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Doug Swenson

Hawley, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Doug Swenson

Doug began experimenting with a coal forge as a young fellow growing up on a farm in northwestern Minnesota. This early exposure to blacksmithing led to a lifelong passion for the craft that he continues to cultivate. Doug’s primary work has been done out of a shop that recreates the time period of 1885 to 1900, but most recently has been focusing on the tools and techniques of Viking age Sweden.

Current Courses Offered by Doug Swenson

Teaser image for Forging Late Iron Age Scandinavian Composite Blades

Forging Late Iron Age Scandinavian Composite Blades

Students in this class will use forge welding techniques to create a typical northern European Late…
Thu, Sep 15th, 2022  –  Sun, Sep 18th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Doug Swenson
Teaser image for Forging Late Iron Age Scandinavian Fishing Implements: Spears and Hooks

Forging Late Iron Age Scandinavian Fishing Implements: Spears and Hooks

The prevalence of fish in the Scandinavian diet has its roots in the Viking era, if not before. For…
Fri, Oct 28th, 2022  –  Sun, Oct 30th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Doug Swenson
Teaser image for Forging Traditional Late Iron Age Blades

Forging Traditional Late Iron Age Blades

Small blades dating from the Late Iron Age are well represented in the archeological record across…
Fri, Jul 29th, 2022  –  Sun, Jul 31st, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Doug Swenson

Past Courses Offered by Doug Swenson

Forge Viking Age Brazed Bells

Forging Everyday Items of the Viking Age

Forging Small Viking Age Knives

Forging the Long-Handled Viking Age Noisemaker

Forging Traditional Scandinavian Composite Knife Blades

Viking Age Forging Online Short Course