Ever heard of a pjål? Know where Stiklestad is?
Well, neither had I. Until I happened to notice an Instagram photo posted by my friend, Roald Remælmo (hyvelbenk.wordpress.com). The tool is a shave and one might be tempted to think of it as some type of primitive travisher. But, it’s a lot more than you might think.
After a little more investigation, I realized that Roald’s photo had come from the folk museum at Stiklestad Norway. The museum is a “living” museum and the craftsman there are engaged in the recreation of Norse culture, especially stuff to do with wood. Norway’s got a lot of wood and the Norwegians have been ingenious woodworkers and carpenters for centuries.
Here’s the Museum’s facebook page, www.facebook.com/stiklastadir. Go to it. Go to it now! Scroll down through the timeline and watch the videos. Definitely watch the videos! Enjoy it. It’s a great way to spend some time when it’s too cold to work in the shop, or anytime, for that matter.