Heritage Memorialized

Log Rocker (Kubbestol)

Log Rocker (Kubbestol) Log Rocker (Kubbestol)
Norwegian-American
Maker, workmen at Little Norway; decoration attributed to Olaf Colberson, c.1930
Wood (oak), paint
Little Norway Collection, Gift of Scott & Jennifer Winner
MHAHS 2015.021.0004

Kubbestols, traditional Norwegian log chairs, were created from the trunks of trees, their typically over-sized bases making them appear almost rooted to the ground, immovable. Kubbestols are a source of national pride in Norway and symbols of Norwegian heritage in America. This ethnic tradition is completely transformed when rockers, typically associated with movement, are added. Although this combination is rare, this rocking kubbestol made for Little Norway is a clear example of the reinvention of ethnicity.

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