Building a self-sufficient mechanical paradise

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Review by gohei82 posted 12-01-2016 10:32 AM 4293 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oppfinneren, or The Inventor, is a Norwegian TV-documetary series, available for free streaming on the broadcaster’s Web-player. Allthoug the show’s in norwegian, it is supposedly available world wide. Not sure if english subtitles are provided, but even without understanding a word, this should be eyecandy for any woodworker. It’s a show in its first season, following an ingenious man and his family on their path to the goal of “Building a self-sufficient mechanical paradise”. Among other things, we get to see the old woodworking shop, with machines powered by a water-mill, that the protagonist has restored to former glory. Allthough Woodworking is one of the main themes, Erik Alfred is a Jack of all trades, and indulges in many of the other old trades.

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#1 posted 12-01-2016 01:25 PM

That’s the language of my people…I’ve just never learned it or spoken it, but honestly the show was riveting. No need to understand the words, the content and the filming more than make up for the language barrier. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 10:35 PM

Love ewerything about that series. Just saw two episodes in a row. Such a great story and very Norwegian!
Thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 12-02-2016 01:02 AM

Wow, always another great avenue to learn

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#4 posted 12-02-2016 02:26 PM

It would sound better in Swedish. Seriously though, thanks for sharing this. Tack sa mycket!

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#5 posted 12-02-2016 10:00 PM

A beautifully filmed show! The language issue kind of melts away as you watch. Erik comes across as likable and intelligent with a sort of Roy Underhill enthusiasm. I love the way Episode One switches back occasionally to old home movies that appear to be some former residents of the farm. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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#6 posted 12-03-2016 04:17 AM

Looks very interesting wish is was in English!!!

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 04:09 AM

“jack of all trades” is a thing of the past. No one wants a generalist anymore. The more specific the better. And when the market moves past whatever specifics you specialized in, fine, they will hire another right out of college – no experience, lots of specifics – a throwaway, temporary worker.

I know whereof I speak. I am kinda glad I am nearing retirement age right now.

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#8 posted 12-04-2016 07:48 PM

Thanks for the review. I really enjoyed watching 3 episodes so far.

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