2024-05-16 – Mastermyr Chest: Forging Straps, Hinges, Hasps, and Nails



May 16-19 (9:00 am-5:00 pm CT)


Paul Nyborg


This is an in-person class held off-site at Tunnel Mill Forge in Spring Valley, MN. 

This is the second session of a three-part class (with three instructors) that will concentrate as much as possible on material manipulation practices appropriate to the Viking age.

Session two, four days with Paul Nyborg, will involve forging the hinges and hasps that are joined to the top strap fitted to the chest lid. Nails for securing the hardware will also be forged. Though the material used will be mild steel. it will be treated as though it were wrought iron – holes near the ends of the straps will be formed by welding the material back upon itself. All sections will be fully hammered to size.

Any students wishing to use wrought iron to make some, or all of the parts, are welcome to bring material to try. Some experience with forge welding would be helpful. Though an historic approach will be demonstrated, students may substitute modern methods where time or lack of experience make substitution appealing.


Priority will be given to the registration of students taking all three sessions. Those wishing to take one or two sessions may join the waitlist and wait to see if there is space remaining shortly before the class is held.


Level of Instruction: 

Some experience with forge welding would be helpful. Students with advanced woodworking skills but no prior experience forging are also welcomed.


A list of supplies and tools can be found here.

There will be a materials fee paid directly to the instructors, and the cost of coal paid directly to Tunnel Mill. For students who are interested in providing their own metal, the materials fee will be lower; information about the requirements for metal will be shared along with the supply list.

Housing and Meals:

Low cost on-site housing and meals can be arranged directly through Tunnel Mill. Please email folkartschool@vesterheim.org for contact information.

Enrollment Deadline: 

Enrollment for the three-class series closes on April 15, 2024. Please click "Add to Waitlist" below to join the waitlist for this individual class.  Remaining spaces will be made available to students interested in registering for individual sessions.


Click here to learn more about instructor Paul Nyborg.


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