How to Carve a Sword




How to carve a woodensword from a pole of greenwood. Using only simple tools.

Step 1: The Tools

This is the only tools you need.

Step 2: The Pole

I cut this tree to make spoons from the thick part of the log. I have already showed how to make a spoon here Viking spoon

But the thin part of the tree don't have to go to waste. Here I show you how to carve a sword from the top of the tree.

Step 3: The Rough Carving

I use my axe for most of the shaping. You can carve all the steps where I use the saw with the axe. But it is much more easy to do it with the saw. That way your sure that the cuts are straight.

Step 4: The Fine Carving

When the sword have the rough shape I use the knife to finish the carving.



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    you are very right. And nowhere have I stated that this is a viking sword. Just some of my tools is viking replicas made by master smiths in the spirit of the viking tools.

    A sword like this is only meant as a toy nothing special


    6 years ago on Step 4

    Do you know how to forge blades and other viking weapons?


    9 years ago on Step 2

     Is it possible to use pine or mesquite or even a pole from rocklers or ace or home depot????????

    5 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     You will have the hardest time using mesquite. I think it is on of the hardest woods in the world.


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

    yup it is incredibly hard if you are working with it sharpen your knives alot i know this from personal experiance


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Definitely. Take this from a guy who has to use a machete to weaken mesquites at the deer lease. However, if you do decide to do it, it makes a very durable sword. I will have to try an 'ible on that..


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Use an AXE handle. They have a cool shape to them already and are cheap. A little carving and I had some swords for my kid's Bday party and that wasn't a good idea.

    hey man nice carvings ive been carving swords for about 3 years now, and yours look pretty good. have you tried selling them? i sell them on ebay and at craft festivals.

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    morfmirdamascus freak

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    yes I sell my swords. I work in this place
    during the kids holidays I make all kinds of viking toys. The swords are very popular. I make them on the viking marketplace. And sell then fresh made. The visitors can see how I make the things, and can buy the one that they have seen being made.
    I use a little different technique than the one I describe in this 'able. When I work my viking craft I only use axe, adze and knife, no modern tools are allowed.
    The toys I make at the viking place is inspired by all the different funding of viking toys. We have findings of toyswords from Dublin, Hedeby and Novograd. And we have some toy horses and other carved animals from many vikings digs.
    I also make small viking boats carved from one piece of wood.
    I have never tryed to sell my things on Ebay. Because I get payed from the Sagnland and what I get from selling the things goes to the Sagnland.


    hi ... i wouldnt recormend balsa for pure reason its weak and has a tendency to spit if un fire and treated ... id recormend oak or ash for the fact that when they dry (well in the case of oak) become as hard or harder than iron ... but word of advice axe + oak = alot of wear on the blade .. so ash seems like a better choice for you but personally i just love oak and the way it ages ..

    hope it goes well for you all the best jack