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MAY, 2010

The Oseberg keel timber has been felled


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The Oseberg keel timber has been felled


April 2010:  Ole Martin Torbjørnsen, Geir Røvik and Thomas Finderup from the New Oseberg Ship Foundation found the perfect oak for the ship's keel in the royal wood of Jægersborg, on Sjelland in Denmark. With the assistance of director of forestry Hans Kolling Andersen and forestry workers Max Coomer and Lars Rugholm, the 35 metre tall, perfectly straight oak was felled at dawn on Thursday 29 April. Vibeke Bischoff from the Viking Ships Museum at Roskilde was also present at the felling.

"This is the best forest in Denmark, and this tree is very the best in the forest," said Kolling Andersen. Geir Røvik, leader for the Foundation is also very pleased with the high quality oak. "Trees of this quality are rare to find these days. That is why we had to travel to Denmark to find the best timber for the keel."
The keel for the new Oseberg ship, as with the original, will be composed of two logs, with the Danish tree forming the longest section at 16,5 metres.

The giant tree will now be transported to Norway and the building site in Tønsberg, on the waterfront by the Oseberg Quality Hotel. Building will commence in June.

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The keel timber: The giant oak has been toppled and the Viking ship builders are extremely pleased with the quality. (Photo: Peder Gjersøe/Tønsbergs Blad)


posted by Jorgen Kirsebom  May 01, 2010 15:24  Building News 

    



 


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