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I spent the fall testing ideas for my hollowware exhibition in august. While making sinking forms It became obvious that i need heavier equipment to be able to go up in scale. I need more stakes, and heavier hammers. While researching this i bacame fascinated with japanese raising workstations, where you sit on a wide tree trunk and the long, wavy stakes are mounted in holes all around you with simple wedges. This is so basic and so smart, and eliminates the need for vices, which makes it perfect for my re-enactment ambitions. So much better for long working sessions, where my feet normaly start to argue with me.
So 2019 is starting with brand new heavy hammers made for me by the utterly wonderfull Brent Bailey and a clear goal for further development of my shop. This year It will be all about raising and sinking. I know it will bring much needed changes, now i must whip up the shape to meet them.
The fall started with a commission for an iron age find from Finnmark. I made it with bronse like the original, but all i had to go on were notes made in the 1800’s and a photo so i could only be so accurate. The double stamp on the middle pendant is an intentional mistake that matches the original.
I thought this would be quick since its a solder-free piece, but the twisting of the wire and getting the proportions right took a good long while. Also i got to make new punches for the patterns. I like taking these odd jobs as they create opportunity for experimentation and learning from passed craftspeople like they are still around. I learn something new every time. If you are curious about the original, here is all the info i have: http://www.unimus.no/artefacts/khm/search/?oid=2302&museumsnr=C2078&f=html
At least in the workshop this is almost always the case. While agonising over which finds i should work with with the coming re-enactment season in mind, i got a rush order for a special something for a friends birthday. So i abandoned the viking-age for the 13'th century and came up with this rather lush annular brooch that is a merging of two different finds from England. Quite pleased with how it came out. The owner decided on the oxidised finish that differs from the gilt finds we looked at for inspiration, but compliments the stones very well.
Setting up shop after an unscheduled 2-year gap resulted inevitably in spending a fair bit of time on orders i was unable to complete in Bodø. It feels good to get things done and i look forward to finishing the rest. Very grateful for the grace and understanding shown by my patient clients <3
Kari's pendant ready for shipping.
Starting out life in the new workshop i made some jewellery with the Christmas marked at Sverresborg in mind and i went a bit nuts, painting, assembling and gilding 93 christmas ornaments from walnut shells. The marked had super crappy weather but was made highly enjoyable by Kristine Vike, the creator of the very delightful Ver∂a soaps!
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