Thursday, 8 May 2014

Mjölnir



Mjölnir hand carved by bod



Hand carved ‘Thor’s Hammer’ keyring/pendant in boxwood by bod.



Another recent commission it measures 6 x 4.5 x 0.8 cm


Mjölnir is the Hammer of Thor, the Norse god of thunder, and is depicted in Norse mythology as a most fearsome weapon. The name is usually interpreted as ‘crusher’ or ‘that which smashes,’ from a similarity with English, Slavic and Latin words meaning ‘to mill.’ It has also been interpreted as ‘lightening’ from similar Russian and Welsh words.

Mjölnir hand carved by bod
Norse mythology relates how the hammer was made by the dwarven brothers Sindri and Brokkr and the short handle was a mistake during manufacture.

Several original examples have been found around Europe, and this version, is loosely based on one found in 1874, in Mandemark, Møn, Denmark.
Source Wikipedia

Some of the more recently dated excavated examples show the gradual conversion of the Norse people to Christianity as they contain both Christian and Norse symbology.

I absolutely loved making this piece although I seemed to use every tool in the workshop at some point (I am exaggerating but I certainly made a mess!)

It is the very first time that I have worked with boxwood and it took me a few ‘prototypes’ and some broken blades, to get the measure of it.

Mjölnir hand carved by bod
I am very pleased with the results and really enjoyed the process. I have some other work to get on with now, but am really hoping to return to the boxwood to create a new range, probably beginning with some pendants!

In the meantime, if you like it and can’t wait…….please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do….

(update 09/05/15 - still haven't produced a range of pendants due to a profusion of orders and creative ideas.....still hoping to....)


Thanks for reading!

bod

Justbod Team

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