Thomas Latane

From forest to furniture at Castlerock


Derek Olson
Derek Olson

On Sunday, September 24, from 12-4 p.m., Thomas Latane and Derek Olson will demonstrate medieval hand-powered construction technology starting with a tree at Castlerock Museum in Alma. The goal of this year’s program will be to recreate a Viking-era stool. 

Simple three- or four-legged stools are common archeological finds. From the Lund excavation in Denmark to those in York, England, the evidence of these vernacular furniture forms has been left behind. And though the form dates back to 1000 AD or earlier, it is very recognizable and even modern in appearance. 

Latane is a blacksmith and woodworker, with a shop in Pepin, Wis., where he focuses on pre-industrial technology. Olson is an award-winning woodworker from La Crosse, Wis., focused on hand-tool techniques. He has published articles in Popular Woodworking Magazine and is currently writing a book on Medieval furniture. 

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children four and under are free. Members receive a 50 percent discount. Contact the museum at 608-685-4231 or for more details.


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