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Sam Gathje

Rochester, MN
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Sam Gathje is an artist and craftsperson from Rochester, Minnesota. A third-generation woodworker, Sam draws on a decade worth 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. Sam is a full time sculptor, educator, and public artist. Sam's work ranges from handcraft for the home, to monolithic public sculpture in stone. While the creation of art is exceedingly rewarding, Sam's greatest passion is teaching.

Photo credit Hannah Lauber

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Current Courses Offered by Sam Gathje

Teaser image for Belt Making: Forge and Stitch

Belt Making: Forge and Stitch

Sure, there are many ways to keep your pants on, but a handmade belt and hand-forged buckle is…
Fri, Apr 19th, 2024  –  Sun, Apr 21st, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Elizabeth Belz, Sam Gathje
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Hardcover Codex Bookbinding

Hand-bound hardcover books are not only functional and beautiful, but they hold a certain…
Fri, Aug 2nd, 2024  –  Sun, Aug 4th, 2024
Days 1-2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: Sam Gathje

Past Courses Offered by Sam Gathje

Hardcover Codex Bookbinding: Online Course

Old World Games: Woodworking Intro

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