Although these particular classes are not offered by Giants we wanted to pass along this information as a courtesy for a couple of Giants of the Earth Heritage Center members. Contact information is below. If you are a Giants of the Earth Heritage Center member, let us know of your activities that might be of interest to our community.
Else and Phillip are offering three, five day classes in 2012. Harley Refsal of Decorah, IA will teach a weekend class in his popular flat plane style figure carving at our studio in September. Spring Class: April 18th – 22nd, Wednesday through Sunday class by Phillip and Else. Fall Classes: September 10th -14th, class by Phillip and Else. September 14th, 15th, and 16th, weekend class by Harley Refsal. September 17th – 21st, class by Phillip and Else. Please contact us right away if you are interested in the September 17th-21st Fall Class. We have had a large demand and have had a waiting list. If you have already signed up for a class informally please confirm that you will be attending and send the class deposit ASAP. Thank you so much for helping! Where: Classes will be held at the Norsk Wood Works carving studio, which is located at Phillip and Else’s farmstead on county road H west of Barronett, Wisconsin. Cost: Tuition for each 5 day class offered by Else and Phillip will be $500.00 Tuition for Harley Refsal’s figure carving class will be $200.00 Half of tuition is due with registration. Class descriptions: Else and Phillip studied carving in Norway and are the authors of Treskjærerkunsten, the art of wood carving, and Lærebok I Treskjæring, the official woodcarving book for the school system in Norway. Under their business name, Norsk Wood Works, Ltd., they produce carvings and furniture which are delivered to buyers all over the US and in foreign countries. Each class will cover sharpening, wood selection, design and pattern selection, carving techniques, and finishing. Students can choose from a wide selection of carving patterns in acanthus, rococo, or dragon styles. The class will include people just beginning to carve as well as experienced carvers. Carving tools, wood and patterns will be available from Norsk Wood Works. Be sure to bring any tools you already have. Each student will receive a good deal of one to one instruction. You will be able to complete at least one reasonable project during the week you are in class. Class size is limited to 13 students. The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 pm. Harley Refsal is a retired Luther College professor and is the author of several figure carving and pattern books. Harley is well known for his figure carving and pleasant teaching style. He teaches several classes each year in this country as well as in Scandinavia. Tools, patterns, books, and carving blanks may be purchased from Harley at the class. Class size is limited to 15. This class runs Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plan to spend an enjoyable time in rural Wisconsin carving with a wonderful group of people in a pleasant atmosphere. We do our best to accommodate your individual needs. A simple lunch will be served each day at noon. For more information on our classes, feel free to email or phone us at 715-468-2780 or see our website at http://norskwoodworks.com/class.shtml.