In June, Rebecca Hanna, a Norwegian style woodcarver will be hosting two classes at the Sawmill Museum. She will be teaching the kroting technique of wood carving- adding decorative lines and shapes to wood. This is open to students of skill levels. We recommend this class for ages 10+ since we will be handing sharp carving tools.
Friday, June 16th 4pm-7pm
Saturday, June 17th 10am-1 pm
Buy class tickets:
Admission is first come first serve, and we will not hold tickets for anyone. Admission for the class is $5, and pre-sanded and painted wood will be available an additional $5. The wood can be paid for at the museum the day of the class. Students are also welcome to bring their own wood (softwood, particularly basswood is best). Make sure it is sanded and painted before class. Projects will be started and completed in the time allotted. Rebecca will go over carving techniques and then we will do the project. She has provided an informational sheet for those who want to bring their own wood and/or supplies:
Rebecca Hanna is a master wood carver from Decorah, Iowa who focuses on Norwegian style wood carving. This style of carving is unique to Norway in the subjects it focuses on, as well as techniques used. She has been carving for over two decades and has both taken classes and taught classes at the Vesterheim, Decorah's Norwegian-American Museum.
She won the Vesterheim Gold Medal in 2008 for woodworking. This medal is awarded to folk artists after showing consistent excellent craftsmanship in their art. She won ribbons for her other work in 2006, 2007, and 2008. She judges many Norwegian-American art contests given her award-winning work.
Rebecca has been selected because of her talent in woodworking and carving and also because she has experience in teaching whittling classes. She has taught countless advanced and beginner classes at the Vesterheim and comes from an education background. Her knowledge and teaching background are perfect for teaching an introductory class to people who may never even held a whittling knife before.
She was a pupil of Harley Refsal, a professor and woodcarver in Decorah. She is a member of various national and international Norwegian ancestry groups. A quote from Rebecca, "'I like to see some of these folk arts go down to the next generation,” she said. 'I don't want that lost, so I think it's really important to keep this going.”
Examples of Rebecca's work:
Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
Adults (12+): $6.00
Children (4-11): $5.00
Children 0-3: Free
Memberships: Family for $80, Individual for $25, Duo for $45
Group Rates Available for groups of 15 or more (Must Call At Least 24 Hours in Advance)
2231 Grant Street
PO Box 3191
Clinton, Iowa 52732