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Jay Haavik is back

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Our good friend and master woodcarver Jay Haavik returned from Seattle to Tønsberg in late April to work on the carvings on our copy of the Oseberg wagon.

Jay joined us at the very beginning of the building of "Saga Oseberg” in 2010, where he helped our local woodcarvers to obtain the high level of precision required. He is working full-time as a woodcarver and an artist, with background from i.e. The Viking Ships Museum in Oslo. He is regarded as one of the foremost performers in the world of Viking age woodcarving.

This is his ninth visit to Tønsberg. This time he comes to work as a volunteer: ‘I just can’t stay away. The town and its Viking environment draws me like a magnet,' he says. He is very pleased with the fact that all tar has been removed from the stem carvings on the ...


posted by Jorgen Kirsebom  13.05.14 11:30  General News  comments (0)




Work has begun on the Oseberg wagon

Work on our own replica has started. This wagon was made by master woodcarver Bjarte Aarseth at the Viking Ships Museum. (Photo: Bjørn Harald Lian)

Following concentrated studies of the Oseberg wagon at the Viking Ships Museum in Oslo, our master carvers have now started building the archaeological replica.

Apart from the ship itself, of course, the wagon is the most spectacular object from the Oseberg find. A replica is therefore one of the goals towards achieving our vision of an information centre based on replicas of ships and objects from the rich Viking finds in Vestfold.

The past weeks, our craftsmen headed by boat builder Geir Røvik have studied the original wagon at the Viking Ship Museum and received professional guidance from master carver Bjarte Aarseth. Aarseth has also made a replica of the wagon, which was displayed at the Historical Museum in ...


posted by Jorgen Kirsebom  23.07.13 00:28  General News  comments (2)




”Whisky money” for Oseberg Foundation

The New Oseberg Ship Foundation recently received a gift of £ 10,000 from The Robertson Trust in Scotland.

The Robertson Trust owns whisky giant Edrington, which produces some of the best known whisky brands such as The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Highland Park. The Highland Park distillery is located in the Orkneys, with their strong historical ties to Norway. 

The Robertson Trust annually sponsors a number of humanitarian and cultural initiatives, but the gift to the new Oseberg ship represents the first time that the trust sponsors activities outside of Scotland. Contact between the two parties was first established during Tonsberg's first whisky festival in 2011. Later the same year chairman of the board Einar Chr. Erlingsen and board member Eivind Luthen visited the Highland Park distillery.

- We are totally dependent on sponsors in our work to build up a Viking destination. ...


posted by olehf  21.01.13 20:06  General News  comments (0)




Good progress for new Gokstad boat

Besides working on building a shed for the Gokstad færing, work on the boat itself is showing good progress. Keel and stems are now ready to be mounted together.

Three smaller boats (up to 30 feet) were found inside the Gokstad ship. Two were reconstructed and can be seen at the Viking ship museum in Oslo. The third boat is still in fragments. A replica of it was built, however, named "Hög”, and is at present at our yard in Tønsberg. Our version will be a further interpretation of the archaeological remains from the original boat. 

Our readers are invited to pay us a visit to see for themselves how a small ship was built during the Viking age. Volunteers are also very welcome, no former experience necessary as instructions will be given by our skilled boat builders.

Maintaining the "Saga Oseberg”

While building ...


posted by Jorgen Kirsebom  15.01.13 17:11  General News  comments (3)




The Oseberg sail stored according to ancient law

Both the ancient Gulating law and king Magnus the Law Mender declared that the sails of defensive ships should be stored in churches during winter.

The Oseberg sail has to be stored in the dark, somewhere dry, safe and cool. So what could be more natural than to adhere to these old laws? Even though the Oseberg ship is older than Christianity in Norway, it is quite likely that the same rules applied then, in houses of pagan worship.

Therefore, the New Oseberg Ship Foundation contacted leaders Øystein Eilertsen and Steinar Høiback at the local church council, and immediately received their enthusiastic permission to store the sail in the tower of Tønsberg's cathedral during the winter.

Elle Bjønnes, who was in charge of weaving the sail, will look after this valuable piece of Viking handicraft while it remains in the church tower.


posted by Jorgen Kirsebom  09.01.13 05:00  General News  comments (0)