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    Just back from another year at the Gudvangen viking market in Norway. Though this year had a bit of a twist; since last year, they have built an entire viking village where the market normally is. So this year, the market was interspersed throughout the village with a little overspill which really changed the dynamics of the market, both for us traders and the public/tourists.

    As usual i spent a few days helping out on my friends farm, and also had time to make myself another table to go with the new tent i got for this year as my previous tent just wasn't up to scratch. It's not easy setting up a full iron age stall when you have to take pretty much everything over on a plane, a lot of good kit gets left behind due to it's weight so im lucky i can make and store furniture at my friends at least

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    The Half-Goat stall


    nice backdrop to my tent















    Teaching leather tankard workshops






















    nice chilled evenings in the tent





    multi national storytelling. I usually step in as the Scot with a bit of Doric






    Some firesteel pouches I made based on a 6th century saxon find. the firesteels have a buckle rivetted on to keep the steel attached to the pouch so it can't get lost. Sadly i only snapped this pic before i sold them all so i need to make some more and photograph them properly!




    The Loki Run. A bit of harmful fun. volunteers are called for, usually young lads. rope is tied to a log, and the other end to the volunteers ahem...shall we say tinder pouches?... Not a race I particularly fancied running! especially after seeing them all limping the next day. But hillarious to watch







    The best thing about these kinds of markets is meeting and making new friends. I met Engebret the hunter one evening and we got to chatting about skins. He had a pine marten he had trapped and tanned, and turns out he had been looking for a new wallet. Always keen for a barter we both ended up happy, and his wife took this picture of our trade which was a lovely sentiment.






    As usual there were so many magic moments that just never get caught on camera, as it's more fun to just be in the moment. Met some truly amazing people this year as always, made some good trades and treated myself and the missus to a few precious things. As always it goes too fast, and i'm already thinking ahead to next year

    Thanks for reading. Hamish
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    Surprised this post hasn't been immediately inundated with posts.

    Looks lovely. Great craftsmanship as usual mate.
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    Brilliant read and stunning photos. Truly a magical place to hold a market. Did you supply all the equipment other than tools? tent, fire pit, tables etc? or was that provided by the collective?
    The Loki run looks great fun. Think we will try something like that at the next hippy gathering. To make it fair, we will insist everyone uses a full litre bottle if soya milk instead of a log. Knowing our lot, some would be soaking their competitors logs in the river overnight, while their own log spent the night on top of the woodburner. Fairs fair in alive and war.

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    Wonderful to see someone living their dream especially in such stunning surroundings, though that Loki run is the stuff of nightmares - surely more modern methods of contraception are available!

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    Really good account Hamish; the photos are stunning but I'm willing to bet, nowhere near do the location justice.
    I just might have to look into giving this place a visit or stay in the future! Looks like my kind of 'meditation'.


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    Wonderful thread and beautiful photos! The ambiance in these markets is always amazing.

    I hadn't heard of the Loki run before, so that had me giggling and shaking my head at the same time. I've only heard of the "Loke drag/Loki pull" before, which must be quite entertaining to witness 😁 Loki sure loves his pouches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by didicoy View Post
    Brilliant read and stunning photos. Truly a magical place to hold a market. Did you supply all the equipment other than tools? tent, fire pit, tables etc? or was that provided by the collective?
    The Loki run looks great fun. Think we will try something like that at the next hippy gathering. To make it fair, we will insist everyone uses a full litre bottle if soya milk instead of a log. Knowing our lot, some would be soaking their competitors logs in the river overnight, while their own log spent the night on top of the woodburner. Fairs fair in alive and war.

    Long may your adventures widen.
    Thanks. Nah you have to prodive everything yourself. I take a 120 litre bergen on my back, a gigantic suitcase on wheels, and then my missus (or assistant if i bring someone else) has to pretty much do the same. I make all my big chunky furniture and tent frames on my friends farm and he drives those big parts over to the market for me as its only a 20 minute drive. It's a hell of a lot of stuff to organise, I'm always jealous of the locals who can just fill a van with everything they want/need
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    That looks like a great venue again, I did prefer the other years pics, all the scenery is stunning though, thanks for sharing.

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    Too awesome mate, the green eyed monster within is furious with me that i never got my crap together and went, looks best one yet, really laughed my nuts off watching the video of the Loki race with the chocks of wood suspending from the bawsacks hahahahahaha made my day watching that as i was totally suffering some health crap at the time and was proper down in spirits

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    Looks great. I love the tent!
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    Has the thread recycling thingamebob been speeded up? Seems much quicker that threads disappear lately from the 'What's new' areas of the menus, i had to go digging for this one in my previous posts area of the menu

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    Cracking that mate thanks for putting it up stunning area by the look of it...................Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGTBod View Post
    Has the thread recycling thingamebob been speeded up? Seems much quicker that threads disappear lately from the 'What's new' areas of the menus, i had to go digging for this one in my previous posts area of the menu
    aye i thought the same thing man, but the forum has been dead with everyone at the moot
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    Wonderful post and photos, thanks for sharing.

    And what a fantastic location and backdrop, I am envious. Your work is outstanding but you already know that

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    Fantastic pics as always, and great to see what you do. It looks a truely magical place and you deserve every success.👍🐐

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    thanks, im already planning some things in my head for next year
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    Looks absolutely awesome. Norway is one of the places I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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