Marc Adams is a difficult man to impress.
He runs the largest woodworking school in the world, has seen work from the best living woodworkers and is an astonishing craftsman in his own right. And yet, last year I sat next to Marc and he was transfixed, spellbound and speechless because of the work of Jögge Sundqvist.
Jögge and his work are difficult to describe without slipping into the fantastical. He makes all manner of objects that we would classify as “green” woodworking – chairs, knives, bowls and other hand-carved objects. Yet their execution and their bright colors defy that simple categorization.
For me, the best word is that Jögge’s work is magical.
While I’ve known of Jögge for many years (he is woodworking royalty), I first met him at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He was teaching his first class there. I was teaching my last.
During one evening at the school, he gave an extended presentation of his work, and I was hooked.
During the last 12 months, John and I have worked our butts off to secure the rights to his book “Sloyd in Wood” and get it translated into English. I am happy to announce that all the contracts have been signed, the people have been paid and the translation is underway. Our hope it to have the book published by the end of 2017.
“Sloyd in Wood” is an introduction to the way Jögge sees the work, the way he works and the details that permeate the things he creates. Yes, it’s a book on carving spoons, but it is more a book that looks at the tree and sees the spoons inside.
The book is 100-percent gorgeous with beautiful photos and illustrations. Of course, we will meet or exceed the production quality of the original with our translation.
If you’d like a peek at more of Jögge’s work, visit his website or follow him on Instagram.
— Christopher Schwarz
18 thoughts on “‘Sloyd in Wood’ by Jögge Sundqvist”
Great news. I look forward to the book.
Very Kool! Can’t wait to check it out.
Consider this my pre-order! Sign me up for ten copies please.
You mean now, after all these years, I have to read it? Oh well, if I must. Great news…Jogge had told me it was in the pipeline. I look forward to it.
Sign me up. I’ve been wanting to get into spoon carving and this is perfect timing.
I swear, I am not buying any more LAP books until I have finished reading the ones I have…
…so much for New Year’s resolutions.
I can tell how excited you are about this new adventure! Makes me excited, can’t wait to see it in my hands!
This looks extremely cool. Very excited that you are publishing a Lost Art Press version.
Chris, you keep bringing me back from the precipice – damn you and your inherent human quality. I want to hate you and write you off and then you do something like Peter Galbert and now Jogge…damn you Schwarzbier
I am so happy I did not buy the Swedish edition now…
Tell me, is this an instructional, how-to project book or something more like Krenov’s Cabinet maker’s Notebook?
The book is about the instructors at Penland. Each instructor writes an essay about his or her work. Then you get a gallery of their work, a step-by-step tutorial on some aspect of the their work (prototyping, vacuum bag veneering etc.). And there is a final gallery of pieces they were inspired by.
So it’s neither. And both. It’s worth a look next time you are at the bookstore.
I will. Thank you.
So happy to hear this! Jögge is an EXCELLENT presenter. I expect his book will be equally fantastic!
Count me in.
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