The Nydam Quiver – part 2

In part 1, I’d stopped just after splitting the turned quiver into two parts. From this point, it’s just a matter of removing all the bits where arrows should go.

I’m using a gouge, first with a mallet driving it along the grain, followed by hand propelling. I sneak up on the final thickness with gouges and finish with hook knives. Historically, we’re fairly firm ground, there’s gouges back to the bronze age, and hook knives have been found at Novgorod from a slightly later context than the one we’re dealing with here.

If you take away one thing from this series of posts, it should be to sharpen your tools, or better still, don’t let them get blunt. I found that with the combination of a steel 1″ gouge and seasoned field maple, the gouge needed honing on average every six minutes.


The gouge left the walls uneven and a little too thick, so I finished the hollowing with hook knives and scrapers.

Next step is preparing the sinew, I’m using beef silverside tendon (that or kangaroo were my only choices) which has been air dried. Processing involves banging it with a rock on the end of a lump of wood, then teasing out the fibres and finally cording.


Next time, I’ll do the final assembly and show the leatherwork.



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