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Liesl Chatman

Minneapolis, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Liesl Chatman

Liesl Chatman is a spoon carver, kolroser, and teacher. Her background as a handlettering artist and graphic journaler are large influences in her kolrosing and of spoon designs. She believes that carving and kolrosing spoons are crafts that are for the people.  They are accessible, affordable, and heal the soul. Plus you can carry everything you need to kolrose in your pocket!

Liesl cares just as strongly about the craft of teaching. Learning craft in a supportive and human environment builds community and builds bridges across communities.  Now retired, Liesl’s professional career focused on teaching and learning at all levels, building relationships, and assuring voice to each and every person gathered.  She’s worked with and taught a wide variety of leaders at local, state, regional and national levels and in many sectors including government, philanthropy, formal education, informal education, craft, and scientific research.  Liesl has repeatedly received national recognition for her work in these areas in the form of grants, publications, and honors. Much to her surprise, she was named a White House Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM by the Obama Administration. Her kolrosed spoons have been exhibited at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) and the Vesterheim Museum, and she has taught kolrosing, spoon carving at North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, ASI and Fireweed in Minneapolis, the Spoon Gathering in Milan MN, Greenwoodfest in Plymouth MA, and the Greenwood Wrights’ Fest in Pittsboro NC. 

Current Courses Offered by Liesl Chatman

Teaser image for Kolrosing: Decorative Line Carving

Kolrosing: Decorative Line Carving

Kolrosing is like scrimshaw on wood and a great way to decorate spoons, spreaders, and plates. It…
Tue, Mar 14th, 2023  –  Thu, Mar 16th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Liesl Chatman

Past Courses Offered by Liesl Chatman

Pocket Spoon and the Double Blank Method