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Skjerpe Wood Carvings:
by Howard M. Sherpe
Let Me Introduce Myself:
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.
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.
Example of 10" basswood plates for the 25th anniversary of Dregne's
Price based upon complexity of design
Each Piece Is Hand-Carved
Norwegian Wedding spoons, carved from basswood. They
were a gift to the bride and groom to be used at the wedding feast.
Rosemale Designs Carved on Spoons: