A full time studio artist, Jay Haavik’s work extends nationally and internationally. Much of his work reflects indigenous and older traditional cultures, especially those of the Vikings and the Northwest Coast Native peoples.
In the late 1990s, after several trips to Norway, he became excited and enthralled by the wood carvings from the Viking era.
Some blog posts about Jay's public art work in the Seattle area:
Question: Which books most influenced you as a woodworker?
- The Art of Scandinavia Vol. I & II, Peter Anker
- Viking Art, David Wilson
- The Viking Ships, A.W.Brogger and Haakon Shetleig
- Osebergfundet Vol. I-IV, A.W. Btoggerr, Haakon Schetelig
These are the primary accurate books on Viking Art. I have spent
hours re-reading them and studying their photos, especially
Osebergfundet Vol. III.