Viking Wood Carving

Viking & Celtic

Sigurd and Regin Panels

Regin and Sigurd forge the sword.

and Sigurd must reforge the sword after it broke in battle.

Sigurd slays the dragon with the reforged sword.


Regin and Sigurd Roast the Dragon's Heart.

Panels are replicas from the Hylestad stave church archway entrance.

Urnes Stavkirke Panel

This is a replica of one of the panels on the Urnes Stavkirke (stave church) in Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. The original was carved in the 12th century. This piece is carved from basswood and finished with linseed oil and beeswax. It measures 11 X 5 1/2 inches.

Stavanger Butter Dish

Butternut finished with Salad Bowl finish.

Patterned after a butter dish found in Stavanger, Norway in 1917

Hnefatafl - "Kings Table"

These carvings took quite a while to make, but was a lot of fun, too. This version's pieces are based on the Hnefatafl game sold by Norse America (
13 white pieces (including the king) - defensive side
24 brown pieces - offensive side

The pieces are made of basswood painted with acrylic and then antiqued with old oak gel stain. The board is pine and is finished with Danish oil and beeswax.

Here is a link for the rules of play:

Viking-style Knotwork

Brooches and pins.

Fireplace mantle piece.

Basswood, finished with linseed oil.

Kuksa or Kåsa

The Kuksa (Finnish) or kåsa (Swedish) is a traditional drinking vessel made by the Sammi people of Northern Scandinavia.  This cup was worn at the belt and throughout the day the person carrying it would simply dip it into water (or other beverage of choice) and drink as needed.

Stylized bowl with Viking knotwork


This bowl was turned by my friend Ron using a pole lathe. After it was finished I discovered there were some defects in the wood, so I cut away the sides where they were and made it a stylized bowl. The knotwork consists of two different Viking bird motifs.

Celtic Crosses

Red Oak fumed and finished with beeswax

Celtic Knotwork Brooches and Pins

Types of wood used: Bolivian Rosewood, Yew, Cherry, Mahogany, and Maple


From the Scottish Gaelic cuach, meaning a cup, this drinking vessel originated in the Scottish Highlands and was used for drinking Scotch whiskey. It is considered a “treen” art form, which is a generic name for small handmade, functional household objects made of wood.