Only a couple of weeks ago, getting set for an evening row in Kvalen. I’m so pleased to have restored and bought new sails for my lovely double-ended Norwegian classic Oselvar færing sailing/row boat. I built her in 1978 as an apprentice piece and have enjoyed her ever since. Straight after we first launched her near Bergen in Norway, Geir Madsen and I sailed and rowed her to the Mediterranean down the rivers through Germany and France in the routes taken by the Viking traders. #classicboat#oselvar#færing#boatbuilding#norway#westbay#harbour
What is the "perfect design"? A good candidate could be the Norwegian "Oselvar" which for me are much more than just a design from a specific period, but it has lines that is relevant in modern design even today and in future. This one might be more than 100 years old, but no one knows exactly, the current owner just knows that it was already old when she as child visited her grant father who was the previous owner. . . #oselvar#clinkerbuilt#woodenboat#design#theperfectdesign#seamanship#love
Oselvar is traditional rowboat/sailboat from the southwest of Norway that has evolved through thousands of years. To this day it still has similarities to its origins 300 BC. This particular boat has probably been washed ashore during a storm, and left to decay.
We’ve got a new patient into the workshop: a new strandebarmar from our own workshop that got a bit too much of the hard sun during the summer, and a result got a small drying crack in one strake. It’s mainly cosmetic, but once were done with it you won’t even know it’s there. Having a strandebarmar and an oselvar next to each other in the workshop is also a great opportunity for some comparative boat analysis: the more archaic oselvar with the hewn garboards and three strakes comes across as a notably lighter construction, whereas the four strake strandebarmar (or three strakes and a double garboard as we usually describe it), has a clearly deeper effective keel and is a somewhat more solid vessel. #oselvar#strandebarmar#hardangerfartøyvernsenter#boatbuilding#woodenboatbuilding#båtbygging#trebåt#puuvene#veneenveisto#lapstrake#clinkerbuilt