Led by one of Norway's leading log builders and master carpenter, George Fuller, by the end of week 1 the bottom and top frames and 6 posts were diligently prepared using a mixture of traditional hand tools and modern power tools including power planers and electric chainsaws.
We were fortunate to source a very local supply of seasoned, slow grown pine with a high portion of durable heartwood or duramen core (the dense, dark, nonfunctioning older wood at the core of a tree stem). Using good quality seasoned timber not only results in a structure that is likely to be more stable and shift less but worked very well with both hand and power tools. Building timbers in this part of Norway (North Hedmark) tend to be side-cut to 8" to provide the extra insulation needed to cope with winter temperatures that can often go down to -40 degrees C. However...............course leader Georges' feeling was that this was a little over specified for a building of this size and besides, all of his holding trestles were geared up for 6" logs.
Before we left Norway in early September the shell was partially dismantled and stacked off the ground then fitted with a temporary corrogated sheet roof to keep it protected from the heavy winter snow which lasts for at least 5 months.
In August 2014 the shell will be moved to its final resting place on the edge of the wood with spectacular views down the valley and towards the lake. With the shell reassembled, work will commence constructing the sod roof and completing the infill panels, insulation, doors and windows.
If you would like to be involved in the completion of a traditional stavlaft building and experience Norwegian mountain culture, get in touch.
Course details to follow but we can confirm it will be led by George Fuller of the Norwegian Log Building School and run for 2 weeks in August 2014.