I just heard that a true icon in the woodcarving world, Nora Hall, passed away recently. I have never had a chance to meet her, but have spoken to her on the phone and was very familiar with her as a highly talented and respected woodcarver. I believe she was into her 90s and was still teaching classes until recently.
She was born in Holland and learned woodcarving from her father. I remember seeing her on The Woodwright’s Show with Roy Underhill and it was fascinating to hear her stories of being a woodcarver during the war when they would make carvings, bury them for a week or so to let them age, then sell them to the German soldiers as antiques.
I really wish I would have been able to meet her. This is a real loss to the woodcarving world. She has influenced many people through her DVDs and classes. Anyone I spoke to who was interested in learning woodcarving knew of Nora Hall. If they had not already taken a class from her, then doing so was in their “bucket list”.
My prayers go out to her family.