Addition on Jan. 5, 2022:
Congratulations to the People’s Choice Award winner, Greg Akre, Waukesha, WI, with his piece “Dragons,” a dragon-style deep relief carving made from basswood.
Greg said he was inspired by Philip Odden who created the original piece, and he enjoyed taking time for the old Norwegian folk art of his forefathers. Greg used several different stains to add character and depth, and he enjoyed pulling the dragons out of the wood’s natural grain. Greg’s first class at Vesterheim was in 1981 in relief carving, and his father Ron Akre took many classes at Vesterheim, too, passing along knowledge and tools of the trade.