Jake Powning

Jake is a professional swordsmith, artist, and writer who explores the strange place where traditional culture and the land meet.

Only in Dark the Light

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“Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky.” -Ursula K. LeGuin This is a bronze sword I made for the upcoming exhibition, “The Sword- Form and Thought” at the Deutsches Klingenmuseum in Solingen Germany. It is …

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Vardhllokur- Warlock

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Vardhllokur – spirit song 2009 A viking sword from across the border of myth. This sword is a 3 bar composite pattern welded construction. The edge billet is 61 layers and the two center billets are 9 layers each, the steels used in it’s construction are 1075 and 8670m. The …

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Tveirhrafnr — Two Ravens

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Tveirhrafnr – 2010 This is a dirk I made in 2010 depicting the ravens Huginn and Muninn from Norse myth sitting at the base of the world tree. OAL – 13″ Blade – 8 1/2″ Hilt – 4 1/2″ The blade is forged from 600 layer 1075/8670m steel, the fittings …

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The Shadow Tomten Rides the Night-Warg

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This drawing was inspired by Harald Wiberg’s beautiful paintings in Astrid Lindgren’s Tomten book about a kindly tomten who looks after the animals and children during the long winter nights on a Scandinavian farm. The svart-alf, however, is of a different nature than the friendly tomten, he comes up from …

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The Gate of Apsu

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A dagger is like a distillation of a sword, a sword-seed, and therefore perfect for a wizard. Perhaps the world is not as it seems. The forces that hold things together may be uncertain, not as we imagine them. The fourth dimension, ancient time, might be filled with secrets— secrets …

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