5 Day Carving a Viking Knife Handle and Sheath Masterclass with Petr Florianek

COVID-19 Due to the current ongoing situation I have cancelled my 3 Day and 5 Day courses, because of the complicated and interactive nature of them. I’m still running 1 Day classes with social distancing and sanitation measures in place and I’ve halved the number of students I  take on the 1 Day classes. I will be running a full schedule as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Please sign up to the mailing list so I can let you know when I have scheduled more courses.

This 5 day class will give you the rare opportunity to learn Norse Art style carving techniques from one of the world’s most talented, decorative bladesmiths with Petr Florianek

You will carve a Norse style Knife handle and then make and tool the sheath for it.

To secure a place on this course a 50% deposit is required, the remainder being payable one month before the course begins. Alternatively, you may pay the full amount on booking.


No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through :

  • Exploring the various Norse styles of embelishment both the theory of and the practical espects of drawing designs
  • The use of the dremmel to carve and other carving techniques Thermocycling
  • Fitting the carved handle to the blade
  • Forming the leather Sheath
  • toolingthe leather Sheath
  • finishing the handle and sheath
  • toolingthe leather Sheath
  • Dying the sheath and handle

This 5 Day Class will give you the rare opportunity to learn Norse Art style carving techniques from one of the world’s most talented, decorative bladesmiths – Petr Florianek. Petr who is based in Prague specializes in this stunning decorative work.

Over the 5 days, with Petr’s guidance you will fit an antler handle, design and carve decorative knotwork with a dremmel (a rotary carving tool) and hand tools onto the antler handle ending up with your very own Norse Art style decorated Viking Knife to take home with you. You will then make a decorated tooled leather sheath to house your knife.

Petr is an amazing teacher of the craft and manages to combine an incredible knowledge of the history and aesthetic of knotwork styles. He combines this with a practical down to earth approach in applying these techniques onto your work. He is one of those rare craftspeople who can explain exactly why he is doing what he does. He knows the best way to get it done. He also speaks perfect English!!

Owen often does collaborations with Petr and in Owen’s words “Petr has the skill to take one of my blades weave an authenticity into his knotwork that makes you feel like you are holding a piece of a story in your hand. A knife of Viking legend, a Seax of a Great Warrior or even the humble the eating knife of a hobbit !….”

The course day runs from 9am - 5pm.

Safety equipment is provided for all the classes but please ensure that you have non-flamable clothing and sturdy shoes (preferably leather). No shell suits, fleeces or synthetic flammable materials (cotton and wool are perfect).

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Please note, the minimum age to attend a class on your own is 18.