In this class, students will make a traditional Telemark working knife: a knife with a half-tang, three-layer, hand-forged blade and a one-piece wooden handle. The handle may be straight, or with a bend on the top. Students may also make a sheath in two ways, either on a wooden last, or directly on the knife. Olav will also teach the “pauting” technique, in which a design is modeled into the leather without cutting or sewing. There is a materials fee, payable to the instructor.
Olav Mortensen was born in Drangedal, Telemark, Norway, and now lives in Skien, Norway. He has taught knifemaking in Norway and Denmark and at Vesterheim. He has judged knife competitions, demonstrated knifemaking in many countries, and written articles for Knivebladet, the Norwegian knifemaking magazine. Olav is a master knifemaker, specializing in the Telemark style. Olav is a specialist in clinical psychology by occupation and has taught psychology at various colleges and communities in Norway.