The theme of the class will be to make a Telemark knife, one that has great traditions in Norway. Each student will decide what style of knife they want to make. The Telemark knife has many varieties of size, decoration, and the amount of silver used. Most commonly, the sheath is decorated with acanthus carving and the silver has engraved acanthus patterns. Discussion of design, composition, and lines will also be included. 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.