Phillip Odden will be creating two relief carvings for the painting's frame. His Nordic designs will bring this Viking carving tradition into the Viking Family Portrait story. As I said before, I am excited to have Phillip part of the creative team working on the frame. April StoneDahl recommended Phillip while the grant for the painting project was being written. Phillip and his wife, Else, are leading tours to Norway this summer. Oh how I would like to go with them!
Phillip and his wife Else Bigton make their living as wood carvers and furniture builders in the Norwegian traditions. Else was born and grew up in Norway. Phillip’s paternal Grandparents emigrated from Norway to Northwestern Wisconsin. Their carving business, Norsk Wood Works LTD, was established in 1979. Phillip and Else together with their son Ole and several fjord horses live on a farm in a community where there have been Odden's now for four generations. In addition to training fjords Phillip and Else have melded images of fjord horses in their carvings and furniture.