Please forgive the delay, it's been a rough 12 months. This was to have been about the finishing, at the end of the last part I'd finished hollowing and joined the parts together. Well... early in the new year we had a run of days in the mid- to high 40s* (probably high-50s in the … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 2a
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 … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 2
Those of you who have stumbled over my other blog may have seen the series of posts on my reconstruction of a leather quiver from the Danish town of Hedeby. This series is on the reconstruction of a 4th century wooden quiver from Nydam Mose, Southern Jutland, Denmark. The standard reference for the quivers is … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 1
I spent much of last weekend at the St Ives Medieval Fair, we were set up near the falconry group and when I had a little time and they were quiet, I wandered over and started chatting about eagles and feather mites to see if my crackpot theories stood the test of the Experienced Professional. … Continue reading Those pesky eagle feather mites again.
While I was gathering references for my recent peacock feather post, I found a reference to a Norse superstition to do with arrow making that I thought I'd share. Curiously, it's echoed by Turkish fletchers who also use eagle feathers.Here's the late 12th century quote from Saxo Germanicus first.Eagles' feathers joined to other feathers in … Continue reading Supplementary myth: Eagle feathers eat all others