Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving
The roots of figure carving in Scandinavian stretch back into the mists of time. It's easy to imagine northerners long ago, especially during long hours of winter darkness, gathered around the fire...their source of light as well as warmth...carving figures to entertain children or grandchildren. Or imagine groups of men in the early- to mid-1800s, carving figures as they relaxed in the bunkhouse of their logging camps after a hard day's work cutting trees to satisfy the demands of recently established commercial sawmills. Creating a Scandinavian horse, a rooster, a wood-chopper, a grandmother. Using the simple tool of choice, an all-purpose whittling knife, they told stories in wood as well as words---one chip at a time.
Registration in the March 2016 session of this class includes participation in mini classes & excursions on Saturday, March 5, as part of Wood Week. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!
DatesWed, Mar 02, 2016 - Fri, Mar 04, 2016
$255.00 per student (Early-bird rate)
* The Mar 02, 2016 course is part of the Wood Week event
You will need the following tools for this class:
- Thin-bladed whittling/carving knife, such as 'Harley' knife; or a carving knife made by OCCtools, Mike Shipley (formerly called a 'Denny knife') etc. Available from the instructor and the North House Folk School Store.
- Kevlar-type cut resistant glove is strongly recommended
Harley specializes in Scandinavian-style flat plane figure carving, a minimalist style that leaves the tool marks exposed. He has won numerous carving awards and has taught carving classes throughout the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia. In 1996 he was decorated by the government and King of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian folk art studies. Harley is the author of "Art and Technique of Scandinavian-Style Woodcarving." In addition to his carving and teaching, Harley is a professor of Norwegian language and Scandinavian folk art at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
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