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Viking Era Carving: Dragons of Oseberg

Course Overview

In 1904, five dragon-like animal headposts were excavated from the Oseberg Viking ship grave. Dating from 800 A.D., these exquisite carvings with their bared teeth, long necks and elaborate relief carving are iconic works and demonstrate some of the highest levels of art and woodcarving skill seen throughout the world. Students will carve a slightly smaller version of one of the originals. While most of the course will concentrate on forming the basic shape of the neck, head, ears, and eyes, there will also be instruction and practice on the “diamond” cuts found on the head and neck. The instructor has worked extensively on historical sites in Norway, including the Oseberg replica, the Borgund Stave Church and the Viking Ship Museum. He will share images and stories from experiences and offer a variety of demonstrations throughout the course.

Students should have an understanding of grain direction, know how to use gouges and chisels, how to sharpen them, and be familiar with three-dimensional carving.


Wed, Jul 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 19th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 5 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $570.00
Includes materials fee of $70.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Variety of gouges ranging from #2 - #8 sweep and from 5-25mm wide. One does not needs to have all, just a variety. NOTE: the instructor will have some tools to borrow.
  • Wide chisel and/or skew chisel
  • straight knife
  • Leather strop
  • Eraser and pencils (.05 mechanical pencil with 2B lead)
  • Mallet
  • Flexible, see-thru ruler
  • Personal sharpening materials
  • Bottoming tools

Optional Tools

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

  • Low angle plane
  • spokeshave
  • carving vise

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.