Ulf is content.
December 16, 2014 3:47 PM   Subscribe

Meet Ulf. He lives north of the Arctic Circle and makes boat. He swims daily (brief male buttock shot), does household chores, and relaxes. Ulf is content. [10 minutes, Vimeo]
posted by Wordshore (26 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ulf is content.

And content is King. Therefore...
posted by The Bellman at 3:50 PM on December 16, 2014 [7 favorites]


I want to go to there.

Though I'd probably want a sauna after that swim.
posted by leotrotsky at 3:52 PM on December 16, 2014


MetaFilter: (brief male buttock shot)
posted by escape from the potato planet at 3:57 PM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


(brief male buttock shot)

I counted two buttocks.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:03 PM on December 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


Lovely, thanks for posting!
posted by carter at 4:16 PM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Dip Flash: I counted two buttocks.

I suppose it was inevitable someone would make a cheeky comment
posted by surazal at 4:17 PM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


I do not live north of the Arctic Circle and I am not content. I'm not sure to what extent they are related. I would like to be content.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:18 PM on December 16, 2014 [3 favorites]


Seconding carter!

This was pretty lovely, and makes me want to go back to Norway.
posted by running order squabble fest at 4:18 PM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


What a nice place to be Ulf.
posted by theodolite at 4:28 PM on December 16, 2014


Have not watched yet but the dude needs a neighbor... hmmm...
posted by sammyo at 4:28 PM on December 16, 2014


(brief male buttock shot)

Suddenly, Ulf-ass.
posted by jamjam at 4:45 PM on December 16, 2014 [6 favorites]


Ulf's website is here, with a little more about the kinds of boats he makes, the book he wrote, and lots of pictures. I would not say Google Translate really helped, but the pictures are great.
posted by jetlagaddict at 4:47 PM on December 16, 2014 [4 favorites]


Ah, traditional wooden boat building. Unfortunately it is not a job anymore, an art project or a historical demonstration supported by a foundation. I have added him to my list of purchases soon after the big lottery win. He certainly builds incredibly beautiful boats!
posted by sammyo at 5:08 PM on December 16, 2014


Good find. His website links to his Facebook which has some whoa pictures such as this.
posted by Wordshore at 5:11 PM on December 16, 2014


Beautiful...look carefully and you will find a recipe for roast reindeer. That was a nice touch.
posted by salishsea at 5:55 PM on December 16, 2014


I was a little surprised to see the extent of the forest in his area above the Arctic Circle -- I would have thought he would have been near or past the tree line. If, like me, you're curious, Wikipedia offers an explanation regarding northern Norway:
The North Atlantic current makes Arctic climates in this region warmer than other coastal locations at comparable latitude. In particular the mild winters prevents permafrost.
and lists the tree line latitude for Norway as 70 N.
posted by Nerd of the North at 8:55 PM on December 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


I understand well the statement about effortless rowing, feeling the boat as part of your body. Another version of the lap strake boat, a St. Lawrence skiff in my case...

If all you have known is fiberglass and Aluminum, seek this out.
posted by bert2368 at 10:50 PM on December 16, 2014


look carefully and you will find a recipe for roast reindeer

... while Ulf's singing Sunny Afternoon.
posted by Rash at 10:51 PM on December 16, 2014


I had to break out the Aquavit after that.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 11:14 PM on December 16, 2014


Am I the only one who got like 30 seconds of Ulf and then a 10-minute Claritin ad?
posted by univac at 11:37 PM on December 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


ulf.no

Minimalist website address is minimalist.
posted by Wordshore at 12:37 AM on December 17, 2014


I feel compelled to add that the name Ulf means wolf, which just makes it all the more ... Norwegian.
posted by brokkr at 6:40 AM on December 17, 2014


What a gorgeous wee film. Added to my list of things to watch when it's all a bit much.
posted by Happy Dave at 6:44 AM on December 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


This, this is the loveliest thing. Ulf and Ingvild playing music in their wooden house.

Between this and the Antarctic base video recently - I may have to reassess my life and save up for a new one in a cooler calmer climate.
posted by forgetful snow at 12:11 PM on December 17, 2014


posted by Nerd of the North

Eponysterical?
posted by running order squabble fest at 4:56 PM on December 17, 2014


I've sailed right by this island/town in summer! Now I am homesick for the place where there's no day for several months. And it's so cold that everything is cooked with butter just for the calories.
posted by Dreidl at 7:06 PM on December 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


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