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Boat building

Boat building

From the tree standing in the woods, to the boat that glides across the waves!

The boat buildery at Fosen is known in and out of Norway. People from all over the World come here to learn traditional Norwegian Boatbuilding for themselves.

Many students from the Boatbuilding course have gone on into boat building or other hand crafts afterwards. Its also not uncommon for students to become second-year students and have their own projects.

You will get an insight into a thousand year long tradition and will get to learn a craft from the ground, literally, up.

Knowledge Requirments?

There are no requirments for before-hand knowledge or ability. Just come as you are, whether a furniture builder, a construction worker, or just a common girl or boy that wants to be better with your hands, and want to have fun with wood! This will lay the groundwork for good working technique as well as to judge lengths and angles with your own two eyes: practical skills you will use later in live, even if you choose not to go further on. You will also learn from eachother to make your own boat building super tricks. We also eat a lot of cakes, so make of that what you will.

School Year

In the course of the year you can also learn to sew sails, forge parts, and make rope.

Going Deeper

In order to finish the boats, get them in the water, and test sail them we take three weeks in the spring to have full focus on finishing the boats.


We are planning a very exiting trip to a boatbuildery in Ireland. Some students will most likely get the chance to go to Ireland and build boats there.


One student from Class of 2013/14, Josef Svorkdal from Canada, has written a blog about his year at Fosen Folk High School, which can be read here.

Buy or Repair a boat

We have a very good name and reputation here at Fosen Folk High School. We have accomplished many a good repair in the past, however we have no open space this school year, we do have space for small repairs and maintainence. It's good to be early if you want to order a boat. Contact Kenneth with questions, comments, and prices. We recommend the boatbuildery at Kystens Arv- they take jobs from big to small.

For the motivated student

One year at Fosen FHS turns into more than just boat building. There is also elective courses (Valgfag). We know that some students are very motivated to learn to build boats. So, we have the possibility to have a "common" first year and then stay for a second year afterwards, when you can build every day! Build yourself a boat to sail home at the end of the year, and learn as you go!

From every class there are several students that go further and get apprenticeships at another boat buildery. It is most common to apply to an apprenticeship after two years on boat building.


The last film from our boat buildery you can see here. It is from May 2016 and shows two large boat under construction and a small Faering. Enjoy!

We Have:

- Super awesome, new boat workshop
- Small house to forge metal in
- Silent woods filled with possibilies that need merely to be turned from tree into you dreams
- Saws and how they are used
- So many chances to work in the boat buildery in the afternoons and evenings outside of regular class time.

Meet the Teacher

Malte is a jolly Dane who moved to Norway to build boats in old way.

Self sufficiency-arctic wildlife

Skills to manage yourself. It takes time. Here you will have time, a good teacher and an inspiring community. The globe needs you who want to learn the basics.


You get to learn to sail, and navigate inbetween rocks and cliff faces, and to be crafty and sportsmanly by working together to sail over the sea. As well as carry a thousand year tradition forward the the next generation.

Tiny houses constuction

That many people build bigger and bigger houses is a problem for a world of limited space and resources. With this line we want to be a countermeasure for overuse and waste.

Organic Farming

At Fosen Folkehøgskole we have our own farm. We grow potatoes and vegetables, herbs, grains and grass.

Hand work and Design

Wool and leather from our own Villsau sheep, plants to color our hand-spun yarn, and willows to weave into baskets to carry it all in. Our hands and ideas are what make the whole process work, from raw materials to finished products.


Turn a tree standing in the forest into a boat bloating across the waves. The journey begins with working in the forest to collect our wood, and ends with our own handmade boat.

Self sufficiency-urban

The modern urban self sufficient lives in a small space, but grows food in the window sill, has compost in the kitchen, fermented cabbage in the storage room, sour dough in the fridge and "earthquakes" on the porch.