Our oldest documentation of Norwegian boat building is portrayed in ancient rock carvings 1800-500 B.C. whilst finds of ancient boats and boat-reminds can be dated back to the beginning of the Christian era and onwards. The vikings were renowned as seamen, and their reputation was based on a fully developed boat building culture.
The techniques, tools and materials chosen and developed by craftsmen over a thousand years ago have remained in use along the coast for many centuries. The craft of boat building was handed down from generation to generation, maintaining its ancient traditions and ensuring some form of gradual development.