Book


I’m afraid this book is only available in German and Swedish, the original title is “Slöjda I Trä” which translates as sloyd in wood. The German title is “Schnitzen mit Jögge Sundqvist” which translates as carving with Jögge Sundqvist. The subtile of the German book is “Swedish tradition in a new light.” I think it has this subtitle because of the lack of one-word translation of the word Slöjd.

The book has 90 pages with lots of colourful pictures and a lot of black and white illustrations. Using illustrations an photo’s Jögge explains how various items can be made, among others knives, spoons, beakers, hooks doorhandles, etc. It explains the most important cuts and techniques, and how to source your materials.

Jögge has his very own style in carving, you can see the control he has over his knife. He uses seemingly simple and rough shapes that are very pleasing for the eye but are very hard to replicate.
Jögge works a lot with colours and paint, which is very refreshing when your used to mostly wooden unpainted pieces, especially the stuff I make myself. It convinced me to try and make some more coloured things myself.

It seems the writer of this book has the same opinion about woodcarving as I have. If you go trough the trouble of carving by hand also let it look like something that was carved by hand. No use of sanding paper, but only smooth carved finish. Which if it is a knife handle also helps with the grip on the handle.

I also have the book his father, Wille Sundqvist, wrote call Swedish Carving techniques. Which is a more technical approach to greenwood carving. Both books complement each other where the father is more technical and thorough on the carving and the materials part, Jögge is more artistic in his approach.

Links
Jögge Sundqvist (in Swedish)
The book at Dick.biz
Will Sundqvist book at Amazon in English. or in German at Dick.biz

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I’ve bought the book a while ago and didn’t really find time to read it until now.

The book handles a large variety of lost, or at least “endangered” crafts that are largely replaced by machinery or plastics, and usually both. Some of the crafts featured are cow milking, spoon carving, coppicing, coopering, basketry and smiting.
It typically talks about a craft for 3 pages supported by photo material. Your not going to learn any craft from this book fully, but that is not its purpose.

Its purpose is to let you discover some crafts that you wont see much or are unknown to a large part of the population. And that purpose is met, and very well too.
Obviously a craft like smiting cannot be truly described in a couple of pages but for every craft there are one or more web links. The links are usually pointing the a worshipful company of some sort. For example this one of the worshipful company of farriers, the guild for people that put on horses shoes and exist since 1356! From there you can get more information.

Since this book has short stories about every craft it is ideal if you have a 3 year old running around.

Here is the link to amazon.