Last week I brought my carvings to the Scandinavian Festival in Hermantown, Minnesota, just northwest of Duluth. The show was set up by The Twin Ports Rosemaling Society (http://www.twinportsrosemaling.org/) Though I was one of five woodcarvers, the show had many other Scandinavian artists with Rosemaling painted bowls and plates, along with sweaters, rugs and ragdoll’s that kept with the Scandinavian traditions. And we cannot forget the mountains of lefse and other Scandinavian treats to keep the customers happy.
Some other wood carvers were Becky Lusk and her Scandinavian flat plane figure carvings and other Scandinavian wood art. Walt Grittner who this week will celebrate his 96th birthday was there to demonstrate his chip carving techniques and show his chip carved boxes and plates and ornaments to the audience. Karen Henderson showed her caricature carvings along with many cottonwood bark gnome houses and butternut candy dishes. Finally there was Nancy Borson who showed her carvings. Nancy is a show chair for the Proctor wood carving show on November 1, 2014. Though she showed off her works she was a bit nervous that she would not have enough woodcarvings for the show in Proctor.
The show was a complete success that brought huge numbers of spectators (also customers) that appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Already, I can’t wait until next year.