…but Sigurd himself steered the dragon-keel which was the greatest and noblest; richly wrought were the sails, and glorious to look on.
— The Story of Sigurd from The Völsunga saga, 13th century
Ok, so that’s obviously not a photo of Sigurd’s ship on the north Atlantic. Rather, it is an ale bowl briefly launched on the Little Shenango River last evening.
Since receiving the commission along with a suggested possibility of a dragon design, I had been sketching some potential ideas and finally started in on the carving.
I carved this one from cherry. The grain direction does some funny things through those flutes flowing across the head. A hook knife comes in handy for dealing with it.
It’s 13 inches long, 6 1/2 inches wide, and 4 3/4 inches high, and it will hold up to 24 ounces of ale.
If only the river flowed toward the bowl’s destination…