Online - Figure Carving Inspired by Norwegian Tapestries

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Figure Carving Inspired by Norwegian Tapestries

Wednesdays March 2, 9, & 16 (6:00-7:30 pm CT) with James Miller

Level of Instruction
Intermediate to advanced.
$155.00 Members
$170.00 Non-members

Well-known Gold Medalist figure carver, James Miller, has taken his collection inspiration to the next level and is inviting you to carve the first-ever figures inspired by Norwegian tapestries in the Vesterheim Collection. Join James for a three-week class exploring one of the characters from the Adoration of the Magi tapestry. Included in the kit of materials (an $85 value!) are two gouges, paints, brushes, carving blanks, practice sticks, and a sweet treat from Vesterheim! 

Supplies: Because the class is designed for intermediate to advanced carvers, participants will be responsible for providing their own carving knife, strop, and safety glove – these can be purchased from the Museum Store. Email with any questions.

The listed class time is three live Zoom sessions on Wednesdays March 2, 9, & 16 (6:00-7:30 pm CT).

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: February 15, 2022

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About the Instructor

James  Miller

James Miller

James Miller started carving at age 11 under the tutelage of a supportive Community Education carving group. The members of this group introduced him to the flat-plane style, which sparked his ever-expanding interest in Scandinavian culture as a whole. This interest, along with the support of mentors, family, and friends, led him to become the youngest Vesterheim Gold Medalist woodworker, teach several classes, demonstrate in various small-town events, and even travel to Norway. Since then, he has written several articles for Woodcarving Illustrated and an instructional book titled Whittling Flat-Plane Animals, featuring 15 how-to Scandinavian animal projects.

When he’s not busy with handcraft, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with friends, James is at work developing software, where he also happily faces the same challenge he finds in his woodcarving: simplifying and abstracting ideas in unique ways. For more of his work, visit his Facebook page