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02-11-2014 09:46 AM

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Hi! I start this thread because I live in Norway and, althoug I find that to be totally OK, it is a small country with relatively few inhabitants, of which maybe 1% are indulged in woodworking as a hobby/obsession.

This means that it is not only hard to find someone nearby who can, or more importantly have the experience to give advice on your current project, but the extremely small customer base in our country has another irritating consequense: there is very little of woodworking interrest to be bought in our local stores.

If we want wood, we can choose either pine, spruce, or maybe oak if you’re lucky, and That’s about it. If we want a chisel, you can choose between either the cheap type, or the more expencive kind. Both looks and works about the same, but the steel is probably a bit better on the more expensive type, but no one in the store can help you with pointing out the real difference.

So, if you want a good selection, you have to go online, or go out and chop your own wood.

I guess my first question would be: Does anyone here know of a local woodworking store with good selection of quality tools situated in Norway, and where? (I Know WWW Verktøy AS)

And second: Where and how to get a bit more exiting wood, from norwegian or foreign countries.

I write this post in English, I bet Norway isn’t the only small country in the world, and i am open to all input on this. Please respond in english, so that all who like can join in and not feel alienated. :)

-- “Because people are dead, it does not follow that they were stupid.” – David Pye

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 11:50 AM

Hold on a minute, Stefang will be along soon.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 11:56 AM

Stefang is your man. I do understand your basic problem because I live in a rural area. I have to order in anything that isn’t basic stuff.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 12:04 PM

I feel your pain, and think that a very large number of people in lots of different countries are in the same situation. While I can get good wood locally I don’t think I’ve ever bought a hand or power tool other than by ordering it online or buying it during my travels.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 02:06 PM

I have a boat builder friend in Norway who might be able to help you. his name is Bjorn Adne Kvalvik and I think he’s still based in Fedje, Hordaland. I’ll give him a call and get back to you.


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#5 posted 02-12-2014 08:16 PM

I share you challenge with difficult access to quiality tools and narrow selection of materials here in DK. I have two hints for you:

Go to your local lumber yard [trælast] and go to the place where they have boards for terrasses etc. Here you should be able to find at least some exotic hardwood – often jatoba – and larch. The later i have used a lot with great result.

Norway has some beautiful very old and slow grown birch and pine. Find a dealer/sawmill, celebrate your great local material and use it!

Let us know what you find. Good luck

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 09:07 AM

Thank you so much for your input everybody!

@kaerlighedsbamsen, Our local lumber yards usually don’t stock anything other than the regular CCA-treated (CU-impregnering) wood, but you can order, but I don’t think I would be allowed to order a couple of meters now and then. But I work in construction (in the office), so I guess I could get some left overs from time to time.
I totally agree with you on the slow growing wood! Have to ask my father-in-law if I can get some dwarf birch (Betula nana). He lives about 800 meters above sea level. (Some 2600 ft?) I’m shure that would be a challenge to cut. :)

@JemFox, I would really appreciate that!

Have any of you had any experience in importing exotic wood? I ordered a little block of cocobolo from Woodcraft, and I was really nervous that it would be held by customs. In order to import exotic wood, they can demand a certificate of origin, and if you can’t provide it, they destroy the wood. Woocraft couldn’t provide this, and customs could not answer me if they defined Cocobolo as exotic wood. But it went well. :)

-- “Because people are dead, it does not follow that they were stupid.” – David Pye

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 11:23 AM

Have you tried: Gustavsen AS
They stock some pretty good tools from Kreg, CMT, Walko, Festool, but as everything else in Norway….It aint cheap.

They used to stock some small parts for turning,from excotic wood I think, dont know about right now

Hope you have some luck, and I also wish we could pick up some cool wood at the lumberyard, along with some cool and lesser expensive quality tools.

I have a wet dream of walking in to a lumberyard asking for birds eye maple, without the employees looking at you like you had some kind of disease.

Good luck

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 01:09 PM

Yes, I’ve seen them, and their prices. My wallet hurts just looking at them. That said, I’ve mostly browsed their selection of planes. Tried it just now, and the page is a mess! For example, to find prices on chisels, you have to download a pfeil catalog wich is up side down, find the page number the tool is on and refer to a price list last updated in 2009… I’m sure they know their tools, but they don’t seem to know the first thing about web design… :0P

-- “Because people are dead, it does not follow that they were stupid.” – David Pye

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#9 posted 02-23-2014 10:01 AM

There are some local sawmills in your area that has a selection of Norwegian hardwood:
You can find more small sawmills dealing with local hardwood here:
There are also some importers of exotic wood several places in the country, but you must pay shipping and some of them only sell to companies.
One I have used a lot is Oslo Finerfabrikk AS:
When it comes to tools I buy mostly from England. Some good online stores are:


-- Norwegian (living in Sarpsborg, Norway)

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 03:45 PM

I share your pain! I live in Kleppe, 25 min. south of Stavanger so I have been buying tools from WWW Verktøy for many years now and they are great to deal with, plus they sell good quality products. I also recently found a very good hardwood source which sells kiln dried teak, mahogny,eik,merbau.nøttetre,ask,bøk,lønn and bjørk at reasonable prices, mostly 50mm thick planks in different widths. I bought some great maple from them recently and I’m really happy with the quality. You can check out his website here: He is very nice to deal with and has a nice warehouse and lots of stock. He also sells veneered panels in plywood. Well worth the relatively short trip from Mandal. Let me know if I can be of any assistance to show you where it is or anything else I can help you with

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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