For almost 2000 years, the stave vessel has been a mainstay for household items, food and drink production, storage, and commerce. Stave containers have been used to contain liquids like water and dry material like flour, or just as a box for weaving or spinning supplies. These stave vessels shaped our culture and society through the ages and are works of art that combine form and function with beauty and art. In this class we will make a melkering (stave tub used for separating the cream from the milk), based on one in the Vesterheim collection. The class will be a good complement to previous stave building classes at Vesterheim. There will be a materials free.
Owen Christianson is a Ph.D research scientist/engineer specializing in cryogenics, superconductors, and thermal aspects of motors and generators. As a hobby, Owen studies Scandinavian woodworking and he taught a grindbygningen (timber frame) class at Vesterheim in 2014. When asked how much wind it would take to blow over his camping grind, his reply was, “give me some time and I can figure that out.”