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#29 Woodcarving: Scandinavian flat-plane

Scandinavian flat-plane carving.

“The Scandinavian flat-plane style of  woodcarving is a style of figure carving. The figures are carved in large flat planes, created primarily using a carving knife. Tool marks are left in the carving and very little (if any) rounding or sanding is done. Swedish-born American artist, Emil Janel was considered by many to be the one of the best of this genre.” (Wikipedia)

Scandinavian flat-plane ala Harley Refsal

One of my favorite Scandinavian style carvers is Harley Refsal. He has followed well in the tradition of Emil Janel.

Refsal Scandinavian flat-plane: The Farm Wife

Shadows and clean lines make a visually pleasing presentation for a flat-plane piece.

Farmer side view 1

Farm wife side view 2

A minimum of cuts used to create the shadow lines requires long, smooth strokes of a very sharp knife.

Farmer side view 2

Farm wife side view 1

The paint job also adds to the appeal of these flat plain carvings.  A light wash of color allows the wood grain to come through as can be seen in the side views above.

Out looking at his crops.

Looking too.

Facial details, “Crops look good, Ollie.”

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  Psalm 19:1

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2 responses

  1. Melanie Jongsma, Wordsmith

    These are cute! I like the minimal details.

    November 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    • It certainly does give them some charm, doesn’t it Mel. However, the style isn’t as easy as it looks. One has to have a certain level of confidence to be able to make the longer, sweeping cuts that make the piece look so simple. Isn’t that the way it is with so much of life. It is always so enjoyable to watch and “expert” do their job. They make it look so effortless, so pleasurable. I remember asking my mom to teach me to knit a few months ago – again for the umpteenth time. Man, that is a whole lot harder than carving something. I got so many knots, dropped loops, odd sizes to the rows. I’ll stick with carving and watch those who are “expert” in their field enjoy what they do. That means a word smith like you as well. Thanks for looking.

      November 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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