A short mountain trip in our district (Rogaland Norway)

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Forum topic by stefang posted 09-16-2009 05:18 PM 3507 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2009 05:18 PM

I’m not sure this will be of interest to you, but I thought I would give it a try anyway. The first picture below is Frafjord. It’s about 20 minutes from our home.

A little mountain trip

The next picture is just driving through one of the valleys on our way to the mountains. I just wanted to show you what was underneath all the green.

What's under the green

Well, we made it to the top above the treeline and stopped for a sort coffee break. All the local sheep farmers bring their stock up here to graze over the summer. They just picked them up last week and trucked them home again with their lambs. I guess I should have taken our picture too, but didn’t think about it.

Over the treeline

We eventually got over to the next valley “Setesdalen” and stopped at the local museum. I had hoped they would have more old handcrafted wooden things, but unfortunately they didn’t have much, so I’ll just have to show you what I can. The first item is an old chest with chip carving. There wasn’t any info about it, but to me it looks like it was done around 1800 or possibly earlier. Maybe one of you might know from the style. If so please let us know.

200 year old chest

This is an 1100 year old viking sword dug up in the area. (The real deal)

1100 year old viking sword

This next two pictures are of a snowscooter from 1964. Please note the modern streamlined design and the comfortable seating arrangement.

1964 snowscooter

A 1964 snowscooter

This one is on our way to Setesdalen. I thought you might like to see a Norwegian style cabin. It’s still under construction, but almost finished.

Some new cabins

Well, that’s it. I hope it wasn’t too boring. Next time I will try to show you some actual woodworking and in a more interesting way. That is, if I am still welcome. Hope you enjoyed it, if not let me know.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 05:22 PM


You are truly blessed to be living in such a beautiful area.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 05:41 PM

This a beautiful country! To spend long hours wondering the land… Thank you

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 09-16-2009 06:28 PM

Very nice pictures. Thanks for sharing them. If I had lots of money and time, I’d just travel around to all the beautiful places in the world, and maybe pick up some samples of local woods. The chest, sword and cabin are all interesting. I like the way the engine doubles as a heater for the driver of the snowscooter. Could be bad if it ever threw a rod though…

Keep makin’ sawdust!

-- Scott

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#4 posted 09-16-2009 06:43 PM

thanks for the trip to norway ,
it sure is beautiful country !

sometime show us the local wooden work boats .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-16-2009 06:52 PM

Great photos. thanks for sharing them.

-- Joe

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#6 posted 09-16-2009 06:59 PM

Very beautiful pictures.
I enjoy every one of them.

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#7 posted 09-16-2009 07:03 PM

Looks like the 1st snow sled I had,now they have them with heaters and they ride just like a car.
But I enjoy the mountains and the lake better.
Great photos.

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#8 posted 09-16-2009 07:07 PM

Mike, these are wonderful pictures. I enjoyed seein them.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 09-16-2009 07:11 PM

Glad you liked it. We live in a community with about 13,000 pop. including outside the town proper, but it isn’t far from much larger populated areas. A few years ago we lived in a different house in the same town (kleppe), and one morning I looked out our front room window at the field across the main road and there was a moose happily meandering through the field! It is an agro area, but I didn’t think there were any moose around. That’s one of the things I like about Norway. It’s very settled, but still retains a lot of nature. Maybe being Norwegian is a state of mind Dave R.

That’s a good idea about the boats David. We do have some nice wooden boats around. My wife’s uncle who was a builder did a lot of work on a pretty good sized sailboat which is used by the sea scouts. That was quite a few years ago, but it’s probably still around. I’ll keep my eyes open for some interesting woodworking, including boats. In fact, I just remembered that a guy I buy imported wood from shares premises with a guy who is building traditional Norwegian wooden boats. He had one almost finished in the shop last time I was there. I’ll bring my camera next time I go there.

Thanks for looking in and commenting on this post. Maybe I should have been a tour guide instead of a woodworker. I could do either just as poorly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-16-2009 07:24 PM

Mike, great afternoon break, thanks. Not much dirt in Norway. Dated a excahnge student one time from there, nice girl. healthy, blonde.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#11 posted 09-16-2009 07:38 PM

Beautiful country Mike. Not much lumber to be had huh. Pretty rocky. I’d love to fish the fjords there, bet the trout are big as logs.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 09-16-2009 07:47 PM

Thanks for the glimpse of your beautiful part of the world. I would love to visit Norway some day.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#13 posted 09-16-2009 09:14 PM

Poroskywood Sounds like my wife, but I think you might be a little too old for her.

Mike I haven’t seen any really big ones. My son caught a nice brown trout the other day though. He’s an avid fly fisherman, even has his own web site, but I can’t remember the site’s name/address. I’m an even worse fisherman than a woodworker so I spend most of my free time in the shop. One of my grand kids can just stand next to the water and fish swim up on the shore and surrender. Go figure. He’s pretty good at woodworking too.

Dave R. -the færing is a beautiful boat. They look Kind of like small viking ships. A few years ago we visited the Viking ship museum in Oslo. It was very interesting, but of course the boats aren’t in great condition. The thing that really caught my imagination was the wooden ship “Fram” that Roald Ammundsen used for his polar exploration. This was a very strong ship built for the ice. It’s still in great shape, although it’s drydocked in it’s museum.

Chuck It’s certainly worth a visit and I hope you have the opportunity. The weather is a bit tricky though, so it might be a good idea to have an umbrella with you just in case, (now you know why it’s so green here).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 09-16-2009 09:26 PM

Beautiful country…awesome pics. I am always curious about how our breathren LJ’s enjoy this hobby in other lands….it is a real treat to see your resident country up close and personal like that. Thank you for sharing a bit of your “home” with us.

Had to edit this quick as I just read your tag line…for being an American in Norway….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 09-16-2009 09:39 PM

Thanks for a little glimpse of the homeland ;-)) Mom is into rosé mulling, but chip carving is a bit to intricate for me ;-))

-- 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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