“Rest Easy Tonight” carved figure © 2005 Fred Cogelow “Rest Easy Tonight” carved figure © 2005 Fred Cogelow

Gold Medal In: Woodworking, 2005

  • Life Dates Born 1949 in Wilmar, Minnesota
  • Occupation Woodcarver
  • Residence at Time of Award Wilmar, Minnesota


  • 2000 Red ribbon for “Tree of Wizdumb” carved figure
  • 2001 Blue ribbon for “Immigrant’s Dream: Maddening Disp.” carved figure
  • 2005 Blue ribbon for “Norsk Rullstul” carved chair
  • 2005 Blue ribbon for “Rest Easy Tonight” carved figure

Artist Statement

Involvement in Norwegian-American folk art began when I was kidnapped, brainwashed, and indoctrinated by Norsekie-phile Martians. Perhaps you jump to the conclusion that I possess an I-identity, or perhaps it is I-identity or as close as I’ll get to one. My art has been most influenced by Otto Nygaard and brain damage.