Ric Furrer

NOVA TV show on Viking Swords

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just watched the show using the link provided in the original post. For those who didn't notice, the nova episode is available to watch online using the links above. Awsome show. I only wish I had the confidence in my skills, or lack of skills, to attempt something of such beauty.  Thanks for the link.

Unfortunately, the online video can't be viewed by users from outside the US (well, unless you use a proxy-server).

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Breath taking. The way you followed traditional methods was so unbeliveably impressive. From smelting the steel, to useing the charcoal forge, and my personal favorite was the stake anvil. Proving that its not the size of the anvil face. It's where the anvil and hammer meet that matters. Again thank you, and your buddy Kevin for taking on this awesome task, and making a beautiful sword. You truly did the old smiths proud.

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On PBS here in SW Michigan,Wednesday at 9, there is going to be a special on Nova about trying to replicate the forging of a Viking sword. It looked very interesting on the ad, anyway.

 

the subject is a member, I will merge this with the existing thread about it.

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Ric, now that the program is on Netflix, do you get a penny everytime someone watches it? Probably not but you would be getting rich off the number of times I have went back and watched your stuff.

 

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I saw what you did and I want you to know that I now have a new item to add to my bucket list.  Wow it was so impressive to me to start from square one and go to the finished product.  I thoroughly enjoyed the program. 

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There is *nothing* to prevent you from mailing a Christmas present to Ric to help make his efforts a tad greener so to speak  (or peach or ...)

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Nope...I make the white/grey in the beard all by myself.

Ric


My son helps me with my grays. I saw the special on Netflix, twice. I'm a smithing nerd.

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Really enjoyed the show, it was fantastic to see ancient methods come to life with such expert craftsmanship. I know this thread is old, but in case anyone missed it or wants to see it again, the documentary is on Netflix and I believe the whole thing is on Youtube as well. Definitely worth watching!

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I found the show on netflix and watched it a number of times. It was very inspirational, and amazing to see all the traditional methods.
Truly masterful! Thank you Ric!

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The guys at Men at Arms on youtube made a ulfberht too. Very cool. They have 3.5 million subscribers. Wow

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Yeah, it's a good show, lots of high quality smithing there! I do think they exaggerated a few things, but most people wouldn't want to watch a show like that with out a little bit of drama/suspense.

Speaking of which- Mr. Furrer, was there a particular reason you took the sword out of the quench before it cooled below the flash point? Or was it for theatrics? :D What would the Vikings have quenched in anyways(assuming they didn't have canola oil or Parks 50)?

 

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