At the museum we have a traditional boatyard with three boat builders and one apprentice. The workshop produces and sells boats on demand, and shows the craftsmanship to our visitors. Another important part is having apprentices, so that we keep the knowledge and tradition alive, always handing the knowledge and craftsmanship on to new generations. The art of boatbuilding is tacit knowledge, it cannot be learned to the fullest simply by reading a book, and therefore needs to be kept alive to be protected. Writing about it is just not enough. Einar, our master boat builder, learned from an old local boat builder,and so the knowledge and tradition has been handed down through an unbrokenchain of craftsmen, which we are still a part of today. And we are proud to be so!
The boat builders build new boats, as well as restoring old ones.
Our local boat is the Åfjord boat. It has a light, flexible construction, and a perfect combination of rowing and sailing traits. They come in sizes from about 15 to 60feet, all based on the same shape and construction. The main material used is spruce, and the frames are made from spruce roots and pine branches that have grown in a bend.
We also build other boat types, like nordlandsbåt, nordmørsbåt, listerbåt, notgavler, sjarker, jakter, and more. And we have been involved in a wide variety of projects, from building the worlds largest vikingship, "Draken Harald Hårfagre", to building test raft models for the KonTiki2 expidition.
Here are some of the boats we have built:
(For more pictures, go to the norwegian version).