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New Creations September 2013









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Summer Selections! lots of made to order designs ready to go!

I have the largest selection of made to order items yet and tons of in stock items! Please check out my Ebay and for the new items including some items on Ebay not available on Etsy.




New Creations April 2013 (Gallery) Jewelry and Knives.


     Detailed obscure Celtic amulet etched into 24 gauge brass.


Scandi edge riveted 1080 modern Viking knife.


Germanic -Anglo Saxon eagle etched in brass.


New smaller iron Mjollnir design.


Not metal but an antler Mjollnir!


Bronze Athame or Witches dagger.



1080 Scandi edge (utility) with stag handled.


Arm and Neck rings in Nordic bronze style.

A good variety of projects!


Who are the Norse people (History/Culture post)



The Norse/Germanic people : A brief history:

The history of the Nordic people begins in Central Asia and the Russian steppe when the Indo-Europeans start migrating west into modern-day Europe. During the great migration a branch of the IE moved into present day Scandinavia and became isolated most likely due to climate disruptions. Human beings have occupied Scandinavia for at least 7000 years. It is in the forest and frozen mountains that the Nordic people get the distinct cultural/linguistic identity known as Germanic. After developing a unique culture the Germanic people begin moving south for less turbulent weather and cross the Baltic and North seas into Germany, Poland and Jutland. The migration age tribes founded the modern Nordic countries we know today like Scandinavia (Norway-Sweden-Denmark), Germany and England to name a few.

The culture of the Norse was actually already 1000 years or older when the Viking age began and a new wave of Germanic people again started crossing into Europe and Britain carrying largely the same migration age culture, legal systems, Runic codex and religious beliefs as the previous migrating tribes. Some of the identifying markers of Nordic culture is complicated knot work, exceptional metal/wood work, seafaring/boat building and design, metaphoric poetry and spoken word, grand feasting halls, ancestral worship and equal rights for women. A fact reviled by Roman authors when facing the Teutons in the Alpine regions during the migration age. I use the term Norse as a general description of the larger Germanic culture from its Dutch origin “Noors” “People from the north” because Germanic culture originates in Scandinavia/Denmark.




We Norsemen have an indigenous alphabet called Runes or the Elder Futhark, The header of my blog is in Anglo-Saxon Futhorc set and many variations exist as the system evolved out of the Elder Futhark. Runes were typically used for marking ownership such as Hermeric owns this knife or Olaf is buried here but many large inscriptions do exist. Each sign also has a divine meaning with immense power behind it. I have often called the Runes the language of the universe. I personally believe in the power behind the Runes. The origin of the Futhark is a mystery, theories exist but none satisfy in explaining the origin. It was largely accepted that a Mediterranean origin like Etruscan might explain it but no early finds exist near the Mediterranean, they all exist in Denmark , Northern Germany and Scandinavia. Now it is theorized that Western Germany/Denmark may be the original zone of expansion and Scandinavia being less explored has some very old inscriptions and “could” be the originator of the Runic script. Some have linked the Runes with the Hallristningar symbols carved in Neolithic Sweden/Norway which adds a new layer of age and interest to the story. The divine description in the Norse Lore is that Allfather Odin pulls them from Ginnungagap as he is hanging from Yggdrasil.  A full article on Runic origins and theory will be presented in an upcoming post.

Sites of Elder Futhark discovery in Europe. Common Germanic would be the language. All German languages were mutually intelligible at this time.





Nordic Bronze Age. 1700-500 BC

 Pre-Roman Iron Age in Germania/Scandinavia 5th/4th – 1st century BC

Germanic Migration 750BC-1AD.

Red= Before 750 BC

Orange= New settlement by 500 BC

Yellow= New settlement by 250 BC

Green= New settlement by 1AD.


Stone Age Connection to Germanic Culture:

 Stone Age Carving from Norway.

 Complex Nordic Bronze age carving of obvious similar creation as the design above.

Rock carving form Norway (Over 6000 years old) Showing unique artistic elements.


Norway 1200BC

 Many images on these stones dating from 6000 years ago tothe Iron age depict many traditions found in Germanic and later Viking age culture such as waging war on boats, farming/herding, fishing, ship design, beings in Germanic religion and symbols found throughout Nordic culture prehistoric to modern. When looking at these images one could understand how the Runes may have evolved out of it stylistically.  The exact culture responsible is unknown in some cases but elements can be traced to later Nordic customs.

STONE CARVING PHOTO’S ARE FROM WIKIPEDIA. Copyright to respective owners.



A small gallery of images and symbols. Art of my own creation is marked.


 Irminsul: Ancient German totem most likely of Yggdrasil (World tree) Symbol is associated with The Saxons and a Deity called Irmin who is most likely Odin under one of his alias/regional names. (Not my art)


Thor-Thunor: Nordic Thunder God. Viking age bronze statue.

 Helmet replica from the Sutton-Hoo find. Adorned with glorious plates referencing Nordic customs, legendary figures and amazing detailed metal work. (Not my photo)

 Stone carving designs from Gotland Sweden. Copyright Call Of Steel 2012.


Gotland Sweden Stone Carving: Pre Viking. Copyright COS 2012.


Viking age stone carving from Gotland Sweden:Viking age. Copyright COS 2012.



Anglo Saxon decoration. Copyright COS 2012.



In summary I hope this post gave at least some idea of Norse culture. It is near and dear to my heart as I descend from these mighty folk and try as an artist to keep some element of the old ways alive and well into the future.


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Blacksmith and historical posts.




New Daggers Knives and Jewelry Gallery.



Many new works of Iron! Some of which are forged from a special source of Iron that has been struck by lightning!

Everything above is basically Iron works.

New HC knives will be posted soon!


Thanks for looking!

Cold Chiseling Runes Gallery

Katala spelled in Elder Futhark. Chiseled pre hardening.
Typically a Runic engraving on a blade served as a name tag and name of the blade itself . The blade above is named “Katala” it is an Athame or Witches Dagger. If I had the blade for myself  I would have written “Katala”  Hröð owns me” naming the blade and owner. So if your setting out to cut Runes this is a good start for having something in mind when you begin.

Athame: A tool used by a Witch, Sorcerer or Shaman for various energy practices and rituals. Done in Nordic style with chiseled Runic marks.


Recycled Wrought Iron with Visigothic influence. ATHAME.


Wrought Iron Athame with Chiseled Runes.


Wrought Iron Athame with Antler handle.


Recycled Steel: Wroughr iron Athame with brushed finish.Cold chiseled Runes. Heat Steel to orange and allow to cool fully for best result.


Hand stamped Runic engraving. (Cold chiseled in to steel while still soft)

The most important trick to cutting Runes is being very relaxed and realizing that most Runic engraving are very freehand. This is not latin script so please by all means be creative with your engraving and try a nice organic format. It will end up looking truly authentic. Any High carbon steel tool that makes a perfect vertical line will do nicely for chiseling and remember to soften your steel before attempting. Runes are combinations of straight lines for this exact purpose of cutting them into metal, wood and bone.