Rune Hjelen ENGLISH



  • 2012 - Master of Traditional Arts (MA), at Telemark University College.
  • 2009/2009 – Journeyman`s Certificate/Craft Certificate as a woodcarver.
  • 1993/1998 – Teacher education at Sør-Trøndelag University College. Additional education within art and science.


  • 2009/present - Artist, self-employed.
  • 2010/present - Teacher at elementary school in Trondheim.
  • 1998/2005 – Teacher/head of department/assistant principal at Junior High School in Trondheim.

Work process

I work alone, and I am responsible for the whole process from idea to finished product:

  • Idea
  • Sketches/drawings
  • Selection and preparation of materials
  • Carving/turning
  • Colouring/surface finishing

At several occasions I have cooperated with Inger Synnøve Killi from Dombås according to the colouring and painting of the products.

I often make tailored products based on customer’s wishes. I can make products/expressions that are new/experimental, or I can make copies of existing items. The products can be made based on the customer’s own ideas/sketches/photos, or I can take charge of the whole process based on a defined starting point. It is always important to have a close cooperation with the customer throughout the whole process.






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Other work

I have worked for the company WWW Verktøy AS ( at several occasions, where I demonstrate different techniques and tools.

In addition to this, I can arrange different courses within woodcarving and woodturning. The courses will be adjusted according to participants’ skills, and I can arrange courses both for groups and individually.

Contact information

Rune Hjelen
Per Kvist veg 10
7059 Jakobsli

Tlf: +47 92236257