Carved Ale Hen

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Carved Ale Hen

November 7-10, 2019 with Becky Lusk

Youth ages 15-17 receive a 25% discount with participating adult.
Level of Instruction
All levels. Some woodcarving experience is helpful.
$270.00 Members
$320.00 Non-members

Birds are a prevalent symbol in Norwegian folk art. We will explore several different styles of ale birds. Starting with a precut blank and using hand tools, you will shape the bowl inside and out. You will be able to paint and finish your completed ale hen with a food-safe finish in class. There is a materials fee, payable to the instructor.

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About the Instructor

Becky Lusk
Becky Lusk
Becky Lusk

Becky Lusk is a third generation folk-artist and a Vesterheim Gold Medalist. She started carving as a teenager and has been a professional carver for over 30 years. Her work was included in the exhibition Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a Tradition, curated by Marion Nelson, Vesterheim’s former Executive Director. Becky carves ale bowls, figures, relief scenes, dragon style, and acanthus. She and her husband have a workshop near Coon Valley, Wisconsin.

Learn more: Watch this video, Collection Connections: Ale Hens and Geese where Becky highlights carved ale bowls and other carved vessels from the Vesterheim collection.