Olaf G. Helland – berømt felemakar og musikkhandlar på Notodden

Ottar Kåsa, Asbjørn Storesund

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Olaf Gunnarson Helland from Bø in Telemark was one of Norway’s most famous makers of Hardanger fiddles. He was fourth generation of the Hel-land-Steintjønndalen family, who for about 150 years held a dominant po-sition in the making of Hardanger fiddles in Norway. Olaf Helland developed and improved his instruments, which came to acquire a partic-ular sound.They have been sought after by many of the best Hardanger fiddle players, and still are. Olaf Helland also was a first-class wood carver and decorative painter. For fifty years he had his workshop and music shop at Notodden in Telemark, and the present article gives a detailed description of what was special about his instruments and how they are suited for spe-cial types of playing. The article also provides information of Olaf Helland’s business activity, and how it contributed to the music culture during the early decades of the twentieth century.

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