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Heritage Heddal Mill

Huddled within the scenic village of Sauland, the Heddal Mill is surrounded by a landscape that epitomizes the serene beauty of rural Norway. Towering pine and birch trees dot the rolling hills, and the clear waters of the nearby river provide a constant, soothing presence. The region is characterized by its lush greenery, especially in the summer months, which creates a vibrant contrast against the weathered red exterior of the mill buildings.

Inside the Heddal Mill, the ambiance is steeped in history, with the scent of aged wood permeating the air. The mill’s interior showcases a complex wooden infrastructure, with massive beams and intricate joinery that highlight the craftsmanship of 19th-century Norwegian builders. These wooden elements, preserved through the decades, exude a warm, rustic charm that speaks to the mill’s storied past.

The mill’s structural wood is predominantly made from locally sourced pine and spruce, known for their durability and resilience in the face of Norway’s harsh weather conditions. The timber, expertly hewn and assembled, forms a sturdy framework that has withstood the test of time. Large wooden gears and shafts, still visible in the machinery, reflect the ingenuity of the mill’s design, where natural materials were utilized to their fullest potential.

In addition to its structural wood, the mill also features beautifully crafted wooden panels and flooring, worn smooth by the passage of countless feet over the years. The lustre of the wood, with its deep, rich tones, adds a sense of authenticity and warmth to the space. Every knot, grain, and imperfection in the wood tells a story, connecting visitors to the mill’s operational days when it was a bustling hub of activity.

The surrounding area, with its fertile fields and verdant forests, contributed to the mill’s success. Local farmers relied on the mill not only for wool processing but also as a community gathering place. The woodlands provided a continuous supply of timber for repairs and expansions, ensuring the mill could adapt and thrive over the years.

The Heddal Mill gained widespread recognition for its exceptional cloth-making capabilities. At the turn of the 20th century, the mill’s production of woolen clothing was celebrated not just locally but nationally. The quality and vibrant colors of the mill’s woolen fabrics caught the attention of many, including the royal family. Such was the mill’s excellence that it earned a prestigious award from the King of Norway himself. This royal medal was a testament to the mill’s superior craftsmanship and innovative dyeing techniques, which produced clothing that stood out for both its durability and aesthetic appeal.

Heritage Heddal Mill (Norway Mill)

This accolade significantly boosted the mill’s reputation, drawing attention to its meticulous processes and the skill of its workers. The royal recognition not only highlighted the mill’s achievements but also underscored the importance of its contributions to Norway’s textile industry. The award served as a symbol of the mill’s commitment to quality and excellence, a legacy that the current preservation efforts aim to honor and maintain.

However, this historic mill is now under imminent threat of being lost forever. The Norwegian Department of Transportation has announced plans for a new transportation thoroughfare that will cut through the area, endangering the mill’s existence. The expansion project requires the purchase and demolition of parts of the mill compound, putting this irreplaceable piece of Norwegian heritage at risk. The once-thriving hub of activity, recognized for its contributions to the textile industry, faces the possibility of being reduced to mere memories and photographs.

Preservation efforts are critical at this juncture to safeguard the Heddal Mill from disappearing. Each piece of wood, from the grand beams to the smallest peg, holds historical significance and cultural value. The dedication to maintaining the mill’s legacy is a labor of love, emphasizing the need for immediate action to protect this engineering marvel for future generations. Without such efforts, the Heddal Mill’s rich history, including its royal recognition and innovative design, could be lost to the demands of modern infrastructure, depriving Norway of a vital link to its past.

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We meet standards and contracts to ensure product quality and quantity.

All product is professionally certified by wood specialists.

USDA APHIS permits, adherence to import regulations.

In-house coordination from structure to delivery ensures a smooth process.

Material insurance policy included in total cost for any loss or damage while in-transit.

Custom contract developed by third-party lawyer for clear agreement on package quality, quantity, and timeline.

Additional Project Inclusions

Coffee Table Book

Professional coffee table-style book with photographs and documentation of the site and area

Canvas Image

Large landscape-style high-quality canvas picture of the structure in its original location


Our team always finds something special from every project site or we create a bespoke furniture piece from the reclaimed wood. This gift is a custom surprise and never disappoints.

Location Photoshoot

Digital Folder of All Pictures will be yours forever! You will own the complete record of how your wood lived before joining your history.

Three Forks Project NFT

The Certificates of Authenticity, Wood Analysis Certification, captivating story, and vivid pictures collectively authenticate the unique and genuine nature of the project.

Installation Photography

As the wood takes it’s next chapter of life with you and your family, we offer custom post-installation photography (including family portrait if desired).


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