April 13, 2013: The Nordic Heritage Museum, Ballard, WA

On that Saturday morning we took my wife’s “new” old Ford (a 2003 Escape) to the Evergreen Ford dealer to have the cruise control replaced.  It was the last repair needed to bring the vehicle up to like new status.  As it was going to take a while, we decided to make a day of it and go into Ballard to see the Nordic Heritage Museum as well as have lunch at the Scandinavian Specialities store not too far away.

With the help of Mr. GPS, we were soon at the Scandinavian Specialities shop once we left the Ford dealer. After looking around and having a very nice lunch, including a dessert billed as the “world’s best cake” (and it truly was), we went to the Museum.

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Front view of the Museum.  The car in front is the raffle prize the museum is holding.

Front view of the Museum. The car in front is the raffle prize the museum is holding.

It was a fairly short ride to the Museum and when we arrived, the first thing we saw was that the sides surrounding the Viking ship had been removed and so, for the first time in all the years we’ve gone to the museum, we actually had the chance to look at the ship, touch it, marvel at the carving along the sides, the Dragon head at the prow of the ship.  It was a sight worth seeing after so long of wondering what the ship looked at.

The Viking Longship

The Viking Longship

Information for the Viking Longship

Information for the Viking Longship

The ship's prow

The ship’s prow

The

Wood carving on the prow

Wood carving on the prow

museum contains both static and periodic displays.  It is housed in an old multi-floor school building made of brick and all the interior floors are wood.  I’ve often wondered as we’ve roamed the museum all these years how many children

The Dragon Head

The Dragon Head

roamed and wandered the halls, where did they go, and what did they accomplish.

Stone and Metal art work donated to the museum.  Located just inside the entrance.

Stone and Metal art work donated to the museum. Located just inside the entrance.

As we roamed through the building I used my iPhone to take photos of the various items on display, including some incredible art work skillfully made of different types of paper with designs cut by hand using scissors.  First the static art work and displays:

Ship made by students donated to the Museum

Ship made by students donated to the Museum

Description of the donated ship

Description of the donated ship

Carving on the front of the donated ship

Carving on the front of the donated ship

Wooden horse and another donated boat

Wooden horse and another donated boat

Static display

Static display

Looms and spinning wheel

Looms and spinning wheel

Period wear

Period wear

Cabinet

Cabinet

Rowboat inside the Museum's library entrance

Rowboat inside the Museum’s library entrance

Wood carving on the right side of the wood carving

Wood carving on the right side of the wood carving

Wood carving on the left side of the library entrance

Wood carving on the left side of the library entrance

Next, Ms. Karen Bit Vejle’s works:

Viewing these works of art by Ms Vejle  was truly a wondrous experience.  As we looked at each piece, I marveled at the intricate scissor work, the precision demonstrated by Ms.  Velje, and I could not even begin to imagine how long it took.  Not only was each piece of work very complex but the designs were incredible.  The only comparison I can come up with is a photographer’s vision, what they see in their mind as they push the shutter release, and then as they work the image, it slowly comes to life as they originally saw it in their mind.

The artist, Ms. Karen Bit Vejle

The artist, Ms. Karen Bit Vejle

Now the art work that Ms. Bit Vejle’s vision made come to life.

If you ever have the opportunity to see her work, you should stop what you’re doing and spend the day simply admiring her work – it will be well worth it.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Description of the Snow Queen

Three panel display

Three panel display

Sibylle

Sibylle

Description of Sibylle

Description of Sibylle

The Rose Thicket

The Rose Thicket

Description of the Rose Thicket

Description of the Rose Thicket

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

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