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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 is 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. It will be scaled down by 1/2 which still ends up being almost 40′ long and 8′ wide. Follow along on our project page http://www.winternightsfestival.com/drakkar-longship-project/ or better yet join or donate or both . This is also consistent with our working towards being a museum/cultural center.
* 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!!!