Here I will show you how to make a simple small carved figure. My inspiration is the chess pieces found at Lewis island.

Step 1: Tools needed

You only need a saw and a knife to make this pieces.
A small whittling knife or a chip knife is the best suited for the carving. But any small sharp knife will do the job. And a bigger knife is needed to split the wood into the 4 pieces needed.

I use my hand forged knifes and a pull saw.

If you don't have a suitable knife already I recoment you buy a pfeil or a flexcut I have used both brands and they a both very good. And they are available many places online.
<p>When I saw this I immediately went out and into the bed of my dads truck and grabbed an old oak stake I found and carved a little effigy of a viking with a bunch of runes.</p>
<p>nice ;)</p>
<p>more bigger carved viking men coming out of my workshop</p>
<p>Nice work, I see you have a dragon head in there. You should make an instructable about making dragon heads for the prow of ships. Also I have never heard of a hassle tree, is it another name for a lime or linden? http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lind</p>
I misspelled that, it is Hazel. But you can use all kind of fresh cut hardwood. I use red alder and birch to. The carvings I just posted are from birch.<br><br>/Thomas<br>
great work
Great instructable! Here's one I made:<br>
looks good :-) <br>
I am a big fan of your work! i tried one of these pieces yesterday with just a 4 inch fixed blade knife, it turned out ok but now i have many tools to do better ones
Love it!
Im glad to see you posted another instructable!! i hope to see more your instructables are always awesome!
Thanks, it gives me great joy to know that you like my work. I'm writing on a few more that will be posted soon.
Cool what are you thinking about posting?? i was also wondering do you know how to forge a viking style axe?
I will post how to make a viking stool. I have taken the fotos I just need to put it together and write the rest of the text. <br>I can't forge an axe I'm not skilled enough in smithing to do that.
This is really cool<br/>
Any chance you could do a video of carving??
I can try. I'm not so good at the video stuff. But I can give it a shot.
I love the guy with the huge teeth and grimace.
What if the viking is gay? Should he not be all manly gay colors and wearing a dress or something. <br> <br>And the queen? What will he be wearing? Something fashionable I hope.
Awesome! I have been wanting to make my own chess pieces for a while, and I like the hand carved Viking look.

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