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Five Days: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

Course Overview

This course provides beginning as well as experienced carvers the opportunity to carve several figures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Beginning with an overview of tool sharpening and safety, the course offers hands-on carving experience as you complete each figure in step-by-step fashion. The figures will be painted, and an oil finish applied. Beginners will start with a simple project to gain confidence with using a carving knife, before advancing on to other projects of their choice. Experienced carvers may dig right into a variety of more complicated figures. Band-sawn wooden cutouts can be purchased directly from the instructor, who will also have a supply of basic carving knives and cut-resistant protective carving gloves for sale or for loan during the class. This five-day course offers enough time for students to work on carving as well as painting and finishing, and also provides ample time for sharing stories and history from a simpler time when an evening of whittling around the fire was the original Netflix.

The roots of figure carving in Scandinavia stretch back into the mists of time. It’s easy to imagine Northerners long ago, especially during long hours of winter darkness, gathered around the fire—their source of light as well as warmth—carving figures to entertain children or grandchildren. Or to imagine groups of men in the early- to mid-1800s, carving figures as they relaxed in the bunkhouses of their logging camps after a hard day’s work cutting trees to satisfy the demands of recently established commercial sawmills. Creating a Scandinavian horse, a rooster, a wood-chopper, or a grandmother, and using the simple tool of choice, an all-purpose whittling knife, they told stories in wood as well as in words—one chip at a time.


Wed, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020

Course Details

Length: 5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $425.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, Mar 18th, 2020

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

You'll need a fixed blade carving/whittling/straight knife, such as a Pinewood Forge "Harley Knife" or OCCT Straight knife. Knives are available for purchase in the school store or from the instructor. (Due to the thickness of its blade, a standard Mora 122 knife is not ideal for this type of carving.)

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, Mar 18th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.