Back in 2019, I ventured to England (Spoonfest) and Sweden (Täljfest) and had an amazing experience of learning, teaching, and sharing. I had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people, including Owen Thomas and Anja Sundberg. I was very happy to learn that, at Täljfest last week, Jögge Sundqvist presented Owen and Anja with the 2022 Fellowships.
Here is a little general information about both of these folks who have done
so much to spread the joy and satisfaction of handwork:
Owen is a master pole lathe turner, tool maker, spoon carver, and is a
full-time green woodworker and teacher. He was mentored by MikeAbbott and Robin
Wood and he apprenticed under Barnaby Carder. In addition, he teaches green
woodwork as therapy in social care. He is inspired by historical work and
He lives in Herefordshire, UK.
More on Owen at OwenThomasWoodcraft.com
Anja was educated as a slöjder at the premier craft school, Sätergläntan. She
is one of Sweden’s most talented woodworkers inspired by traditional work using
axes and knives. Her playful and colorful spoons, knives, bowls and figures are
well known amongst the slöjd field. She is a frequent and sought after teacher
including gatherings such as SpoonFest and Täljfest.
She lives in Orsa in Dalarna, Sweden.
More on Anja at
There have now been eleven recipients of the award since it was established
in 2015. You can learn more about it here.
Congratulations Anja and Owen!