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Building a 15′ Aspoya Faering

The traditional approach to lapstrake construction.

Tuition: $1,500 (two-week course)

Note: Previous woodworking/boatbuilding experience is required for this course.

Rowing the Norwegian Faering

The Norwegian faering was well established by the beginning of the Viking era as the finest hull form for exploring, trading, and fishing along the rugged coast of western Norway. As early as 800 A.D., Norse boatbuilders had developed a keen understanding of the forest as a valuable resource for shipbuilding. Blacksmiths and shipwrights collaborating with weavers and seamen gave birth to the Viking Age.

Building of a Norwegian Faering

This course emphasizes the traditional use of hand tools such as axes, drawknives, and spokeshaves. The five-strake, four-oared faering will be fastened with hand-forged iron rivets, roves, and nails. Plank laps will be sealed with wool yarn and pine tar. Sawn frames and oarlocks will be treenail fastened. Northern white pine planking will be steam-bent. Building “by eye” with a plumb bob and shoring beam, students will become well-versed and confident in their ability to create an elegant, functional double-ender without the need and use of construction molds.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back in time with Viking shipbuilder Jay Smith for two weeks of hands-on traditional Norwegian boatbuilding. Come prepared to work, not watch! Jay will provide the advice and inspiration; you’ll supply the energy.

Jay Smith was a fabulous instructor. Not only did he assist us in the methods of real traditional boatbuilding but he provided us with a documentary of how boats were built without all the power tools we have today. It was like taking a history class with personal experiences added along with insights of the Norwegian culture.”
R.G., Adell, Wisconsin
The experience exceeded all hopes and expectations. Your entire staff were kind, considerate, and very helpful. I wish I didn’t have to leave.”
B.P., Greenwich, Connecticut