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