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Viking Era Carving

Course Overview

The 1904 excavation in Norway of the Oseberg Viking ship revealed a vast array of woodcarvings, unlike anything seen previously. Dragon-like head posts, elaborately carved sleighs, an exquisite wagon, and of course, the carvings on the ship itself revealed the extent of the imagination and skill for the woodcarvers in the 9th century region of Vestfold, Norway. Featured Guest Instructor Jay Haavik has spent years studying and replicating the carvings of the Oseberg ship and has vast knowledge of the tools, techniques and motifs of this long-ago world. This three day workshop will be an opportunity for beginning as well as practiced carvers to experience the pleasure of making carvings inspired by the Viking age. Beginning students will spend the first day learning basic carving skills, including practice using knives, gouges and chisels, learning about grain direction, sharpening, creating smooth surfaces and of course, safety. Experienced carvers should understand grain direction, familiarity with using gouges and knives, and sharpening. Experienced students will have three days to work on a larger-scale project similar to the figure-eight “Dragon” image, which includes deep relief carving with the surfaces decorated with the “diamond” cuts as found on the Oseberg ship carvings.


Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 3 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $300.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: varies ($20-$60)


You will need the following tools for this class:

white eraser
a plastic “see-through” 12” ruler

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.