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Blog entry by stefang posted 10-28-2010 10:07 PM 1944 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow LJer’s, I bought some wood today. I thought it might be interesting (for me at least) to show you what $200 (Nkr.1,400) buys you here in Norway. I wonder how that compares to what can be purchased for the same amount in the U.S.A. or the equivalent in Canadian dollars? As you can see, I also bought a 4 pk of Rockler Bench Cookies.


The red bits are about 9,85 bdft of Mahogany, The long white piece is 0,44 bdft. of Sycamore, and lastly 1,77 bdft. block of mystery wood which is pictured in more detail below.


The store had it in their inventory as Ash. I’ve never seen Ash that color, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The grain certainly looks like Ash. Can anyone confirm that for me? It’s not a test, just an honest question.

And finally the last photo showing my white wood back-up which is all Birch firewood, some of it is usable for projects. This Birch comes from Lithuania, and it’s quite dry. All of this will be gone by the end of March and possibly more bought in if we have as long and cold a winter as we had last year. This is our main source of heating supplemented with floor cables in a few other rooms.


The Mahogany, Sycamore and mystery wood is going to be used to make Christmas gifts for the family. I will also be using a nice piece of Hairy Oak sent to me almost 1-1/2 years ago by Degoose aka ‘Lazy Larry’. I’ve never acknowledged this gift on LJ, thinking that it would soon be used in a project where I would give credit due, unfortunately this hasn’t happened so far. SO, a very belated THANK YOU LARRY FOR THE WONDERFUL AND GENEROUS GIFT SENT ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA TO NORWAY!!. I want to make something special out of this wood, and it has taken me all this time to come up with something.

Well, I guess you folks are getting geared up for Halloween. It hasn’t been recognized here until the last few years. We usually get about 3 or 4 visits by some scary little critters demanding treats, which we have on hand just in case. I fondly remember tick or treating as a kid and all the great home made treats kindly folks in the neighborhood made for us. A form of handwork and craft that while transient, still lasts a long time in our hearts and memories. Have a good Halloween everyone!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 10:16 PM

Wow at that price Mike I think I’d be milling the firewood. Unless the mystery wood is something special I would guess that wood might cost $25 -$ 40 in my area.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 10:17 PM

Mike, You are welcome… and I can’t wait to see what magnificent project you make with the Hairy Oak.
I have two pieces of timber sent from New Mexico… that I am waiting for inspiration to be able to use… and you can guess that David Mitchell aka patron sent them to me …Bubinga and Indian Rosewood…Definitely no cutting boards ,.... maybe a box or a chess table…we will see..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 10:30 PM

looking realy niice Mike and sooo expensive
looking forward to see what you come up with from it

take care

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 10:40 PM

I think it’s scarry! The prices of wood in our part of the world. Much more scarry than halloween…
What a guy, wood from Australia, I have also some wood gifts, waiting for the special project, but it will come.

This is my daughter today, dressed up for the school party.
We had a good time yesterday to make her costume, and today to make her make up, I even painted little spiders on her nails.
Have a wonderful halloween dear Mike, send my hello to your beautiful half,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 10:57 PM

Well it does seem that our prices are exorbitant here. Why am I not surprised? Good to hear from all of you and to see ’THE MONSTER’ !!

Hei tilbake fra min bedre halvdel Mads.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 12:51 AM

My first reaction on the mystery wood is canary, if it is very dense. Sure enjoyed your blog about the dowel hinges. They turned out great on a 3×5 card box.
Have great Holidays Dave

-- Dave Arizona

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 01:18 AM

Mike. Wow, that’s not much wood for the buck.
My last wood purchase was:
63”x12”x4/4 Jarrah
34”x12 1/2”x4/4 Jarrah
2 – 5/4×8”x12’ quarter sawn white oak
4/4×18”x12’ Red Oak
6/4×12”x12’tiger maple
and a small piece of cocobolo for free all for $129.00

Man do I feel for you and the prices there. Rand

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 05:13 AM


Is the firewood included in the $200? Here in Wisconsin USA, seasoned, split firewood costs between $50 and $60 per face cord (16” x 4’ x 8’). (The price has escalated considerably in the past couple of years.) Purchased in full cords (4’ x 4’ x 8’ , i.e. 8’ lengths unsplit) costs about $900 per semi (about 12 cords). One cord is equivalent to three face cords. Purchasing firewood in small bundles (as for camp fires) can make it cost considerably more.

With the wind storm we had Tuesday and Wednesday (60 mph winds), you can come and make all the firewood you need, Stefang, and take it home with you! There are trees down all over our property but, PTL, not one hit any of our buildings. Firewood really keeps us warm—making it and burning it!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 05:24 AM

They mystery wood certainly looks like ash. I have about 12 planks and they are about the same in grain and color. Ash is usually very ope grain and much whiter than oak. Has a yellow/gold tone with a natural finish.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#10 posted 10-29-2010 11:33 AM

Dave Glad the hinge worked for you.

Rand I’m not really crying the blues (well, maybe I am). We do have a different economy here and the woods around here are mostly pine and fir. The price for slightly more than 1 cubic yard of oak plank for instance costs about $1000 including transport about 100 miles.

L/W I was born in Superior Wisc. and I know you have a lot of good wood (trees) there. the birch firewood you see in the picture cost $966. This was for two ‘favn’ which might be comparable to two cords, but I’m not sure. I am tempted to move back to Wisc. to take you up on your offer of free wood!

John I’m pretty sure too that it’s Ash, although most Ash I’ve seen has been lighter in tone, the grain sure looks like ash.

So if anyone tells you that the Norwegian income is high compared to other countries, you now have an idea that so are the prices (and taxes, ie; 25% sales tax for example). A recent survey of purchasing power for people living in the capitol cities of Europe revealed that Norwegians in our capitol Oslo had only 67% of the purchasing power of the Euopean capitol with the highest PP. We landed at no. 27th on the list! The lack of PP was attributed to the very high prices we have here. And this is one of the wealthiest nations in the world!!

However, I won’t go on complaining because I have a very nice comfortable and economically stable life here. I am more than grateful for that. Besides, I don’t believe a good life is only about income, wealth and possessions, though all of those things are really nice if you don’t have to pay too high a price for them in human terms.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-29-2010 07:43 PM

I’d say lumber prices are slightly higher there. For comparison, I recently went to my local hardwood dealer and got about 60 board feet each of 8/4 rough poplar, 8/4 rough hickory and 4/4 surfaced hickory for about $550, or about $3.06/bf on average. This is New Mexico, and EVERYTHING except cedar and Ponderosa pine firewood is trucked in. See my potato cannon video for a look at our “trees”.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 10-29-2010 08:26 PM

I didn’t average my entire purchase, but I calculated the bdft price on the mahogany and that was about $12,50 bdft.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 10-30-2010 05:43 PM

Now I know why I am primarily working with MDF and plywood….......(-:

Hopefully that will change soon, we will see.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 10-30-2010 10:25 PM

Pretty expensive wood there Mike, hopefully can you pick up some locally harvested wood to keep the cost down?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#15 posted 10-30-2010 11:22 PM

Hi Tim. We do have some hardwoods in Norway, but not much locally. It’s windy here in our district most of the time and the trees tend to grow twisted except for the stands of fir and pine which grow in bunches and so are protected from the wind to a great extent.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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