Meet Swedish woodworker and woodcarving artist Jögge Sundqvist when he shares the presentation “What Is in a Spoon?” at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, Friday, March 2.

This free, public event is at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Bethania Church at 113 N. Mill Street.

Rømmegrøt will be served after the presentation in the church basement.
Sundqvist, or Surolle as he is known, is teaching classes in spoon carving and shrinkbox making at Vesterheim’s Folk Art School. He is an internationally known craftsman with 35 years of woodworking experience.

Sundqvist learned the skills of using a knife and ax from his father Willie Sundqvist and has been carving ever since. He worked part time with his craft until 1985 and in 1999 he started his own company, Surolle, and now is a full-time carver.

He works with precision in green and dry wood using hand tools and has become famous for his beautiful carved objects such as chairs, knives, cupboards, troughs, blackboards, sculptures, and, of course, spoons. His influence comes from the Swedish folk art of the 17th century.

Sundqvist’s presentation and classes are happening in connection with the exhibit “Spoons: Carving. Community,” on view at Vesterheim through Nov. 4.