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Guild's Craftsmen



Bladesmiths

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Chris

Master bladesmith

Chris is one of the most skilled and experienced knife makers in the Baltic States. He has had a passion for blades since childhood.

He learned the craft as an apprentice to a master bladesmith for 10 years. He has studied history and has done extensive research in historical blades and techniques, focusing on Damascus and pattern welded steel in Scandinavian Viking weapons - swords, knives, and arrowheads. Chris is the designer of the knives that are being made by the crew.

Martin

Master bladesmith

Martin comes from a multigenerational family of bladesmiths.

He learned the craft from his grandfather and father since he was a boy. Martin continues the craft of bladesmithing and teaches it to the next generation.

Kaspar

Master bladesmith

Kaspar is a 3rd generation smith, continuing, with hard work and dedication, in the craft of his ancestors. Kaspar's view towards his work is as follows: "It is not possible to do such hard work without feeling love for it, without loving what you do, without passion." Kaspar is the youngest smith in our guild, yet very talented, skilled and careful.

Jacob

Apprentice bladesmith

With prior knowledge and skill in metal working, as a welder and his passion for knives, he is determined to learn the trade and become a master bladesmith himself.

Gregory

Master Bladesmith

Gregory has been a bladesmith since 2005 when he joined a smiths club of “Historical Reconstructions” where a historical replica of an old blade had to be made. His passion and interest to steel and blades followed himself since he was a boy.

He is one of the best Northern european masters of forging difficult and unique Damascus steel mosaic pattern blades. Gregory likes history, mostly old Slavic and Scandinavian traditions in bladesmithing.

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Woodworkers

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Jacob

Master woodworker

Founder of Northmen guild. Designer of the woodworking tools (chisels, axes, drawknives), knives, watches, leather bags and belts that are being made by the guild. He is researching historical hand tools extensively. He learned the crafts from local masters.

Studied culture, ethnography and history of traditional woodworking and wooden architecture and building techniques in rural areas of Scandinavia and Baltic States. Also studied cinematography and many years worked as cinematographer. He has a love of wood and leather crafts since the childhood days. He has a passion for traditional crafts and hand tools, especially carpentry - log buildings and timber frames.

Jacob's early hobby is photography and film making. He still continues to be an independent film creator documenting life and different crafts.

Siluan

Master woodworker

Siluan was born in a family of carpenters. He has also worked as a timber framer, log builder, and cabinet maker. The craftman has a passion for hand tools and traditional techniques of woodworking. Siluan grew up near the forests around the woodland areas of rural Latvia.

Richard

Master green woodworker

Richard is an experienced green wood worker, wood sculptor and dugouat canoe maker. Richard’s passion to green wood and solid wood creations has grown together with him since his childhood days. Richard’s father is also a wood worker and carpenter and has led his son into the beautiful world of working with wood. Richard has gone through all the traditional steps of becoming a master woodworker - starting from an apprentice, then journeyman and then receiving his Master degree in Latvian chamber of crafts. Richard’s passion to wood is not only sculpturing and carving it but also knowing the wood in a scientific level. So Richard has studied in Technical university as a student and reached his degree of Doctor in engineering materials science, so he has combined the craft, nature and science in his life and work. While working in furniture making during the studies, with making different kinds of difficult wood carving for Jugend, Barrocal, Renesance design style furniture, Richard has discovered that he tends to get back to more rustic, robust and natural forms of wood, so he created a park of massive wooden sculptures, wood crafts museum and live workshop where Richard lives and creates wooden bowls, plates, boats and accepts visitors to share his work and lifestyle.

Atty

Master woodworker

Atty is one of the most experienced woodworkers in Northmen guild. He has been working with wood for over 20 years. His attention and attitude to his work, so does focus on the details are rarity nowadays. Even the most difficult shape of wood or complex joinery is not a challenger to his skills. His patience, humbleness and love to his craft always inspires others. He always leaves his mark of unparalleled quality on his creations. His motto of life is: Work hard, stay humble.

John

Master woodcarver

John liked creating, building and constructing things of wood since his childhood days. He gained professional skills in craftsman high school – he became a style furniture maker and woodcarver.

John continued to improve his skills and knowledge in University, where he received Master’s degree in wood processing technologies and design.

Further he made good cooperation with other craftsmen of the field, continuing to broaden his skills.

Woodwork has become his lifestyle and labour of love. Master implements feelings and in his masterpieces, which are all made by hand. Inner motivation makes him evolve and create every thing as best as possible.

John’s grandfather was a talented woodcarver. His professional skills are verified by a victory in a prestige competition in England of making a copy of Thomas Chippendale’s chair. Jury was unable to distinguish original from the copy.

Leather workers

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Stephen

Master leather craftsman

Before he joined the Northmen guild he apprenticed in leather crafts for two years. He is also a passionate archer, musician and poet, with poems published in several books. He is the youngest brother of carpenter Jacob.

Andy

Master leather craftsman

He's a passionate leather craftsman and creates mostly leather belts and bags. He's also a woodworker in free time. Andy grew up living side by side with the wilderness of surrounding forests. He studied science of forestry for four years and he can tell every nuance of every tree and its wood. He has lived in the atmosphere of woodworking since childhood and his father is a skilled carpenter and log house builder, who passed down his love to handwork.

Ketty

Master leather craftswoman

Collaboration with bowyer Vilisters, as well as self-education allowed her learning about the characteristics and processing of leather. Archery was the main reason why she decided working on the production of dense leather equipment. Though historical, it attained a modern design. The production of every component is a result of a detailed study of the mutual relation between the archer and the surrounding environment. As Ketija is an archer herself, every detail has been examined in practice. The craftswoman appreciates and respects the gifts the nature is capable of sharing.

Una

Master leather craftswoman

A keen leather craftswoman. Studied and graduated languages and communication science, but has found a deep gratification in the craft of leather work. She began working with leather as an apprentice in Northmen, continuing learning the craft with Latvian leather technique and material Master Inga Beikule.

Being in the leather workshop and creating a leather piece into a tangible, useful and beautiful object by using hands is her passion.

A mother of two graceful daughters. Jacob’s – the woodworker’s wife.

Bowyers

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Mr. A. Vilister

Master bowyer

He started his woodworking career as a woodcarver and wood sculptor by the age of 14. He has been a passionate woodworker over 30 years. His bows have received praise by many professional archers from all over the world. He focuses on the smallest detail and each bow he crafts is a unique piece of art. He joined our crew to share his craftsmanship and unite the traditions of woodworking and bow making. He took 7th place in the 2013 World Archery 3D championships in Italy with his own crafted longbow "Firebird" model and 2nd place (Silver Medal) in EIAC 2013 - European Indoor Archery Championships in Spain with his own crafted longbow "Livonia" model. 

Mr. M. Zvers

Master bowyer

Maris has been making selfbows and historical bows for more than 13 years, at first as a hobby but for last 6 years as a half time and full time job. For first time bow making bug bite him when he was 8 years old at traditional Latvian ethnic heritage camp where he had a class about Latvian warriors through history. Real bow making started a few years later when he found bow making related forums on the internet. Since that day most of his spare time was spent making bows and learning how to make them even better.

After graduating from university and getting his transportation engineer degree he didn’t want to spent his life in city and work for someone else so he decided to come back to his small rural hometown and do what he does best – make bows. From his university studies he has very good understanding of different material, physical, mechanical properties, glues and gluing techniques and has good overall engineer thinking.

Watchmakers – jewelers

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Mr. Potchs

Master watchmaker, engraver

He started learning his craft when he was 8, working with amber and metal as an after school curriculum. After finishing school he began studying in Riga Design And Arts collage and continued to study in University of Latvia`s Faculty of Education, Art Department. During his free time he was honed his metalworking skills starting from small jewerly and working up to large metal constructions.

At the age of 40 he opened his own engraving workshop. At the same time the fascination for making watches was born as well. After dedicating himself to learning the dream slowly became reality. He visited other craftsmen such as Till Loterman - a watch master in Germany, and Roland Baptiste - a world famous engraver in Belgium, to gain even more knowledge and practice. Now, after all this time metalworking is still his hobby as well as his job. In his own words: "It is a magical feeling to witness a formless piece of metal take shape and become a practical work of art."

Mr. Bushman

Master watchmaker, engineer

Master’s interest on fine mechanisms appeared in his early childhood. First all the things of interest were disassembled and researched. Nothing has changed up to now!

Ingus was born and lived in a woodworking craftsmen family. He gained his first knowledge from his grandfather and father, spending hours at their grandfather's workshop at a planer bench. Later, in adolescent years the interest in precision metalworking appeared. Ingus creates metal bending hand tools for roofers. Things and tools invented by Ingus can be seen in at least 18 countries around the world. He is developing a unique Northmen watch design and performance.

Ordering is opened for wildlife knives, timber framing tools, longbows, kitchen tools, drawknives & froes, leather belts.

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