Pattern Welded Seaxe
Class runs: March 16-20
Material fee: $120
Skill level: Intermediate and up, must have proficient blade forging and Damascus knowledge.
This six day class will go through the stages of planning and creating a historically accurate and authentic Seax using modern methods and materials. Students will use 1075, 15n20, and wrought iron to create multi bar pattern welded blades. After grinding and heat treating we will fashion a simple wooden handle for our blades and create simple leather sheaths with metal decoration. Seaxes were incredible weapons and tools which were used for a long time throughout Europe during the migration period and Viking age. In modern times an antler handle is often fixed to a blade with a 45 degree clipped point and called a Seax. Most people think of them as very rough and primitive blades, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Seaxes were precisely tapered and designed, with subtle changes in proportion and decoration that imply that function and beauty were both equally important. In this class we will study photos of originals and get a better understanding of what these blades really were. Each student will leave with a finished pattern welded Seax that resonates with historical examples.
This is an intermediate class and previous experience forge welding and making blades will be greatly beneficial to each student.
Emiliano Carrillo has been bladesmithing for over 6 years with an emphasis on Viking age and migration period pattern welding. He has created many Seaxes and Viking swords in this time striving for historical accuracy and authenticity within his craft. Since childhood he has had an interest in history and the sword. He graduated from Hampshire College where he was able to pursue historical bladesmithing and Scandinavian material culture and history. He has created his own steel and experimented with ancient pattern welding techniques striving to understand how these incredible weapons left to us in the archaeological record were made and what they meant. emilianocarrillo.com