These are a couple of examples of Norwegian Tine (pronounced tina) Box that I made. The tine could be a container for the family valuables or as mundane as holding the day’s lunch. I worked off of Jim Anderson’s design that was published in American Woodworker. But his work is much more art than mine. My daughter was getting married in the replica stave church on Washington Island, Door County, WI and wanted traditional centerpieces for the reception. I of course agreed without ever having done bentwood before. It is pretty easy but time consuming. To save on wood for the forms I made them out of 3 inch foam insulation with plywood on each surface. If you’re going to go through all the effort of boiling water and bending you don’t want to do just one at a time. I had 5 forms for each size I made. I created many different variations on a theme with hard maple, cherry, and walnut. I made 26 of them and at the end of the night members of the wedding party and family were able to take them home as remembrances of the night. Finish was 2 coats Watco natural and then 8 coats of a poly varnish thinned to 50% and wiped on and off with a 0000 steel wool rubdown between coats
I toured Norway this past spring and saw some examples of tine at folk museums. I have to admit that running through my mind was that mine were better. Of course 1000 years ago they didn’t have table saws, planners, or band saws so we have to cut them a little slack ;-) I also made some round boxes with covers for the kransekaka but that is for another post.