Saturday, August 22, 2009

NISE Saturday

After finishing last night's post, and putting that baby to bed, I spent time with Nancy. Before hitting the sack, I always shut the computer down. This is necessary if you want to prolong the life of the computer by not letting it continuously run hot, as well as protecting the cooling fan. I have to look for late emails, and Ebay auctions one more time. In the email account was a final note from Per and Amund.

Late Friday:
Hi Tom,

We have been out fishing again tonight, and saw a few tiny whales (Nise.) Nise is the Norwegian name for the tiny whales that hunt Herring in the fjords. As we watched the whales chasing Herring, that very same second, two Herring was hooked on my fishing gear. They are the very first herring I have caught in my life on sportfishing gear.

I wrote back to comment on the fact that they were once again back at the base camp. I thought they might still be on the island, then realized that Per did say that they needed to find a room for one night. Not sure if they were going float hunting this weekend, and thought that maybe they were going to take a weekend's rest, I asked what their plans were.

We had at least three big thunder and lightening storms during the night, and lots of rain. We've had a very wet summer compared to the norm. Getting up before dawn to a storm, I sat down at the computer, and found Per's answer to my question:

Vi Tom,

Amund's and my plans are:

Tomorrow, we have a meeting with a woman who is the daughter of one of the only two and biggest fishing boats in this area. She has some floats.

Later, Per sent some wonderful photos shown above, and explanations:

The pictures

From boathouse 1 are two teardrops, one approx 18" and one 12". Two beauties, and not for sale.

Closeup of the wodden fish at boathouse 2.

Pictures of the earlier owners of boathouse 2, repairing a fishing net. They are the father and grandpa of the fisherman we had a one hour interview with yesterday.

A photo of his and his father's fishing boat.

I have to listen more closely to the interview to find out interesting parts for you and the blog. An example: there was something he mentioned about using green color glass floats on one type of fishing net, and I've got to listen to the recording to remember what he said.

Will send one picture from floats that we found today. Looked hard, but nothing very interesting. It is very difficult to find rare floats!


There was a second email with photos, and Per's explanations.

Outside Boathouse 1 on the left is a German Bomb or float-bomb from WW II. It was found on the open sea, by the grandfather.

On the right is a marker bouy made from a wooden stick, iron, flag, rope and of course, glass floats 5", also owned by grandfather from boathouse 1.

Per than commented further on tomorrow's meeting with the daughter of the area's prominent commercial fisherman.

Tomorrow's plan:

The woman we are meeting, her father was a fisherman in this area who owned huge fishing boats back in the old days. The very best interviewing subjects and the best float finds are always from these fishermens' families. So we will hope for the best.

We met her at an antique store. She was looking at the floats stored in my SUV, and we begin talking about old times and glassfloats.

I gave her a gift of an old oval float from my earlier finds. I like to give away beautiful floats as goodwill to people. Perhaps they might have interesting floats or info from the old days. As you can see, the gift resulted in a new meeting. She is now digging for floats all over the property for us to examine when we arrive on Sunday.

Per and Amund

And finally:

Hello again Tom,

You have plenty to do reading all those emails. Lots of fun, and also very interesting for all blog followers out there.

Picture below is from today. we were visiting a local antique store. I did purchase old medicine glass "poison" bottle from year 1800, and some very old glass bottles for decoration. And of course, two floats, one FG Made In Norway and one amber unmarked float.

We have found a meaning for the unknown AP mark. That's me and Amund's
ID float. Amund & Per... He, he, he

See Yaa

Unlike the normal weekend's break from float hunting while on the move, or in this case, Per and Amund kicking back to some cold beers, fishing, photographing, etc., the guys are thick into the hunt. Hopefully, tomorrow's meeting with the fisherman's daughter will be filled with excitement for them, and for us. Until then, have a good Sunday.

P.S. Forgot to tell you-Per did answer my question about the large floats in the photo: Looking In The Door. He said that the large floats were PCF floats, and that there was 1-9" Made In Germany float, but not for sale. So they were not as large as they looked in the photo, and definitely, not Japanese floats. The netting on them is superb. Go back and look at the photo, and enlarge them at will.

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