|Torsåstuppen - In English|
in 1941 in Gullaboås, Torsås Municipality. I come
from a family where it always seemed natural to make your
own toys and articles for everyday use.
|To me it
was so natural that it was first at a mature age
that I realized how big the gift is to be able to make yourself
the things that you are surrounded by in this life.
As a child I started carving pine bark. This wonderful
natural material is so supple that even delicate children
hands are able to shape figures of imagination. My father
fitted us with tools and showed us how to use them. My
elder brothers instructed me too. As for our woodwork
my mother said she had never seen more beautiful things.
This is how my career as a handicrafter began.
My creativity was trained and my view of life was founded
during this period. The basic skills as a handicrafter was
given me by my father, Arvid Jonsson, alias Tupp-Arvid.
Later I continued my training at professional schools of
carpentry. I have studied a year at the Capellagården at
Öland and also attended different courses at the Home for
Arts and Crafts, Sätergläntan. During my professional life
I have worked as a carpenter and as a cabinet and furnishing
maker. I have also been an instructor and at a rehabilitation
center and an occupational therapist for woodwork. For
many years been I have been carving the Torsås rooster,
the symbol of our municipality.
Earlier I worked as a pattern maker at Adtranz Train
Factory at Kalmar. From time to time I have also given
instruction at handicraft courses. In 1997 I was elected
Swedish master of wooden ladle carving and in 1998 I got
the handicraft award of Kalmar Län. I am also proud to
annonce that I was the designer of record-size spoon of
Gullabo, verified in 2000 by representatives from the
Guinness Book of Records as the largest wooden spoon
in the world. It was also exhibited at the World Exhibition
in Hannover, Expo 2000. I am also the designer of the big
Torsås rooster of stainless steel, located in the center
Art work fascinates me, both wood work and other kinds of
handicraft workshop is located in the forest of Gullabo,
visiting Sweden, welcome to Tupp-Arvid`s old
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roosters are made in standard sizes of 10, 15, 17, 20,
25 and 32 centimeters height. They are even made larger,
between 40 centimeters and one meter, depending on supply
of the proper material.
|Rocky. Own design.||Rocking
design. Photo: Peter
Karlsson. Photo: Fredrik
Height 72 cm,
width 42 cm. Design:
|Made two torches and
two angel heads to Torsås
church in 2010, which
replaced the stolen
|Angel heads, 21 cm high.
Photo: Peter Diedrichs
|Torch, 45 cm high.
Photo: Ronny Fransson.
|Complete renovation Björn
Ramel Graphic medical
through Torsås Center.
Photo: Toivor Mellström.
|Selection of beer chickens|
used as shells. Also known as
gifts, for exampel the groom gift.