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.