Scandinavian Figure Carvings by Harley Refsal


In this book, Harley presents a fascinating overview of this beautiful and enchanting folk art. Discover the rich history of Scandinavian figure carving from the Viking era to the modern day, with photographs and illustrations of medieval decorative pieces. Biographies of the greatest 19th and 20th century Scandinavian carvers are provided, along with representative photographs of their work. Readers can even try their own hand at the art, with step-by-step instructions for carving an iconic Dalecarlian horse.

Harley is a down-to-earth and beloved woodcarving instructor at Vesterheim. One of the world's most notable folk artists, he has been decorated by the King of Norway for his pioneering contributions to Norwegian culture, particularly traditional Scandinavian flat-plane figure carving. A Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Folk Art at Luther College, he shares his expertise with thousands of carvers in courses and presentations across North America. Harley was featured in a PBS "Craft in America" episode, appeared as guest woodcarver on "Prairie Home Companion," and was honored as Woodcarver of the Year by Woodcarving Illustrated magazine.


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