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The hayshed in Håvik, Bømlo

On a smallholding in outer Håvika, on the south side of Figgjo, there is an old hayshed with the unmistakable signs of great age. It is a “grindbygd” hayshed of the type we know from the farms on the coast in the west of Norway through many hundreds of years. What arouses our interest is the ancient character of the structure. According to tradition this hayshed supposedly has its origin in the 1500s, and if we examine the timber in the hayshed, this is not unlikely. As far back as prehistoric times we can follow the stave building technique; which has been preserved as a method of building for boathouses and haysheds on the west coast of Scandinavia up to our times.