A study of a peculiar workplace in the lower Glomma river in the 1900s

This article examines an occupation that is no longer found in Norway. Floating was for many hundred years the most common method of transporting logs and an important part of the work was gathering the logs from the river and sorting them. The boom at Glennetangen was such a workplace, where up to 400 men could be employed. Until 1985, the largest sorting-boom in Norway was in the lower Glomma river, with strong links to the locality as a workplace. Glennetangen was peculiar as a workplace, in being an industrial site in an otherwise rural area. This article sheds light upon some of the distinctive aspects of Glennetangen as a workplace, and focuses on such themes as recruitment, seasonal work, the system of payment, and companionship among the workers.