Stave Church Project

               2016-2017

Here's a project where we build a replica Norwegian Stave Church (Kirche) near the Hytte Cabin

A stave church is a medieval wooden Christian church building once common in north-western Europe. The name derives from the buildings' structure of post and lintel construction, a type of timber framing where the load-bearing posts are called stafr in Old Norse (stav in modern Norwegian).



Working model built during winter 2015/16 in the Valhalla wood shop
 



Another view of the model we used to define the elements of the structure.
This scale model is 2"=1 foot



 
 





Interior lit by LED in ceiling



 


Finishing touches on the door

 



Dedicating the Stave Church on March 26, 2017



Two pastors performed a simple service

 





About 20 friends and family attended

 



Installing the Upper Stave

 



Fit check
 

Wide shot showing placement in relation to Hytte 



 



 Stunning setting in 100yr old Cedar and Fir forest

Norsk Hytte in background on left and Sauna on right

 



March 2017




 




Framing going together
Note the old-growth 4x4 cedar beams The building uses old-growth cedar salvaged from the 1902 homestead house that was recently torn down


 



Framing the entranceway using rough-cut lumber from Valhalla trees.
We used a local sawmill run by Paul Von Stubbe

August 2016 Here's the "keel" temporarily mounted atop a fir post
sitting in the center of the floor .


 8' x 8' ft square

 



Footings and foundation
 



Treated 4x4s  form 8 ft square base



Tom working on the final pour of the  footings
 



Perforated strap will tie in the bottom of the old growth cedar 4x4
 

 

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3/24/17