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Harley Refsal

Decorah, IA
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Harley Refsal

Harley specializes in Scandinavian-style flat plane figure carving, a minimalist style that leaves the tool marks exposed. He has won numerous carving awards and has taught carving classes throughout the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia. In 1996, he was decorated by the government and King of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian folk art studies. Harley is the author of Art and Technique of Scandinavian-Style Woodcarving as well as seven other carving-related books and numerous articles for wood carving magazines. In addition to his carving and teaching, Harley is a professor of Norwegian language and Scandinavian folk art at Luther College in Decorah.


Past Courses Offered by Harley Refsal

Birch, Bark & Antler: Decorative Handles for the Nordic Kitchen

Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte or Sankta Lucia

Five Days: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

Saving Face: Carving Facial Details

Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: Continuation

Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: The Dala Horse

Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving