2024-06-14 – Scandinavian Flat Plane Figure Carving



June 14-16 (9:00 am-5:00 pm CT) 


Charles Banks 


This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School. 


Join instructor Charles Banks for a dive into Scandinavian Flat Plane Figure carving. You will use only a knife to carve a Nordic-inspired character in this introduction to the simplified world of flat-plane carving. You will be introduced to history, information about past and present carvers, a multitude of figure carving options, necessary cuts, and finishing techniques, all culminating in a finished carving or two. This class does require a modest amount of dexterity and hand strength.


Level of Instruction: 

All levels are welcome. This experience is open to new carvers as well as carvers with more experience. 


Carvers should supply a 2-inch flat-edged scandi grind carving knife – a "Harley Refsal" knife, Helvie knife, flex cut "rough out" knife, and OCCT flat-edged knife are a few good options.

Bring a strop and compound.

Please supply yourself with a cut resistant carving glove, a leather "thumb saver" work apron, etc.

All acrylic paints, brushes, and wax finishes are provided by the instructor.  Basswood blocks/ blanks are provided by the instructor at a cost of $10 per block/blank.

Enrollment Deadline: 

May 24, 2024


Click here to learn more about instructor Charles Banks.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.


Vesterheim's woodworking classes are supported in part by a generous gift to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from the Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust.

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