Slöjd in Wood

Slöjd in Wood by Jögge Sundqvist available at American Swedish Institute.
Slöjd in Wood by Jögge Sundqvist available at American Swedish Institute.

Slöjd in Wood

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This ASI Staff, Student, and Customer favorite book will take you to the world of slöjd, a place where people make the things they need using simple tools and materials that are all around them.

Slöjd in Wood is the first English translation of Jögge’s classic Swedish book. It’s a gorgeous peek into a work that is dominated by saturated colors, crisp bevels and handmade work.

Jögge Sundqvist has been making things with his hands and little bits of steel since he was a boy. To join in, you need only a knife and a few other simple tools to make useful and beautiful objects.

“Slöjd in Wood” begins with making a butter knife – a useful object that requires just a knife, boiling water and paint to make it – that will begin to unlock the world of slöjd for you.

You will then learn to make bowls, a sheath for your knife, spoons, a place to hang your clothes, cutting boards and so many more things. In the end, you will look up into the branches of the trees around your home and see the things you need.

In addition to introducing you to the pieces you can make for your home, Jögge shows you how to grip the knife to produce the cuts shown in the book safely and efficiently. And shows you how to replicate the deep colors on your pieces that are positively mesmerizing.

The book features drawings and text that help explain the work to an audience that is unfamiliar with the concepts of slöjd.

English Version

Jögge Sundqvist is a friend of ASI who was part of the 2018 exhibition CraftBOW and has taught classes at ASI.

Jögge works with hand tools in the self-sufficient Scandinavian slöjd tradition, making stools, chairs, cupboards, knives, spoons and sculptures painted with oil color. “Not uncrafty” is his motto. He’s also a teacher, performer, musician and author of several books. He grew up in Luleå, Sweden, where at that time his father was teaching kids in slöjd. Today Jögge is based in Umeå.

Slöjd connects me to my ancestors, to nature, and to a modern sustainable life.