Jeff Malm of Kulm, ND Donates Iron
Cross to NDSU Libraries.
November 1, 2005
Jeff and Lucinda Malm who live on a farm near Kulm, ND, have donated
an impressive traditional folk art iron cross now on display at the
Marie Rudel Portner Germans from Russia Room, NDSU Libraries, Fargo.
In a Jamestown Sun article, Jackie Hyra writes: "For
Jeff Malm, a farm accident in 1990 that left him paralyzed 15
years ago closed one door but opened another to the world of
art. No longer able to farm, the Kulm, ND, native drew on his
experience welding machinery and began making art instead of
tools. Malm said he was always interested in the traditional
German-Russian art form, even though his own ancestry is Swedish."
In 2003, through the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program of
North Dakota Council on the Arts, he learned to build German-Russian
Iron Crosses from Herman Kraft, an experienced artist from Timber
Lake, South Dakota. His first and largest iron cross design has
been donated to NDSU. Malm continues to make his crosses for families
"One of Malm's first crosses sits in a pasture near Mott,
ND, where several
members of his wife's family are buried. Malm said he is still learning,
perfecting his craft. He is using less and less welding, putting
together with clamps and rivets instead. That is something the traditonal
Malm's own designs come mainly from the study of old crosses mixed
in with his
own creativity. Most of the cross builders in the past could be
the style in which they built their crosses. Malm has been using
sunbursts and angels as distinctive items in the building of his
The website for Jeff Malm's iron cross work is: library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/keepsakes/wroughtiron.html.
For further information, contact the Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection, NDSU Libraries at 701-231-8416.
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael