Sam Gathje is an artist and craftsperson from Rochester, Minnesota. A third-generation woodworker, Sam draws on over thirteen years of cabinet making and traditional woodcarving experience in a studio practice that focuses on material intelligence and storytelling. Sam was first introduced to Scandinavian handcraft by Harley Refsal at Luther College in 2013. After completing the intern program at North House Folk School in 2016, Sam moved on to attain a Masters in Fine Arts from Montana State University in 2020. Now back in the Minnesota, Sam is a full time sculptor, a public artist, and instructor of traditional craft at multiple institutions throughout the Midwest.