As some of you have heard me talk about, my other big hobby is Viking Age Reenactment, I amd a Member of a group called Tribe Woden Thor. (click on the name and check out our page!) There was a local festival celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day in Westby Wisconsin this week. Most of us live near by and with the links to Norse heritage we have set up a living history display there for the past few years.
For a long time I have been wanting to do some type of medieval woodworking demo at these type of events and this past weekend I finally pulled one together. If you look at medieval furniture carvings, those that did survive this long, you can see a lot of similarities between them and those carvings found in the 17th century, like the ones done by one of my heroes, Peter Follansbee. So that's what I decided to work with, I would set up my travel joiner's bench and begin work on carving the pieces of a bible box. I spent the weekend working and finished the front panel, there's a lot of carving left to go, but I don't think I went to slow considering how much I stopped to visit with people and how new I am to this skill set.
Anyhow I guess that would wrap up a quick note for me...it's all picture from here. Enjoy.
|My set up just before I get started.|
|The rest of the tools I brought, no the pliers themselves are not old, Viking style, but I needed them to put together the workbench.|
|My set up from the other direction, the "public's" Point of View.|
|Some more of our set up, we tried to stay modest so only a small part of our medieval weapons collection made it to the table. Most of these pieces are hand forged by a blacksmith friend of the Tribe.|
|A bit of "everyday life" items with reproduction coins, the board game hnefatafl, An ancestor of chess, it takes five minutes to learn to play and a whole lot longer to master.|
|Some of the armor set up, We had several stands sporting various armor as well.|
|Hard at work starting the carving.|
|"V" chisel sweep to the left.|
|The arches are finished.|
|While I worked, and spent time visiting with the public, so did my good friend Patrick, AKA Einar the Scar,. He weaves chain maile armor and he is supposed to be working on a new shirt for me...(just a reminder Pat)|
|That's me on the right hand side. Kind of a mush up of different periods of armor, but I was looking to show off a little this weekend I guess. Most floks who aren't serious reenactors wouldn't notice.|
|Back at the tent and I've finished carving the front panel. Included is a blow up of the picture I used to carve this from. It is based on the carved box Peter Follansbee wrote about in Woodwork Magazine.|
Hope everyone out there had just as much fun this weekend as I did.