Jans is a professional woodcarver whose interest in carving emerged in the 1980s. Woodchips have been part of his life ever since! He received formal woodcarving training in both Sweden and Norway, and received his journeyman’s papers from Hjerleids Woodworking School in Norway. His woodworking career experience also includes log restoration, woodcarving design & installation, and cabinetry. His free-time activities include climbing, mountaineering, skiing, rafting, canoeing and outdoor guiding. His home and carving studio are in Montana.