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Doug Swenson

Hawley, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Doug Swenson

Doug began experimenting with a coal forge as a young fellow growing up on a farm in northwestern Minnesota. This early exposure to blacksmithing led to a lifelong passion for the craft that he continues to cultivate. Doug’s primary work has been done out of a shop that recreates the time period of 1885 to 1900, but most recently has been focusing on the tools and techniques of Viking age Sweden.

Current Courses Offered by Doug Swenson

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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…
Fri, Sep 10th, 2021  –  Sun, Sep 12th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Doug Swenson
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Forging Traditional Scandinavian Composite Knife Blades

Students in this class will use forge welding techniques to create a typical northern European Late Iron Age knife blade from separate bars of wrought iron and 1085 steel. Each student will then complete their blades by learning appropriate grinding techniques and fitting traditional Scandinavian hardwood handles. This class will…
Fri, Oct 1st, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 3rd, 2021
9 am-5 pm each day
Instructor: Doug Swenson

Past Courses Offered by Doug Swenson

Forge Viking Age Brazed Bells

Forging Small Viking Age Knives

Forging the Long-Handled Viking Age Noisemaker

Viking Age Forging Online Short Course