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  Chip Carving by Howard Sherpe  
 
  Skjerpe Wood Carvings:  
Individually Hand-Crafted
by Howard M. Sherpe
 
 

Let Me Introduce Myself:
I'm a native of Westby, Wisconsin. I was raised on a farm south of Westby. We now live on a corner of the back forty of that farm.

I'm a member of the National Wood Carvers Association, Vesterheim, Norwegian-American Historical Association, and Sons of Norway.

I'm proud of my Norwegian ancestry, which has been traced back to the Viking Age, and want to carry on the Norwegian folk arts of my ancestors. I have carved mangle boards, ale bowls, ale hens, and other Norwegian items.

I decorate my carvings using the chip carving style of wood carving, and try to use Norwegian rosemale designs, old Viking art, and the art found on Norwegian Stave Churches.

I use the original Norwegian spelling of the Sherpe name (Skjerpe) when I do wood carvings.

Read what Wayne Barton says about Howard Sherpe.

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Mangle Boards
(Mangletrær)


Mangle Boards (called Mangletrær in Norwegian) were long, flat boards with a single horse-shaped handle. They were used to roll the wrinkles from linen cloth which had been wound on a round stick. Mangle Boards could be very plain with very little carving or very complex with wonderful acanthus or chip carving over the entire board and horse handle. Mangle boards were also used as betrothal gifts.

A young man would make a mangle board for the woman he hoped to marry. He would carve a design on the top of the board. The story is that a young man would then hang the finished mangle board on the door of the house where the young woman was who he wished to marry. If she accepted his proposal she would bring the board into the house. If she refused his betrothal she would leave the board hanging on the door. The man could not use the same mangle board for the next woman he proposed to, so he had to carve a whole new board and design.

Because of having to continually carve new boards they say the best wood carvers in Norway were bachelors! I don't know if that is true or simply folk lore, but it makes for a good story.

Mangle Boards made from basswood measure approximately 24" long, 4" high, by 4-1/4" wide. They have a chip-carved design on both the board. They also have a hanger built into the backside to be hung on a wall.


Contact me to discuss design and pricing
if you are interested in a Mangle Board.


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Most enlargements have multiple designs & pop-ups.

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In Progress

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Bread Boards:



12" long, 7" wide, 3/4" deep, basswood. Free-form, chip carved dragon design border and Viking ship or Stave Church in center.


SEE SEVEN
STAVE CHURCH DESIGNS

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Dragon Design Plate

10" basswood plate with dragon art found on the Osberg Viking ship in Norway.

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CUSTOM-DESIGNED PLATES:

I do commissioned work, custom designed plates for weddings, anniversaries, or other occassions.

Example of 10" basswood plates for the 25th anniversary of Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts
in Westby.

Price based upon complexity of design
and wording.


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Click here to see
more plate designs

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CLICK HERE. THERE'S MORE
WHERE THESE CAME FROM
OR CLICK ON THE ITEMS BELOW
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Ale Bowls
Ale Hens
Tine Boxes
Boxes
Stave Church Carvings
Crosses
Fjord Horses
Norwegian Church Bench Art
Sleds
Birkebeiner Carving

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Each Piece Is Hand-Carved
Due to my workload, I'm not taking on any new commissions
at this time.

 

Contact Howard Sherpe

Norwegian
Wedding Spoons:

2012 Update:
No Longer Available!

Norwegian Wedding spoons, carved from basswood. They were a gift to the bride and groom to be used at the wedding feast.

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Rosemale Designs Carved on Spoons:



I have chip carved a Norwegian rosemale design on the handle of basswood spoons.

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Birkebeiner

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Skjerpe Carvings are also for sale or displayed at the following Businesses:

• Norway Pavilion
Epcot Center in Florida

• Little Norway
Visit Gifts of Norway,
Little Norway near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

• Open House Imports
308 East Main, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

• Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts
100 S. Main Street, Westby, Wisconsin

• Norskedalen
Coon Valley, Wisconsin
Visit the Norskedalen website

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H.M. Skjerpe and Skjerpe Chip Carvings
are certified and registered as a:
NWCA




The National Wood Carvers Association


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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