Knife with birch handle © 2010 Bruce Knutsen Knife with birch handle © 2010 Bruce Knutsen

Gold Medal In: Knifemaking, 2010

  • Life Dates Born 1941, Duluth, Minnesota
  • Occupation Physician
  • Residence at Time of Award Duluth, Minnesota

Ribbons

  • 2008 Red ribbon for a working knife (tol knive)
  • 2008 White ribbon for a knife with birch and silver handle
  • 2009 Blue ribbon for a knife with birch and horn handle
  • 2010 Blue ribbon for a knife with silver and birch handle
  • 2010 Red ribbon for a knife with birch handle

Artist Statement

How did you get involved in your field of Norwegian folk art?

I felt an intuitive pull in 1996 to try folk art at North House.

Does Norwegian folk art speak to your identity? In what way?

My heritage is Scandinavian and I always enjoyed folk art.

Who or what has influenced your art the most?

There are multiple instructors that have influenced me both at North House and at Vesterheim. I am grateful to Harley Refsal, Gene Tokheim, and Phil Odden to name a few.

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