Some Woodworking Curiosities and the Norwegian Weather Report

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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-13-2012 06:25 PM 2013 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All. My wife and I took our annual one hour drive to a local mountain restaurant to celebrate our anniversary late in November. There is a store attached to the restaurant where tourists and the local natives like ourselves can buy some gifts and Christmas stuff this time of the year. I took a few photos you might like.


I’m not sure who used this bike carrier, butI can’t imagine it was an adult as it was a bit smaller than a large tricycle.

These chairs were interesting, but not very refined.They were probably done very fast to be profitable

The ubiquitous Norwegian trolls. The big one is about 9 or 10 ft. tall.

and finally a unique horse head bench. This one seemed truly original to me.

NORWEGIAN WEATHER REPORT (A must have, especially for those living in Arizona)

We woke up to this

And this. The door is to my workshop

We even had visit from this little fellow who was out on pre-Christmas training round.

This was one of my first scroll saw projects. I made 4 sets of these and we had Christmas workshop with our grandkids, their other grandmother and her other grandchildren. We sat and painted them along with a bunch of other decorations. It was a bit messy, but lots of fun and camaraderie. We did that for a few years when our grandkids were a lot younger.

I hope you enjoyed these photos. I would like to wish all of you A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!*

Best Wishes,


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 06:49 PM

Thanks for the pics Mike, They make me feel a little more at home.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 07:55 PM

Nice to see you back Mike…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 08:48 PM

I know those of you who live in snow country love the ‘change of season’, but this California boy loves his 70 degree Christmas.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 10:39 PM

Enjoyed the tour and all of the cool woodworking items. especially the Norwegian wood,wasn’t it good ? :))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 11:56 PM

The carvings I like. The snow, not so much.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 12:06 AM

That’s what we normally look like here this time of year. Still dry here now though.

Thanks for the pictures. pretty cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 12:06 AM

Hi Mike and a God Jule to you!

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

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 01:26 AM


-- Joel

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#9 posted 12-14-2012 01:52 AM

You are snowed in!! ;-) Thanks for the Norway tour. I always wondered how I’d know a troll if I saw one.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-14-2012 10:42 AM

Thanks for the post and photo tour, enjoyed it a lot. I commend you on doing those projects with your grandkids. Whether it’s baking cookies or making something in the shop, that time is very special and they will remember it. I was intrigued by the horse bench. Do you have any other photos?

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

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#11 posted 12-14-2012 11:05 AM

Thanks for your comments everyone. We are pretty well snowed in here. We have a fairly long driveway, and there isn’t anywhere to throw removed snow.

My grandson was here yesterday after school and managed to clear about 15sq.yds, and a pathway to the street, but he is only 13 so we gave him some hot chocolate and food then sent him home. He did a great job, but there’s a huge amount of snow out there.

I went out and cleared a little myself, but that didn’t work out too well, so I’m back in my chair. I can’t even get out to my shop as snow about a yard deep is blocking it. We aren’t getting any mail or newspaper deliveries so I’m glad we have internet.

My son’s car is stuck at work in another town and my granddaughter’s car is stuck at the bottom of the hill they live on. The shopping centers in the district are almost empty and crews are working around the clock just to clear the main roads. They have also plowed our street, but left so much snow in our already packed driveway entrances that it doesn’t help much.

Luckily we have all our Christmas shopping done, but I still have to make one more gift basket, so I hope I will be able to get to my shop in time to get it finished before Christmas. I like snow as long as it is somewhere else!

Ken Do you want more pictures of the horse bench or just more pictures?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-14-2012 05:16 PM

We had little snow on the ground until just a day before we left for Dallas. Last year was a record winter snowfall. This year is the reverse. It’s about 58 deg F here in Dallas, not much chance of snow here.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 12-14-2012 06:37 PM

Burrrrrrrrrrr! That sure looks cold Mike!! Thankfully on this part of Vancouver Island we have quite mild winters … and that’s fine by me. But it really does look beautifully white for Christmas!! Love your project with the grandkids from years back. I have our grandkids come and make their hand-crafted gifts in my workshop, starting about 2 months before the big day so there’s plenty of time. Everything is finished and ready for Xmas, the Merry Mess has been cleaned up and I can now reclaim my workshop again!! Lots of fun though … and as you know Mike … they grow up very quickly!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#14 posted 12-14-2012 06:46 PM

Great pix Mike !
We apear to be getting our first “real” dump as I speak, wet heavy stuff and after a bout of Bursitis,
no way I’m shoveling.
Hark, what’s that..oh Mrs. just back from the first 10 or so feet, neighbours are good, they take care of the sidewalk.
And yes we’d all like to see more Norwegian wood please !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#15 posted 12-14-2012 06:56 PM

Mike, When I showed my wife your post she saw the horse bench and said “I LIKE that”. Can you make me something like that? I said maybe…..... If you have a few other pictures I’d like to see them. Don’t mess up your back messing around in that snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ken

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

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