Scandinavian Festival in Hermantown, Minnesota

Hermantown Scandinavian Show Singing 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 ( Though I was one of five woodcarvers, the show had many other Scandinavian artists with Hermantown Scandinavian Show SweetsRosemaling 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.

The treat cart wheeled its way through the aisles to serve the Hermantown Scandinavian Show 2014_1vendors as the show chair’s appreciation for those who showed.

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 Hermantown Scandinavian Show 2014_2celebrate 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 Hermantown Scandinavian Show 2014_3cottonwood 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.

Vintage Phone Santa

Vintage Phone SantaThis is my latest – The Vintage Phone Santa. I will teach a class on carving this Santa at the Metro Carving Weekend, November 15-16, organized by the Minnesota Wood Carvers Association in Fridley, Minnesota. For more information or to register click on this link.

The main portion of the phone and glove is a separate piece. I used a piece of 22 gauge solid core cable for the phone wire. This carving is painted with acrylics, sprayed with Deft and antiqued with Watco wax.

This carving is also featured in my ‘Carving the Vintage Santa 2′ instructional wood carving book. Like many other vintage Santas I get my ideas from vintage Christmas post cards.

I create family heirlooms that descendants will be arguing over for generations!