Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Project, Pattern and Magazine Article from August 1997

Click on pattern to enlarge.

Instructions in project are included in the following magaine article, you can click on any page it will enlarge.

Creative Woodwork and Crafts is an amazing woodworking magazine, full of interesting woodworking projects. In August 1997 they published a project and interviewed me on my Lathart/Woodscape.

Note:Contact information in this article is no longer valid, and special offers mentioned in this article have expired and are no longer available.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

and one more

a little perch ...tried a more distinct background color...not sure how i feel about it yet..

more fishy stuff going on

in my shop...another in progress piece

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New piece in progress

getting ready to cut into the background...not sure how much more i add before the painting process...gonna have to see...it will be about 19" x 25"....

Sunday, November 21, 2010

latest piece......

done as a request......my version of a brook trout....about 23" w x 11" h.......

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hey here's a new one.....

kinda went wild with the color on this one...about 60 pieces...22.5" w x 15.5" h......a bit different....classic theme with a more "modern" coloration....

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Another DeGroot Lath Art

An all time favorite DeGroot LathArt. I wonder if he knows how many fans he has.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Back At It

I'm putting some of my stuff into a shop in a small town that boasts about their turtle races... The shop owner wanted some turtle related items so I gave it a shot.....One done in lath and the other, my new obsession...pyrography....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Self Portrait

No it's not Tiger Woods....15" x 28 with a whopping 80 pieces....

Another Lampman inspired piece

18" x 36"....47 pieces...I call it "Big Honker"

Some Lampman inspired pieces...

Having fun splashing more color into the pieces..

New Sunflower

Due to my "good fortune" of selling the other sunflower pieces I had, I thought I'd try another....This one is a bit different....38 pieces and about 10" x 14"....

Friday, November 13, 2009


This is the latest piece I did as per requested.....It measures about 23" w x 11" h...About 36 pieces....

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Here is a commissioned piece I just completed. My first dog subject! About 54 pieces and measures 17" x 19". The customer was happy, which made me happy....It's always great when the day ends....happy. Well now to get ready for a few fall shows....Hopefully those days will end with everyone happy too...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunfish II

Another variation of the sunfish done earlier (needed to make another one)....Stepped up the color a bit more on this one....

Friday, September 18, 2009

Not Lath Art But.....

Just thought I'd post a picture of what I have been doing apart from lath. These 'reclaimed frames' are made with wood rescued from construction jobsites....Does that mean I'm going green? Got the "barnboard" look without some of the bad things that go with old rotted wood..

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I'm baaaccck! It's been a while since I was last here....Anyone left out there looking at this stuff? I have started up again after being involved in a few other avenues (have to start gearing up for a few fall shows). This is a small piece, 14" x 11.5" consisting of about 29 pieces. A bit different from what I have been doing. This one is actually oil painted on the lath instead of staining. Gives me a chance to slap a bit of paint while still calling it lath art.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Slatcraft by Dave Lampman of Florida

Dave has agreed to be part of this blog. He has been doing LathArt since 1979 which makes him a true original. Here is a tidbit of the type of art he creates. For more ... check out the link to his site "SLATCRAFT" under More LathArt Sites.

You won't believe the array of beautiful paintings you will find there.

Welcome Dave

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Niagara Falls

My original do-it yourself kits were for sale back in 1993-94 in a Pro Hardware store in Niagara Falls. I'm sure this link won't last long, but while it is active, ...


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bird Inspiration

Rod, love your birds, and I think the color works very well.

Just wanted to add this note here, where it would be more visible than simply in the comments. The Wooden Feather http://woodenfeather.com/homeaccents.htm in North Carolina has some seabird LathArt.

All of you may enjoy looking.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Loon Lath Art

I did this one today. The loon has 39 pieces and measures 20.5" w x 13.5" h. Color was a little bit of a challenge on this one. Rod Skramstad

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunflower Lath Art

Here is another request piece that I just completed. The sunflower piece is 12.75"w x 18.75"h consisting of 69 pieces. Beside selling a few pieces by "word of mouth", I just placed 7 of my pieces in a local gift gallery on consignment. Hope that brings some positive results. Rod Skramstad

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tulip Basket Lath Art

Just finished this one today. It measures 16" w x 17.25" h and is made up of 68 pieces. I did a progession of this one and added it to my website under "The Process". The link is listed off to the side of this page. Rod Skramstad

Ed Florence

Ed was a member of a Lathart group this is now defunct. He posted these projects there. One is a medicine cabinet and the other is a toy box. I e-mailed him about this group, but so far no reply.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cardinal LathArt

Here is on I did today of a cardinal...My wife has been after me to try one (her favorite bird), so I did. Simple and to the point. This one is 13" x 18.75" with mid 40 pieces.... Rod Skramstad

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cat and Moose Lath Art

Here are a couple pieces I just finished up. The moose at dusk measures 23" w x 16.75" h and has 70 some pieces... Cattitude (for my fanatic cat-loving sister-in-law) is 18.75" w x 13.25" h and also has about 70 some pieces. The photos didn't turn out too good, I will change them if I get a chance. Rod Skramstad

Friday, August 29, 2008

Old Country Church LathArt

Here is my latest completed piece. This old country church, Ebenezer Lutheran Church of Leaf Valley, Minnesota, is about 5 miles from where I live. It is pretty typical of the old country churches you see dotting the landscapes in the upper midwest. The piece measure 17" w x 24" h and consists of about 75 pieces. And Tom, thanks for the nice words concerning my work, it keeps me inspired. Rod Skramstad

LathArt Originality

Rod definitely has a unique and original look to his lathart. On his web site, it looks like he uses an under painting (or some other technique) to get his unique colours on his sea themes. Whatever the technique, the results are authentic and beautiful.

There are no rules in LathArt. I used multi layers of paint in my original beach house. Simple, complex, flat or dimensional, all are good if they get you where you want to go.

I've recently run into more Lathart by someone named Marty Humphrey in an ART GALLERY in cottage country Ontario. So it seems that LathArt may be making a comeback as an art form. There is only one piece pictured here today, but I'm sure more will show up on their site soon. He is asking $350, and uses narrower strips of wood mounted on what looks like a plywood tray with higher wooden sides, (hard to explain).

I also found a page where Ben Ploughman writes about his technique using dimensional carvings
and a forum where you can talk to him. He is quite an accomplished artist.

Chris and Rod (contributors to this blog) have started selling their beautiful original and authentic handmade LathArt.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Seagull LathArt

Back to a more "traditional" subject, the seagull. This one measures 15" w x 19" h and has about 57 pieces. It is really fun to try different subject matter and see how they turn out.....I guess they too are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
Rod Skramstad

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fruit Still Life LathArt

Well here it is. Fruit in lath. Boats, ducks, buildings always seem to work, but I wanted to try something different, to me anyway. I think I heard somewhere that art really has no rules, so I thought this would be ok to try. It measures 17" w x 15" h with right around 40 pieces. Let me know what you think. Thanks Rod Skramstad

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Northern Wilderness-BWCA

Hope you guys don't mind but here comes another...This one was a request by a relative to try capture the north woods look so I tried to capture the feel of the Boundry Waters Canoe Area. But the place is so awesome there is no way to do that with lath, but I am still happy with the results. This one measures 14.25" x 19" with right around 50 pieces. Again I apologize if I'm cluttering up this place, but I have so many more ideas..In fact the next one will be intersting...Maybe it will be ready tomorrow. Rod Skramstad

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Zumbrota Covered Bridge

This is my latest piece. It is of Minnesota's last functioning covered bridge located in Zumbrota, MN. It was originally built in 1869. The piece has about 66 pieces and measures 22" w x 15" h. This subject works nicely in the traditional style of LathArt.

Rod Skramstad

Monday, August 18, 2008


After spending a weekend in Spirit Lake Iowa and hanging out by Lake Okobogi, I returned home "inspired". This piece contains just over 50 pieces. It measures 14" w x 19.25" high. Today is one month since my first LathArt project. It's been a fun month. Rod Skramstad

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Little Red School.....Skramstad

Here is one I just finished of "The Little Red Schoolhouse on the Prairie, Battle Lake, MN". This school house was located a mile or so north of where my mother-in-law grew up. The "painting" has just over 60 pieces and measures out at 19" wide x 15" high.
Rod Skramstad

Monday, August 11, 2008

Beached by Skramstad

Just completed this one. I call it "Beached". It consists of about 76 pieces and is 21" x 17.25". Pretty pleased with how it turned out. I made use of some rough lath pieces for the rocks, which gave them more depth. Picture doesn't show it very well. Rod Skramstad

Friday, August 8, 2008

Latest Project-First Time Poster

Thanks to Tom for allowing me post here and to Chris for putting in the word for me. Have been quite busy with my new passion. This is my sixth piece and my first nautical theme. My methods seem to be a bit different than what I have been reading about as I don't do all the glued up sheets of lath. More rustic and pieced together would best describe the way I have been going about it. I have a sketch of what I want to do, but then I more or less build the picture within a clamped up frame, to keep the piece at the size desired. I will definitely never make two pieces the same. But maybe that is a good thing. Would appreciate any comments. Rod Skramstad

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota

I'd have to say that Rod is a natural. Check out his latest, and he finished this one in just a couple of days. I like what he told me the other day- " lathart is like potato chips........seems you can't stop with just one...." Keep up the good work Rod!


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Degroot Style Lathart by Rod Skramstad

Check out this fine looking piece of lathart done in the Degroot style. This is an original that Rod created, and it's a picture of a local mill, somewhere near by to where Rod lives in Minnesota. He is going to do a picture of Split Rock Lighthouse, which is on the Minnesota Supperior coastline. I can't wait to see it. Rod's actually given me an itch to do some work in the Degroot style myself.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

New Picture

I've been kind of busy lately. Summers tend to be that way with lawn work, and 4 kids home from school, but I did manage to finish this piece that I decided to do for a local gallery owner. I would like to have him hang it in his gallery so that I can gain some exposure, and possibly pick up a profitable commision job. As with all my pictures, I like to try new things with each one. The brick wall and wooden shingle roof were my latest challenge. I used a chisel to cut and lift the wood throughout the roof piece to create the wood shingle look. on the brick wall, I cut my lath into narrow pieces, and partially cut (without cutting through) the bricks into each strip. I then mixed up three colors for my bricks and randomly painted each brick on the strips. After painting each strip I dabbed the paint off and rubbed each brick downward, and not across, because this would have caused the darker color to dominiate the entire strip, and would have made it look all one color. When I finished with all the rows, I glued them side to side on a piece of craft paper, staggering the rows, and leaving no gaps. This gave it the brick wall look. I am entering it in a local art contest for the month of August in a mixed media category. I'll let you all know how it does.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

LathArt not for Woodworkers!

Let's face it. Woodworkers don't like painted wood. You like to get into your well equipped shop and work on something where the wood grain will show through in all it's beauty. And in LathArt, the precise fitting that is a part of good woodworking, can sometimes actually hurt the look of the finished piece of LathArt.

Woodworkers also like the detailed scroll saw fretwork that is all the rage in most of the scrolling magazine. LathArt is anything but detailed and fretworky (I know that's not a word, but you know what I mean).

But good and creative LathArt sells for upwards of $400 and many LathArtists have waiting lists for their work.

So if you can find an easy source of Lath Wood, and can get an inexpensive scroll saw, don't let lack of woodworking skills keep you away. It can actually be an advantage

Here are 2 more examples of Degroot LathArt. Notice the gaps between pieces and the rustic nature.

Monday, May 5, 2008

What Is It?

I've been on vacation in the Caribbean, so I haven't posted for a while. It was a nice break, but I did miss my hobby. Vacations are great, but it sure does give a person a refreshed appreciation for the blessings of the day by days of life. Especially when we visit remote areas of our world, where people truly struggle in their day by days.
I started a new picture, and in doing so I was thinking back to the first one I had attempted back in 97. It was Tom's Canadian Goose in the August 1997 issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts. At the time I had been trying my hand at Intarsia, which is a configuration of different species of wood that colaborates to create a desired picture. Anyways, the joints between the pieces should be reasonably tight, and it takes some time to perfect the ability to do so. However, in lathart the gaps beween the pieces can make a nice highlighted line, so when I tried my hand at it for the first time (using my newly developed intarsia skills) It didn't work. When I tried to layout the pieces to the picture everything seemed to be off, and I could'nt adjust it at all because the joints were too tight, and in my frustration, I just threw the whole thing away. Another thing that displeased me, was that when I looked at it I could'nt see anything pleasing about it; It just looked like a pile of cut up wood. As a matter of fact, my wife doesn't even like to look at my pictures until I've painted them. You see, painting is the final defining point, along with the appropriate gaps between the pieces, and some surprizingly unintentional things. The reason I say "What Is It", is because it is hard to see at first. The more I do lathart, the more I see in lathart, and I am growing to see the pictures in my mind now, so the process is becoming more enjoyable to me. So don't give up if you get frustrated along the way, because the final result is well worth it. By the way, I sold one of my horse pictures for nice profit, and that is some nice incentive also.