In Norway, bentwood boxes were traditionally used as lunch boxes by farmers and herders. My grandfather, Nicholas Anderson, who immigrated to this area in 1897, brought from Norway his knowledge in making tine (pronounced tee-na) and korge.
As a boy, I was fortunate to have watched him work. He passed his skills on to my parents, Al and Nora, who continued crafting them until my Dad’s passing in 1990. I occasionally helped my father throughout his years of making tine’s but did not actually go into the business for myself until recently.
Now I am carrying on this family folk art, and except for a slight change in the design of my grandfather’s whittled end pieces, to ease opening its lid, my boxes are just like the ones my grandfather made. The wood is of maple and alder and the lacing is raffia.
The tradition carries on.....