Acanthus-carved plate rack © 1984 Hans Sandom Acanthus-carved plate rack © 1984 Hans Sandom

Gold Medal In: Woodworking, 1984

  • Life Dates Born 1941, Folldal, Norway
  • Occupation Car mechanic
  • Residence at Time of Award Minnetonka, Minnesota


  • 1982 White ribbon for a mangle board
  • 1982 White ribbon for a bellows
  • 1983 Blue ribbon for a grautamber
  • 1984 Blue ribbon for a corner cupboard
  • 1984 Red ribbon for an acanthus-carved plate rack

Artist Statement

I have always had an interest in carving since I was a young boy. To answer the question of whether or not Norwegian folk art speaks to my identity, it both does and does not. I do appreciate good art and it does not necessarily have to be Norwegian folk art. My uncle Sigurd Sandom was the carver in our family in Norway. I was exposed to his carvings as a boy, but, at that time, there was no money for tools. All I had was a knife. I started carving a bit when I came to the U.S. as a hobby and then I met Leif Melgaard. Leif’s carving inspired me to get more involved and he was also a very good mentor. I also read Johan Amrud’s book and met him in Norway several times.