Viking Era Woodcarving

with Jay Haavik  
Folk School 
Feb
21
Feb
-24
Class
Folk School

Viking Era Woodcarving

with Jay Haavik

10am–5pm

In 1904, the excavation of the Oseberg Viking ship in southern Norway revealed a vast array of woodcarvings, created during the late 700s and early 800s. Dragon-like headposts, elaborately carved sleighs, an exquisite wagon, and of course, the carvings on the ship itself revealed the imagination and skill of the woodcarvers. 

In this 4-day workshop, experienced and beginning students alike will have a unique opportunity to learn about woodcarving in the Viking age through hands-on carving experience, lectures, and discussions. Participants should plan to attend all four sessions. An understanding of the Oseberg woodcarvings, the techniques and types of tools used, and familiarity with the forms will greatly enhance the woodcarving knowledge, creativity, and experience of participants. 

Beginning students will have the opportunity to practice using knives, gouges, and chisels, learn about grain direction when carving, learn to sharpen tools, and how to achieve a smooth knife and gouge finish. Experienced students will have the opportunity to choose to work on one of two different projects. The projects will be approximately 24" x 18", with deep relief carving. Experienced carvers are expected to understand grain direction, familiarity with using gouges and knives, and sharpening.  Several image presentations will be given on Viking Age woodcarving and the construction of the Oseberg Ship replica.

The instructor, Jay Haavik, has extensive experience in Viking Age woodcarvings. In early 2000, he studied woodcarving at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo (home of the Oseberg Viking ship).  Since then he has traveled extensively to Norway to undertake various woodcarving projects. In 2006, he carved a stave church panel at the Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal, Norway. In 2010, he was hired by the New Oseberg Ship Foundation in Tonsberg, Norway, to be the lead carver in the making of a replica of the Oseberg ship using only Viking Age tools  and techniques. Since then, he has returned to Norway many times to undertake various carving assignments. For more information, see www.jayhaavik.com.

Cost: $300 for Members; $350 general admission 

Materials fee (TO BE PAID DIRECTLY TO INSTRUCTOR): $25 beginner, $60 experienced

Necessary Equipment (to be brought to class by all attendees): pencils and sharpener, white eraser, a plastic "see-through" 12" ruler, leather strop, personal sharpening equipment (optional), several clamps (optional), mallet

For the beginning students the following tools will be needed: 1S/20mm #1 sweep skew-cut chisel, #2 sweep12mm gouge, #3 sweep 12mm gouge, #8 sweep 7mm gouge, 3mm wide, a left-skewed spoon gouge, optional: a right-skewed spoon gouge

For the advanced project the following tools will be needed: a straight knife, a variety of gouges and chisels, however the following specific tools would be helpful: #2 sweep 8mm gouge, #2 sweep 12mm gouge, #2 sweep 18mm gouge, #3 sweep 12mm gouge, #5 sweep 12mm gouge, #7 sweep 12mm gouge, #8 sweep 7mm gouge, #1 straight edge chisel (single bevel) 25 or 30mm, #1 skew 20mm double bevel. If these specific ones are not available, get the closest size.

The instructor will have some tools available for students to use as well.  If you have questions about the class or tools please contact the instructor at [email protected].

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