Jim Paulson, Woodcarver/Chairmaker & Barb Paulson, Pen Turning
SKANDERNA WOOD WORKS
Jim's blogs are http://jimthechairmaker.wordpress.com or http://skandernawoodworks.wordpress.com. Jim is on instagram as jimmy_acanthus
Shaping Windsor Chair Spindles
Skanderna Wood Works (SWW)is our revamped woodworking business name (formerly Black Swamp Windsors & Woodworking). Skanderna, Swedish word for Scandinavian, is the name of the mountain range that runs through Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
Jim will be offering original ale bowls in the Norwegian folk art tradition, acanthus carving, and continuing making handmade antique reproductions of Windsor chairs.
On this site you'll also see that Jim has quite a range of woodworking expertise and can build and add different styles of carving on many items.
Thank you for checking out our business and website. Barb and Jim will strive to be artists in the Scandinavian tradition. Hopefully, you'll be impressed by our commitment to the creative process and see that reflected in our producing fine woodcarvings, writing instruments, and building beautiful furniture that you'll want to pass on to your family.
Rooster Ale Bowl 2019
Sack Back Windsor Chair 2008
Jim was commissioned by the Wood County Historical Society, in 2015, to build a Shaker Table and ladder back chairs. These are on exhibit in an 1850's vintage log cabin at the Bowling Green Museum. Ambrosia maple and cherry lumber were used for the table and black walnut for the chairs.
SKANDERNA WOOD WORKS
ALE BOWLS ACANTHUS CARVED SHELVES
DRAGON CARVING CHIP CARVED CROSSES
CHIP CARVED BOXES, CORBELS AND SHELVES
18th CENTURY REPRODUCTION WINDSOR CHAIRS
17th CENTURY CARVED BOXES
HANDCARVED WOODEN BOWLS AND SPOONS
HANDMADE WOODEN PENS
SHAKER LADDERBACK CHAIRS
CARVED PLATES HANDMADE FURNITURE
FLAT PLANE WOODCARVED FIGURES
Carving Crest for a Windsor Chair
Chip carving has its origins in pre-industrialized Europe. Jim regularly uses chip carving and other carving styles to enhance and personalize furniture he builds.
Jim's expertise includes offering handmade 17th Century reproductions of oak boxes and desk boxes that are carved in low relief. Riven red oak was carved using the v tool and various gouges.
17th century carved desk box 2018
17th Century Joined Chest Panel
Cathedral Motif on 17th Century Oak Box
Jim the Woodcarver and ......
Jim is a professional woodcarver who has been trained by Phillip Odden and Else Bigton of Norsk Wood Works, Hans Sandom, Harley Refsal, Wayne Barton and others. Last year, Jim was awarded a grant, through the North Dakota Council of the Arts (NDCA), to do a Folk and Traditional Art Apprenticeship on carving Norwegian ale bowls with Phillip Odden.
You'll soon note that Phil's artistic influence has already been inspiring for Jim's exploration of Norwegian woodcarving. As part of his NDCA apprenticeship, Jim will be teaching a course in carving a small rooster ale bowl with members of the Lake Region Woodcarvers Club in Devils Lake in 2019.
Rooster Ale Bowl 2018
Jim the Chairmaker....
Jim has been doing furniture work since his youth. He initially focused on country furniture and Shaker pieces. From 2007 to 2012, Jim studied Windsor chairmaking with Mike Dunbar of Hampton, New Hampshire.
Jim has built period furniture reproductions that commonly feature dovetail, raised panel, and mortise and tenon joinery. His work often includes carved panels that personalize furniture, spoons, bowls, and boxes.
Barb the Pen maker.....
Since she got her own lathe in 2012, Barb has found great joy in making wooden pens and other turnings. Her lathe turned products will be available for purchase in our online store.