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Horseman
Friday, March 12th, 2010, 05:48 PM
Once upon a time, I saw some pictures of a 14th century Norwegian log farmhouse, I've never seen anything exactly like it since and web searches havent turned up much.

I would appreciate any pics of pre 20th century/ preferably medieval Scandinavian log homes.

Thank you!:)

Valbiorn
Friday, March 12th, 2010, 09:01 PM
Like this?

Horseman
Friday, March 12th, 2010, 09:07 PM
Thank you, Sir! Thats exactly what I was looking for:thumbup

It is a long term goal of mine to build just such a house.:) I would love to learn more about this home. Any details would be appreciated:thumbup

Valbiorn
Friday, March 12th, 2010, 10:33 PM
Glad to be of service...
Unfortunately, I have no details, the picture was saved from a Norwegian web based newspaper a few years ago, I just thought it was awesome too!

Valbiorn
Friday, March 12th, 2010, 10:41 PM
Here are two more from the same article, maybe of interest?

Hersir
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 02:55 PM
Google for stabbur
http://images.google.com/images?client=opera&rls=nn&q=stabbur&sourceid=opera&oe=utf-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=no&tab=wi

Horseman
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 05:11 PM
Hersir, thank you very much, sir!:thumbup This style, although, until I followed your link I had no idea what it was called, has always captured my imagination. Many thanks for taking the time to search it for me, I had been searching "Scandinavian log construction" and various combinations on that theme and getting nowhere.

Patrioten
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 09:52 PM
In Swedish you would want to search for knuttimring or knuttimrat/knuttimrade (singular/plural) hus. I know I have read Swedish books dealing in detail with the different log constructions used in agricultural Sweden but they were in Swedish and I can't recall the titles.

http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timring
Since it's somewhat of a niche subject I would think it to be difficult to find non-native languaged texts I'm afraid.

Hersir
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 11:11 PM
In Swedish you would want to search for knuttimring or knuttimrat/knuttimrade (singular/plural) hus. I know I have read Swedish books dealing in detail with the different log constructions used in agricultural Sweden but they were in Swedish and I can't recall the titles.

http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timring
Since it's somewhat of a niche subject I would think it to be difficult to find non-native languaged texts I'm afraid.

It's called laft/lafting in Norwegian:
Pictures: http://images.google.com/images?client=opera&rls=nn&q=lafting&sourceid=opera&oe=utf-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=no&tab=wi

Wulfram
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 11:50 PM
(Please click for larger image)

"Stabburen im Kviteseid bygdetun"
http://i539.photobucket.com/albums/ff355/williamofwaco/774446.jpg

Same place as above photo
http://i539.photobucket.com/albums/ff355/williamofwaco/774451.jpg

This one stands in a place called 'Little Norway', in Wisconsin.
http://i539.photobucket.com/albums/ff355/williamofwaco/277904694_d40fff6b81_o.jpg

The following passage was written about the next one:

"It stands on four stones so that air can flow through the bottom.
Here are stored objects such as grain, flour, etc. items that have to stay dry.
Above this is a kind of bedroom where guests could be accommodated, which was considered a special honor.
A storehouse was a status symbol and is often decorated with beautiful carvings."

http://i539.photobucket.com/albums/ff355/williamofwaco/16104577.jpg

This photo was taken in 1900 and shows a Stabbur standing next to the Gol Stave church.
http://i539.photobucket.com/albums/ff355/williamofwaco/3175012360_d7a94e9bbe_o.jpg

My personal favorite.
This one can be found at the Minot Scandinavian Heritage Center
http://i539.photobucket.com/albums/ff355/williamofwaco/2301056439_da360fb175_b.jpg