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Build a Viking Longship Project
Each year we work on adding something new to the grounds that honors our Viking ancestors in a way that is informative, educational, and respectful. We usually unveil it at our Winternights Festival in October. This year’s project will do that in a way and on a scale we believe Odin and the Norns will approve of.
It WAS our intention to build a replica Viking longboat modeled after the style and dimensions of the Gokstad. Not an exact replica but a ship that shows the construction principals and techniques that Vikings used. Unfortunately it is the end of August and we still are waiting on the logs needed. There is not time now to do it for the festival. One can see all the updates about it on our project page http://www.winternightsfestival.com/drakkar-longship-project/ or better yet join or donate or both. We were also planning on doing more Viking culture/village examples this year SO NOW the plan is to set up an area showing a setting and items that might be found where the Vikings were building a ship(s). We’ll also include relative and informative talks and demonstrations.
* Would like to thank Jan Bill, professor & curator of the Viking Ship Collection, at Oslo Universitet for responding immediately with helpful info along with wishing us well on the reconstruct. During our kickoff meeting and in the video we showed at it we acknowledged Thomas Finderup for his expertise on riving and viking ship construction. We recently contacted him for further information on techniques. He responded immediately including providing us a photo to help. We want to thank him for doing that and to subsequently acknowledge him for his guidance and continued help. Thank you!!!