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Mike LuskMike Lusk
     I have been working with wood to some extent since 1985, in 2000 it became my profession.
     Scandinavian design plays a large part in the items I craft.  From bent wood boxes to curved top trunks to handmade cabinets, each piece is carefully crafted and sanded smooth.  My favorite source of new ideas comes from old sources.  I go to museums and look at traditional pieces and then incorporate a lot of those ideas into my own design.
     Most of the items I make are meant to be finished by the customer.  I use mostly basswood for the pieces that people want to rosmal or paint.  Many of the basswood pieces could also be carved on.  I also have a wide variety of other hardwoods I can use for projects that are to be stained.
     Many of the pieces I make are pictured in my catalog which is featured on our website.  Please check back occasionally, as I add new pieces to my line of wood products periodically.


 

Becky Lusk

Becky Lusk
     I became interested in woodcarving very early in life.  My maternal grandfather, Hans Simonson, a Norwegian immigrant, was a woodcarver.  My mother, Jean Giese, is a Vesterheim Gold-medalist in rosemaling.  While in high school, I began taking woodcarving classes through Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, IA.  My instructors include prominent woodcarvers from Norway, the US, and Sweden.  In 1992, I was awarded a gold medal in woodcarving from Vesterheim.  I enjoy carving; figures of people and animals, ale bowls, acanthus, dragonstil, and relief scenes.

     I currently teach figure carving, ale bowl carving, and dragonstil carving at Vesterheim Museum, Decorah, IA, Norskedalen Heritage Center, Coon Valley, WI, and at various woodcarving clubs.

 


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