Saga Oseberg by Jay Haavik

Join woodcarver Jay Haavik for the presentation, Saga Oseberg, at Vesterheim on Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and will be held in the museum’s Bethania Church on Mill Street.

Saga Oseberg is a copy of the Oseberg Viking ship that was excavated in 1905. The iconic image of its prow is famous throughout Scandinavia and especially in Norway. The project of the Saga Oseberg replica began in 2010 by a non-profit group in Tønsberg, Norway. It was built using Viking age techniques and tools and launched in 2012.

Jay Haavik, of Seattle, Washington, has extensive experience in Viking age woodcarving and was hired to be the lead carver of Saga Oseberg and to undertake the elaborate carvings on the prow and stern of the ship.

In this lecture, which includes many images, Haavik will talk about the Oseberg ship and its finds, along with the making of the Saga Oseberg.

The presentation is held in conjunction with Vesterheim’s woodworking class, Viking Era Carving, taught by Haavik. It is organized with support from Viking Connection, a program of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Minnesota.