Intro: Carve a Cool Viking Hanging Hook.
Here you can see the finished hanging hook.
So lets get started, I will show how you can make your own.
Step 1: The Tools
You don't need a lot of tools to make this. It you have good carving skills you can make this only using a knife . I use a small electric drill to drill the holes and a saw to cut the twigs, because it's faster and easier.
If you don't have access to a burning pen like mine you can use a soldering iron. Or you can paint the hook using watercolors.
Step 2: The Wood
The wood I use is Hazel, but you can use whatever wood you have access to.
You need to find a strait stick with a good solid twig. The twig will be the nose or hanging hook.
Step 3: Carving the Hook
With the knife you start to cut the strait stick flat on the backside. This flat side will be the part that will be against the wall, when the hook are mounted on the wall..
Step 4: Remove the Bark and Shape the Ends.
Now remove the bark. If you want you can leave some of the bark intact and in that way make some ornamentation, patten or other decoration. But the hazel bark have a tendency to peal of when it is dry. So this time I remove it all.
Step 5: Carving the Face.
With the knife, carve the face of the Hookman.
Step 6: Burning the Details.
To make the face stand out I burn the details with the burningpen. I burn a beard around the mouth and burn the details of the eyes.
Step 7: Finishing and Mounting.
Drill two holes in the stick. When you place the holes it is important not to make them to close to the ends. If you make the hole to close to the end the stick will split and make the mounting impossible.
Step 8: Other Designs.
Now it is up to you how you want your hook to look like. Here you can see other designs, but with the same basic idea.
Good luck with your own hook.