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Friday, 18 May 2018

Tiny Vikings, Biker Parties, Divination and Tragedy

Welcome back for Five on Friday!

Thank you Gattina for letting me know the link hadn't posted correctly, I make the posts the day before and set them to automatically publish but every now and again something goes wrong, it is really helpful when people tell me otherwise I would be none the wiser!

Lets start this weeks Five off with a photo of Logan, wielding the wooden sword I made for him, wearing a Thor's hammer and holding the cutest little drinking horn ever!

My little Viking Son

Can you believe this image was removed from Instagram because they classed it as " Photos of partially nude children". I imagine some idiot didn't read the post and assumed he was a girl because of his long hair, it happens all the time and never gets any less irritating.

This week I've been out partying with the club again, here's a candid photo that Carly took of me just before we left

Wolfpack
We were riding over to Elche to celebrate with another club called the MalaGente, which is Spanish for bad people. One of their guys got this awesome picture of our two clubs together, I think you can tell from the photo that they are not bad people at all, they are all really great guys and do a lot of work to stop animal cruelty and raise money for local animal shelters

Good Times with Bad People

It was a great party, we get on really well with the MalaGente so its always great going to visit them or bumping in to them at other clubs parties.


This next photo I took of the horn combs I designed for my shop Thor's Threads, but if you look in the background it is the tigers eye runes I was waiting for :)

Horn Combs and Rune Stones
I have been working a lot more with the runes, I think it is something that is easy to learn the basics and can take a lifetime to master but they are lots of fun to work with and learn as you go along, theyre essentially the Viking version of tarot cards.


Lastly I wanted to shared a small memorial piece that I made. One of my good friends recently lost his young daughter in a tragic event at the beach, you may have seen it on the news. Her name was Rose, I made this wooden holder so he will always have a place to light a candle for her



Such a tragedy, I cried for days when I found out. They say the Gods work in mysterious ways but I can never see why things like this happen. perhaps it is beyond mortal comprehension, all I know is that the world lost a beautiful young soul.


Thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday, please spare a prayer to your own God/Gods for this family, and hold your loved ones tighter for not everyone is so lucky.

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Summer Storms, Dragon Daggers and Burnt Beads

This week has been a bit of a wash out, it feels like winter has crept back to catch us all off guard! Last week I was in a vest and shorts busy getting sunburnt and this week I'm wrapped up in my thickest jumper trying to dodge the thunderstorms!

I can't complain, the land here can always use some extra moisture and I'm hoping that the extraordinary amount of rain we have had this winter will mean that there will be a bumper harvest this year. In the mean time it has given me the chance to finish a few wood burning projects that I've been working on recently.

I finished my second Athame project, the client that commissioned this one wanted a red dragonscale effect for the handle, here is my take on it:

Handmande Red Dragon Scale Athame

The texture is all burnt into the wood, the handle is inlaid with Onyx gemstones and the bindrune on the blade is also burnt into the Athame. A bindrune is a collection of runestaves used together to create a more powerful talisman, the one used here is an ancient bindrune called the Dragon Tree, it represents the world tree and links the earth with the upper and under worlds. If you look closely you'll see that all the runestones laid out around the knife in this picture can be found within the Dragon Tree bindrune. This athame sold on instagram for $75 and was one of my favourite projects to work on so far.

My next project was more fitness oriented, I have been watching a lot of people take up "Mace Training" to improve their strength and fitness, which essentially involves wielding a heavy steel ball on a stick instead of traditional weights. These maces can cost hundreds to purchase, and if you read this blog you know that I'm all about DIY solutions! So for the princely sum of 3 Euros I made my own. Using an ordinary broomstick, a few screws, an old bag of concrete and a flowerpot I now have my very own mace. You can tell I've had some time on my hands because I've already started to decorate it with some woodburning haha

"Werewolf" Training Mace

I may have gone a little overboard with this mace though, this one weighs in at 10.7kg so I may have to make a slightly lighter one to build myself up to this bigger one. Most of the pro mace trainers use between 6 - 9kg!

It seems like whenever I have any free time to myself I revert to carving beads. One of the dangerous things about being a creative type of person is that you start combining things you like to do, so now instead of spending an hour carving a bead, I end up spending an hour carving one and then another hour pyrographing it! Here's a peek at a few I made this week, these ones are only about 20mm big so were quite a challenge to burn anything worthwhile onto such small beads, they are being sent to a model in the US that I am working with to showcase some of my work :)

Handmade wooden beads

The top two are olive wood and the bottom two are mountain pine. I toyed with the idea of staining them but the problem is when people wear these in their hair they don't tend to take them out to shower, which means the shampoo ends up fading the colour over time which is why I decided to leave them natural.

Frustrated at not being able to stain the beads I went overboard and dyed one of my knives green!

Snake-inel
It's an old Opinel no.7 that I've had sitting in one of my bags for a year or two, I decided that if I made it a bit better looking I might start using it more so I burnt the scales into the handle and dyed the handle to make it a snakey yellow/green and renamed it the Snake-inel :)

With all the burning activity going on I almost forgot to tell you about the combs! A couple of months ago I started to design my own combs and they are finally finished and listed in my shop. They are handmade from natural buffalo horn and I am totally in love with them:

Mjolnir Thor's Hamer Comb
Viking Horn Combs
Based on authentic historic finds and with the Thor's Hammer cut out of the middle this could be the birth of the ultimate Viking comb. So happy with how they came out, I think these might be my favourite item of all time.


Thanks for swinging by once again for Five on Friday, We hope you have a blessed weekend!

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Friday, 4 May 2018

8 years

This week me and Carly celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary!



We had Carly's childhood best friend over staying with us this weekend too, who also happens to be the Maid of Honour from our wedding :)

What better way to spend our time than a visit to the beach down at Alicante



Since we're still just outside of the holiday season it wasn't too hot or too crowded either. We sat under the palm trees in the shade and just had a relaxing chilled out day with the kids with a picnic on the beach and then took them to spend their pocket money on ice cream :)



Here's a photo of my entire world. without this little tribe I have no idea what I would do with myself. No matter what happens we always have each other and always will.



Although we were all sat under the palms for most of the time I spent a lot of the day going in and out of the sea with the kids and as a result I have ended up quite medium rare!



But I suppose that is the price to pay when a pastey white Brummy ups and moves to Spain, a bit of sunburn each year goes with the territory hahaha


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