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3.15: Chest and Wall Cabinet

  • Page ID
    8227
  • Wall Cabinet
    Norwegian-American
    Olin Ruste, 1965
    Wood (pine)
    Little Norway Collection, Gift of Scott & Jennifer Winner
    MHAHS 2015.021.0010
    Chest
    Norwegian-American
    Olin Ruste, 1968
    Wood (pine)
    Little Norway Collection, Gift of Scott & Jennifer Winner
    MHAHS 2014.050.0082

    Retired farmer Olin Ruste used his woodworking skills to explore his Norwegian heritage. In the mid- to late-1960s, Ruste constructed and decorated in carved relief this wall cabinet and chest, both for his own personal use. The wall cabinet proudly displays his name carved in the lower front panel, while the chest incorporates not only the Norwegian Coat of Arms, but also the motif from the main building at Little Norway where he acted as a guide. After honing his skills, Ruste went on to successfully tackle the construction of a full-size Norwegian stubur, or storehouse, at Little Norway in 1969.

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