Axe Tour of Norway and Sweden: Part 2

The day after I landed in Oslo I took a 3-1/2 hour train trip north to the Hjerleid Craft School in the town of Dovre. I spent the next 10 days there teaching a class on forging Viking age axes. There were 12 students in the 1-year class, which is run by Benjamin Kjellman-Chapin – head of the blacksmithing department.  The enthusiasm of Benjamin and the students was awesome and each student finished an axe.  Although I’d had some second thoughts just before I left about my commitment to teach a relatively difficult subject to so many students so far away, the class was  a great success and a huge amount of fun as well!  I miss them all and hope to return.


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One Response to “Axe Tour of Norway and Sweden: Part 2”

  1. Larry Austin 11. Jun, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Hi Jim (nephew):
    Looks like you had a great time in Norway. Did everyone make a good axe? Looks like the smithy had a lot of good tools to work with. Thanks for the update. You had a really interesting trip.
    Larry Austin

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