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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Stephan Zanzerl (2004): Traditioneller Holzbootsbau in Norwegen.
Master / Diploma Thesis, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
This diploma thesis gives a theoretical as well as practical insight to the traditional Norwegian wooden boatbuilding. Norway has a multifaceted tradition in boatbuilding handicraft because of its long coast line and also the cultural imprint of the historic Vikings. Accordingly, characteristic regional boat types have evolved. Depending on the region the main wood species are Scots pine (Pinus silvestris L.), Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.]Karst.) and oak (Quercus ssp.). The typical Norwegian method of boat-construction is clink-built planking, which is performed - different to other countries - in a monocoque-construction, meaning that no assisting framework is used. This Norwegian version is characterised by a particular flexibility and is therefore especially efficient in made-to-order production. Because of the distinctive material knowledge of the Norwegian boatbuilders defect-free bending of planks without any preceding heat-treatment is feasible. While the use of so-called kneetimber is hardly conceivable any longer in Austria because of constraints in time and money, it is still a common practice in the traditional Norwegian boat-building. Consequently, the work of a Norwegian boatbuilder commences in the woods with the choice of the right tree and wood species. Traditional boatbuilding handicraft in Norway seems to persist at least in part in the near and future, and even beyond.

Beurteilende(r): Wimmer Rupert

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