Forged Viking Axe with Inlay
Dereck Glaser 
Class runs: May 28-June 1
Tuition: $600
Material fee: $50
Skill level:Intermediate and up. Must have intermediate blacksmithing skills. Some knowledge of inlay, engraving or chisel and chasing experience will be helpful. Past Axe course is recommended.

     Heralded as one of the most distinct images of the Viking society; the Axe. In its simplicity as the life giving tool to build with to its distinctive use of protection through melee defense; we will explore a simple but effective version of a pattern based on interpretations of those used throughout Europe during the rain of the Vikings.

      On day one and two we will be forging these through a traditional use of skills; bodies of mild steel or wrought iron and bits or tool steel or Damascus. Students may choose (based on thier skill) to forge a swept tip (Fransisca) or dropped (Bearded). After forging we will grind to shape, finish all surfaces and heat treat to hold a keen edge.

    From Forge to Bench on day three and four where this tool will take on an inlayed image and be imbued with your design. Simple tools must be made to engrave and inlay a simple image in copper or silver. Images will be supplied by the instructor and based on skill level. This course will be fast paced to keep the length of days low, students must possess proficient skills in hand forging, forge welding and perhaps a little knowledge or practice in simple engraving, inlay or chisel and chasing work. Handle making and hafting will be a discussion based topic unless time is available.


Dereck has been blacksmithing full and/or part time since 1985. Educated as an old-school hands on Industrial Arts teacher as well as running his own business, Dereck has had the opportunities to be exposed and work with dozens of blacksmiths in several areas of study. Upon finishing a six year Jourenymenship, working in and for several shops between Ohio and New Jersey, Dereck finally found his place in Maine and in round about events help found the New England School of Metalwork in 2000. While maintaining a home business Dereck has directed all power to the forward shields; building the school and the community which supports the school to foster and strengthen the future of Blacksmithing.

See more of Dereck’s work here.