Forged Viking Axe with Inlay
Dereck Glaser 
Class runs: May 28-June 1
Tuition: $600
Material fee: $50
Skill level: At least Seasoned beginner. Must have some intermediate blacksmithing skills. Some knowledge of engraving or heat treatment will be helpful. A previous Tool Making course is recommended.
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      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 and edge bits or tool steel or Damascus. Students may choose (based on thier skill) to forge a swept tip (Fransisca) or dropped (Bearded) style. After forging we will grind to shape, finish all surfaces and heat treat to hold a keen edge.


     Day three will be forging, grinding and heat treating our tools to use for the engraving and inlay. Demonstrations of this as well as the crucial aspects of sharpening and honing will be covered.


    From Forge to Bench on day four and five where this tool will take on an inlayed image and be imbued with your design. The simple tools you 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, five days will need students to possess some skills in hand forging, forge welding and perhaps a little knowledge or practice in simple engraving, inlay and heat treatment. Handle making and hafting will be a discussion based topic unless time is available.



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        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. Also while maintaining a home/shop 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.