Flat-Plane Figure Carving by Harley Refsal - Vesterheim Collection Card Set


Send personal greetings to your friends and family with artwork from Vesterheim's collections.

Beloved woodworker and Vesterheim instructor, Harley Refsal (1944), became interested in the rustic carved figures he saw while on a college choir tour to Norway in 1965. Refsal soon began carving his own “flat-plane” figures. He is credited with introducing the Scandinavian flat-plane woodcarving style to Americans and helping revive interest in this style in Norway.

This packet includes two designs:

Brødrene Nisser (The Nisse Brothers), 2021
Harley Refsal (1944) carved this small pair (each less than 2.5 inches) during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As pandemic life turned inward, my best laid plans got smaller and smaller. It’s not the size, but rather, the spirit that sustained me,” Refsal said. Vesterheim Collection 2022.014.001. Museum Purchase.

Lefse, 1993 
Gift of J. Harry and Josefa Andersen. Vesterheim Collection 1994.016.001.

Cards come in package of 8 with envelopes (4 of each style). Blank inside.

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