Thursday, 8 May 2014


Mjölnir hand carved by bod

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

A previous commission it measures just 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'm very pleased with the results and enjoyed the process. I hope to return to the boxwood at some stage, to create more small items, perhaps some pendants...

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