Norwegian Woodcarving

Skanderna Wood Works has a strong interest in Norwegian Stave Church carving.  Here is an example of carving by others at the Gol Stave Church in Minot, ND.  Through funding from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, I will be doing a Stave Church carving project in 2021 with Master Carver Phil Odden. 

Welcome to Skanderna Wood Works. I have been an artist at heart since my youth and my medium has always been wood.  I am proud of my connection to Scandinavian folk art. After many years of exploring woodworking and woodcarving, It is my passion to carve acanthus leaves and to put dragon and chip carving on items like ale bowls, boxes, and shelves.  Funding provided by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the American Scandinavian Foundation has allowed me to study, carve, and teach how to carve ale bowls and eventually to teach how to carve other types of Norwegian inspired folk art.  That financial support has given me even more freedom of expression while preserving this important Norwegian folk art.  I am also indebted to chief curator, Laurann Gilbertson of the Vesterheim Museum of Decorah, Iowa, for assisting me in my research.  I have been encouraged in this work through many individuals and hope to encourage more appreciation for Norwegian folk art as it has had great meaning in terms of culture and tradition.  To that end I will encourage youth and adults to reflect on the symbolism found in historic folk art that continues to give meaning for us as descendants of the Nordic people.  Explore the pieces below, check our store, and if desired, contact us about commission work.

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