Jul 27, 2024 - July 28, 2024(9am - 5pm)

Introduction to Scandinavian Woodcarving

Taught by: Wayne Miller

Workshop Fee: $250.00

A Tomte (Swedish) or Nisse (Norwegian) is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore, today typically associated with the winter solstice and often referred to as a Yuletide gnome.  Our tomte (or nisse) starts out as a 1 ¾” x 1 ¾ “ x 4” block of native New Hampshire basswood that I have roughly outlined with a bandsaw.  Class participants will be instructed in basic knife safety and woodcarving terminology before beginning.  Knives, cut-proof gloves and thumbguards will be provided for use, but those with their own tools are encouraged to bring them.  Step by step instruction and individual attention will be given throughout the class.  If time allows students may paint their tomtes at the end.

Skills and Techniques:

  • Students receive instruction in basic knife safety.
  • Learn how to execute the four main types of cuts.
  • Discover the distinctions of Scandinavian style flat-plane carving.
  • Students will experience their own creativity in a no stress environment.


Materials Fee: $10 Paid directly to the instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment: none

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