Finished making my first pair of leather fighting mittens for Viking reenactment! Better pics to come in due time. Hope you all enjoy! 

are you still wood burning those boxes? i have a custom request for 2 of them if you are?

Do you mean the rune display plaques? I don’t think I’ve ever done anything like an actual box. But regardless, let me know what you had in mind and I’ll let you know what I can do. I have been pretty sidetracked with schoolwork lately, but if it is in my power I can see to get it done, even if it might not be done immediately. :) Thanks for the question.

Hows it going brother? Just came across your Tumblr. Looks awesome!

Hey brother! Things are going pretty well. Enjoying some free time before University life begins in August. :) Glad you found me here! Hope things have been well for you. 

Only 4 hours left to bid on some great handmade crafts! Please be sure to visit my shop to see all available items! Thank you

Check out my woodburnings, currently being offered for bidding on ebay! This means you can potentially get any of my signature creations for quite less than their list prices! The large Helm of Awe plaque has a reserve price set, but it is substantially less than the original list price! Please take a look, and be sure to check out my other items in my shop! 

I am trying to save up money for my transfer to University and various other educational expenses! So please take a look, bid if you wish, and share. :) Thank you so much for your support!  

Here is a custom Skyrim logo woodburning that I recently completed (just needs it’s few coats of Danish oil to seal it). It is done on a 5”x7” basswood plaque with a blackburned background and border. To request a custom item or see what I have for sale, please visit me at Etsy or Facebook: http://www.etsy.com/shop/EihwazCraftworkwww.facebook.com/eihwazcraftwork 

Here is a custom Skyrim logo woodburning that I recently completed (just needs it’s few coats of Danish oil to seal it). It is done on a 5”x7” basswood plaque with a blackburned background and border. 

To request a custom item or see what I have for sale, please visit me at Etsy or Facebook:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/EihwazCraftwork
www.facebook.com/eihwazcraftwork 

Høyr! My beloved Norwegian copy of Beowulf as gifted to me by a dear friend upon her trip to Norway. :) 

Høyr! My beloved Norwegian copy of Beowulf as gifted to me by a dear friend upon her trip to Norway. :) 

Open Question/Suggestion?

Is anyone out there into marketing? I am struggling to promote my crafts, which I know is due in part to the lack of frequent new products being offered. But it is hard to offer new products if you are continually seeing (or falsely perceiving) that there is no demand. Let me know what you would like to see from me and my crafts that you have not seen. I am open to all ideas. :)

Thanks to all of you who have shared my photos, I am truly happy with all of the support. Unfortunately though, all the shares and likes do not translate into people viewing my items on Etsy or liking my page on Facebook. I am doing my best to figure out what people want so that I can help change that. So please, don’t be shy. :) 

Take care, 

Andrew - Eihwaz Craftwork

This is an Uruz woodburning I made as a present for a dear friend upon her graduation. Perhaps my favorite Rune woodburning I’ve made to date. www.facebook.com/eihwazcraftworkhttp://www.etsy.com/shop/EihwazCraftwork

This is an Uruz woodburning I made as a present for a dear friend upon her graduation. Perhaps my favorite Rune woodburning I’ve made to date. 

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/EihwazCraftwork

Handmade Offerings in a Factory Made World

I first started my endeavors in art the same place most people did: as a child in school. I always enjoyed spending time trying to recreate the 3D world on a 2D surface, and managed to see details around me that I otherwise had no idea was there before drawing. 

As the years went on I grew very interested in other mediums. Woodworking always intrigued me, as well as blacksmithing. I loved the smell and sight of these materials, and the thought that mankind had the ability to take such unshakable mediums and shape them to their will just astounded me even more. Unfortunately as a teenage kid from a big family of no known wealth, I was unable to jump straight into woodworking and blacksmithing. So I did the next best thing: turned my love of drawing on paper to burning shapes in wood. 

I started out simply: taking scrap pieces of wood from my high school woodworking class and grabbing the best pieces of loose wood I could find from the forest. Being as I always have had an interest in symbolism, particularly those symbols used by the people of early Northern Europe, I began burning runes and runic symbols into simple staves. From there I managed to find an old rusty bow saw at my fathers shop and purchased myself a cheap pocket knife. I began taking fresh limbs off of trees, whittling them down with my knife, letting them dry out as much as I could in the sun, and then burning images and knotwork into them as walking sticks. I made myself a nice little collection of walking sticks, some natural, some I tried to stain, and some I tried to paint. To this day I am very fond of the idea of going out with nothing but a knife and whittling away at whatever pieces of wood I can find. 

Once I got out of high school, I began a seasonal construction job with a dear friend of mine. I was getting paid less than minimum wage to do work that typically pays double. I didn’t have a car, I didn’t have any luxuries, but regardless of all that I saved up my money for blacksmithing equipment. I managed to find a very nice lady in town who used to run a parts shop with her husband before her husband fell very ill. She had (what was to me, anyway) a gold mine of blacksmithing equipment. I purchased from her 2 forges: one farriers forge and one pan forge. Along with some pieces of scrap metal hoops originally used for wood tires on wagons. I bought a cheap anvil from a discount hardware store until I could save up for something better. It didn’t work well, but it worked enough to get me started. 

After finally getting some more materials, I ended up doing some blacksmithing events with my friend, who helped teach me some metalworking fundamentals. We set up at Renaissance Fairs and Old Threshers Reunions, where we often sought out old blacksmithing equipment from the farmers that frequented such events.  We had a lot of fun and made some good connections. 

As time went on, adult life started to get in the way. I began to attend college, to pursue my dream of becoming a Professor of Philosophy and/or German. No longer having as much free time to work on crafts, I began to focus mostly on school. 

As of now I am still sadly in the midst of my schoolwork, but still trying as often as possible to make whatever woodburnings I can. My blacksmithing equipment is not currently accessible to me, yet even if I did have it I no longer have a place for it as I did in the past. I am still struggling constantly on my way to getting my degree while simultaneously trying to offer handmade crafts to those people who want them. 

I have always believed that there is something special in handmade crafts. Rather than having some machine pump out identical pieces of cheap material for the masses to eat up, handmade artists actually seek to make something unique and special for their customers. Every piece is picked from the depths of some scrap yard, or cut from the dangling limb of a dying tree, so that it can be molded and melded into a beautiful piece of art. Unfortunately those who seek to make such things are up against many tough challenges: a failing economy in a world full of people who are increasingly used to the here-today-gone-tomorrow nature of the things they buy. We struggle to make it by, while still making our products accessible to those who want them. Despite what we handmade artists are up against, I can tell you personally, that the struggles for me have all been worth it. 

The moments I have had giving blacksmithing demonstrations to kids and adults alike, or rummaging wood from the forest to make into a basic walking stick that no one but myself would see, have been some of the best moments of my life. It is my goal to impart those feelings I have about my work into my crafts, so that all who come across them can share a similar feeling. 

I hope that someday the handmade tradition can flourish once again alongside the necessarily factory made world we have created for ourselves.