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Location: Norway

My first memory is like this. Im sleeping in the big heap of shavings from the cutter, With my dad and my uncles dogs, the oven is cracling With fire and the smell of coffe is mixed With the strong scent of freshly cut pine.
My grandfather is carving a knifhandle in horn sitting next to the oven, wile keeping an eye on me. In the next room i hear my father and my uncles talking wile they carve, and that familiar sound of blowing the shavings of the workbench. A normal workday in my family, as it have been for generations now, i am the 8th generation in a straight line of woodcarvers.
I was only a couple of years old at that time, but its still one of my most cherished memories. And for the rest of my life it have sett my Identity.

I have worked as a woodcarver and carpenter for most of my life, i started out as a child, carving smal spoons and bowls. i was to smal to reatch the topp of the workbench, so my grandfather showed me how to putt the piece of Wood against the wall, one foot on either side and how to carve safely away from myself. A big amount of my childhood was spent in the mysteries and corners of that old workshop, :) in fact it still look mostly the same today as it did back then.
Well, they dont use the long bands that was running on waterpower from the stream anymore, and i can barley remember that, i just recall my grandfather holding me away when the long bands was running, they drowe most of the old machines in the old part of the workshop, and from the stream they must have been 10 meters long and sweeping the ground.

And my time was often spent together With my grandfather, building a sailboat or airbaloon,bows and wooden toys or any other invetion we two could come up With, he was one of the most curious and inquiring old People i have known, what he could not fix or make it was almost no limit to.

I started tagging along to classes my dad and uncles held wery early, and one day around 15 my dad was sick and i had to jump in and i think i had 12 students that first time. And thats were i started teatching woodcarving. And since then i have kept on doing that, in one or the other form. To students from all ower the world. It have given me mutch.

I have traveled trough most europe and asia and seen and learned of carvings since i was 17, on the tumb, on interrail and so on. And in periods i have had to work as many other Things to, chef,web-tv host, i have a craftmanshipp in old carpentry to, the hand and dovetail way :) I have been seller, riding instructor, skiing instruktor, supportcoordinator and so on in Shorter breaks between carving. But always a Carver, in Identity and soul, i always Return to it.

My dad and his Brothers started their carrers as kids to, they started out turning plates to sell. But the lathe, and i still have it, was simply to big for them. It was the old handmade type, made to run by pedalforce, the problem was they could not reatch up and pedal at the same time. So 2 pedaled and the 3rd stood on topp of a wooden Box and turned. The plates can still be found in some of the old cabins own by Trollheimen turistforening, witch is a old mountain cabins system ala hostels.

Im simply here to share a little bit and learn a bit, and i have missed a forum With woodpeople :)

All photos With a signature in the lower right corner is taken by my childhood friend and nabour, the rest i have taken myself. He Has some interesting pics of nature and Things like carvings from my region in Norway.

-- Bard son of iver

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98 posts in 1593 days

#1 posted 11-07-2013 05:09 PM

This is simply a test and a introduction.

The plate im working on at the moment is a thing With history, it is a thing i have poured a lot of myself into. Its like a inner prosses, both of sorrow,joy and creating.

My grandfather turned this plate maybe 15-20 years ago from one piece of silver birch and forgott it in a corner in the workshop where i found it afther his passing away many years later. I thought it was sad if the plate wasent finished, so i started thinking of a pattern in a old skandinavian asymetrical chip carving style. But before i started the actual prosess of drawing it i went on a tripp to marocco and brought the plate to have something to tinker With, as i always do when traveling.
While there i met a old woodcarver, his son and grandson that all worked together, and their Family tradition had similarities With my own so we found the tone. From this experience and from some of the styles i watched in the area inspired me to mix some of this style With the one i already had in mind. So its a mix of maroccoan and Norwegian style that i have done my way.

The pattern is drawn by free-hand and its all handcarved of course, as everything i carve. The idea was that the pattern should represent creativity, the life in it, the simple start, the uncertain tendrils reatcing out and feeling its way before it feels the limitations it have and fall into a rythm along the bord. But then as life and creativity often do it takes a new way and flows into the center, where it senses freedom and flourishes into what its supposed to be and blossoms.

Hope you like it, and im happy for comments since i rarley show my stuff publicly.


-- Bard son of iver

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 06:12 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
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Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 06:28 PM

Thank you wery mutch for Your advice and welcome! Think i got it posted where it was ment to go now, in the blogg. was a bit fast. :)

-- Bard son of iver

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 02:06 AM

Welcome to Lumber jocks from downunder!!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 03:54 AM

Welcome koraile.
I love your work so far and want to see more. My inlaws have a house that was made in Norway and there is carving everywhere in it and on it.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#6 posted 11-08-2013 04:52 AM

Thank you wery mutch! :) been browsing the site myself now, a lott of Nice and creative work here. so looking forward to get to know some pll With the same interests. I working on a new post now to show a example of my Family style.

-- Bard son of iver

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#7 posted 11-08-2013 09:32 AM

I love your obvious passion for woodworking and the rich heritage you have to build on. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 03-31-2014 02:53 AM

A true artisan you are! I love your earliest memory of woodcarving, the rich visuals and reminiscent smells. Truly a memory to cherish….forever.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 03-31-2014 03:27 PM

Thanks josh!

-- Bard son of iver

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