Thursday, 29 January 2009

Recent Works: Dog collar "Isa"

This collar is the consequent continuation of what I tried out before with the "Skadi"-collar.
I improved the points that weren't perfect, so this time it is hand-sewn AND riveted. Apart from this it's quite the same construction.

Recent Works: Dog collar "Skadi"

This collar is a kind of prototype. Though it is not the first dog collar I have ever made, it is still a new design I thought out over a longer period. This collar itself contains some minor optical imperfections - I wasn't that accurate while working on it, not knowing if it would turn out to fulfil my demands - just wanted to avoid wasting time. ;)
I made it and started trying it with my Saarlooswolfdog bitch Skadi directly.
It showed that this design works pretty well and combines functionality with noble appearance - just like it should.
This piece is only riveted instead of sewn - in the future I will prefer a combination of both for the ultimate safety of the dog.
The inner side is padded which results in a better wearing comfort for the dog.
When looking at the picture, please mind that the collar was already in a somewhat used condition when the photo was taken.

Recent Works: A belt for myself

I was thinking about this since a very long time now, but somehow I never had the time to actually put my plan into practice. I have done belts before, but this one for myself should be more than a simple leather strap holding my pants up.
Of course one of my aims with creating this belt was simply to show my skills on an item used on a daily basis. Something that I can always have with me, where ever I go. I often got into situations speaking about my arts but having nothing to show in real life. This belt should sovle this problem.
A second task this item should be able to fullfil: When wandering through the woods with my dogs, I often wished to be able to keep my hands free, even if the dogs have to stay on the leaches. Therefore I added the two D-rings and a snap-hook to this belt which will make this wish come true.
The patterns I used on this piece are all self-designed and have been inspired by viking-age Jelling style. It took me something more than 2 days to finish this work.

Older Works VI - Leather: Belt Bags and a Quiver

Working with leather is certainly my favourite kind of handcraft and therefor the one I do most.
I believe it was back in 2003 when it all started, but the pieces I show you in this post are somehow newer, around 3 to 4 years old. The following pictures show the highlights of my leatherworks of the time before moving to Sweden, while working under the name "Dachsgau"...

Belt Bags:
"Jormundgandr"
"Jarl":
"Cammin - Wolf":
Quiver:
"Århus"

Older Works V - Leather: Bracers and Bags

Working with leather is certainly my favourite kind of handcraft and therefor the one I do most.
I believe it was back in 2003 when it all started, but the pieces I show you in this post are somehow newer, around 3 to 4 years old. The following pictures show the highlights of my leatherworks of the time before moving to Sweden, while working under the name "Dachsgau"...

Bracers:
Celtic-Knot pattern:

Two different versions of Thorshammer:Pattern from Oseberg:
Bags:
Shoulder Bag with pattern from Bamberg-Casket:
Shoulder Bag with a swedish Runestone-motive:
Shoulder Bag with a pattern from Gotland:



Older Works IV - Sax Knives

I've only done 3 Sax Knives so far. The reason is simple - as I am not able to make the blades myself, I need to get them somewhere else. And I simply did not find a reliable source for this kind of blades yet. This was my first one and it's obvious that I wasn't that skillful 5 years back in time. The sheath was one of my first tries with stamping tools and the sax knive itself is also much more primitive than my recent works. Probably I will revise it one day... The handle is made of antler and horn. The blade was made by a friend and is of simple carbon steel. This piece was not that good, but it was a certain step of my artistic evolution.

This second one was way better than my first try and was sold pretty fast. It is visible that I was much more experienced in knifemaking as in the use of the leather tools and it is still a piece which I am very proud of. The sheath is ornamented with a pattern in Oseberg-style. The handle is made of curly birch, antler and leather.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Older works III - Knives

This is certainly one of my favourite artistical occupations - making knives is a very satisfying work for me. I am obsessed by knives as long as I can think. I can assure that there will be a longer essay about this topic in the future.



















This knife was a commissional work and it's called "Hagedis". It was made of reindeer-antler, black, vulcanized fiber and green, stabilized
maple burl. The blade I used was made by Poul Strande.


















This knife is called "Flame" and I still own it myself.
It is made of curly birch, nickelsilver, vulcanized fiber and stabilized maple burl. I used a swedish Bergström-blade.

Older works II - Wood


I am not used to work with wood as much as with leather, but it is always a nice occupation while sitting outdoors, maybe at a campfire, at a lake - I guess you get an idea what I am talking about...
Therefor I never forget some carving tools when I am out there in the forests or mountains...

Older works I - Carved Drinking Horns


Once upon a time, back in the first years of the new millenium it all started with the carving of drinking horns.
I primarily used different patterns of celtic or viking origin, but every now and then also own designs which had (and still have) their roots in the artworks of the ancient masters.
At this time I was active in Germany going by the name of DACHSGAU (which could be translated as badger's district)







Back then I was working together with my wife and we developed a way to colour the carvings but it turned out to be very costly in terms of time and work. On the long run it was the reason for us to restrict the work with horns and to look for other fields of artistic occupation. However we created some really nice pieces, as the examples you can see here now.



Even if it isn't on a regular basis, I still like to do a drinking horn from time to time...

Let's start a blog


Welcome to my blog about Art, Craft and Spirit!
What is it you can expect from this site? Well, I will use this as a medium to present my
arts, handcraft and from time to time some thoughts on different topics regarding the above mentioned, the spirit behind my works so to say.
This blog will showcase my work in addition to other channels within the world wide web like Myspace or my website.
In comparison to Myspace it will be less about communication, compared to my homepage the focus will be more on the backgrounds and intentions of the featured art than on lots of pictures and commercial aspects.
Furthermore it will certainly be more up to date than my website, as I will post my recent works here at least on a monthly basis.

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