Tag: nydam

The Nydam Quiver – part 2a

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

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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 … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 2

Supplementary myth: Eagle feathers eat all others

Supplementary myth: Eagle feathers eat all others

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