Stone & Fish

This page is dedicated to my ancestors, and is meant as a tribute to their endeavours in the mountains and at sea through generations. On my father's side 3 generations before me have earned their living in the mountains as stonemasons. On my mother's side I can follow the family lines backwards at least for six generations, where they all were dependant on fishing for their livelihood. They left the northern shores of Scotland in their small fishing vessels, searching for cod and herring in the banks of the North Sea.
As was a rule in those days - before the introduction of trade certficates and trade unions - the sons in the family accompanied their fathers in the mountains or at sea from an early age. At first they would only observe, then they were put to doing simple chores, before they eventually became fullfledged masters of the trade.

I have initially chosen to focus on the near and known - that is with my grandparents - and will open the page with two old photographs depicting my grandparents in their working habitat. Then I will try to give a short historical account of the trades and theiir development, before I continue with a more thoroughly description of the more practical aspects og these trades, an overview of working methods, tools, etc. As far as possible I will try to illustrate the text with photographs and drawings, and whereever it seems convenient I will relate events back to my family's own history.

HAVE A PLEASANT JOURNEY !

Stonemasons in GreƄker. 
The photograph is taken in 1932. My father (17) sitting in first row, no. 4 from left.
 My grandfather (40) standing in third row, no. 3 from left.

Stonemasons in Greåker. The photograph is taken in 1932. My father (17) sitting in first row, no. 4 from left. My grandfather (40) standing in third row, no. 3 from left.

Grandfather on board his fishing vessel. Standing no. 2 from left. The photograph 
is taken around 1932.

Grandfather on board his fishing vessel. Standing no. 2 from left. The photograph is taken around 1915.