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Renowned artist to teach class on wood carving

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On Sat., October 8, Harley Refsal will teach a class on the flat-plane style carving tradition to make an ornament for your Christmas tree. The one-day class will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ballard House, headquarters for the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, at 163 West Main Street, Spring Grove, Minn.

The class is open to persons age 10 and older, with a maximum of 15 people in the class. Registration is required and the cost is $80 per person.

"It's open for beginners, as well as seasoned carvers," states the instructor. "If you can peel potatoes, you can whittle figures."

"It is not too much to expect that you could carve and complete one or more ornaments in one day, including the painting. If you have some experience, you may want to jump right into a more advanced project," he advises.

Refsal will furnish carving tools to use or purchase, or you can bring your own. He will also supply the wood, paint, and carving safety gloves made of Kevlar, the material used in bullet-proof clothing.

Register on line at www.springgrovemnheritagecenter.org or www.giantsheritage.org, on FaceBook, or call 507-498-5070 or 507-450-1373.

About the artist:

A Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Folk Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Refsal is an internationally recognized figure carver, specializing in Scandinavian-style flat plane carving. He has shared his knowledge and skills in this tradition carving with thousands of carvers through classes and presentations in North America, Norway, Sweden and Iceland. In 1996 recipient he was decorated by the King of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian folk art and folk culture. Refsal also paints for, and is a Gold Medalist, at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

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