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Friday, 16 March 2018

Forward Momentum

It has been very slow progress since we bought the land up until this point, but from now on things will start to mover very quickly!

We had a meeting with out architects this week, we've submitted all plans to the town hall and college of architects, paid the appropriate taxes and been granted all the permissions and licenses we need to be able to build our dream home on our land!

Today I am going back to the land to clear the ground ready for us to start marking out the foundations and then it is all systems go, we will be starting the build after easter!

I'm so excited to finally be able to get a shovel in the ground and start turning our dreams into a reality :)

In other news I have once again had a very Viking themed week when it comes to the things I have been crafting.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the Second Viking Box I was working on, here is the latest photo of my work in progress. Whilst I was burning the wood the tip of my pyrography pen snapped! I just about managed to finish the details with the broken tip, it wasn't ideal but all I need to do now is decide what stain I'd like to use and put the velvet lining into the inside of the box.

I also made this little leather coin purse to use as a prop in photos along with some replica viking coins I bought this week, I'm really pleased with how it came out, especially the wooden toggle with the runes on.

Leather Coin Purse and Replica Viking Coins

My next project is very fitting to share in the week leading up to the equinox. After I posted the photo of the wooden weapons last week on my Instagram account I was contacted by someone asking if they could commission me to make them an Athame. (an Athame is a Pagan ritual tool, most commonly a black handled knife) It's not something I have tried before, but I thought that since someone was willing to put their faith in me to produce on of the most important items on their altar I had better do them proud!

I had pretty much free control over the shape and design so I went for the image that is in my mind when I think of an Athame but put my own spin on it. I cut the basic shape out of some reclaimed wood that I had, carved and sanded it to the finish I was looking to achieve, pyrographed the clients selection of runes down the blade, stained the whole thing and then to add some finishing touches I decided to inlay some Tigers Eye into the handle, wrapped the grip with black leather and added a few decorative swirls to the cross piece and hilt.

Handmade Norse Pagan Athame
I have to admit that I love it so much that it will sadden me a little to let it go to it's new home! I suppose that is always the danger when you put so much of yourself into designing something like this. I'd love to make more like it in the future.

Last but not least, very soon I will be taking part in a HUGE viking themed giveaway over on Instagram. Myself and several other makers are getting together to host a "Heathen Horde" giveaway full of viking goodies. my IG account is @thorsthreads and I will be throwing in everything in the photo for the giveaway and I know some of the other guys are putting in hand forged knives, jewellery, leather goods etc

Keep your eyes peeled and good luck if you decide to take part!

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  1. Congratulations! Such wonderful, exciting news! I know you are so happy to be able to start on the house after Easter. I can't wait to see things as they progress here on your blog. Love the's beautiful! The coin bag was also very nice, and I just loved the box! It's looking great. I just found out I am about 28% Scandanavian! This was a surprise, but a happy one! I wonder if there are any Vikings in my lineage! We love the show Viklings, by the way. I don't know if you have TV, but you would love it!

  2. Congratulations, so excited for you!

  3. That's a nice start now into spring building a new house and get all the papers settled. I only hope you won't get any difficulties if that stupid Brexit really happens ! The English people living here since over 30 years are worried ! Some of them applied for Belgian citizenship !

  4. If you ever explained your fascination with things Norse, or Vikings, I must have missed it. Are you of Norse heritage? I am. My ancestors emigrated from Norway around the turn of the 20th century and my parents both spoke Norwegian, along with my grandparents and great grandparents. I have lots of living relatives in Norway who I will probably never meet. I am happy to hear that you will be able to start on your new home soon! I agree the building with straw bale is the logical way to go. Keep us updated, please!

  5. Congratulations, good news that your dreams are closer to being realised. Cathy x

  6. Thanks for continuing to host each week!
    How exciting about your home plans!! It will be fun to see it progress. You are obviously a Jack of All Trades. I swear, is there anything you can't make? Your recent projects are amazing. I especially love the boxes you make.

    Hope you have a blessed weekend ahead.

  7. How exciting! You're finally getting to build your house :-)

    I'm new to Instagram but I'll try to find you.

    P.S. I did laugh at your pork tattoo post on FB!!

  8. How exciting, I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your progress each week. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!


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