Stave Church Project


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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