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Norsk Wood Works Wood Carving Classes 2019

Else and Phillip are offering two, five day classes in 2019.

Harley Refsal of Decorah, IA will teach a weekend class in his popular flat plane style figure carving at our studio in September.

Fall Classes:

September 9th - 13th. Relief-carving class by Phillip and Else

September 16th – 20th. Relief-carving class by Phillip and Else. 

September 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Weekend figure-carving class by Harley Refsal. 


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.


Tuition for each 5 day class offered by Else and Phillip will be $550.00

Tuition for Harley Refsal’s figure carving class will be $230.00

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 12 students. The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 pm.

Harley Refsal is a well known flat plane figure carving teacher from Decorah, Iowa. He is endeared to his students for his pleasant and supportive teaching style. He is the author of several figure carving and pattern books and is often featured in national carving magazines and recently in the PBS Craft in America series.  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 13. 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 a 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.

Click here to download registration form as a PDF

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Thank you to our students who so enrich our lives!