- Level of Instruction
- Intermediate level—some forge welding experience desirable.
You will forge a small Viking period axe patterned after one in the collection of the American Swedish Institute. This 6-inch long axe, with a 3 3/4-inch cutting edge, could be used for carving. The eye will be formed by forge welding at the back and the cutting edge will be split to weld in a high carbon steel bit. Those also taking the inlay class will decorate their axes with inlaid brass or other wire. There is a small materials fee, payable to the instructor. This session of the Viking Axe class is for those who wish to also take the inlay classes on March 18-20. If you do not want to take the Inlay Chisels and Wire Inlay classes, please enroll in the March 2-3 session of Viking Axe.
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About the Instructor
Tom Latané started forging reproduction colonial and early American ironwork in Maryland in the early 1970s. After moving to the Midwest in 1981, he was introduced to the creative whimsy of Norwegian folk iron. Tom and his wife, Catherine, have a shop in Pepin, Wisconsin, where Tom repairs antiques and creates original pieces using a traditional design vocabulary and historic hand techniques. Tom has demonstrated for blacksmith groups and has taught at folk schools around the country. Some of Tom’s ironwork can be seen in Vesterheim’s Westby-Torgerson Education Center.
Learn more: Check out two beautiful and informative photo essays by Tom: Ring Handle and Making Repairs to Trunk Hardware. Each photo includes full instructions to complete the project.
Or watch these videos:
Collections Connection: Blacksmithing Trunk Locks, where Tom and Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik highlight the museum's collection of forged chest locks and the different mechanisms locksmiths employed to secure belongings.
Collections Connection: Entry Door Lock, where Tom looks at a specific door lock in the Vesterheim collection.