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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Forging Late Iron Age Scandinavian Fishing Implements: Spears and Hooks

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Course Overview

The prevalence of fish in the Scandinavian diet has its roots in the Viking era, if not before. For many Scandinavians living during the Late Iron Age fishing, provided a relatively stable and highly nutritious addition to the everyday diet. In this class students will consider original designs of artifacts from Denmark and Norway to reproduce an eel spear, a simple fish spear, and various barbed fish hooks. Students will use traditional coal fired forges and hand tools to complete the forging process. Spear points will be affixed to ash wood handles using traditional linen thread and cutlers resin. It is hoped that participants will gain a better understanding of everyday life during this dynamic period of Scandinavian history. And, perhaps, learn a new way to put dinner on the table! Materials fee includes the use of coal/gas for forgework and the cost of steel, etc. This course is open to students ages 14-17 if accompanied by an adult.

Required Tools

  • Students are required to wear eye and ear protection. The school provides these but you may wish to bring your own to ensure the best fit and comfort.
  • Clothing of natural fibers
  • Closed toed sturdy shoes
  • Leather gloves
  • Shop apron


Fri, Oct 28th, 2022  –  Sun, Oct 30th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $300.00
Materials fee: $80.00
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North House Folk School photo of instructor, Doug Swenson
Doug Swenson
Hawley, MN

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Forging Late Iron Age Scandinavian Fishing Implements: Spears and Hooks