Villr — Cave bear sword collaboration with Owen Bush


This is a collaboration between me and my friend Owen Bush. Owen forged this blade out of multiple complex pattern welded bars for a National Geographic tv show about the Staffordshire hoard called “Saxon Gold”. This is a very big blade and when we talked about it we imagined it could belong to a warrior who would face a cave bear. Both Owen and I are big fans of the British cult comic ‘Slaine’ which is about a legendary hero inspired by CuChullaine from Irish myth. I designed the hilt and scabbard for this in the tradition of Slaine, but inspired by Anglo-Saxon myth and ornamentation rather than Irish.


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Jake Powning

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

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