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Sam Gathje

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 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 Midwest, Sam is working as a cabinet maker and instructor of traditional craft.

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  • Workshop: Green Woodcarving 101

  • Workshop: Carve the Julbock Candle Holder

  • Workshop: Carve an Ornament

  • Workshop: Green Woodcarving 102

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