Bog-Oak Seax

Roughing out the carving in a very deep, robust style so it'll stand out in the coarse grained, very dark wood. The main handle motifs are taken from the side panels of a 9th century Anglo-Saxon cross from Elstow Abbey, while the spacer carving is a ring knot that crops up all over (but I did find a definitely Anglo-Saxon version from the window of a different 9th c. church...)

The bog oak really doesn't lend itself to accurate layout, as the coarse grain makes it very difficult to draw a smooth line, or to even see the line you've just drawn. So both panels were basically carved directly into the wood with minimal marking - just lines dividing one panel into quarters and the other into thirds - which is a bit of a bugger as you have to keep the whole knot in your head the whole time, and carve the whole design in one sitting to avoid losing the thread. Each panel took about 4 hrs to get to this stage, and it doesn't look like I have much to show for it yet, but now comes the fun part of refining and smoothing and detailing. Once I can move my hand again, that is...

This seax is now available to buy

New Site

This is a work-in-progress, and I'm learning as I go! (Hope to retain links to the previous site for older work, but update here.)

Broken-backed Seax

Today I forged the wrought/silver steel billet I made yesterday into a broken backed seax. Left it very thick, as the wrought was mushrooming over the steel, and I'll have to do a bunch of grinding to get through it...