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Doug Swenson

Hawley, MN
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Doug began experimenting with a coal forge as a young fellow growing up on a farm in northwestern Minnesota. This early exposure to blacksmithing lead to a life long 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

3 days
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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, Aug 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 4th, 2019
Instructor: Doug Swenson
3 days
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Forging Small Viking Age Knives

Ten centuries may have passed since the Viking age, but some things remain the same:  the components of knife-making: fire, steel, skilled knowledge and effort and the usefulness of a small pocket knife. This class will utilize traditional hand forging techniques to produce small Viking age knife blades typical of…
Fri, Jul 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Instructor: Doug Swenson
3 days
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Forging the Long Handled Viking Age Noisemaker

Explore one of the mysteries of yore: the Viking Age noise maker. Originals have been found in Viking burials across northern Europe and several of these are currently on display in the Swedish History museum in Stockholm. What the exact original purpose was for these artifacts? Some experts suggest that…
Fri, Aug 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 1st, 2019
Instructor: Doug Swenson