"Yggdrasil: The Norwegian-American Carvings of Gaylord 'Guy' Paulson" will open Saturday in the Red River Hall of the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. The exhibit will continue through January 2017.
In ancient Norse mythology, the immense Yggdrasil, or Tree of Life, connects nine worlds, including that of humans, gods and mythic animals. Paulson carved his Yggdrasil into a fence post made of Rocky Mountain juniper from his family's ranch in western South Dakota.
Paulson earned a doctorate degree in biochemistry and worked for more than 30 years as a research scientist at a USDA lab in Fargo. His education in Norwegian woodcarving spans 40 years. He learned from books, trial and error and associating with other carvers.
Admission to the exhibit and the State Museum is free, seven days a week. The North Dakota Heritage Center, 612 E Boulevard Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit history.nd.gov.