Scenic Woodturning Courses

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Blog entry by stefang posted 08-11-2014 11:17 AM 1510 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year my local tool dealer puts on an 11 day cruise here in Norway which caters to woodturners. The cruise includes free turning courses held by internationally known American, English, Norwegian and other woodturners. A lot of tools including bandsaws, sanders, turning tools, etc. are taken with. The cruise starts in Stavanger and sails to HonningvĂ„g/Norkapp (land of the midnight sun). It’s probably pretty expensive, but surely a lot of fun for those who can afford it. A great way to see Norway without abandoning your woodturning. A lot of port calls along the way where locals can come aboard and buy tools.

I haven’t been on any of these cruises, but they are fully booked every year, so I think they are quite popular. I thought it would be worth mentioning in case any LJ members were interested in taking a cruise like this. Here’s a pic of the boat.

If you are interested, you will have to wait until next year as the ship is currently on this year’s cruise.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 09:53 PM

What a novel theme for a cruise ship! The idea of turning while at sea appeals to me…now if I could just get the money, time and berth LOL!

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 08:42 AM

I don’t know how much it costs, but I’m sure it’s really expensive. Nevertheless it has been very popular for many years now. Of course the money earned for my tool guy is not just from the passengers, as the ship makes a lot of stops along the way and woodworkers from the districts around the port of call come and buy a lot of stuff. He brings loads of tools with on the cruise for sale. This tool dealer is by far the biggest of it’s kind in all of Norway. Lucky me that his store is in my district, about 25 minutes drive from home. He started selling mainly turning tools, and lathes, but over the years he has expanded more and more into general woodworking tools.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 03:41 PM

That would be a really nice vacation, Mike. Unfortunately I could never afford such a trip. My wife an I do have a small trip to the Smoky Mountains this fall and there are some woodworking and carving stores that I will visit along the way.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 04:02 PM

Hi Charles. I can see that most won’t be interested in this. I just thought some might find it interesting to see a new twist on woodworking courses. I think it was an imaginative idea.

In the summer it is light out where I live in south western Norway until about 11:30 pm and further north where this boat sails it stays light almost all the time. So after taking a couple of courses during the day and doing a little practice turning, participants can still enjoy a long afternoon and evening of sun and the scenery along the coast, providing the weather cooperates.

I wouldn’t mind taking this cruise, but there are just too many other things I would rather spend my money on.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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