Introducing Ray Noregaard, Northwest wood artist.



“Whales at Play”  handmade box by Ray Noregaard.

Black walnut box with poplar wood pulls and feet.




“Ribbons” box by Ray Noregaard, wood artist who uses no nails or screws.



“Keepsake” triple tray box with three compartments by Ray Noregaard.




“Treasure” two drawer raw edge cedar box by Ray  Noregaard.



From the artist:

I cannot remember when I was not working with wood.  As a small child, I was making and repairing my toys. We were living in Vanport, the World War II housing project and our family lost everything in the 1948 Vanport flood.  After that event we lived in a tent for one year falling and cutting logs using a seven foot long cross cut saw.  I was thirteen years old and worked with my father twelve hours each day. 

After high school, I start working with houses, doing cabinets and finish work.  I make custom furniture, as well.  For more than fifty years I built houses all around the Northwest, moving to the North coast in 2004, where I built more than ten houses, having completed my last house in 2017.  I have retired from building and am turning wood and doing a lot of small wood craft work.


I realize with all the beauty of God’s creation that my calling is to help show what he has created.  I have always loved learning new methods and being challenged in making any of my art work.  IT has been a true blessing and one of my joys to receive cards and letters from my friends and family for my work.  I appreciate all the beautiful wood that God has supplied.  Ray Noregaard


To read more about the Vanport flood, go to…

How Oregon’s Second Largest City Vanished in a Day/  History … 

 A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport


Manzanita”  three drawer keepsake box by Ray Noregaard.

Spalted chestnut box, black walnut pulls with maple base.




Q: What is spalted wood, you ask?

A: The partial decay, called spalting, gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus has begun to attack the wood. If the wood has been rescued from the spalting at the right time, the lumber should still be sound and usable, with little to no soft spots or rotten wood.


In the decorative wood market, spalted wood is in high demand. Spalting is caused by certain white-rot decay fungi growing in wood–primarily hardwoods. The fungi create zone lines in the wood where territories of competing fungi meet.

The partial decay, called spalting, gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus has begun to attack the wood.

Spalted wood has dark veins caused by fungi. This wood is very decorative and therefore very popular with woodworkers.


Fairweather House and Gallery features unique Northwest wood artists Fred Lukens, Mike Brown, Michael Gilbert, Daniel Harris, Mike Morris, Ray Noregaard, and Duane Bolster.

Fairweather House and Gallery believes that art, craft and service are best provided by local artisans.  We are proud to represent passionate local people.



To read more about selected wood artists, go to:…/presenting-fred-lukens-and-his-h


The wood artists create one-of-kind wood objects from fallen timbers that include Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, Maple, Western Walnut, Oregon Mrytlewood, Oak and Cherry.


“Two Hearts” two drawer burl wood box by Ray Noregaard.



And, too, vintage burl vase with glass liner.


Q: What is burl wood, you ask?

A: Burl wood is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in an unusual manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.



A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. Most burls grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of growth that is generally not discovered until the blows over. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground.



Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. It is sought after by wood sculptors. Burl wood is very hard to work with hand tools or on a lathe because its grain is twisted and interlocked, causing it to chip and shatter unpredictably. This “wild grain” makes burl wood valued for bowls and vases.


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Note received:

“The wood crafter, Ray,  in your gallery has a steady hand.  He uses hard to find wood. Wow.  His work is a labor of love. I know, for I worked in the bi-fuels department of Weyerhauser for years and know wood.”

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