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Gudvangen Viking Market 2015

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Hi folks,

I haven't yet posted much on this forum yet, so this is me getting more involved. I was invited to the Gudvangen Viking market this year, and asked if I would run leatherworking courses which I just couldn't pass up on :)

The market is held every July in the centre of Gudvangen, which is in the heart of norway 3 hours east of Bergen City. Luckily I have friends who have a farm 20 minutes away in Flåm, so I arranged to stay with them and help out on the farm when I had the time either side of the market. This worked out perfectly as it meant I could buy a new viking stall tent and ship it to them rather than lugging it through the airport.

So in early July I flew out with SWMBO and we headed over to the farm in Flåm. I spent the couple of days we had before the market crafting a viking frame for my new tent, and making tables and benches for my stall. I made the prototype frame from seasoned larch that had been cut and seasoned before I was born. The benches were made from a recently felled tree, sawn into four plans in Terjes own sawmill. The rest was done with a chainsaw to make basic legs which the seat could slot into. The table was a hastily knocked up solid board planed and sanded down, with interlocked legs which werent finished nicely as I ran out of time but it did the job :)

Finally, it was market time! It was a fast-paced week full of meeting people, learning, and teaching. There was 3 tv crews out filming for various television channels throughout the week, viking wrestling (glima), plenty of great viking music, food, there was hugnarian horse archery, storytelling, blacksmithing, woodcarving, leatherworking (of course ;) ) and loads more. I had an insanely busy week trading/selling, and running courses every day. I was teaching my students how to make belt pouches and arm guards mostly, and one lady who wanted to make a reindeer skin dress which was a lot of fun. SWMBO was also selling her needle felted wool viking ladies, which ended up bringing a crowd of viking children around our tent every morning which was a real joy :)

Enough blabbing, here's some pictures.


Bench making the day before the market.
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 13.07.15 1 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Gudvangen
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 14.07.15 1 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 14.07.15 2 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 14.07.15 3 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 14.07.15 4 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 15.07.15 1 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 15.07.15 2 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

The Half-Goat Leatherwork stall :)
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 2 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 15.07.15 4 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Teaching
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 15.07.15 5 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Teaching
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 15.07.15 7 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 15.07.15 8 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 15.07.15 9 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 16.07.15 1 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 16.07.15 4 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Teaching - start them young!
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 16.07.15 8 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Made by one of my students (with help from her kids bless)
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 16.07.15 9 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 16.07.15 10 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

View from my stall
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 16.07.15 11 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Sporran pouch made by one of my students
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 16.07.15 12 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 1 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

View from my stall
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 4 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Tired warriors
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 5 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Made myself a new apron
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 6 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

International storytelling
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 8 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 9 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Glima - viking wrestling
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 10 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Courses
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 11 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Courses
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 12 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Courses
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 13 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Courses
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 14 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

A students progress
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 17.07.15 15 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Our daily morning visitors :)
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 1 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 2 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr


Fionns wee pal
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 3 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Morning crowd
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 4 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Fionns new best friend
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 5 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

All are welcome on my courses...
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 7 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Courses
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 8 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 9 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Courses
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 10 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 11 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

my view
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 18.07.15 13 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Dress making with reindeer skins
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 19.07.15 3 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

A pouch completed by a student
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 19.07.15 4 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

Hungarian Horse Archery
ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 19.07.15 2 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr

ImageHalfGoat Gudvangen Viking Market 19.07.15 1 by Hamish Odinson, on Flickr


I hope you have enjoyed the pictures. Cheers

Hamish
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