The Craftsmen of 1066: Battle of Hastings 950th Anniversary



my most recent journey took me to the town of battle near Hastings the site 950 years ago of the Battle of Hastings if you could imagine something and while my camera seeking apparently to take on William the Conqueror's first title had eaten most all of my footage from Sunday my other days filming it was left largely untouched I spent most of that day speaking with craftsmen about their trade and what footage has actually survived of those conversations I now humbly offer up to you beginning with a humble wood carver and his young apprentice or is slaver I didn't actually ask done in beechwood it's a hard word this is walnut wood is another hard nut it's got a beautiful grain you wouldn't be able to carve a soft word into these fine how long would you say it takes to complete something like a comb or these more intricate the cross there for example the cross took me probably about five hours mine's not that bad at all I think I mean there's the district lots of time because of this very intricate carving was probably about 20 hours work so no fat day and a half two days woodcarving be something of a trade back in the day or is this just something that I yeah yeah good woodcarver would be required it wouldn't be a fantastic trade but a woodcarver would be amongst their kind of top echelons of the poorer people I suppose they had so much spare time yet they wouldn't leave all their just general furniture bare if they could cause any bare space was decorated they were there fanboying people Dark Age people they loved to color much again so what we take into account the color was very very expensive pigments came from a long way away to generally the good pigments so color was considered very high status the dark ancient misleading main yes yes yeah yeah one of course in all the television shows and everything they're always just wearing brown and you're gonna drape an animation over yourself it's really cold wear clothes a lot of the designs that go on to the carvings are also very meaningful everything told her story or a riddle or held a charm he was almost like the media of the day is this meant to this piece here it meant to portray something in particular or is it just out this one I'm sorry yeah this one here yeah well this is late Nordic work its ringer I can own style that you see on a lot of the stave churches this piece I've done up as a pagan piece it's representing you just real there tree at the end of time this character here is Loki he was making so much mischief that the other gods tied him up to keep him safe one of those chains yes yeah I know that Loki was banged yes how about that one over there the larger the pagan equivalent of the the coat the solar cruciform this is depicting odin of one of the sagas where he was taught magic by Freya and during the course of it he had to disguise himself as a woman so I thought it was quite there'd be quite interesting to Despres the portray him as a woman as opposed to a mighty warrior because he was also a master of disguises magic this ear is Thor and he's out hunting the world serpent this is part of the saga where he gets his hook caught up in like the seaweed and this is a valkira here you can see by your top knot and a short sort of dives down and hooks him and assists him in his search for the serpent that there you can't really make it out I haven't really defined it hardly at all yet that is like a horse face mask from the the Sutton Hoo burial that design comes from and that is representing Sleipnir that wood beams eight-legged horse that there is just a little bit of binding not work this is that again is Lake Viking but again I need to do a lot more to it this here is depicting Valhalla the drinking Hall for the dead endless fighting injuries there any was fighting and drinking yet they they'd wake up in the morning and start drinking and then by the end of tonight they'd all be drunk and kill each other and wake up in the morning to where they do it all again this figure here is depicting the goddess Freyja now when she taught Odin magic the gift he gave her was her pick of the Dead so she got first choice of the dead from the battlefield and the rest went up into Valhalla so this is depicting her choosing her fallen and I think she had them to service the Valhalla which are here again with their drinking cups and their shanks of meat to feed the Fallen people this down here is a depiction of hills Finn turn it up on the shores of England when if I rape plunder and pillage absolutely yeah yeah well I was strictly there for the plunder we know that there's rape and pillage wasn't my thing this year is amid some churches oh yeah there is another foliot binding piece for the side and that there is my signature in rooms that reads pair of hills have been made me be but I can't really finish that until I finish the rest so they'll be a while next we have a metalworker and I will include the link to his website down below and with him I discussed grindstones and a little bit of shipbuilding of all things it's an interesting system is a crank coming out and you have a slave on each side and if you the grinder would lean over and is there any sort of evidence to suggest this sort of system being used for someone didn't actually own slaves or I could imagine I mean it's so basic I'm sure I did some research into this point and while I couldn't find any examples of a foot pedal being used that were expressly Saxon I did find later examples of basically the same system being used one here we see for I believe is a what is a grindstone it's actually cupid there sharpening an arrow and another here for some sort of a loom but again we see rather than a third party operating some sort of a lever we see an individual with a foot pedal and then with these two more well either comical or more but depending on your perspective I suppose images we see on one hand a fellow turning the wheel and in the exact same scene on the other we see a foot pedal being employed the same exact kind that our Saxon friend was using at the event yeah it's quite fine yeah there's a very fine stone it wasn't God because it was very stone it was God because it was available then you go from that to this and this is it's like a slate this it's layered so this was like that only I dropped it but this is Norwegian schist they wherever you found Viking settlements you found Norwegian schist and they've even found ships that is the grindstone they produce it's a very fine grindstone is very effective you do get some Vikings who are poses yeah yeah and chauffeur status because you can't Norwegian schist so that's the sort of thing that you might see just come and like mass export as opposed to or more that would be common sharp yeah but these fancy pattern ones would use doing two grapes have been found and I think certainly one in those days it was the men that wore the jewelry yeah absolutely side of well so you get people like my friend over there look all nice and pretty yeah very specific acts now I call this a smoothing acts he calls it done what do you call it taking when you split a log to make blanks the sections of v-shaped you take the top sides off with one of those axes you'll see a picture of one on the Bayeux Tapestry and it was specifically invented by the Vikings for shipping you're trying to make a flat surface just the head it doesn't matter what you do with that it's going to hit at an angle and it's a simple little technique to make it simpler that's the technology that allowed the Vikings to build their boats the steel was better their sauce fighting technology deliberate military people say you win yeah they could do that annoyed the Saxons the Saxons built bridges across the rivers not warships coming up the rivers and the Vikings could just fold the mast and carry on yeah now this gentleman I believe he was French actually so he didn't speak English all that well but he did tell me he was building or say carving out very slowly the prow of ship very impressive how long does it take thirty-five hours huh but at the beginning I take damage so very good now the obvious Farb ism of using an automatic assault aside the work is still incredibly impressive and here we can see a picture of what the design would ultimately look like next we have a musician and while my camera decided to eat the first half of his lecture we still have his demonstration of music from about the 12th century you know a little bit later but the sort of music that was introduced by the Normans after that conquest not remember that Mary the Mother of Christ did not die on the fifteenth day of August a present moon descended from heaven and Mary while still alive stepped aboard this present moon rose up into the heavens now that means that unlike every bar every other soul but there is in heaven Mary still has a viscera of mortal body nobody else in heaven has got one of those they were but they're with us so that viscera has to be beatified before she can sit on the left-hand side and that's the time require three people to sing this to to sing to your garden and one to sing the clueless healer over the top so I'm going to sing five now it's different from this little sensitivity instrument Olivia Dunham and then L will sing the vasila and you should get the full effect so this do with some more on it comes to wear out with that it's very difficult to get these things to actually do it outdoors on damp days this is tree sap we just put it on the wheel is it a sort of a lubricant senses it and you use it to help sing get them happen so you can pitch and it's leather used in church when you'd be surprised how far it was used in churches usually shows right into the 18th century yeah it's a shame we got rid of them well the reason we got rid of them was because in the 18th century they started to build west galleries in church and a string quartet which was usually in this country a broken consort so you'd see violins and cellos and violas but then you might see a serpent which is a wind instrument underneath it okay you might see a violin violas and a boxwood clarinet you know in other words these were the West Gallery associations and there were proper orchestra so that's why these more sophisticated so I wish to sing beautiful but this is the last today today example

12 Comments

  • chunkyd77

    April 14, 2019

    the musical instrument looks to be like a precursor to the Hurdy Gurdy

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  • Vern Imrich

    April 14, 2019

    Came here for the craft bits and stayed for that amazing bit of musical history. Love it!

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  • Moe Jaime

    April 14, 2019

    hey why is the dog in the background taking a shit ?? lol !

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  • Moe Jaime

    April 14, 2019

    HAVE A GOOD DAY SIR !

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  • Moe Jaime

    April 14, 2019

    Hey Brandon is F. for Fuckface ?? lol !

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  • Mexican_Koala

    April 14, 2019

    Wasent there a battle between britian and scottland beside the medivel times, like with guns

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  • Kaleb Stavneak

    April 14, 2019

    The ax is known as a broad ax. I myself am a craftsman in training , a jack of all trades so to speak, and I have been looking to carry that into a viking setting to join my faith. I was wondering if you would like to assist me on a "project" , a dream, that I am trying to make a reality that revolves around living history so much?

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  • MovieViking

    April 14, 2019

    Thats my group 🙂

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  • CornishPasty

    April 14, 2019

    Damn, wish I could have been there for it.

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  • Mike musto

    April 14, 2019

    Great video!

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  • Andrew Hamilton

    April 14, 2019

    thats sooo cool the video great!!!! I love history

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  • Benjamin Grist

    April 14, 2019

    His first title? Do you mean William the…ooh. I see.

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