Monday, May 11, 2020




An Online Conversation with Harley and Norma Refsal

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.

Location: Online Webinar - See link below

Celebrating Norwegian Folk Art from Sámi North to Wooded South with Harley and Norma Refsal
Join Vesterheim and North House Folk School for a virtual tour of Norway as told through beautiful folk art. Guests Harley and Norma Refsal will share some favorite pieces from their personal collection and tell the stories of the lovely and diverse landscapes and history of Norway. In anticipation of the upcoming Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) celebration, escape with us to the land of the midnight sun for the evening!
Register in advance for this webinar here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


https://vesterheim.org/program/celebrating-norwegian-folk-art-with-harley-and-norma-refsal/

Monday, November 11, 2019

Remembering Gene Abdallah 1936-2019


It was an honor, a privilege, and a bit of a challenge to be commissioned to carve a caricature of the late Gene Abdalla to be presented at his party for retiring as U. S. Marshal in 1994.  The assignment by former honorary member of South Dakota Woodcarvers, Inc., the honorable Frank Gibbs, was to show Gene attired as an old west marshal holding a hat with two bullet holes.  The end of his many years of service under President Reagan was supposedly due to shots fired by Sen. Daschle and Pres. Clinton. 

It was admittedly a boost to my ego to see glimpses of the carving on the KSFY news presentation remembering Gene Abdallah:
https://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Remembering-Gene-Abdallah--564731712.html

A quote from Gene’s Obituary (well worth reading): “Former Governor Bill Janklow perhaps summed it up best when he stated: "Someday, years from now, historians will rediscover Gene Abdallah in the files. From all the official documents, they will learn a lot about him and discover both what most people know about Gene and what most people never knew about him. These historians will come to know that behind the biggest badge in South Dakota was the biggest heart in South Dakota.”
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/argusleader/obituary.aspx?n=gene-g-abdallah&pid=194344771&fhid=18053

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rescheduled Woodcarving Class

New dates (Saturday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 9) and lower registration fee for 
Basic Woodcarving and Whittling class being offered by Sioux Falls Com Ed: 
 Basic Woodcarving and Whittling

Projects offered for chip carving and ball-in-cage spoon with typical carving knives

Monday, April 15, 2019

Flat Plane Figure Carving with Harley Refsal

Nathan Schmidt, the youngest of nine students, shows promise of becoming one of the world's best wood carvers  

Brother and sister enjoyed three days of carving together

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Artist of the Plains Art Show and Sale

Another 2nd Place 3-D Best of Show for SDWC Treasurer, Arne Bortnem
(I may have had a bit too much homemade rhubarb wine..)