Handmade gifts are fun to carve and delightful to receive. Christmas season is coming, and, actually, the entire year is filled with gift-giving occasions and carving inspiration. Carve and paint a small jack-o-lantern or heart-shaped ornament to hang on a tree or sized to wear as a pendant. Think Easter egg, tulip, snowman, fish, or maybe something to express your Scandinavian heritage, like a kuksa, mangle board, nisse, or tiny Dala horse. There is a small materials fee, payable to the instructor.
Harley Refsal is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist who has taught Scandinavian figure carving throughout the United States and Norway. He was honored by H. M. Harald V, King of Norway, with the St. Olav Medal of Honor for his efforts in reinvigorating Scandinavian figure carving in both the United States and Norway. A retired professor of Scandinavian folk art at Luther College in Decorah, he also regularly demonstrates and gives many presentations about Norwegian folk art and traditions. He is the author of several books. Harley was named the 2012 Woodcarver of the Year by the magazine Wood Carving Illustrated.