Sami spoon with red kohlrosing, dated 1889 from Namsskogan in Trøndelag. Photo Anne-Lise Reinsfelt, Norsk Folkemuseum, NFSA.0294J.

Kohlrosing (a.k.a. Kolrosing) is the Scandinavian tradition of incising thin decorative lines and patterns in carved wood and filling with dark powders (charcoal, coal dust, coffee grounds, graphite, ground bark) or colored wax, etc. for contrast.[1] Kohlrosing dates back to at least Viking times.[2][3]

Notable contemporary exponents include Judy Ritger (USA), Wille Sundqvist (Sweden)[4][5][6] and Jogge Sundqvist (Sweden).[7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ Ritger, Judy; Stubbs, Del. "Basics of Kohlrosing".
  2. ^ Vogel, Joshua (10 November 2015). The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9781452143842. Retrieved 23 April 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Cunningham, Cindy. "Trollhaugen Language Arts & Culture Camp". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  4. ^ Sunqvist, Wille (1988), Talja med kniv och yxa, Verfasser und LTs
  5. ^ Sunqvist, Wille (1990), Swedish Carving Techniques, Taunton Press
  6. ^ Sunqvist, Wille (2004), Swedische Schnitz-Schule, Arbeiten mit messer und axt, Verlag Th. Schafer
  7. ^ Sunqvist, Jogge (2014), Carving Swedish Woodenware, Taunton DVD
  8. ^ Sunqvist, Jogge (2016), Slojda I tra, Lost Art Press
  9. ^ Sunqvist, Jogge (2018), Slojd in Wood, Lost Art Press
  10. ^ Sunqvist, Jogge. "surolle".