"Sloyd" is a Scandinavian based handcraft movement and educational system. Woodworking is the traditional focus, though other crafts include paper, textile, and metal work. Within the woodworking craft, knife skills form the foundation and then progress into tools like hook knives and carving axes. Items produced through Sloyd are meant to be practical for everyday use: spoons, bowls, cups, buttons, coat hooks, furniture, etc. Sloyd is still being widely practiced in Scandinavia, but, while once popular in America, is no longer a common part of our culture.
Dawson Moore lives and works on a 6th generation family farm in Harbor Springs, MI. He has spent the last several years learning traditional methods to transform the trees and branches of the local woods into everyday household goods.
For more information on the process, follow @michigansloyd on Instagram.