Online – Carving the Hulderfolk: Scandinavian Style Figure Carving

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online – Carving the Hulderfolk: Scandinavian Style Figure Carving

Wednesdays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29 (6:00-7:30pm CT) with Charles Banks

Level of Instruction
All levels - beginners welcome!
$160.00 Members
$175.00 Non-members

This class is a creative divergent from traditional flat plane figure carving. Join carver Charles Banks as we carve a simplified version of a character from Scandinavian folklore… the hulderfolk – the half-human, half-troll creatures living amongst us! Students will be introduced to the steps involved in traditional figure carving but will then take the character in a new direction with distorted features, simplified clothing, and, of course, a tail! Emphasis will be placed on the introduction and skillful use of traditional cuts, stylized shapes, and painting techniques to bring your character to life… emphasis will then shift to non-traditional carving and finishing techniques bringing a new style to our character. As a student, you will get the opportunity to choose the style that suits you and your character best!

The listed class time includes four Zoom sessions on Wednesdays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2021 (6-7:30 pm CT).

Supplies: A kit of supplies (a $70 value!) shipped to your home with two character blanks, one practice stick, an OCC 1 7/8 inch straight knife, carving gloves, acrylic paint, brushes, and a special treat from Vesterheim is included in the cost of enrollment. You will need a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

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. Upon registration, please also fill out your glove size. To find your glove size, measure all the way around your hand with a tape measure across your palm and above your thumb joint. Available sizes are Small (7-8in), Medium (8-9 in), and Large (9-10.5in). 

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact when you register for more information.

Enrollment Deadline: August 25, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Charles Banks

Charles Banks

Charles Banks is an intermediate and secondary arts education instructor with a passion for Nordic arts. His love of figure carving in the traditional flat-plane style has merged with his interest in advancing the style of characters in more personal and unique poses.