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Stavlinebygg Phase I: Hewing with Featured Guest Trond Oalann

Course Overview

North House is pleased to welcome Trond Oalann of Hordaland, Norway to lead a course in a traditional Norwegian building method, the stavlinebygg. The stavlinebygg style is one of more than 25 post (stav) building traditions in Norway. Dating from the late 1700's, the heavy construction utilizing sill timbers and mortise and tenon joinery developed in response to the strong winds of the Nordmore area. The relatively simple truss roof system lent itself well for large barns, boathouses and agricultural and commercial storage buildings. This building style incorporates the use of stacked and scribed wall plates, an element of horizontal log construction, as well as early timber frame joinery techniques.
The key to building stavlinebygg efficiently and confidently lies in the sequence of the work and in systematic use of templates. This course will not only focus on these skills, but also on the use of hand tools in traditional ways. Learning the methods of construction is as much a part of the Norwegian heritage as the completed structure itself. This is a rare chance to learn from master craftsman in this rich Norwegian tradition, as Trond offers his first course in the US.
In the first phase of this course, Days 1-4, students will hew logs into timbers using the axe and broad-axe. Instruction will cover the evolution of Norwegian hewing axes and techniques from the 14th century to the present. Reproductions of historical axes will be available for student use. Students will be able to pace their work individually, taking long breaks as the work is physically demanding. Emphasis will be placed on skills needed to properly and effectively use axes.
Students enrolled in Phase I are welcome to stay an extra day after class has concluded for no additional tuition to observe demonstration sessions from a delegation of traditional Norwegian craftsmen that will accompany Trond, including blacksmiths, carpenters, boat builders and joiners.
Note, by registering for Phase I only, you are enrolled in Days 1-4 of the course. If you wish to participate in Phase II as well, please register for the entire course here.

Course Details

Length: 4 days