Gold Medal In: Knifemaking, 2010

  • Life Dates Born 1941, Fergus Falls, Minnesota
  • Occupation Retired dairy farmer
  • Residence at Time of Award Barrett, Minnesota

Ribbons

  • 2005 White ribbon for a Telemark-style bunad knife
  • 2006 Red ribbon for a knife with birch burl handle and acanthus-carved sheath
  • 2007 White ribbon for a knife with birch burl handle and acanthus-carved sheath
  • 2008 White ribbon for a knife with birch burl and silver handle
  • 2009 Red ribbon for a dress knife with silver and birch handle
  • 2010 White ribbon for a modern-style knife with silver and birch handle

Artist Statement

My interest in Norwegian knives started long ago when my neighbor received a Norwegian knife from his grandfather. His grandfather had gone to Norway and returned with knives for his grandsons.

On my first visit to Norway I purchased knives for my two sons, too. I didn’t buy one for myself but decided to make my own.

It’s been a very adventurous hobby for me.

Knifemaking is a big hobby in Norway. Making knives helps define my Norwegian roots.

Gene Tokheim has been a steady influence. Entering the National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition and taking classes at Vesterheim has also influenced my art form.

2015

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