Danish museum Frilandsmuseet (outdoormuseeum) - once again.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-31-2015 05:36 PM 2602 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Danish museum Frilandsmuseet (out door museum) – once again.
Spending time in a place I love back in 2014.

It was time for another tour to my favorite museum in Denmark, took some of you there before, but I think this visit had plenty of new details to share also, know it’s a little late, smiles.

About the museum:
The museum are a big area, where there are collected houses from all over Denmark, the houses are moved there, brick by brick, to preserve our cultural treasures, and to make it possible for people to come there and experience the atmosphere in and around these houses. Even the landscape around the houses is shaped to represent the area as much as possible.
There are all kinds of houses, also an old blacksmith or an inn. All the houses has original interior from the given period, and the gardens around have seeds from the period to. So this gives you a unique chance, to walk in time and history, around Denmark, and some of the places we used to rule.

We start in the carpenter’s workshop.
Notice how daylight are used and imagine the time before windows, where one would have had to stand out in the open or at least open the door or window cover to get some daylight and save on the oil or tallow.

The bench here is the typical one used in Scandinavia.
Same type as I have in my workshop.

I love those wood screws.
Note the simple chisel handle, most old chisels had simple handles like this.

A serious hold fast, easy to see how it was forged.

Shaving horse.
Quite elegant.


Simple way to hang the tools.

Marking gauge.

Hand drill.

Who would not like to be working there…

The lathe is powered by a big wheel with handle, meaning it was a two man job.

Scandinavian lunch box.

Hanger, simple, yet elegant.

Hangers for food.

In the sewing room.

The glass ball filled with water focus the candle light to a ray and makes it easier to see in the dark winter.

What a wonderful light stand.

Danish carpenter hewing.

Another guy pealing of bark with a shaving knife.

Simple crane for the mill.

The old mill is running.
Ohhhh the smell.

Here a man turning.
All machines here are powered by leather belts.

Band saw.


Wet stone.

A view into the old work shop.

Imagine how dangerous with all those free hanging belts.

Nothing like cast iron and wood.

Disc sander…

Saw sharpening.

Here the jig.

The work shop next door to the mill.
As a carpenters workshop would have looked around 1920.

More types of marking gauge.

Notice now most handles are round, due to mass production.

Plane hanger.

Saw vice.

Saw wise.

Tool box.
I love this one.

Saws and more.

Notice the space under the bench are in use.

Wood thread cutters.

Notice how the horns change.

Used to have one of these big fellows but I simply did not have the muscle power to use it, think that takes daily use to get there.

Usual suspects.

You can’t have enough clamps…

Adjustable angle.

Another type of hold fast.
More rough,

This one looks almost like mine from France.

Have to love that handle.

Out of focus sorry…

Glass storage.

Long boys.


Completely fell for this old Danish table.

Look at that table top, years and years of use.

Home for the sour dough.

Butchers block…

Less is more, the table and milk stool.
Even the colors are delicate.

Kitchen tools.

Coat rack.
Ohhh these old milk paint colors.

Life is sweet living in that museum.

Shaving horse.

Shaving horse.

Tool box.

Tool box.

This is likely how many workshops on the farms has looked, open room and tools piled up.

Making me think of the Mike project.

Milk stool.


Another shaving horse, just trying to collect the details.

Beautiful food storage cabinet.

Ultra-simple shaving horse in the back.

Love this milking chair.

Lunch box.

This one you will hear more about in a later post.

Clogs makes shaving horse.


Flask of wood.

Love the simplicity.
Scandinavian Japan…

Clogs makers shaving horse.

Beautiful simple box.

Box with sliding lid.

Another old box.

Shaving horse.

For the last little light a lamp.

The museum are a wonderful day to spend a day with the family or even alone for a LJ, so if you ever get to Copenhagen!
You can find info about the museum here: Frilandsmuseet.

Last visit can be seen here:

Hope it can be to some inspiration


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 10-31-2015 05:43 PM

Yes I am still alive.
Just busy been moving to a new lovely home, where Mathilde and I now are in place.
Also just home from holyday in Turkey with my beloved Filiz.
So hope to see you all more now that life gets back to normal again.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 05:46 PM

Great post Mads – You have an eye for the details that interest us all.
Also great to know you’re still alive :)

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#3 posted 10-31-2015 06:29 PM

Just Great Mads. I was there several times in my youth. Just a wonderful place.
Glad you had a great time in Turkey and at the new apartment.

Hope to se you next year.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 10-31-2015 06:32 PM

WOW, what a great collection of old tool. so nice to see they are all preserved in their natural environment, too.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-31-2015 06:36 PM

Nice post. Neat to see all the old tools and techniques.
The glass spheres were a new one on me. They are so cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 10-31-2015 06:41 PM

What an awesome place!!

So glad to see life is good and you are smiling.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 10-31-2015 07:40 PM

Glad to know you are doing well Mads and that your’e settling in…moves can be disastrous to say the least. I feel your pain. You two look good.

Excellent Mads…great show and tour of history. I appreciated so much the tour and learned some things.

The water filled, glass sphere and concentrating of light rays—> who knew? That is an awesome contraption that I had never heard about. Something in my subconscious tells I may have read about it in time’s past but didn’t draw the connect. That might be it. At anyrate, I appreciate the highlight.

The lathe—wow, what a power wheel. Must have gotten the spindle rpms up there close to todays.

Amazing bandsaw—what a beast

and absolutely love, love, love that jointer/planer. Sweet little contraption. All such neat stuff. Thanks again for the tour and the upload.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#8 posted 10-31-2015 08:28 PM

I love all of these old tools, Mads. I’m glad that you are still enjoying yourself and life as usual. We always must try to make the best of time because it is the only time that we have so no sense in wasting it. Thanks for posting these wonderful photos. All of the Lumberjocks love to look at the old tools. Have fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 10-31-2015 08:31 PM

A lot of pictures, and I loved to see all . I,m also glad that you’re back.


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#10 posted 10-31-2015 08:42 PM

Nice tour. Looks like you are a happy camper ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 10-31-2015 09:21 PM

Waw awesome museum, you should apply for a job there, you’d be a happy bunny! Thanks for the pictures and for the nice news too :) Best wishes buddy!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#12 posted 11-01-2015 01:08 AM

One day soon, I could only hope that you could escort Heidi and on a visit to this museum. So glad to see you so happy and enthused about life.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 11-01-2015 01:29 AM

Thanks for the tour of both the tools and traditions. You were kind enough to bring the museum to all of us, and I for one appreciate your efforts.
Best wishes for you and Mathilde in your new home. Marvelous photo of the 2 of you.
Many thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 11-01-2015 03:18 AM

Great trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 11-01-2015 07:50 AM

Thanks for the trip, Mads. Something of interest to you, mebees:

I know, it’s not Denmark. It’s Sweden. But, still.

-- Mark

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