Plaque © 2000 Tilford Bagstad Plaque © 2000 Tilford Bagstad

Gold Medal In: Woodworking, 2000

  • Life Dates Born 1932, LaCrosse, Wisconsin
  • Occupation Farmer
  • Residence at Time of Award Westby, Wisconsin


  • 1995 White ribbon for a serving tray
  • 1996 White ribbon for an acanthus-carved cartouche
  • 1997 White ribbon for a mirror frame
  • 1997 White ribbon for a mangle board
  • 1999 Blue ribbon for a wall plaque
  • 2000 White ribbon for a plaque

Artist Statement

Growing up on a farm, I always had an interest in carpentry and woodworking. There always seemed to be a need for carpentry work to be done around the farm. I also enjoyed repairing and remodeling old buildings that needed repair work.

Since my grandparents emigrated from Norway to America, I took an interest in some of the Norwegian folk art that was brought from Norway. After my first trip to Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa, I became very interested in acanthus wood carvings. I signed up for my first acanthus wood-carving class at Norskedalen, the nature and heritage center located near Coon Valley, Wisconsin, in 1990. I was hooked!

Since then, I have taken several acanthus wood-carving classes from several master-carvers from the United States and Norway at Vesterheim in Decorah. This included beginning, intermediate, and master classes. I then began entering my own acanthus wood carvings at the National Exhibition in Decorah during Nordic Fest and earned my Gold Medal in 2000.