Acanthus mirror frame by Else Bigton
Basswood with a aniline dye stain and a Danish oil finish.
Size: 23” high by 19 1/4” wide 3/4” thick
Showy Bird Ale Bowl by Phillip Odden, 2018
13 1/2" Long, 8" wide and 7 1/4" high.
Basswood with Acrylic paint.
The rooster image is quite common in traditional Nordic culture and offers many diverse meanings. Over the years I have created a number of rooster and hen chicken ale bowl forms. This is my latest original creation in that continued series. This one is fairly large and builds on what I have done before in part with influences from recent inspiration from travels to Scandinavia.
Acanthus panel by Else Bigton
Honey colored, water based stained and oiled basswood Acanthus carving mounted on a dark maroon acrylic painted background.
Size: 11” x 47 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Panel can hang either horisontal or vertical.
Ale bowl by Phillip Odden 2018
Basswood with acrylic paint.
Size: 9 1/4" long, 4 3/4" wide and 3 1/2" high.
This ale bowl revisits the form of an ale bowl I created several years ago but with different ornamentation and stronger colors. I made this one in January. In the dead of winter. A bird might wonder if there would ever again be green grass and seeds to find as the snow was getting ever deeper and the sun's power was throttled down.
2018 Large and small Ale bowls by Phillip Odden
Ale bowl by Phillip Odden 2017
12 1/2" long x 7 1/4" high and 6" wide
This ale bowl is one of the latest in a series of Dragon ale bowl forms that I have designed and made over the past 30 years. Clearly I was thinking of Viking ships when I drew and shaped this form. On our 2017 tour to Norway we visited the site at Nordfjordeid where they are reconstructing the Myklebust Viking ship which is the largest Viking ship to be reconstructed.
As usual I drew the design directly on a chunk of dry basswood. The prominent and proud high head and flowing tail tucked under are apparent. I formed the ale bowl with my hand tools and then drew the ornamentation drawing on images from the Stave Church period in Norway.
I liked the red over near black back ground with yellow and green accents this time.
This ale bowl has been on display at the 20th anniversary craft show for the North House Folk School in Grand Marias, Minnesota.
Fjord Horse Ale Bowl by Phillip Odden 2017
Basswood with aniline dye stain and danish oil finish.
11 1/2" Long, 5 3/4" Wide and 4 7/8" high.
It is no secret that Fjord horses play a big role in my life here on our farm. We keep currently 10 Fjord horses. I work with them on a daily basis, feeding, training and from time to time showing and competing.
This Fjord ale bowl was started in mid-summer 2017 and finish in early winter 2018. Many ale bowls made in Norway during the 18th and 19th centuries sported small heads in proportion to the body. The neck can be proudly arched reminiscent of a strong breeding stallion representing fertility and productivity. The tail full and flowing. The acanthus leafage design on this ale bow is a departure from the acanthus I have designed in the past.
Though it took several months for me to work through the artistic process, in the end I am pleased with the result.
Plate shelf by Else Bigton
37 3/4" long, 6" deep and 13" high. Butternut wood. The shelf itself has two grooves on top for plates.
Box by Else Bigton
Made from basswood.
Size: 12" x 10" x 5.5"
Shelf by Else Bigton
36 1/4" long, 5 3/4" deep and 7 1/4" high.
Candle holder by Else Bigton.
Ale bowl by Phillip Odden
13" Long, 5 3/4" High and 5" Wide.
Ale bowl by Phillip Odden 2018
Size: 12" long, 3 3/4" high and 5" wide.
I enjoy hunting pheasants with my two setters Penny and Tia. The form for this ale bowl developed rather organically. I didn't set out to make a pheasant- like ale bowl. Once the form presented itself I did my best to follow through on the theme. I found the process very enjoyable. My mind wondered to the prairies of South Dakota west of the Missouri. I am pleased with the result and I expect to explore making another pheasant ale bowl some day.
Dragon Panel by Phillip Odden.
Size: 41 1/2"H x 20 3/4"W x 1"
Ferdaskrin/ Traveling Box by Else Bigton
This box is a traditional Norwegian piece and have wrought iron imported from Norway.
Basswood with an aniline dye stain and Danish oil finish.
Size 16" x 16" x 7"
Trunk by Else Bigton.
Made from butternut wood.
25 1/2" long, 19" wide and 16 1/2" high.
Kubbestol with Acanthus carving by Else Bigton 2018
Basswood with acrylic painted background and aniline dye stain and Danish oil on the carving.
Larger size: 34 1/2" high, 22" wide, Seat depth 19", seat hight 17 1/2"
Kubbestol by Phillip Odden 2017
Basswood, larger size chair with arm rests.
34" high x 21 " wide seat height 18"
This is a fairly large and comfortable kubbestol with arm rests. The blank was naturally seasoned for three years after being formed from a basswood log that I harvested close to our farm. My goal was to make a very comfortable kubbestol with arm rests. I chose to design a free flowing pattern with dragons drawing on influences from several historical periods. I used elements reminiscent of the Urnes style c. 1050 on the back as well as elements from later Stave Church ornamentation.
In this view you can see the two Urnes style figures in the upper back. The design in the front of the upper back is loosely inspired by the World Tree or Yggdrasil. I worked the seat with my tools to give it a comfortable anatomic and inviting form. The kubbestol is finished with a rich brown aniline dye covered with several coats of Danish Oil. Over time ( a year or two ) the dye and oil finish will mature and with use there will develop a rich natural patina.
The overall form of this kubbestol has to do with the period of Norwegian Arts and Crafts and the long and lazy line. The band at the middle of the kubbestol is also quite traditional. The geometric decoration for this band is much like the one I saw on our 2017 Odden's Rural Life Tour on a kubbestol at Troldhaugen in Bergen. The home of composer Edvard Grieg.
It's time to sell our priced Spider Phaeton pictured here. This vehicle has served us well and is a pleasure to drive and shows off our horses nicely. We had it built in 2007 to our specifications by a Mennonite carriage maker. It comes with two poles. One is fitted with a crab and the other requires a neck yoke.
It comes with a set of shaves for driving a single horse. It comes with a grooms seat or the groom can sit beside the driver. This is a fairly light but extremely stable vehicle and it is equipped with rear brakes. It is in very good condition and has never been in a wreck. As you can see it is comfortable and roomy enough for two full sized people. I have won several championships at Pleasure Driving shows and at Combined Driving Events with this vehicle.
It is time for us to find a new look with a different vehicle. So we are offering this one for sale.
The price for the Phaethon with two poles, set of single shaves and the groom seat is $3800. The hand carved trunk and carved and painted ornamentation designed for the vehicle is $800. So the entire package would cost $4600. The vehicle can be purchased with or without the carving.
Dragon Panel by Phillip Odden 2016
45 1/2" long 11 1/4" high 1 1/4" deep
Carved panel by Phillip Odden 2016
19 3/4" wide, 34" high and 7/8" deep