Norwegian Carpentry at SDSU

Time, persistency and a whole lot of skill. This desk was hand crafted by an immigrant from Norway, Halvor Solberg, whom settled in the Dakota territory at the age of 20. Solberg first landed in Brookings in 1887 with aspirations of obtaining a contractors liscense. Mr. Solberg worked on the college farm here at SDSU, and did an extensive amount of carpentry work for President McLouth. Many of the offices and classrooms were sparsely furnished during these early years of the college. President McLouth placed Halvor in charge of the carpentry work after seeing how talented this man truly was. The desk is entirely made of walnut, with walnut burl panels in the drawers and along the sides. Solberg eventually became the head of Engineering at SDSU. #AGMUSEUM #Solberg