Forging Everyday Items of the Viking Age
Learn blacksmithing through making several small household items from the Viking age. This class will utilize traditional hand-forging techniques to produce everyday iron items typical of those found in the archeological record from 9th century Sweden. Over the course of three days, students will forge a cloak pin, a firesteel, a small candle holder, and a Thors hammer pendant. The course will explore the rich archeological record from this time period and detail the significance of these items in Scandinavia. We will study original finds to guide the design and forging of our own small, everyday Viking age items. The discussions and demonstration of the use of these items will provide a deeper understanding of everyday life in Scandinavia during the 8th to 10th centuries.