28 May '14, 7pm

Stories told by buildings

The bath house log cabin (above) and the peisestua (left), a garden house with a fire place, were built by Hans Schaanning around 1907 after his young wife Elsa died. The peisestua is built like a Gamme (a Sami turf house). The pyramid shaped roof is clad with turf and the walls are surrounded by mounds of earth right up to the eaves on three sides. Being partially buried helps to shield the house from Norway's cold winters. Hans was an ornithologist and the peisestua was the room where he worked and reflected on life. Hans built the peisestua beside the stone where he carved Elsas name just before she died. Pasvik, is best known as a nature reserve. It's a place bird watchers from all over the world visit, but people who know Hans and Elsa's story visit to see Elsas name carved in the stone. Perhaps to understand a little about what loosing the person you love feels like....

Full article: http://naturalhomes.org/noatun.htm?a=workshops

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