The Barn and the Åg

2008 Vike Täckarting

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  • The Barn and the Åg

    When we arrived on Saturday morning, the lower half of the roof had already been completed, up to a height at which men on the ground could no longer throw the sawgrass up to the working level using long pitchforks. Unfortunately, this meant I didn't get…

  • Barnyard

    Piles of åg in the barnyard, with the partially completed roof in the background. The side buildings on the right have a traditional plank roof, which consists of overlapping planks periodically painted over with pine tar. An åg roof would usually only…

  • Skeleton

    The sawgrass is laid loosely over a structure of staggered poles. Side branches a few inches long are left sticking out of the poles to provide something for the grass to grip. As the grass is placed, part of it is oriented to lie outward from the roof to…


  • Piles of Åg

    Piles of åg (sawgrass) ready for the roof.

  • Braiding the Vidjor

    The vidjor really aren't "braids", they are more like yarn in that they are simply twisted out of a pile of loose sawgrass. The sawgrass blades have small hairs or serrations along their edges, which hook them to adjacent blades -- as one twists and pulls…

  • Braiding the Vidjor

    The vidjor really aren't "braids", they are more like yarn in that they are simply twisted out of a pile of loose sawgrass. The sawgrass blades have small hairs or serrations along their edges, which hook them to adjacent blades -- as one twists and pulls…


  • Braiding the Vidjor

    The vidjor really aren't "braids", they are more like yarn in that they are simply twisted out of a pile of loose sawgrass. The sawgrass blades have small hairs or serrations along their edges, which hook them to adjacent blades -- as one twists and pulls…

  • Braiding the Vidjor

    The vidjor really aren't "braids", they are more like yarn in that they are simply twisted out of a pile of loose sawgrass. The sawgrass blades have small hairs or serrations along their edges, which hook them to adjacent blades -- as one twists and pulls…

  • Setting Up

    The previous work on the roof had reached the limit at which men on the ground could simply throw the sawgrass up to the working level using long pitchforks. Before we could start working, scaffolding platforms had to be built. The tractors could then loa…


  • More Vidjor

    I gathered that working on the roof was the task of men, and braiding vidjor was the task for women. While the latter task was done by both men and women at this tåckarting, only men were ever up on the barn.

  • Chutes, Ladders, and Platforms

    Everything in place and ready to go.

  • Chutes, Ladders, and Plaftorms

    Everything in place and ready to go.


  • Ridge

    The work level, showing the structure poles, extra vithior, and the middle chute. I didn't know it when I took this picture, but I would end up spending most of the next seven hours or so right there.

  • Getting Ready

    Everyone getting into their places. And in case you're wondering, yes, those scaffolds are every bit as flimsy and dangerous as they look. My (American) host remarked that OSHA would shut the project down in an instant if one tried to do it this way in…

  • Who's Who

    The man in the blue shirt is my host's father, a Gotland native who has been involved in tåckartings since the practice was revived in the 1950s. It's thanks to him that I was allowed onto the roof myself. The man with the yellow workpants is the grands…


  • "Okay, Now What?"

    I made it up to the roof, but then had no idea what to do. As you can probably guess from his expression, the Man in the Yellow Pants was about to make sure I learned to do it, and the right way. Of course, he didn't speak English, so everything he yell…

  • Building a Bundle

    A bundle of grass being readied for lifting up to the work level.

  • "Okay, Now What?" Part 2

    Hans' nephew Bruce, now on the work platform below us, has his job explained to him.


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