Skanderna, Swedish word for Scandinavian, is the name of the mountain range that runs through Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Skanderna Wood Works (SWW) is our revamped woodworking business name (formerly Black Swamp Windsors & Woodworking).
Jim will be offering original ale bowls in the Norwegian folk art tradition, acanthus carving, and continue making handmade antique reproductions of Windsor chairs.
On this site you'll also see that Jim has a quite a range of woodworking expertise and can build and add chip carving on may items. That expertise includes offering 17th Century reproduction boxes and desk boxes that are carved in low relief.
Thanks 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.
Jim Paulson -- Woodcarver and Chairmaker
Barb Paulson --Crafts and Pen Turning
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
Jim the Woodcarver and ......
Jim is a professional woodcarver who has been trained by Phillip Odden and Else of 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. Prior to this, Jim mastered work in acanthus carving, 17th Century oak carving, wooden spoon carving, Scandinavian flat plane carving and chip carving. Over the years, Jim has done some teaching on chip carving and in doing traditional woodworking with handplanes, saws, chisels, etc. 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.
17th century carved oak desk box
17th Century Joined Chest Panel
A Lifelong Passion for Woodworking
A Woodcarver Since 1982
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 reproductions that commonly feature dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery. His work often includes carved panels that personalize furniture, spoons, bowls, and boxes.
18th Century Reproduction Sack Back Windsor Chair
Barb the Pen maker.....
I'm very proud of my wife and all her accomplishments. Since she got her own lathe in 2012, she has found great joy in making wooden pens and other turnings. Her lathe turned products will be available for purchase in our online store.