Norwegian Termite

Jock Holmen

Master Woodcarver

Burnsville, MN

Telephone:  952-746-3010


     Jock began his professional woodworking career in 1976 in Chicago and named his business “Norwegian Termite”, demonstrating both his heritage and sense of humor (after all, a woodcarver is just a “creative” termite). Now based in the Twin Cities, he designs and builds unique, custom-designed furniture, cabinetry, fireplace mantels, exterior accent pieces, inlaid flooring, and other decorative items, utilizing various wood species, finishes and styles. While specializing in Scandinavian style, he is well-versed in many architectural and furniture styles. Because each project is unique, there is no catalog or showroom.

     He teaches classes at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, North House Folk School, as well as in his studio. Private tutoring is available.  You may see Jock speaking and conducting demonstrations of carving, drawing, and sharpening at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Norsk Hostfest, North House Folk School, Rockler Woodworking, various woodcarving clubs and groups as well as local Scandinavian celebrations.

Recent significant projects include:
• Baptismal font, Christ Lutheran Church, DeForest, WI
• Custom furniture, University of Minnesota
• Corbel restoration, Coffey Hall, University of Minnesota
• Sanctuary cross, BridgePointe Church, Eagan, MN
• Restoration of Gavioli band organ, Sanfilippo collection, Barrington, IL

• Gold Medal and 5-time ribbon winner, National Exhibition of Folk Art, Decorah, IA
• First Place in Carving (2005), Northern Woods Exhibition, Minneapolis

• American Woodworker magazine
• Family Handyman magazine
• St. Paul Pioneer Press
• Twin Cities Sun Newspapers
• Chicago Tribune
• Carving magazine
• National Wood Flooring Manufacturers magazine
• Kitchens and Baths magazine