Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Washington Island, Wisconsin -

Friday, Aug. 18, my latest book (cover shown here) will be finished and ready for pick-up at the Worzalla Printing facility in Stevens Point.

Assuming all goes well on Friday, I plan on Saturday at the Island Fair to have a table for the initial sales of this book.  After that event, they will be made available at Fair Isle Books and at the Island Ferry Terminal, in addition to several outlets on the Peninsula.

This book, with many photos that demonstrate the conception, building and use of the church, in addition to descriptive text, is intended to be a commemorative book.  As such, it will have historic, informational and entertainment value that should make it a local, bookshelf "classic."

The Island's Stavkirke was a major project for a small Lake Michigan Island congregation, and, essentially, a community project.  The dedication of this structure as a church was held on August 4, 1995, and from that point on it took on significance beyond that of a building of mere historical interest.  It has been viewed and used for worship and meditation by many thousands of people since it was built.

Photos and documents help illustrate the construction techniques and the workmanship involved in the Stavkirke, and text by contributors helps relate this church to others like it that were built in Norway over 800 years ago.

As a commemorative book privately published (96 pages - $20.00 retail), a portion of each sale will go to the Trinity Lutheran Church Stavkirke Fund, for future maintenance and improvements of the building and grounds.

Copies of Island Stavkirke may also be ordered online at:  RichardPurinton.com

-  Dick Purinton