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Welcome!

My name is Ingrid Galadriel and this is a blog about my adventures in history, crafting, farm life and nature. I am passionate about preservation, cultural history and the Viking age. When I'm not doing farm life activities I'm a project manager in Hands on History.

 I hope you have a nice stay!

Tool marks & Fungus

A decaying barn from the 1800s.  

This week we started tearing down the rest of the roof. Thanks to Kulturminnefondet we can get help from professionals. 

I am learning quite a lot - exploring tool marks and lived lives. 


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Dismantling the wooden shingle roof has been a historical crafting journey. 

We discovered several interesting elements such as the shingle being 6, 5 cm wide.

This means the timber lodge could have been 20 cm wide, not 26 cm wide (as most think it would have had to be).  

Also the roof told an interesting story about the layers of shingle, the amount of nails and the space/air between the nails and shingle. 

The nails are sticking out just above 2 cm, witch gives the shingle space to move, breathe and to dry faster. 

The art of engineering. 

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For the true nerds: 

A video on how to make shingle and how to lay it down.

(For the impatient nerds: jump to 1.24, - 2.18, - 3.50, - 4.37, - 7.04, - 11.25, - 15.15, - 16.25, - 23.24 for highlights).  


Water, water, water damage! Moss and Fungus!  

Removing the collapsed roof, clearing all the hay and garbage we also get a clear idea of the actual state of things.

Oh my, there is a lot to be done.

Guess we need about 100 new logs to fix this. 

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The professional wood workers will live with us for two weeks, working from early in the morning to late at night. 

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the food! 


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