2024-05-13 – Mastermyr Chest: Constructing the Chest with Viking Age Woodworking Techniques



May 13-15 (9:00 am-5:00 pm CT) 


Derek Olson


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

This is the first 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.

The first session will be three days constructing the wooden chest with Derek Olson. Students will plane boards from oak pieces rived from the log. Joinery will be mortise and tenon and lap joints, secured with rived and whittled pegs. The crowned lid will be carved on the underside to form a hollow to reduce weight and create a pleasing form. The chest will not be permanently assembled until the hardware is done.

Hardware will be sized to fit the woodwork, the form of which will depend on the log and the skill of each student. This approach is in the spirit of early work, which is our goal, more than creating an exact reproduction of a single archaeological find.

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: 

Students without a background in hand woodworking tools should have good hand-eye coordination. Participants will hew with a hatchet and adze and strike chisels with mallets while watching the tip of the chisel (not the back). A decent level of stamina will be required for hand planing rough wood.


A list of supplies and tools will be provided to participants prior to the start of class.

There will be a materials fee paid directly to the instructors. For students who are interested in providing their own wood, the materials fee will be lower; information about the requirements for wood 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 Derek Olson.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.


Vesterheim's woodworking classes are supported in part by a generous gift to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from the Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust.

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