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!