A tragedy of epic proportions.
February 9, 2014 10:11 PM Subscribe
What tools did the Vikings use
to construct their ships? During the early years of the Song dynasty, while Sridhar Acharya's concept of "zero" was making it's way westward and a pair of anonymous Anglo-Saxon poets was committing the tale of Beowulf to animal skin, a Viking craftsman lost his tool chest. It is speculated that the chest fell overboard off a ship or through the ice into what was then a swamp on the modern island of Gotland, Sweden. The chest was unearthed in 1936
when a chain attached to the chest got caught on a farmer's plow. In it were the tools a Viking blacksmith/ship builder would need to ply his trade.
Named the Mästermyr chest its discovery was a boon to archaeologists, historians, re-enactors
, woodworkers and blacksmiths. The original tools
(catalogue of the items
) were restored and put on display. Numerous
copies and tributes
of the chest
or selected tools
have been made over the years including a complete replica
of both the chest and contents made using period techniques as a 'net project
of a blacksmiths and woodworkers.
The book The Mästermyr Find: A Viking Age Tool Chest from Gotland
is a detailed examination of the chest and contents.
Good pictures of the exterior of the original chest
approximately a 1/3rd of the way down this page.
While not concentrating solely on the Mästermyr chest the Viking Answer Lady page
is probably the best overview out of everything I linked so start there if you don't plan on perusing all the links.