The author is Lars Mytting, and the subtitle is Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. If only every book could be this good and to the point! Here is your Norway fact of the day:
Even in oil-rich Norway, as astonishing 25 percent of the energy used to heat private homes comes from wood, and half of that is wood chopped by private individuals.
In per capita terms, however, Bhutan is number one for wood chopping. Yet in the 1960s, the government of Norway had its own advisory body for the burning of wood chips.
I enjoyed this segue:
Although it may seem strange today, chain saws were regarded with suspicion at that time and there was much resistance to their use…
There were quite a few colorful players in the early days of the chain-saw industry in the 1950s. The competition was hard and the business attracted people with a fiery temperament. One legendary character was John Svensson (alias Chain Saw Svensson), who imported saws made by the Canadian firm Beaver. He had been arrested and tortured during the war and for the rest of his life suffered pains in his arms and joints; when demonstrating the Beaver saws he always made a point of stressing how the vibrations that passed up through the handle brought a welcome relief to his aching joints.
Svensson was not a man to take professional disappointments lying down. On one occasion he was so annoyed when a visiting government delegation refused to let him demonstrate his chain saw to them that he felled five trees across the road to stop them from leaving.
The interest of a Norwegian man in his firewood often rises sharply in his sixties. Perhaps this sentence from the book says it all:
It took a while, but that didn’t bother them, as long as it turned out the way they wanted.
You can order the book here, recommended.