Viking Wood Carving

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Past Events

2022 Midwest Viking Festival at Green Bay


The first time the MWVF was held at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay on September 23-24, having previously been at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN. The weather was good and the venue was great! God willing, I'll be back there next year. 

Midwest Viking Festival Link 

Crow Wing Viking Festival 2022



Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 10:00 am

Crow Wing County Fairgrounds 

It was a beautiful day. Overcast, but cool and it didn't rain at our location. There was a report that approximately 1000 people came to the festival. This has become one of my favorite venues. God willing, see you next year! 

2000 SE 13th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401 

Crow Wing Viking Festival 2021




Saturday, August 21, 2021

Crow Wing County Fairgrounds

2000 SE 13th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401 

Nisswa Viking Festival



Saturday, August 24, 2019

 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

2019 Midwest Viking Festival

Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22

Hjemkomst Center

2018 Minnesota State Fair

2018 Midwest Viking Festival

What a great privilege to work next to Master Carver Jay Haavik. 

Norsk Høstfest 2017

2017 Minnesota State Fair

Scandinavian and Midwest Viking Festival 2017

Norsk Høstfest

September 28 - October 1, 2016


I will be doing demonstrations on traditional spoon carving techniques, which the Norse likely used. 

Here is the link:

1020 S Broadway St.

Minot, ND 58701


2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon

Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival

June 24 - 25, 2016

Hjemkomst Center

202 1st Ave. N

Moorhead, MN 56560

Sigurd and Regin Win the Blue Ribbon

Blue Ribbon at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair for Relief Carving.

38th Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival and Annual Midwest Viking Festival

June 26-27, 2015

Another great year at the MW Viking Festival. The weather was perfect and a lot of people attended. See you next year, God willing.

Norsk Høstfest

September 30 - October 4, 2014

Minot, North Dakota

Midwest Viking Festival 2014

June 27th - 28th

Despite the rain and wind, the MW Viking Festival was a great time.

For more information visit:

2013 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Shamrocks and Shenanigans

September 28 - 29 Final Weekend for 2013
Rain or Shine

In the Special Events Field
Enter the main gate and then swing left all the way to the Special Events walkway (see red arrow).

(Click on map to enlarge)

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2013 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Highland Fling

Man was it HOT on Saturday! Despite that the weekend was a great success. I want to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying the Highland Fling. Saturday featured professional Highland Games athletes and Sunday was the amateurs. It was nice to have my brother and sister-in-law and the Clan Buchanan tent right next to me.

Midwest Viking Festival

Friday June 28, 2013 at 10:00am to
Saturday, June 29, 2013 until 5:00pm

Hjemkomst Heritage Center
Moorhead, MN

This year was probably the best one for the MW Viking Festival. The weather was beautiful and despite the incredibly high Red River, we had a great Viking Village. We also had the priviledge of having Telge Glima, from Sweden, do their show of Viking age and Medieval era games. Really funny. Can't wait for next year.

2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Highland Fling

September 8 - 9, 2012

Scottish Highland Fling Themed Weekend

What a great deal of fun. There were so many people, especially on Saturday, and it was great talking to them. My brother Chris had the Clan Buchanan tent across the field from me and he played his pipes several times, which everyone enjoyed and my daughter Lindsey and my nieces Cora and Julia dressed up, too. The Highland Games were a huge success and Nitch's New Zealand Pies were served, too. The Lord really blessed us with spectacular weather and all in all it was a great success.

81st Annual Norway Day

July 8, 2012

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Minnehaha Park
4801 S. Minnehaha Park Drive
Minneapolis, MN

Nordic Footprints

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10:00am
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 5:00pm

Hjemkomst Center
202 1st Avenue North

Moorhead, MN 56560

Norsota Lodge Sons of Norway

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Senior Center
20732 Holt Ave.
Lakeville, MN  55044

Eidem Farm Market 2011

Thanks to Eidem Farm for the opportunity to sell and demonstrate my carving these past four weeks.

2011 Minnesota State Fair

Fred the Redbreasted Grosbeak took second place in the songbird category for wood carving. Not too shabby.

Tre Lag Stevne 2011

August 3 - 6, 2011

Best Western Ramkota Hotel
Sioux Falls, SD

Theme: Telling Our Story

This venue was very nice and I had the opportuni
ty to learn a great deal about genealogy and even Viking history.

A Joint Stevne of Trønderlag of America, Gudbrandsdal, and Nord Hedmark og Hedemarken Lags

Tour, Genealogy Research, Cultural Programs, Entertainment, Banquet, Lag Business Meetings

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2011 Midwest Viking Festival

July 16 - July 17

Hjemkomst Center
202 First Avenue North
Moorhead, MN

Wow, was this ever steamy and hot! We still had a great deal of fun and kept hydrated both days. I haven't felt this sort of humidity since I was at Fort Stewart, GA. Despite the steamed vegetable feeling we had, there were a lot of folks who braved the weather and came out. Ron is next to me using a spring pole lathe to turn a bowl.

80th Annual Norway Day

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis

It was hot and humid, but still a lot of fun. There were many many people and the wood chips were flying. We were thankful for the big oak trees and the shade fly, which offered a lot of protection from the sun. Thankfully, it only rained in the morning, right before the show, and everything dried out quickly.

Enderlin Nordic Festival

May 14, 2011

Enderlin, North Dakota

We had a great time, despite the cold and rainy weather. We set up inside the auditorium and were spared the damp cold. I was surprised at the number of people who showed up, considering how small the town is. A big thank you goes out to Terry Taylor, the event coordinator.

45th Annual Wood Carving Artistry Show

March 12 - 13, 2011

Northtown Shopping Center

How lucky can a carver get? Two solid days of carving with about 30 people from our club and interacting with people interested in the art. Many were kids and were fascinated by all the chips flying and we hope they will develop enough of an interest to do it themselves. Thanks to all who stopped by.

2010 Minnesota State Fair

Creative Activities Competition: Woodcarving/Bird Category

Male Blue Jay took 4th place.

2010 Viking Village

July 17 - 18, 2010

Hjemkomst Center
202 1st Ave North
Moorhead, MN 56560

This event is probably my favorite of all the places I've been. Imagine, carving all weekend long and being outside. We all dressed up in Viking attire (except my cargo shorts) and had many people attend the event, watching the demonstrations throughout the day on various aspects of Viking life. This event is dedicated to recreating as accurate as possible an environment that simulates how the Vikings would have lived. The Historical Society of Clay county is one of the sponsors and many people working here do a lot of research on the age of the Vikings (800 - 1100 AD).  It was so nice to meet folks who wanted to start carving, especially kids. Wood carving is one of those rustic skills that may be lost on future generations if we don't get kids interested in the art. I demonstrated how to make a wooden spoon using the shave horse that I am sitting on below. It is possible the Vikings used a Shave Horse much like this to make spoons and other items. Shave Horses have been found throughout Europe and are used to this day by carvers/woodworkers. Traditionally, their main purpose was to make spokes for wagon wheels and parts for furniture. The idea behind the Shave Horse is simple; the piece of wood is placed on top of the lower jaw. Then the carver pushes on the foot pedal, which brings down the upper jaw, clamping in in place. After it is secured a draw knife is used to shave off and rough out your project. There is a natural tendency to push more with your feet as you draw the knife to you. This holds the wood in place nicely and allows you to use both hands. The spoons shown on the table are made of cherry and basswood (Linden). The basswood is much easier to carve, as it is a softer hardwood. The cherry, despite its difficulty to carve is a much more attractive wood.

The Hjemkomst Center features a recreated Stave Church and Viking Longship. It is impossible to gauge the scale of either of these items just by pictures. The Stave Church was built and carved by Guy Paulson, who was at the center doing carvings of A-frame support boards. The ship, inside the Hjemkomst building, was actually sailed to Norway in 1982. Go to the Hjemkomst website to learn about how it was built and its amazing voyage ( ).

Presented by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
at the Hjemkomst Center.
For more information visit:

79th Annual Norway Day

Sunday, July 11 (10:00AM - 4:00PM)

Minnehaha Park
4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive, Minneapolis, MN

What a great time this was. The day started off sunny and rather warm, but quickly became overcast in the afternoon. At 4:00PM when things wrapped up, I took all my carvings and put them into the car. As soon as I rolled up my windows it started to sprinkle a bit. A couple of minutes after that a wall of water hit the car. This is what you call a God-wink.

Norway Day is a celebration of Norwegian and Norwegian-American heritage. It has been held on the second Sunday in July in Minnehaha Park since 1932 – this will be the 79th observance of Norway Day. The day’s program includes a morning worship service, a noon childrens parade (Barnetog), exhibitors of Norwegian and American crafts, ethnic foods, as well as an afternoon program of Norwegian and Norwegian-American entertainment. Depending upon weather, up to 2,000 persons will enjoy the day (

Sponsored by the Norwegian National League of Minnesota

2009 Minnesota State Fair

Creative Activities Competition: Woodcarving/Bird Category

2nd Place Premium

Creative Activities Competition: Woodcarving/Human and Animal Category

 3rd Place Premium

Gibbs Farm Wood Carving Weekend

August 8 - 9, 2009

Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, sponsored a Woodcarvers Weekend special event.  I was invited to attend and demonstrate the art that is woodcarving to museum patronsIt was a great experience for me, as I am a direct descendant of Heman and Jane Gibbs, who were my great-great-great-grandparents.  I grew up right across the street and the farm and area have a great deal of personal meaning for me.  There were several other carvers present, as well, who specialized in the Scandinavian style of flat plane carving and spoon carving.