Kolrosing does look similar to wood burning but no hot iron to worry about, just a sharp knife (no power needed, can be done anywhere). Kolrosing can have a finer detail then wood burning because of the fine cut marks. They can be varnished over. It makes them look great. Kolrosings are very durable when finished with just walnut oil and are food safe.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Working with youth I became interested in mountain men, men like John Colter, Jedediah Smith, and Jim Bridger. Attending mountain man rendezvous I became familiar with trappers equipment, such as black powder rifles, powder horns, and flint & steel (used to make fire). Wanting to make a powder horn, I learned about scrimshaw, the handiwork created by whalers. It is made by making fine cuts with a knife, then rubbing ink into the cuts to reveal the pattern. Whale teeth and ivory are hard to come by these days. What else could be used? If you can scrimshaw on bone and ivory why not do it on wood?
Doing scrimshaw on wood involved a lot of trial and error. I knew I had to seal the wood. My first attempt was a wood glue and water coating. This worked somewhat but was very ugly. I settled on wood varnish. This works very well and looks great. Varnishing wood is time consuming; time that could be used for actual scrimshawing. What to use for ink was another problem. Markers don’t work unless you want the younger kids to just color the wood so they don’t have to use a knife. By the way, little kids really enjoy being involved. India ink and wood stain became the ink of choice. All went well until the bottle of stain spilt on the table. Tests with Kool-Aid, Jello and charcoal had mixed results. Grinding up charcoal is very messy. What comes as a fine power is inexpensive and is it non toxic? Cocoa, straight out of the can, cocoa!
Years later I discovered the art of kolrosing (cole-rose-ing). Kolrosing is an old Scandinavian art form, dating back to Viking times. This is exactly what I have been doing all along. Scrimshaw uses bone, whale teeth or ivory. Kolrosing is done on wood. Traveling from Mountain Men through scrimshaw on to kolrosing has been an interesting and fun journey.
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Friday, March 9, 2012
How to do Kolrosing
1. Cut out and glue pattern to the wood using a washable glue stick.
2. Cut the lines of the pattern. Start from the inside and work out.
3. Peel off what you can of the pattern.
The rest of the pattern will come off with a damp paper towel.
4. Apply Powder to the cut marks.
Apply past and wipe off with a tissue.
( I use my finger and rub the past into the power and cut marks, then clean.)
5. Cut the lines deeper and wider as you see fit. This is a matter of artistic style and skill.
Powder and clean from time to time to see your progress.
6. Detail and shading will improve your artwork. Study others art work for ideas.
7. Take your time and enjoy your work.
8. Apply a final coat of past. Wait for the past to “setup” then buff it out with a soft cloth.
Share your work with others.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Kolrosing is an old Scandinavian art form, dating back to Viking times. Similar to scrimshaw, Kolrosing is made by making fine cuts with a knife, then rubbing ink into the cuts to reveal the pattern.
Scrimshaw, the handiwork created by whalers, used bone, whale teeth or ivory. Kolrosing is done on wood.
For information on Kolrosing email Kolrosing@bbairn.com