slated to be the Folk-Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She loves that spoon carving and kolrosing are crafts that are accessible, affordable, enjoyable, and healing.