Viking Wedding Sword Display Case/Box

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Project by Jake posted 04-28-2009 07:04 PM 10354 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Viking Wedding Sword box for our wedding in honor of our Norwegian and Swedish heritage. In the customs and language of thier time I inscribed on it the following: Garysen (son of Gary) and Thadsdotter (daughter of Thad) – “Odin bless this sword with wisdom and strength I Garysen will defend Thadsdotter to the death with honor and respect”
Hickory, Cherry and Walnut were the types of wood I used.
And yes the sword is real and sharp as hell, ooouch I said.

-- Jake, Papillion, Nebraska

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 07:07 PM

great piece

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 07:09 PM

Sweet! Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 07:10 PM

Very cool indeed, to know your heritage and language. Most of us are mutts you know. I’ve got Scotch, Irish, German, English, heavy on the German. Who knows what else, maybe beagle.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-28-2009 07:19 PM

That is soo cool!! I love it.. where did you get the sword? was it handed down from generations or did you purchase it for this reason?

-- Randall Child

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 07:28 PM

Thanks all. The sword was purchased for the wedding and given to me during the ceromony at the church by her family.

-- Jake, Papillion, Nebraska

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#6 posted 04-28-2009 07:49 PM

Great box. I think that is a great tradition to hold on to. It seems a bit more refined compared to the traditional American wedding weapon, the shotgun.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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Francisco Luna

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 10:38 PM

Beautiful Box and Sword!
Love the natural, fresh look of the box (not the heavy- glossy laquer coatings, so common these days!)
Hard to see the Cover details at first picture….
Nice work!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#8 posted 04-28-2009 11:41 PM

The Best sword box I’ve ever seen so far. Very nice detail .long live tradition.


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#9 posted 04-28-2009 11:49 PM

Great Looking box and sword. Hanging on to traditions and heritage is important to pass on for future generations. Thanks for sharing

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#10 posted 04-29-2009 01:47 AM

ruinic alphabet….. SWEET

-- "There is a fine line between woodworker and tool collector"

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#11 posted 04-29-2009 01:59 AM

Very nice!! I really like the buffet it is on!! Did you build it also?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 10-13-2009 02:31 AM

Aww…. I just got all teary eyed. So romantic… and a great way to scare the pants off of home intruders.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 01:47 PM

Excellent – This could sit in any museum, art or historical. Great work!

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#14 posted 07-18-2010 08:19 PM

Very nice! Heja Skandinavien!!

-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden

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#15 posted 10-11-2013 03:08 PM

I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve been on site but I wanted to thank everyone for their comments. Thanks!

-- Jake, Papillion, Nebraska

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