Posted on August 24, 2019
Here are a few photos of my runic woodworking projects recently as well as a sunrise on the lift bridge in Duluth, MN and an encounter with a fawn in southern MN.
I am preparing for a busy September where I will have my work for sale at the Little Falls Arts in the Park, Hutchinson Art Show, and the Norsk Høstfest in Minot North Dakota!
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Posted on June 30, 2019
I have been working on woodworking as well as photography, but haven’t posted much lately so I thought it was time for a few updates. Some of these items sold at the recent Midwest Viking Festival at the Hjemkomst museum in Moorhead, MN, but there are plenty more to come!
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Posted on November 2, 2017
Black Walnut and Elm cutting/serving boards with Elder Futhark and Medieval Futhark Runic Inscriptions from Havamal in Old Norse.
Posted on September 13, 2017
A few recent cutting boards and the Dala Rocking Horse which I built for my niece! Cutting Boards are Black Walnut and Elm and two include runic inscriptions of Old Norse wisdom literature from Havamal.
Posted on July 13, 2017
My most recent project was to make a variety of cutting and serving boards out of black walnut, oak, and cedar. Some of these boards are charred with a blow torch in an attempt at the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban style of cedar wood charring which I also performed on oak and walnut. The charring makes the wood UV, weather, rot, and bug resistant and makes for a unique look and interesting creation process.
Two of these boards have runic inscriptions of Gnomic/Wisdom sayings from Hávamál in the Old Norse Poetic Edda. The chosen verses for these boards deal with friendship and hospitality which I thought was most fitting for something which can be used for entertaining.
The axe/cleaver styled board has a verse which translates:
34. It’s a great detour to a bad friend’s house,
even though he lives on the route;
but to a good friend’s the way lies straight,
even though he lives far off.
Afhvart mikit er til ills vinar
þótt á brautu búi
en til góðs vinar liggja gagnvegir
þótt hann sé firr farinn.
The more board shaped example has the inscription:
47. I was young once, I traveled alone,
then I found myself going astray;
rich I thought myself when I met someone else,
for man is the joy of man.
Ungr var ek fórðum fór ek einn saman
þá varð ek villr vega
auðigr þóttumsk er ek annan fann
maðr er manns gaman.
The English translations are from The Poetic Edda: A New Translation by Carolyne Larrington. Oxford University Press. 1996
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