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Phillip Odden and Else Bigton

Norwegian Carving
Barronett, WI

Phillip OddenPhillip Odden is a master carver of Norwegian-style furniture and household furnishings. Together with his wife Else Bigton, they produce items commissioned by people across the US and in other nations as well. Phil’s presentation will focus on Scandinavian folk art and culture, including how the history of Scandinavian folk art relates to Scandinavian culture in the Midwest. He will also demonstrate wood carving and give a slide show/lecture. Phillip and Else raise and train Norwegian Fjord horses too. They combine them with traditional decorative carriages for their presentations.

Program Formats

A general presentation

Best for Ages

Adults, ages 18 and up


Artist fee:

$200 per day (negotiable)


mileage plus overnight accommodations, if needed

Program Needs:
Slide projector and display table

All seasons but fall. Willing to travel up to 300 miles.

Past Venues:

  • Nordfjordeid, Norway
  • Goods from the Woods, Grand Rapids, MN
  • HostFest, Minot, North Dakota, 2008
  • Norwegian American Museum, Decorah, IA
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, 1998
  • Wisconsin Folklife Festival, Madison, 1998

Phillip Odden
20337 Cty Rd H
Barronett, WI 54813

last updated: 12/22/2011   


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