New type of wood art

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Blog entry by stefang posted 07-04-2012 12:47 PM 5563 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What you are looking at here believe it or not is stacked firewood which has been shape stacked and then painted on the ends to portray a picture of the Norwegian King and Queen in celebration of their 75th birthdays.

It was created by 80 year old Ole Kristian Kjelling from Stor-Elvdal in Hedmark Norway, sitting at the far right next to his wife

I don’t know if this is an original idea, but I have never seen it before. 200-300 kilos (400-600 lbs of wood was used. I hope you enjoy it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 01:00 PM

That’s amazing Mike. I would be hopeless at working on such a large scale. It must be a nightmare if you were almost done and then decided you didn’t like the way the nose turned out. LOL. I take my hat off to Ole Kristian Kjelling.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 01:40 PM


What an awesome project!

Thanks for sharing it with us. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 01:41 PM

That is a remarkable mosaic! I’ve never seen something like this before either. These folks know how to honor the king and queen in woodworker fashion! Thanks for posting, Mike.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 01:47 PM

Truly remarkable. What an amazing thing for this guy to do. I could only wish to be so creative. Thanks for sharing this. If you ever get to meet this man, I hope you’ll send our best wishes.

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

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 03:21 PM

That has got to be unique. In transit back to Anchorage today…........have a good one….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 03:45 PM

Yup…it’s woodwork! Amazing artistry!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 03:49 PM

Glad you guys liked it. I forgot to mention that Mrs. Kjelling the artists wife is the 4th generation of the last Polish King. I imagine that is part of the motivation for this wonderful work of art.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 03:53 PM

Unique idea very cool thanks for sharing this Mike.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 07-04-2012 07:14 PM

Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 07-04-2012 07:27 PM

That is amazing


I think so


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 07-04-2012 07:56 PM

I didn’t think it was possible to stack wood like that until I saw how he did it (wires attached to his log building)
It’s basically a blank flat canvas of log ends on which he painted the faces.

It’s a good thing he did a good job, otherwise it would have been off with his head….

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#12 posted 07-04-2012 08:24 PM

I’m always amazed by peoples creativity and the many ways they express it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 07-05-2012 12:34 AM

it never surprises me what folks can come up with and how artistic they can be with what others would not even think of…this is really amazing and my hat is off to these folks for such a wonderful display…thanks mike, i bet you kinda glad to be home, its like a sweet and sour deal…you sure miss your family, but to me, there is no place like home…welcome back…time to get to that grass cutting and plant trimming…can you hear the crack of the whip…lol….....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

#14 posted 07-05-2012 02:39 AM

Now that is very Cool

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#15 posted 07-05-2012 04:13 AM

Mike that is wonderful. Folk art at its best. Thanks for sharing.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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