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Trond Oalaan

, Norway
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Trond Oalaan hails from a family of carpenters going back many generations. He began his career learning from his grandfather, and went on to do restoration carpentry at Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Bergen. In 2003 he received a three year Fellowship from the Norwegian Crafts Institute to study stav construction techniques from the “old guys” and others carrying on the traditional knowledge. He currently works for the Hordaland council as the Craftsman/Carpentry Consultant on restoring buildings, teaching courses on restoration carpentry and sleuthing out old buildings for historical designation.

Current Courses Offered by Trond Oalaan

3 Days
Teaser image for Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Birch Bark and Sod Roof

Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Birch Bark and Sod Roof

Since at least 300 AD, the birch bark and sod roof has been the most important roof type in Scandinavia for heated homes. The sod both insulates and protects the waterproof bark layer from sunlight and wind. This combination can last 50-70 years before the birch bark needs replacing. The…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 26th, 2019
Instructor: Trond Oalaan
10 Days
Teaser image for Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Constructing the Skjelter

Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Constructing the Skjelter

The Norwegian countryside is scattered with eye-catching wooden structures with sod roofs, steeped in the history of families making their living in the beautiful but harsh landscape. Reaching back centuries, each structure was designed and constructed for a specific purpose: storing grain, livestock, textiles, or even serving as the wedding…
Tue, Jun 11th, 2019  –  Thu, Jun 20th, 2019
Instructor: Trond Oalaan