Northmen Guild

We are a guild of northern master craftsmen who use our heritage of craftsmanship handed down through many generations to design and create woodworking tools, knives, weapons – bows and swords, leather goods and watches. Our process, our method and mission is to keep these traditions and crafts alive and well. In this high-tech age, our own traditional craftsmanship is flourishing.

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10 Day Traditional Joinery & Green Woodworking Course

Course participants will learn historical way of traditional joinery and green woodworking/wood carving in a practical educational course using only hand tools and also learn about the historical and cultural context of joinery, furniture making and green woodworking in Latvia and Northern Europe.

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Course Woodworking Workshop "Vienkoči"

Northmen Guild's Products

We use our hands to create things that will live on, telling their story in the hands of the craftsmen and people after us. Each thing we create is born with energy and personality – a love and care that will be felt daily when using the tools. All of our products have lifetime warranty.

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Northmen Guild's Courses

Anyone with will and passion could become a master one day and we try to serve as a bridge to pass on the tradition and knowledge kept in our guild. The Course gives the opportunity for students to learn the basics and practice advanced techniques of traditional carpentry and woodworking without using power tools.

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Northmen Sword

This sword is based on historical Viking's sword lines and proportions (Petersen type R) dated back to 10th century. It is based on historical findings and research that our friend bladesmith and artist from USA - Dave DelaGardelle from Cedarlore Forge designed this sword with and all its details.

This is a result of four months hard work of four of our guild's master craftsmen - two bladesmiths - Gregory and Chris, fine woodworker Mr. Armands Vilisters and jeweller/engraver Mr. Linards Potchs. 

The blade is crafted using very similar forge welding techniques used on sword blades forged back in 10th century. The profile of the blade is forged as three damascus bars, each one of 320 layers forge welded together in the middle (fuller) of the blade and high carbon steel is forge welded as the cutting edges, making sword break and crack resistant. The sword's hilt - guard, grip and pommel, is built to land the sword's balance and pivot points on the sword's tip making it battle ready. 

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Northmen Viking Sword

Northmen Guild's Craftsmen

Towering factories and belching chimneys are not our game. All of our makings are created in our small workshops, using equally traditional methods and techniques. Each craftsman is working in his own workshop, which is located on his own farmland.

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Our focus is on uniqueness and quality, not quantity. We want to help people to remember how to use their hands, to relate their own human energy to their tools – to achieve the true joy of creating something from Our traditions of blacksmithing and woodworking walk step by step together. We are uniting and preserving our history, traditions and craftsmanship on one platform – Northmen guild.

Teach the young! Honor the elders!
More information and questions - guild@northmen.com