Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Iron & Wood: Building a Viking Mastermyr Tool Chest with John Burt

Dates: 10/6 - 10/10
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $750
Materials: $60
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

In 1936 a farmer in Gotland, Sweden was plowing a new field. His plow became stuck, and upon investigation he discovered he had hooked upon a chain wrapped around an ancient buried chest. The chest he discovered was of the 6 board type with canted sides and ends with iron hardware. The contents of the chest consisted of the largest hoard of Medieval Viking tools ever discovered. Dated to 1,000 AD the chest and its contents give us a window into the methods and joinery of that long ago time.

This class will explore the design and techniques used to build the chest by making one of your own with hand tools. Although the original was made from rived oak planks, we will be making the chest of pine to expedite the cutting of joinery. The chest consists of angled finger lap joints with wood pegs to secure them, as well as dado joints to house the ends of the bottom. These will be the joints we reproduce in the chest we make. The original chest was fit with interesting strap hinges which we will forge in an adjunct two day blacksmithing class following the five day chest class. Sign up for both and take a Viking tool chest home with you!

Key Points:

Explore techniques of the past
Add to your hand tool skills
Make a versatile storage chest for tools
Add angled joinery to your skill base

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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