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Make Your Very Own Scandinavian Shaved Wood Ornaments - from a Kit!!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 22:05
Look at these beautiful Scandinavian shaved wood ornaments! Created using REAL wood savings! I love them to pieces! Just finished making them using a Shaved Wood Ornament Kit which I am very excited to share with you!!
Some of you may remember this post from July 2010 in which I shared two shaved wood treasures that have been in my Christmas tree ornament collection since I first began collecting Christmas ornaments. I also put out a plea for help finding a source for shaved wood or the ornaments.
You may remember that my amazingly kind and generous friend, Gill, sent me several rolls of "hobby spaan" (as it is called) from Norway. And since the day the Spaan arrived, I have spent many blissful hours making Scandinavian shaved wood ornaments. BUT I could never get the hang of making tight or spiral curls.
And, the European supplier was not too eager to ship directly to the USA. So I have been disappointed that I could not share a source for the material with my readers - many of whom are of Scandinavian heritage!
But making those sweet little curls is no longer a problem because now, thanks to a lovely woman in Michigan, I can order them already made for me!!
And as you can see above, I have successfully duplicated one of my original shaved wood treasures which was constructed from several spiral curls. (Darker wood is the original)
What has me more excited than making the ornaments is that now, finally, I can point you, my lovely readers, to "Olsen's Scandinavian Ornaments" where you can order a kit, just like the one above, and make your own Scandinavian Shaved Wood Ornaments!!!
For just $10.00 (which includes shipping within the continental USA) you can order a kit just like this one. Look at all the perfect little wood curls! There are enough curls in the kit to make 7 to 8 ornaments!
And because this is a kit - along with instructions, clips for holding your little curls together as the glue dries and strings for hanging are included! All you really need to supply is glue!
Once my kit arrived, I took a few pictures for the post and then began making ornaments!
In no time I had glued together the elements needed for four ornaments - and still had half the curls sent in the kit left - to share with Diane of course!
I could hardly wait for Aleene's Tacky Glue to dry so that I could begin assembling the elements into ornaments!
Four beautiful brand new Scandinavian Shaved Wood Ornaments for my collection!!
And this beautiful woman is the ornament artist! Jan Dolland!
(Her daughter sent me the picture which was recently published in a Detroit nerwspaper.)
Actually, she has been making Scandinavian Shaved Wood Ornaments for years and years! Her daughter shared with me that she has many memories of sitting at the kitchen table watching as her mother made shaved wood ornaments to sell at local craft fairs.
Patti (Jan's Daughter) tells the story in her own words!
"It all started probably 35 years ago when she saw pictures of wood shaving ornaments in the Sunset magazine. She spent a year in Europe while in her 20's and was familiar with the ornaments. My grandfather was an avid woodworker and figured out a way to make them. One difference was the ones in the magazine were made from long strips that needed to be cut down and soaked in order to get the correct shape. My grandpa made short shavings that curled on their own. The only time she soaked them was to make long tear-drop shaped shavings. My grandpa and father made the shavings by hand for years, doing exactly as your husband said, with a plane. Then quite a few years ago, my dad, being a draftsman, came up with a machine to automate the process. It makes it much easier and the shavings turn out the same way."
And not only does Jan make ornaments, but she is an accomplished chocolatier who shares her knowledge and expertise by teaching classes. According to Jan, chocolate is her "first love"!
AND…there is more! She lectures around the country sharing her knowledge of the small quilting community of Gee's Bend, Alabama.
And, she still makes Scandinavian wood shaved ornaments to sell at fairs! She sent these little beauties with my kit order! They are so pretty wrapped in the cellophane bags that I can't being myself to open them! Currently I am displaying them in a beautiful hand thrown raku bowl on the dining table!
HERE IS HOW TO ORDER A KIT FROM JAN!!
Send a check or money order made payable to Jan Dolland. Each kit including shipping within the continental USA is $10.00.
Jan Dolland; 34305 Mulvey Road; Fraser, Michigan 48026
Be sure to include your return address. (Don't laugh - in my excitement, I forgot mine the first time I ordered!)
If you are interested in ordering completed ornaments, or have any questions, you can e-mail Jan here: firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you live in the Detroit area, check in with her as I understand she will be teaching four ornament classes in the fall! Lucky you if you live nearby!!