Building with Logs: Reconstructing a 19th Century Traditional Norwegian Log Cabin

With Nels DillerTuition $200Materials fee: none

Aslak Lie arrived in America from Valdres, Norway in 1848, and began building a cabin to house his family and his workshop. In 2003 the house was gifted to Folklore Village, painstakingly dismantled, and transferred to a meadow onsite.The cabin is currently being reconstructed, and is focused upon the log home’s original one-story structure. Students will hands-on assist in the building, working with the hand tools contemporary with Lie’s time – broadaxe, draw knives, chisels and planes. Lessons will likely include Norwegian log dovetail techniques, crafting a replacement log from an original log template, historical reconstruction techniques, and the laying up of the logs. This is a great way to learn to build – or reconstruct – your own log building. Students should be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, and bring leather gloves if desired.

Click for WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Your registration includes:•  Five catered meals featuring organic and locally sourced ingredients. Four meals are provided by Red Barn Catering, and Saturday’s evening meal is a Farm-to-Table dinner presented by Circle M Farm.• Staff concert Friday night• Saturday Barn Dance with Chuck Hornemman’s String Band

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BIO: Instructor Nels Diller is an accomplished builder and craftsman. He studied Norwegian log cabin building techniques in Norway, and then built the elegant Norwegian stabbur, located on the street in Mt.Horeb, WI, in front of Open House Imports. Nels’ building is modeled after a famous stabbur which is located at Torvetjonn in Telemark, Norway. BACK to Sustainability Weekend