Make your own Viking Survival Kit

June 24 - June 28, 2022

Make your own Viking Survival Kit


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $125

Seaxes were carried by almost everyone during the viking age, and used for everything from cooking to hunting to farm work to fighting. With your seax, a fire striker, and flint you could survive in adverse conditions. In this workshop we will be forging short wrought iron and 1084 san mai blades (4-6 inches) and hilting them based on historical examples. You will have the chance to examine several authentic seax blades and fire strikers from the viking age to help inform your work. We will be creating simple sheathes for the seaxes, and a leather tooling demo will follow so you can decorate the sheathes of your knives. Participants will forge one or more fire strikers and put together a small outdoors kit complete with char cloth, flint, and tinder. You can expect to leave the class with a small finished seax and a fire starting kit to accompany it.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Emiliano Carrillo

Emiliano began making knives in 2014 at Hampshire College where he quickly became enamored with Viking Age pattern welding and Japanese swordsmithing. He focused on historical pattern welding techniques and using artifacts to reverse engineer the forging techniques used on those pieces. Emiliano has had the opportunity to study many original artifacts in museums as well as private collections and this study influences every aspect of his work. He began making bloomery iron and steel fairly early on in his career in order to more closely copy and learn about the ancient work. Carrillo currently creates Japanese style pieces out of his own smelted sand iron tamahagane and oroshigane as well as Viking spears, swords, and seaxes from the same period accurate materials.

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