Restoration of the Historic Aslak Lie House: Timber Framing with Nels Diller


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Date: June 13 & 14, 2020

9 am – 4 pm daily

Skill Level: Any

Class Registration Fee: $160.00


Aslak Lie was born in Valdres, Norway on June 9. 1798. He was trained in the craft and worked as a cabinet maker and builder there until 50 years of age. He and his extended family moved to Wisconsin in 1848 and built their house at Klevenville, near Mt Horeb. He continued to practice his craft and has many fine cabinets housed in museums and in private collections.
Lie’s house (see photo) was gifted to Folklore Village in 2003. It was dismantled and moved into storage. In 2015, we began the process of rebuilding it on Folklore Village’s property. We are holding classes to give the public a chance to see first hand Lie’s artistry and skill and assist in the rebuilding process. Students will get to work on the structure with hand tools similar to the ones Lie used. The focus will be on the second floor structure where Lie used a variety of woodworking joints, including mortise and tenon, and dovetails.

Students should be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, and bring leather gloves if desired.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $25, for tool use.

Since the 1970’s Nels Diller has been working as a carpenter, cabinetmaker, and construction superintendent in the Madison area. A life-long hand tool enthusiast, he became interested in Norwegian wooden architecture and craft in the 1990’s. He studied traditional Norwegian building techniques under Ottar Romtveit at Raulands Akademiet in Telemark in 2005 and 2006. This resulted in his building a model of a famous Norwegian stabbur from 1775(see photo). Since 2012 it has occupied a prominent place on Main St in Mount Horeb. Nels retired from business in 2014 and a year later began working with Folklore Village on the Lie Project.

Registration includes your lunches, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Virtual Healthy Hoedown.