Norwegian Oselvar Boats Focus of NH Talk


The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke, the Gundalow Company and GreenWood will host “The Oselvar (pronounced: Oo-sel-var’) of Norway: Its History, Construction and Use” by author Kjell Magnus Økland on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. The program will take place at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Tyco Visitor Center.

The Oselvar is a clinker-built wooden boat from the Norwegian county of Hordaland with traditions dating back several thousand years. Rowing instead of paddling these boats has been common in Scandinavia for more than 2,000 years.

Traditionally, the Oselvar has mostly been used by fishermen and farmers in western Norway, along the coast of Hordaland, to transport people, domestic goods and livestock. Today, the primary use of the Oselvar is for leisure activities, such as rowing, sailing and fishing. The Oselvar also has a long tradition of organized sports rowing, dating back to 1847, and as a regatta sailboat since 1871.

“The Oselvar is considered the National Boat of Norway and truly embodies the concept of a living tradition,” said Nate Piper, owner of Piper Boatworks and Director of The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke. “We are thrilled to partner with the Gundalow Company and GreenWood to host Kjell during his U.S. tour and we hope anyone interested in traditional watercraft will join us for this very special program.”