In August 2018 internationlly renowned wood craftsman / artist Jogge Sundqvist travelled from Sweden to teach his special brand of folk art inspired woodcraft to eight very happy students.
That was our eigth season of running traditional woodcraft courses in our mountain workshop within the grounds of our wooden house in the Hola Valley, Eastern Norway.
The over riding aim of our courses is to help maintain the woodcraft skills, knowledge and culture of rural Norway by offering expertly taught courses with fantastic home-cooked food and comfortable tent or cabin accommodation.
We needed to invest some time in property maintenance so unfortunately we didn't offer any courses in 2019, but let us know if you may be interested in 2020.
In 2013 and 2014 we concentrated on the completion of one large project, the construction of a traditional Norwegian timber mountain lodge with a turf roof. This timber frame style of building construction, often called stavlaft, was once common throughout Norway. Many Viking buildings were constructed in this way.
The course package includes: full tuition, materials, fantastic home cooked food throughout, accommodation in well-appointed bell tents or our stavlaft cabin and access to the dining room, lounge and shower/wet room. Meals are served in the dining room or in the covered outdoor area. Dietary requirements will be catered for where we can (vegetarians welcome!). We are always keen to incorporate local ingredients into the menus.
Courses are fully timetabled to ensure you get the most from your stay in this inspirational and breathtaking mountain region. Course programmes are pretty full but there will still be time for evening beaver watching on the river in our open canoes and mini workshops for those who don't want to just relax.
Travel is not included but getting to us is a straight forward affair, with frequent flights from most UK airports to Oslo's main airport Gardermoen. A connecting train from the station built into the airport will take you on the most scenic part of your journey to the town of Tolga where we will meet you for the final 30 minute drive to Holoydal. Get in touch if you need help deciding the best way to get there.
Maximum 8 students per course. Families and non-participating partners negotiable.
Have a look at our video below 'Stavlaft on the South Hill' which recorded some of the log building course we ran in 2013.
Talented Northumbrian photograher Yvonne Davies made this multimedia presentation where students talk about their experience in 2013.
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