Scandinavian Figure Carving: Tomte (Online)



Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16 (6:00-7:30 pm CT)


Charles Banks


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 

Interested in carving a “Scandi Classic” to help spruce up your home for the holidays? Join carver Charles Banks as together we carve a tomte, the Swedish cousin to Norway's beloved nisse that is often associated with the winter solstice and Christmas! Students will experience the history, traditions, and steps involved in the creation of this folk-art classic. Emphasis will be placed on the introduction and skillful use of traditional cuts, stylized shapes, and painting techniques to bring your tomte to life. 



Your registration fee includes a complete kit of materials shipped to your home with two character blanks, one practice stick, an OCC 1 7/8 inch straight knife, carving gloves, acrylic paint, brushes, and a special treat from Vesterheim (a $70 value). Kits will have everything you need to continue carving, long after class. Tools are required for this class and included in the class fee. Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the mailing and email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email address or be prepared to forward all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

October 18, 2022

Learn more about instructor Charles Banks here.

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