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Jock Holmen

Burnsville, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jock Holmen

Jock has been a professional woodcarver for over 40 years. He began his career at Baker Furniture in Michigan, and started his company, Norwegian Termite, in 1979 in Chicago. He won his first woodcarving award at the National Exhibition of Folk Art, Decorah, IA, to be followed by several other awards, including achieving his Gold Medal status in 2010. He has received training and tutoring from various American and Norwegian master carvers, including Hans Sandom, Phillip Odden, Bjarte Aarseth, and others.

Specializing in design and hand carving in the Scandinavian traditions, Jock teaches classes in flat-plane figure carving, Norwegian acanthus, timber carving, lettering and other woodcarving techniques at North House Folk School (Grand Marais), Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Folk School (Decorah, IA), Milan Village Arts School (Milan, MN), Colonial Williamsburg’s Cabinet Shop, and in his home studio. He co-teaches Introduction to Woodcarving as part of ISD 191 Community Education. Jock demonstrates woodcarving, drawing, and tool sharpening at various festivals, events, and retail outlets in the area.

Some of his recent significant projects include:

  • Design and carve exterior post, Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts, Minneapolis
  • Corbel restoration, Coffey Hall, University of Minnesota
  • Restoration of Gavioli and other music machines and carousel, Sanfilippo Collection, Barrington, IL

Jock is the past president of the Viking Woodcarvers Club, Bloomington, MN; lifetime member of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, charter member of Norway House, and co-leader of the Burnsville Senior Center Woodcarvers group.

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Current Courses Offered by Jock Holmen

4 Days
Teaser image for Large-Scale Dragon Head Carving

Large-Scale Dragon Head Carving

Dragons and their brethren have a long and checkered history with humans, sometimes adversarial, sometimes protective. The carving techniques used in this class were handed down from the Viking era (800-1200) and used on Viking long boats as well as the Oseberg ship. Carve a large-scale dragon head of your…
Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Tue, Mar 10th, 2020
Instructor: Jock Holmen
4 Days
Teaser image for Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts, and More

Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts, and More

Meet Jock Holmen, the “Norwegian Termite”: when it comes to carving on timbers, you can’t “stump” him. From blueberries to little people, lettering to logos, Jock can help you chisel your ideas into white pine as you design and carve decorative embellishments for your home. Choose from a variety of…
Thu, Oct 31st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen

Past Courses Offered by Jock Holmen

Carve Signs for Campus: Incised Letter Carving Service Learning Session

Carve Signs for Campus: Incised Letter Carving Service Learning Session

Hand Carved Wooden Signs

Timber Carving & Embellishment

Timber Carving Tutorial