Welcome to our blog - wee articles on beautiful and interesting places in Yorkshire, as well as the wood carvings, artwork and sculpture of Yorkshire artist bod, whose inspiration comes from a deep love for the history, myth and nature of these beautiful islands. Browse and buy his work on our main website: www.justbod.co.uk
carved ‘Thor’s Hammer’ keyring/pendant in boxwood by bod.
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.
mythology relates how the hammer was made by the dwarven brothers Sindri and
Brokkr and the short handle was a mistake during manufacture.
examples have been found around Europe, and this version, is loosely based on
one found in 1874, in Mandemark, Møn, Denmark.
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.
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....)