[MR] Mästermyr Tool Chest

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 31 02:56:54 PDT 2024

Noble Friends,

Over my years in the SCA I have accumulated links to a large number of
websites I thought useful as references. As today is a slow news day
history-wise, I decided to begin sharing them with all of you. Not only are
they fun to explore, but you might wish to bookmark them for your own
future reference as I did.

While I am almost totally tool-challenged to the point of terror, and
remember with dread my first experiences with carpentry in a dreary prison
called "Junior High School Shop Class", I remain fascinated with the
amazing skills possessed by carpenters in the middle ages.

So today I call your attention to the Viking-era Mästermyr tool chest. This
oaken box and its collection of tools was discovered on the Island of
Gotland in 1936. It is the largest hoard of Viking tools found in Europe,
containing over 200 items: woodworking tools, blacksmithing tools, and some
items created with said tools including three padlocks. The chest and tools
are now displayed in the Swedish History Museum, Stockholm.

Here is a Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4stermyr_chest

Actual photos of some of the tools, or their replicas, can be viewed at

I have some other web sites on tools and carpentry that will be shared soon.

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.

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